I am really and truly not a food snob, unless . . . . you want me to eat “fake” meat. Morning Strips? No thank you. “Chickin’? No thank you.
Maybe this is unfair of me since I’m not a vegetarian and enjoy nothing more that braised short ribs on a cool, winter day. And please, if you love a good slice of Tofurky, don’t be offended! Everyone has their own taste and opinions about food. It’s a personal thing, and for me, well, I think the best choice is always to eat something different, not something pretending to be something it isn’t — like an animal.
I think mushrooms, with their hearty, earthy, and with deep, rich flavor, are the ideal “meat” for vegetarians. Clearly, they’re not a protein substitute, but I think they’re a great culinary substitute.
And mushrooms are a truly gorgeous ingredient!
This dish my friends, might just be for vegetarians, what a great Braised Brisket Stew is to meat eaters.
If you love mushrooms and cooking with them you will also enjoy:
Mushroom and Bacon Savory Pie with Potato Crust
Brown Sage Butter Mushroom Risotto
Thanksgiving Cornbread Stuffing with Sherried Mushroom Satué
Savory Mushroom Polenta Cake
Spicy Marinated, Grilled Portabella Mushrooms