I made a really quite disgusting miso broth thing, and used some in that. Horrible it was. The mushrooms went all soggy and slimy. So to counteract this disastrous happening I wanted something quick and crunchy. Then a bag of matzo meal fell on my head from the cupboard, like a sign from God.
I've called them calamari because not only do they look like calamari, but they actually taste like calamari too - you've got that crispy tentacle thing going on. You could do this with normal mushrooms I guess, but the weirder enoki ones create the more surface area, and therefore more crunch. I assume we all like crunch? The seasoning is important, I sprinkled them with lots of sea salt, chilli flakes. Good result. Feel particularly proud that I haven't made any 'fun-guy' refs. in this post btw.
Wild Mushroom Calamari (makes a nice plateful for two to share)
Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
You will need:
- a box of mixed wild mushrooms
- matzo meal (or very fine breadcrumbs)
- oil for frying
For the seasoning:
- dried chilli flakes
- sea salt and black pepper
- Dip the mushrooms in milk.
- Roll them in matzo meal.
- Heat about half an inch of oil in a heavy based pan and fry until golden. Sit on kitchen towel to soak up the access oil.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve with lemon juice and chilli flakes.