for a very short time in late summer/early fall you can find the infamous "chicken of the woods" mushrooms at the local co-op. these delicious mushrooms have a slight orange tinted skin and a creamy white body. they get their name because, well, they actually do taste a lot like chicken...it's crazy weird.
i like to simply saute mine up with some herb infused earth balance and a little salt and pepper. you really don't need to complicate them since they carry such a unique flavor.
also, these mushrooms aren't cheap, usually running $20 per pound, but treat yourself to a piece or two, it's well worth it.
chive buttered chicken o’ the woods mushrooms w/ lemon zest brown rice
½ lb chicken of the woods mushrooms
1 clove garlic - minced
2 tbsp fresh chopped chives
2 tbsp earth balance
1 1/2 cup brown rice (prepared per package directions)
½ lemon (and some zest)
parsley for garnish
salt and pepper to taste
in a small bowl combine your earth balance with the chives. let sit out at room temp for a while to soften as it will be easier to combine.
prepare the rice per the package directions. when it is in it’s final 3-5 minutes of cooking, squeeze ½ lemon in with the rice and toss 1 tsp of lemon zest in as well.
in a medium skillet add your garlic, sliced mushrooms and the earth balance. saute’ until slightly browned. add salt and pepper to taste.
lay your mushroom mixture on top of a little of the rice.
add chopped parsley for garnish.
serve with a cold pinot grigio.