marriage made in heaven

If you are a fan of extraordinary combinations, this is a great option for you. Crisp oyster mushrooms with roast chicory – a vegetable with white leaves that taste bitter and are usually eaten raw in salads. I love it both ways fresh and roasted! This sweet and tangy jewel is perfect by itself or mixed with an olive oil, garlic or herbs and spices. I went for an exquisite combination of olive oil, pinch of lemon pepper seasoning, thyme and date&fig balsamic cream. It’s a marriage made in heaven! The balsamic cream is fantastic over salad greens, on kebabs, even dribbled on ice cream. You can also substitute the date&fig one with regular balsamico. But I would not go for it once I have touched the heaven. Also I used my favourite, homemade lemon pepper seasoning.

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Ingredients for the mushrooms: 100g plain flour / 50g lemon pepper seasoning / 400g fresh oyster mushrooms, cleaned and rinsed thoroughly, patted dry, torn / vegetable oil, for deep frying / For the chicory: 4 pcs chicory, washed and dried / 2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning /  2 tablespoons olive oil / date&fig balsamico  to finish (optional, but highly recommended)

Preparation method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200-220°C.
  2. Cut a thin wedge from the root end of each stem. Cut each chicory in half lengthwise.
  3. For the mushrooms, mix together the flour and lemon pepper seasoning until well combined.

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  4. Dredge the oyster mushrooms in the spice mixture until completely coated.

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  5. In the meantime, when the oven is ready, place the chicory cut-side up in a baking dish or on a baking sheet. I used the parchment paper which makes easier cleanup.
  6. Toss chicory in olive oil and sprinkle the lemon pepper seasoning. You can also add herbs. I used thyme in this recipe.

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  7. Roast for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Heat the oil in a deep heavy-based frying pan until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns brown when dropped into it.
  9. Carefully lower the coated mushrooms into the oil and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until crisp. Remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and set aside to drain on kitchen paper.
  10. The chicory is done when it’s tender. Test it with tip of a sharp knife. Remove from oven, sprinkle with date&fig balsamic cream, and serve with the oyster mushrooms.

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4 Responses to “marriage made in heaven”
  1. karol Pchler says:

    also wirklich, was kann man sich noch wünschen – wirklich himmlisch!

  2. I nominated you for the versatile Blogger Award! Please check out my post & the rules; http://dlcsmanagement.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/versatile-blogger-award/

    Regards,

    DLCS

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