Hericium-Scallop Checkerboard
Chef Sean Keeley        Indigo         Springfield, Illinois
The lightly sweet flavor of the white autumn mushroom commonly known as Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) reminds some people of scallops. The seemingly unlikely pair are brought together here in this clever presentation with grilled, basil-stuffed Roma tomatoes and balsamic syrup. This delightfully inventive appetizer is further evidence that not all mushrooms are created equal.
TIP: “Snowball” Mushrooms known as Hericium appear during autumn on dead wood, including old wounds on living trees. The white flesh of all Hericium species is a surprisingly excellent match with seafood.
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