Crispy Fried Cauliflower and Maitake Mushroom Recipe

SONY DSCThese wild maitake mushrooms came from Dave Odd at Odd Produce, though we have bought cultivated varieties at Korean and Thai grocers ¬†and even Mariano’s. SONY DSCIMG_8602IMG_8655IMG_8646IMG_8643SONY DSCSONY DSCCrispy Fried Cauliflower and Maitake Mushroom Recipe

1 cauliflower head cut into wing and drummette sized pieces
1/2 pound wild maitake mushrooms separated
Oil for frying

Seasoned Flour:
2 cups all purpose flour
Pinches of cumin, allspice, nutmeg, thyme, basil, oregano, white pepper, ripped sage, salt and smoked salt.
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast

Eggy wash:
2 tablespoons tapioca
2 tablespoons potato starch
1 tablespoon garbanzo bean flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 cup water

In a shallow pan or bowl combine flour, spices and nutritional yeast, set aside.

For the eggy wash; mix the dry ingredients and whisk in water.

Set up a cooling rack to receive the battered mushrooms and cauliflower.

Take a one handful of cauliflower or mushrooms at a time and dredge in the seasoned flour.

Move the flour dredged ingredients and place them in the eggy wash and then transfer back to the seasoned flour.

Place coated cauliflower and mushrooms on a cooling rack to rest for at least 15 minutes before frying.

Heat up 1-2 inches of oil in your frying pan on high to medium high.

Once the oil just barely begins to smoke add the mushrooms and cauliflower, make sure to leave space between all the pieces, as to not crowd the pan. Fry until lightly golden brown and turn over and continue to cook until the bottom browns a bit as well.

For a wing vibe serve with carrot and celery sticks along with our creamy black walnut dressing and tomatillo ground cherry salsa


4 Thoughts on “Crispy Fried Cauliflower and Maitake Mushroom Recipe

  1. Mmm, wild mushrooms are so good. Have you guys done any foraging?

    • Josh and Kerry on November 8, 2013 at 9:34 am said:

      Dyana, we do love to forage. One time we found Giant puff balls, blewits, dryad’s saddle and wild grapes all in the same location. Check out our wild mushroom pot pie post for those photos. Other than that we’ve only found dryad’s saddle and once stumbled upon a little icicle mushroom in Michigan. We have gone on forays with the Illinois Mycological Association, which are fun and informative.

    • Have you done any foraging Dyana? Let’s go foraging together!

  2. Joe and I go to Cape Cod in September each year, looking for boletes. I wouldn’t mind getting more mushrooms, but since my only experience is with those, I’d be too nervous about getting the wrong kind. But if we’re in Chicago at the right time, we should definitely go!

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