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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fried Mushrooms


Let me tell you how excited I was to find mushrooms on sale here!  I'm not sure how its been stateside, but these little fellas have quite a volatile price range.  I bought up a few packs yesterday and figured I'd have a solo mushroom extravaganza! (Kiddos don't like mushrooms, and the hubs is gone)

The first thing that popped into mind was fried mushrooms.  It has been a long, long time since I've had any, and I've been meaning to perfect the art of this luscious appetizer, so I hopped online and cruised for some ideas.  Recipezaar has always been pretty much on par with their ratings according to my taste, so that is a site I normally start off at, and where I found the following recipe.

I've only cooked with Panko a handful of times - mainly because I don't fry foods too often (surprisingly), so I'm not that experienced with it.  I know that its supposed to be fab with fried foods, so this recipe definitely called out to me.  I also have limited experience with using cornstarch in batter, so this was another component that made me to try this.  So, how was it? W.O.W!  The flour/cornstarch/panko combo was amazing! The breading was absolutely perfect, held up swimmingly while frying (my batter always ends up being a nightmare), and it had an awesome, thick crunch!  The batter was perfect! The mushrooms were excellent, needless to say, but this batter should work perfect for any frying you need done.  Whenever the need to fry beckons me again (onion rings, anyone?), I will definitely use this mixture :)



Fried Mushrooms
Serves 3

10 ounces fresh white mushrooms, wiped clean
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
2 cups breadcrumbs (Panko recommended)

1.  Mix flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt in a bowl.  Add water to make a batter.

2.  Dip clean mushroom into batter, letting excess drip off (poking mushroom with a toothpick works great).

3.  After dipping into batter, roll in Panko breadcrumbs to coat.

4.  Deep fry in oil until golden.

5.  Serve with your favorite dip!

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