It's seems the humble Shitake mushroom is a bit of a wonder food. It's been used for over 6,000 years in Chinese medicine and today it is thought to help protect us against cardiovascular diseases. It's also an excellent source of iron, which is particularly good news for those of us that do not eat meat. I, however, mostly use shitake mushrooms over garden-variety mushrooms where possible simply because of the rich, smokey taste... mmm it is sooo good.
To make this ridiculously-simple-even-your-cat-could-do-it recipe, which takes just 10 mins max, you'll need:
- bread, preferably of the crusty variety such as a baguette
- shitake mushrooms (the more the better, I say)
- and fresh herbs, such as basil
Roughly chop the mushrooms into halves or quarters, and also slice the bread into thick pieces.
Then, well it's as easy as toasting the bread while also sauteing (cooking or browning in a pan containing a small quantity of butter or oil) the mushrooms in butter and basil until brown.
When ready, simply place the toast on a plate with the mushrooms on top and there you have it: a delicious lunch or light dinner meal that's far more interesting (and healthy) than say boring cheese on toast (and it probably takes about the same amount of time to make).
You could make this delicious light meal into a mega one by combining it with the Bruschetta recipe we have here.