Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Roasted Wild Mushrooms with Miso Butter

We originally whipped up this miso butter so we could make the Pan-Roasted Asparagus, Poached Egg & Miso Butter from the Momofuku cookbook.  Then we realized our asparagus wasn't good.  Ugh.  I really hate it when that happens.  So I dug through the fridge for an alternative and came across some wild mushrooms - oyster mushrooms, enoki mushrooms and shiitakes.  I decided to go ahead and roast the mushrooms and serve them on a pool/bed of the miso butter.  I thought that the flavor of the miso butter went really well with the mushrooms.  Roasted mushrooms are a bit nutty and so is the miso butter.  The richness of the miso butter could get a little overwhelming, but the sherry that you cut the miso butter with gives it a nice punch and cut through the hearty flavors of the miso butter and the mushrooms wonderfully.  Given how well this turned out on the fly, I wonder what else the miso butter works with?

Recipe after the jump!

Roasted Wild Mushrooms with Miso Butter

1/4 cup shiro (white) miso
3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened at room temperature, divided
1 tbsp vegetable oil 
10 oz. assorted mushrooms (we used a mix of enoki mushrooms, shiitakes, and oyster mushrooms), cleaned, tough stems removed, and cut into bite-size pieces
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp sherry vinegar
1 scallion, green parts only, thinly sliced
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Drizzle mushrooms and garlic with vegetable oil, season with s&p and toss to combine.  Spread mushrooms out on a rimmed baking sheet.  Roast until mushrooms start to turn golden brown in places, about 10-12 minutes.

Meanwhile mix together miso and 3 tbsp butter with a wooden spoon in a small bowl.  Stir until well-combined.  Set aside.  Heat sherry vinegar in a small sauce pan over medium heat until slightly reduced, about 15 seconds.  Add miso butter and remove from heat, stirring until well-mixed.  You don't want to melt the butter entirely - instead it should form a thick sauce.
Spoon miso butter onto plate.  Add mushrooms and top with scallions. 

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