Confused by the title? As you should be....but let me explain....About a month ago, my family was in Berkeley celebrating my graduation with me and we dined at the acclaimed Millennium Restaurant in San Francisco. I had been dying to go there for years, and it completely lived up to all the hype! I will do a thorough restaurant review of our meal there soon, but for now, suffice it to say that one of the standouts was the Crusted Oyster Mushrooms that we had as a shared appetizer. My brother and I went CRAZY for these.....there's a slight chance that we fought for the last piece; obviously I won. Here is a picture of the amazing dish:
|The Deliciousness that is Crusted Oyster Mushrooms at Millennium Restaurant|
Recipe for Cornmeal Crusted Oyster Mushrooms (Gluten Free)
- 1 or 2lbs oyster mushrooms
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup unsweetened soymilk (or any other non-dairy milk)
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp nutritional yeast (powedered, not flakes)
- 1 1/2 tsp paprika
|Gnarly Looking Oystersss|
1. Line a couple of baking sheets with heavy duty tin foil and pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Wash and thoroughly dry all of your oyster mushrooms. You can also remove the stems if you like; I don't do this because they are still part of the mushroom and have great mushroom flavor so why get rid of them? Some people remove the stems for aesthetic purposes. Speaking of aesthetics, check out what oyster mushrooms look like up close! I think they look pretty awesome/gnarly/alien-like....in a mouth watering way?
3. Using two medium sized bowls, fill one with the wet ingredients (soymilk), and the other with the dry ingredients. Make sure to thoroughly mix the dry ingredients before continuing.
4. Now make somewhat of an assembly line, with the mushrooms on one side, followed by the two bowls, and then the lined baking sheets.
5. Take one head/piece of a mushroom and thoroughly drench it in the soymilk.
|The Assembly Line|
7. Lay the coated mushroom on the lined baking sheet and continue this process until all mushrooms are coated.
8. Pop them in the oven for about 8-10 minutes or until they are golden and crispy looking.
**Cooking Tip** If you are baking them on two levels of the oven, you should switch them a little past 6 minutes through since the top ones get more heat than the bottom ones. Keep a close eye on them after the 8 minute mark, they may need more than 10 minutes or be done right at 8 depending on your oven, the amount of coating, and the size of the mushrooms.
|Fresh out of the Oven!|
- These taste best when warm
- Although they are great on their own (kinda like vegan calamari fritti?), they also taste fantastic with a dipping sauce. Millennium served them with with some fancy-shmansy one, but I just used spicy ketchup and it was delish!
- These would be great as part of a Vegan Po'Boy Sandwich
I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I did! I will definitely post again once I try making this recipe with the Vegg!