Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Lobster ... Mushrooms, that is!

When I spotted fresh lobster mushrooms in the bin at Whole Foods, I knew I had to have them. Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows I am a nut for fresh, hard-to-find mushrooms. Since I had never tried lobster mushrooms before, it was a no- brainer for me. So I snatched up one of the bright coral-colored caps as my head began to fill with all of the ways I might prepare these beauties. I raised it to my nose and gave it a sniff....wow! It smells like fresh seafood. So the name not only comes from the color but also the flavor. I decided then and there that I would make a vegetarian version of shrimp and grits using my newly-found treasure.
I prepared them simply by brushing them with olive oil and sprinkling them with a cajun dry rub. Then I grilled them for 3-4 minutes per side in my trusty cast-iron grill pan. I served them on top of spicy grits with a homemade remoulade sauce and chopped arugula.

5 comments:

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

Wow! I've never seen this type of mushrooms before. This sounds FANTASTIC!

Bianca said...

Damn Justin. That looks good as hell. I've never seen lobster mushrooms. I'm sicky today, but if I feel better soon, I'm gonna have to get to Whole Foods and buy some.

T said...

That sounds amazing! i always have trouble thinking up a sub for shrimp, which sucks since there are so many delish shrimp recipes out there. Yum!

Benito said...

Damn, thanks for the heads-up. I've had these dried before (you can find them in various dried wild mushroom packages), but I've only had them fresh in restaurants. The aroma and flavor is truly incredible.

the twins said...

wow, i've never heard of lobster mushrooms before. your dish looks so delicious!