shiitake mushrooms can be reconstituted by steeping them in warm
water/broth for about 30 minutes or by added them to a simmering liquid
10-15 minutes before serving. The flavorful soaking liquid can then be
strained for addition to soups and sauces.
Preparation: The texture
and flavor of the fleshy shiitake mushroom cap is wonderful, although
its stem is quite fibrous and should be removed before cooking. The stem
is commonly discard, but can be finally mincing before use, or simmered
to make a flavorful and aromatic mushroom stock.
Sautéed: Lightly sauté well
soaked, but padded dry mushrooms (and possibly shallots) in butter until
tender, or for approximately six minutes. Serve warm as a side dish to
meats such as a nice steak.
Sauce: Follow the
instructions above and deglaze the pan with the shiitake soaking liquid
and/or white wine. Reduce the liquid, add heavy cream, and simmer until
desired thickness is reached. Serve the shiitake mushroom sauce over all
kinds of beef, venison, and pasta.
shiitake mushrooms are a prized in Asian cooking where they can be added
to anything from savory
shiitake mushroom soups to spicy stir-fries. The Japanese prize this
delicious and nutritious mushroom more than any other culture. In Japan,
shiitake mushrooms are the most commonly eaten mushroom and the dried
mushrooms are preferred by many in Japanese culture. The dried
shiitake's flavor is so intense because one whole pound of fresh
mushrooms has its flavors condensed down to just three ounces of high
quality dried shiitake mushrooms.
not only a delicious addition to just about any recipe, they are also a
healthy one. These mushrooms are not only a source of high quality
protein because they contain all essential amino acids, but shiitake
also are a significant source of minerals and vitamins. Having high
fiber and few calories makes these mushrooms a close to perfect food!
All these dietary attributes are part of the reason the shiitake
mushrooms has long been a symbol of longevity in China. In fact, a
growing body of evidence show that the health benefits of eating
shiitake do not end at the mushroom's nutritional benefits.