Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pleurotus Ostreatus ... Oyster Mushrooms

These are some wonderfully delicious oyster mushrooms I picked up from the market last week. They may not look too appetizing just yet but this simple to do recipe will have you wanting more.  So, why are oyster mushrooms amazing? Well, for one, they are very healthy and full of nutrients.  They are low in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol.

They are a great source of protein,vitamin B6, folate, iron, magnesium, and Zinc.  Much like portobello mushrooms, oyster mushrooms are wonderful hearty and nutrient dense substitute to animal food products. They are an excellent source of  dietary fiber, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium and copper - which I assume are all things good for you!

Oven-baked Oyster Mushrooms
1. Preheat oven to 350 C.

2. Chop a bunch of oyster mushrooms in to bite-size pieces.  Be sure to keep them on the larger size because they will shrink when cooking.

3. Toss them in about 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil. You can eyeball this part because the amount of oil used will depend on the amount of mushrooms used.

4. Spread mushrooms out on a parchment paper covered pan and sprinkle sea salt over top.

5. Bake at 350 C for about 10-12 minutes then with a spatula, mix them up so that they evenly cook. Cook for another 4-5 minutes.

6. Remove from the oven, wait a minute or so and enjoy!

You can almost enjoy the oyster mushrooms as soon as you take them out of the oven because they will lose heat quickly.  So if you like them hot, eat them right away.  They should have a crispy texture with a salty or savoury taste.

If you have a great mushroom recipe to share I would love to hear it. Please leave a comment or two.  Cheers!


mailynmykelle said...

If you sauté them lightly in olive oil, they make a wonderful topping on home-made pizza, it is even better if you bacon.

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