How to use dried mushroom powder

Mushroom powder No, they are not a spice, herb or condiment per se, but did you know that pulverized, dried shiitake mushrooms can add oomph to your dishes nonetheless? I didn’t, either, until Eric Gower, chef and cookbook author, taught me how to use them as a seasoning instead of rehydrating them to use in place of fresh mushrooms.


In fact, says Gower, many people prefer the taste of dried over fresh, saying they come with a purer blast of instant umami flavor.

Before you cook with them, though, you’ve got to buy the right ones, and to Gower the choice is clear.

“I buy large bags of dried, whole shiitake from my local Japanese market, but most Asian markets carry them,”he says. “I’m prejudiced toward Japanese ones — quality seems higher. I’ve had gritty unpleasantness with some cheap Chinese ones; had to throw them out.”

Gower has written books on Japanese cooking, so it’s no surprise that he’s such a fan of the shiitake, often referred to as the “monarch of mushrooms” in Japan, according to “Shiitake: The Healing Mushroom” by Kenneth Jones.

The shiitake — sweet-smelling with a meaty texture — takes its name from the Japanese words “take”(mushroom) and “shii” (a type of chestnut tree on which these mushrooms are commonly found).Mushroom-Powder

Dried shiitakes have a high percentage of essential amino acids and higher vitamin D content than most foods. According to Neera Chaudhary, a Toronto-based registered dietitian, several studies have shown that shiitakes, particularly dried ones, lower blood cholesterol. In ancient Asian cultures, they were revered for as aphrodisiacs.

Here’s how Gower suggests cooking with them:

First, grind them to a fine mushroom   powder, and then use them in scrambled eggs (with shallots, rosemary and Greek yogurt), in pasta sauces (add toward the end of the cooking), in soup bases, with sauteed winter greens.

If you’re more familiar with Italian than Japanese cooking, you might be wondering about porcini powder, and how it compares. Gower said that shiitake delivers more of an umami punch, although he said he has had success with porcini, too. A bigger fan, naturally, is cookbook author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich, who looks at the comparison from the opposite perspective: “Porcini powder is much more elegant and aromatic,”she told me. “Shiitake is more intense and a bit muddy.”mashrum curry

“Porcini powder is something that has always been used in the Italian cuisine, but more as salvaging the crumbs and powder left over from dry porcini that has crumbled in the storage process,” she said. You can add dried ground porcini to soups; mix it with coarse sea salt, black pepper and sugar to make a great dry rub for meat; and sprinkle it on mashed or roasted potatoes.

DRIED SHIITAKE MUSHROOM CRUSTED STEAK

Adapted from a recipe by Eric Gower

Serves: 2

4 dried shiitake mushrooms, finely ground

Sea salt to taste

Freshly cracked pepper to taste

1 tablespoon olive oildelicious mashrum curry

1 teaspoon butter

2 3-ounce (each) steak medallions

2 shallots, peeled and sliced

In a bowl, combine the mushrooms, salt and pepper.

Add the steak and use your hands to make sure the steak is completely covered.

Heat a cast-iron pan on medium heat. Add the oil and butter. Cook the steak until both sides are deeply brown.

Remove the steak from the pan and place on a plate to rest.

In the same pan, add the shallots. Cook for a couple of minutes until the shallots soften.

Place the shallots on top of the steak and serve immediately.

m r

Share This:


Special Recent Posts

Facts Bangladesh - Profile of Bangladesh, summary with key points

Facts Bangladesh - Profile of Bangladesh, summary with key points

History facts Bangladesh is a independent country located in South Asia . The capital of Bangladesh[...]
Tea Gardens in Bangladesh

Tea Gardens in Bangladesh

History of Bangladesh Tea Industry about to 1840 when a pioneer tea garden was situated up on the sl[...]
No thumbnail available

Dhaka City - Capital of Bangladesh | area population

Dhaka city history: Dhaka is the Capital of Bangladesh. It is said to refer the Word Dhaka came from[...]
Telephone  Bangladesh for dialing code number

Telephone Bangladesh for dialing code number

International or local telephone dialing code for Bangladesh: Telephone Bangladesh for dialing code [...]
No thumbnail available

The Season of Fruits in Bangladesh

Fruits of Bangladesh: Bangladesh enjoys generally a sub-tropical monsoon climate. There are three di[...]
Bengali or Bangla is the official Language of Bangladesh

Bengali or Bangla is the official Language of Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a South East Asian country of the world. The language in which the people of Banglades[...]
No thumbnail available

Bangladesh : The Roots from 500 A D

"Bangladesh has a hundred gates open for entrance but not one for departure" -Bernier.Bangladesh[...]
No thumbnail available

Bangladesh Religion - Muslim Hindu Buddhis Christian

Islam is the main Bangladesh religion with 89 percent Muslims. Other religious are Hinduism (9.5%),[...]