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Roasted Oyster Mushrooms and Gnocchi Pearls


Oyster Mushrooms and Pearls

In ancient China oyster mushrooms were sent as a gift to friends and family. The jewelry maker in me couldn’t resist adding the pearls…

The graceful appearance of the bloom of the oyster mushroom hooked me at the Green City Farmer’s Market. I wondered if I could roast them to keep the whole mushroom together? I looked for roasted oyster mushroom recipes and decided to make up my own.

I wanted to keep the oyster and pearl theme going and first thought of pearl onions, but they weren’t available.

What about Bay Scallops, they’re white and small? They would be wonderful with this Roasted Oyster Mushroom recipe and the texture of the Bay Scallops would add the dimension of the Sea… if you try it please let me know.

I had the Mini Potato Gnocchi and decided to make the ‘Pearls‘ vegan by default.

Besides their meaty texture and beautiful looks, Oyster mushrooms are a health protecting food. “Oyster mushrooms lower cholesterol and promote the metabolism, lower blood pressure and stimulate blood circulation. They contain taurine, which is a component of bile important for the metabolism of fats, reducing the production and secretion of low density lipoproteins” (LDL’s- bad cholesterol).

So take another look!

Roasted Oyster Mushrooms and Gnocchi Pearls

Roasted Oyster Mushrooms With Gnocchi Pearls

2 pound cluster of oyster mushrooms

2 small lemons

1 ½ tablespoons butter or Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread, broken into small pieces

¼ cup NSVOO  Not So Virgin Olive Oil*

1 twig rosemary,

Zest of one lemon

Bring all ingredients to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 225˚ F.

Split Into Four Sections and Marinade

Break Oyster mushroom cluster into 4 to 6 clusters.  Trim bottom of stems with scissors.

Crush needles from rosemary twig into NSVOO, include garlic pieces from NSVOO, mix with butter in bottom of ovenproof baking dish. Zest 1 lemon into oil, butter, and garlic mixture.

Add Lemon Juice to the Gills

Coat top, underside gills, and between mushroom petals with mixture. Squeeze lemon juice over the mushroom petals— gill side up.

Turn mushroom petal topside down in baking dish. Cover with brown bag and marinate for ½ hour at room temperature.

Turn petal-side up and roast for 10 minutes, then open door of oven for 1/2 minute to let out steam.

Roast 10 minutes more, open door again for steam to escape.

Turn the petal side down for 10 minutes more. This roasting is as slow as a meringue.

Cut With Scissors

Cut Roasted Mushrooms into serving size sections petal-side up on serving platter in a ring.

Spread Petal-side Up In a Ring on Large Platter

Gnocchi Pearl Center

Pearl Size Potato Gnocchi

1 package of Mini Potato Gnocchi

¼ cup Fresh Parmesan cheese

1 bunch fresh Basil leaves, reserve 10 whole leaves and chop ⅓ cup additional leaves, set aside

1 tablespoon Sea salt

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Bring 2 quarts cold water to a boil for Gnocchi. Add Sea salt to the water.

Boil 2 minutes, drain, reserve ¼ cup water.

Add Roasted Mushroom Marinade to Oil, Basil and Gnocchi Water Reserve to Make Sauce

Add ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil and Gnocchi water reserve to mushroom roasting marinade include smaller pieces of mushrooms in bottom of ovenproof pan and mix together with basil for sauce. Coat Basil leaves for garnish with sauce.

Add Gnocchi to sauce in pan and coat. Pour Pearl Gnocchi and sauce into center of roasted mushroom ring.

Shave or grate fresh Parmesan cheese on each serving.

Add Extra Parmesan to Serve

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. —Confucius

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6 thoughts on “Roasted Oyster Mushrooms and Gnocchi Pearls

  1. I love the pictures, so beautiful they are art. I’ll have to keep a look out for oyster mushrooms. Thanks for the new ideas!!!

  2. Yum! I have been waiting for this recipe ever since you tested it on me! I wonder if I can find all of the ingredients!? looks like a filling rainy day dinner!

  3. Your fushion of food and art has risen to a new level, but combining the term would sink to a lower one…a true arftist…Your creative kitchen stands alone, well done. Bravo!

  4. i love this! i usually look at all the pictures first before i start reading, so i was like, what..you can cook pearls now? Lol. Genius idea about using the theme but not cook the real pearls. 🙂

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