Sunday, November 21, 2010
Grifola Frondosa, Maitake, King of Mushrooms, Hen of the Woods, Dancing Mushroom, Cloud Mushroom or in a word - Yum
Maitakes have a unique taste. They have the umami and earthiness common to many mushrooms, but the flavor is strong and truly not like anything else I've ever had. I wouldn't use them in place of more traditional mushrooms in recipes, but they are fairly dry and crisp up nicely sauteed in butter or olive oil and match with a nice rib eye steak, pork chops or broiled salmon. I also lke to add them to buttered noodles. This batch won't make the thanksgiving menu because, well, I don't want to share... If you happen to find some, do yourself a favor and overlook the price and give them a try.
P.S., I also found some awesome unpasturized cider at the farmers market that has started the transformation into what I hope will be a great hard cider.