Thu 1 Mar 2018
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MUSHROOMS GO SMOKY FOR THE ULTIMATE TOAST
Looking for a great smoky appetizer or snack but don’t want to go to the trouble of firing up the charcoal or gas grill? Then think stove top smoker and prepare to bring the best out of mushrooms when they get wood fired for full flavor. I’ll bring you the easy stove top smoker technique that takes less than 30 minutes and then offer up a super easy but full of flavor smoked mushroom toast with kale and ricotta.
Stove Top Smoking
Stove top smokers are a great way to get authentic wood fired flavors into foods in an easy, quick method. There are many options for read-made units though you certainly can use what’s available in your kitchen (see our blog on “The Kitchen Find“). I’ll be using the unit made by Nordic Ware® that has everything included expect the wood chip product. For that item, just visit SmokinLicious® and select your favorite hardwood in the Minuto® wood chip product line. I’m using about 35 grams of my own custom mix of both species and chip sizing. Equal parts of Red Oak #8, Sugar Maple #6, and Wild Cherry #6 will bring the perfect balance to my fungi selections.
After placing the base of my smoker on the burner, I add the 35 grams of wood chip custom mix. I line the drip pan with foil to make clean up easier since the mushrooms will render some of their water. This is placed on top of the wood chip pile. Then into the grill pan go my favorite gourmet mushrooms – oyster, cremini, baby bella, shiitaki, porcini. In just 20 minutes, these will be tender and full of smoky flavor that I can use in my toast recipe.
Savory Ingredient Prep
While the mushrooms are smoking on the stove top, it’s time to prepare the other ingredients for the recipe that will follow. First, I’ve purchased a hearty country bread that just needs to be sliced and placed on a sheet pan for toasting. Once the bread is ready for the oven, I wash and dry about 2 cups of kale leaves and then tear them into bite size pieces. Next, I season 1-1/4 cups of ricotta cheese with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Other ingredients that are at the ready include one garlic clove minced, 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar, and 1 dry Arbol chili that I reduce almost to powder to add that hot undertone. You can also use a Fresno chili or other similar hot chili. For cooking the toast topping, you’ll also need 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a skillet.
Making Toast Topping
With our mushrooms perfectly smoked, I remove them from the smoker pan and set aside. Into a skillet I place the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and allow to heat. Once hot, I add the minced garlic and allow to brown for a few minutes. Next, the smoked mushrooms go in the pan. Allow these flavors to blend for about 6 minutes, breaking up the larger mushroom pieces. Finally, add the cleaned kale and chili pepper. Toss to mix. In goes the salt, fresh ground pepper, and white wine vinegar. While that is sitting on low temperature, toast the previously prepared bread slices. When the toast is done, it will be time to assemble this highly flavorful mushroom toast.
The Ultimate Toast Comes Together
With our bread toasted, mushroom-kale mixture infused with garlic and chili, and the ricotta seasoned, it’s time to assemble the toast. First, take a generous spoonful of the ricotta and spread on the toast. Then spoon on the mushroom-kale mixture on top of the ricotta. That’s it! Don’t let the simplicity of the assembly fool you. This is one super flavorful appetizer or snack for those of us who go beyond chips and popcorn. Pick your favorite gourmet mushrooms, favorite country bread, and let the fun begin. Wood Fired Mushroom Toast with Kale and Ricotta. This is soon to be your go to appetizer or gourmet snack.
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