|FFWD ~ |
I’m sure, if I were living in France, I would have had no problem finding the Chanterelle mushrooms needed for this week’s French Friday recipe. I spent several days in pursuit of those elusive mushrooms. Finally, after running from store to store, I settled on Shiitake. I was convinced there were no Chanterelles to be had in the Garden State.
In one store, I asked the produce guy if he had Chanterelles? He just looked at me and laughed! I then said to him “I see you have Shiitakes”. He looked at me puzzled, and asked, “What is a Shiitake”? I knew I was screwed! Obviously he must have been new to produce, or this was his summer job! So after looking on-line, and seeing that Shiitakes can sub for Chanterelles, I bought a bunch.
I was a bit nervous, after reading Gracie Hunt’s comment on FB. She said, we shouldn’t substitute with Shiitakes because they have a stronger taste. What choice did I have?
|I loved this dish…can’t wait to try it the way Dorie intended it…once I find the elusive Chanterelles|
This week’s recipe was not one I was looking forward to. Mushroom dishes are not a favorite with me. Don’t get me wrong. I love mushrooms! I just prefer them as part of something else…not the star! Frankly, after last weeks pick, I was not looking forward to another failure! In full disclosure, last weeks salad turned out to be a winner after all. I loved it the second day, after all the flavors had melded.
I read all the comments on our French Fridays P&Q’s page, concerning the Chanterelles, and saw that Cher used Shiitakes. She also added grapes. Dorie’s Bonne Idee! Dorie suggested white grapes, but I only had red in the house. I decided to go for it! I also added more Napa, as Mary suggested! I made mine with the beef bouillon and soy sauce. The grapes added such a nice layer of flavor, and the mushrooms were wonderfully tasty.
I absolutely loved this dish! I made it early in the day, because of photos! Oh, the life of a food blogger! I ate some for lunch, and it was delicious! I will continue the hunt for the elusive Chanterelles. I would still like to make this dish the way Dorie intended. Although for now, I’m quite happy with the Shiitake version! Happy Friday everyone!!
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook, “Around My French Table or here. To see how the other Doristas did with this Elusive mushroom, check it out here.
|No Chanterelles…but lovely Shiitakes|
|Cooking the mushrooms|
|The grapes added such a nice layer of flavor…Enjoy!|