Last week Raul, a very dear friend of ours (my boyfraaan & I) who likes collecting edible mushrooms in the woods, has brought us one single mushroom in the size of a serving tray, huge that is, with the weight of at least 1 kg. Yes, quite a mushroom. On his mushroom collecting journeys, he has found many other species, but not as spectacular as this one. Oh, and this find consisted in about 8 kg of the mushroom.
After a quick wiki search I have learned that the golden-yellow orange-ish mushroom is called Laetiporus sulphureus, known commonly as Chicken of the woods, and unlike other bracket fungi it is edible when young. It grows randomly as a parasite on trees or on dead wood hubs, and in West Europe it is considered to be quite a culinary kickshaw. It tastes similar to chicken breast (hence the popular name), some people think that it tastes like crab or lobster, and it can be cooked very easily as a main course, side dish or pasta dip.
Here’s what I did with it!
[Photos of the workflow:]
Trust me, this is very easy to make and incredibly tasty! Do not eat too much because of the hearty & nourishing nature of the Chicken of the Woods.
The recipe above was my first attempt at the oh-so-awesome mushroom rarity. The second one was pretty much the same, except I’ve also made a cheese cream sauce to it.
Ingredients for the Cheese cream sauce:
Method for the Cheese cream sauce:
[Images of the making of the Cheese cream sauce:]
Yes, this became my favourite mushroom, I love everything about it, the particular taste, the texture, the consistency, everything! Oh, I forgot to tell You that it You that the breaded version is also very tasty, careful though, It may be a bit too heavy on Yr. stomach. I hope to get more of it, I also want to pickle it, at least 3-4 mason jars of it.
Well, I hope I manage to bring a huge hunger on Yr. tummy.
A gorgeous evening,
1. Untitled: Bungee (2005)
2. Cyclone (2008)
3. Falling: Sand (2007)
4. Jake’s Eyes (2003)
5. The Boy with the Thorns in his Side (2011)
6. Highway (2007) — as seen on Sigur Ros’ Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust album art
7. BMX (2000)
8. Eric: Glowing (2004)
9. Elevator (2001)
10. Silhouette (2004)