With their chewy texture and meat-like savoriness, shiitake mushrooms—aka Black Forest or Japanese mushrooms—pair well with light, crispy spring vegetables like asparagus and tktk and creamy whole grains like quinoa or risotto’d rice. My new favorite shiitake recipe is the simple and awesome shiitake bacon (the ‘shrooms shrivel up so nicely that you can use them like bacon bits on tops of salads, soups and dips). Here are more than a dozen vegetarian recipes featuring shiitake mushrooms, to help you find your favorite. And in case you need more reason than utter deliciousness to start eating more shiitake, here are few of this fungi’s health benefits:
Shiitakes are one of the highest non-animal food sources of iron.
A light, vegan rissotto that uses vegetable stock, olive oil and white wine. GET THE RECIPE, via Vegan Miam
Raw Shiitake Kale Salad
The Daily Meal describes this recipes as "Low-Sodium, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free and Sugar-Conscious. And yet somehow it still sounds and looks really good, no? GET THE RECIPE, via The Daily Meal
Balsamic Shiitake Rice Salad
A light, fresh spring side with black rice, shiitake, scallions, carrot, celery and shallot. GET THE RECIPE, via
Sage Stuffing and Shiitake-Shallot Gravy
This vegan sage stuffing and shiitake shallot gravy might be more fall/winter than spring, but it sounds too good not to include. GET THE RECIPE, via Olives for Dinner.
Lemongrass Consommé with Matzoh Balls Leeks and Shiitake Mushrooms
Sub vegetable broth for the chicken stock to keep it vegetarian, obviously. GET THE RECIPE, via Epicurious
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