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Matsutake Tempura with Ponzu Sauce



Matsutake Tempura with Ponzu Sauce
Crisp, crackly tempura is a wonderful way to show off the subtle flavors and distinctive aromas of the marvelous matsutake mushroom. The tangy ponzu dipping sauce provides a delightful counterpoint to the mild mushrooms.
Ingredients:

2 – 3 medium Matsutake mushrooms
2 Tbsp sake
1/2 cup rice flour
1 cup cooking oil, such as canola or peanut
Ponzu Sauce for dipping (recipe follows)

Directions:

 

Brush the matsutake mushrooms clean of any dirt or debris. Cut into approximately 1/8 inch thick slices. Turn each mushroom slice in the sake, then dredge with the rice flour and shake off the excess.

 

Heat the cooking oil over medium high heat in a deep heavy-bottomed pot. The oil should be approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. Drop a crumb of rice flour into the pot to test for heat. When it sizzles, the oil is sufficiently hot.

 

Cook the flour-coated mushroom slices in batches, slipping a few pieces into the hot oil, one at a time. Do not over crowd the pan. Turn each piece as it browns. When both sides are golden brown & crisp, remove them to a paper towel-lined pan and keep warm in a 200 degree oven.

 

Serve immediately while hot with ponzu sauce for dipping on the side.

 

Ponzu Sauce

 

2 Tbsp yuzu juice (substitute lime juice if yuzu is unavailable)

2 Tbsp rice vinegar

2 Tbsp light soy sauce

 

Mix all three ingredients well and serve in small dishes for dipping.

 



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