I love popping into my local Japanese supermarket and coming out with a complete impulse purchase. This week it was these very elegant yet substantial-looking mushrooms, labelled “Eringi”.
When I got home and googled Eringi, I realized these were the elusive King Oyster mushrooms (pleurotus eryngii) I had been looking for to make a recipe that caught my eye on the Nom Nom Paleo blog. Result!
After just a few minutes of prep using a mandoline, these went in the oven to cook until crispy. The finished chips deliver a very intense umami flavor. My mushroom-loving daughter was delighted with the chips, and I can confirm they made an unusual but delicious aperitif snack with a glass of wine.
Mushroom chips (adapted from a Nom Nom Paleo recipe)
2 king oyster mushrooms (about 200g) – or any other large mushroom such as portobello
1 tablespoon ghee, melted – or the cooking oil/fat of your choice
salt and pepper
Serves 2-4 as a light snack
Preheat your oven to to 150°C/300°F/gas mark 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Clean the mushrooms with a damp paper towel and dry carefully. Cut each mushroom in half lengthwise, then slice lengthwise using a mandoline on the thinnest setting.
Place the mushroom slices on the baking sheet in a single layer. Brush lightly with the melted ghee, and season lightly with salt and pepper.
The chips will need about 60 minutes in the oven, but start checking after 45 minutes. When done, the chips should be completely crispy – there were a few slightly soft chips that I had to put back in the oven for 10 minutes.
Carefully remove from the baking sheet and blot on some paper towel, then serve immediately.