Roasted Matsutake Mushrooms
The flavor of matsutake mushrooms is clean and spicy, their surprisingly firm texture meaty and satisfying. Everyone seems to agree that simple preparations are the best way to showcase the unique qualities of the matsutake. This simple method of first marinating, then roasting matsutake mushrooms brings out their flavors fully.
Brush any dirt and forest debris from the mushrooms. If necessary, rinse briefly under cold running water & blot dry. Quarter each mushroom lengthwise.
Mix the mirin and soy sauce in a shallow bowl. Place the matsutake pieces in the bowl with the mirin-soy sauce mixture. Allow to marinate for 15 – 20 minutes, turning to coat all sides of the mushrooms.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Remove the mushroooms from the marinade, reserving any remaining liquid. Place the mushrooms on a broiler pan in the upper third of the oven. Roast for approximately 15 minutes, turning twice & basting with the reserved marinade. Remove the mushrooms from the oven when they are golden in color with bits of darker brown around the edges.