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Here's a dish that has special appeal for mushroom lovers who can simply revel in mushroomland with this stand-out first course or light meal. Often shiitake mushrooms are referred to as wild mushrooms. During Easter and Passover celebrations this month, enjoy this easy-to-prepare dish with its tempting presentation and hearty flavors. It makes an ideal lunch or a light dinner.
WILD MUSHROOM SALAD IN TOMATO CUPS
- Place shiitake mushrooms in a bowl and pour boiling water over them. Allow them to soak 30 to 40 minutes until softened. Cut off and discard tough stems. Chop or slice mushroom caps.
- Scoop out flesh and seeds from tomato halves. Set flesh aside for another use.
- Place tomatoes on a baking sheet and brush them with a little extra virgin olive oil. Put them under the broiler about 3" (7.5 cm) from heat source, and broil for about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Combine mushrooms and 1 or 2 T. olive oil in a large skillet or wok. Saute over high heat, stirring frequently, just until mushrooms are cooked, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove mushrooms to a medium-size mixing bowl.
- Add jicama, onion, bell pepper, cashews, lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper to bowl and toss well.
- For a presentation with a food stylist's touch, fill the broiled tomatoes with the warm mushroom mixture. Top each with a sprig of parsley, dill, or cilantro and serve each person 2 filled tomato cups. Be sure to serve with a knife and fork so everyone can enjoy the broiled tomato as well. Serves 6.
NOTE: Here are some suggestions for other ways to enjoy a wild mushroom salad without the tomato cups:
- Serve the salad as a warm side dish, making about 6 small servings.
- Chill and serve as a salad over dressed shredded lettuce.
- For Passover, serve the mushroom salad as an open face sandwich on matzoh.
- Use as a filling for a tortilla wrap or sandwich.
For more information on preparing mushrooms and mushroom recipes, check On the Highest Perch and Recipe Index.
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