Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wild Mushroom Salad recipe

Hey all,

There are so many things to do with mushrooms. This is a full flavored salad from none other than Heidi at 101 cookbooks, top notch, but the recipe is not as easy as it could be. I wanted to post this just to give an idea of mushroom compliments. I would love to hear other's ideas as well.

"Wild Mushroom Salad Recipe

Any type of mushroom can be used in this salad. Wipe off any dirt, twigs, or sand that may still be attached.

150 g (5 oz) assorted wild mushrooms
2 tablespoons stock
pinch of salt
pinch of white sugar - optional
3 tablespoons lime juice (you might use less)
2 tablespoons fish sauce (for veg: substitute a splash of soy sauce)
large pinch of roasted chili powder
4 shallots, sliced
handful of mixed mint and coriander leaves
2 tablespoons shredded pak chii farang (long-leaf coriander)
1 tablespoon chopped spring (green) onion
1 tablespoon ground roasted rice

Clean the mushrooms and cut into attractive slices. Heat stock in a small pan and add sugar and salt (if using). Add the mushrooms and simmer until cooked - the cooking time varies wildly, depending on the variety: pine mushrooms need to be simmered at least 10 minutes, while the delicate grey ghost mushroom takes mere moments. If using and assortment, add the mushrooms accordingly.

Remove from heat and season with lime juice, fish/(soy) sauce and chili powder; the salad should taste equally hot, sour and salty. Add shallots, herbs and spring onions. Serve sprinkled with ground roasted rice.

Serve with:

-a few sprigs of Thai basil
-sliced cabbage and cucumber"

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