“medicinal mushrooms have been shown to boost heart health, lower the risk of cancer, promote immune function, ward off viruses, bacteria and fungi, reduce inflammation, combat allergies, help balance blood sugar levels and support the body’s detoxification mechanisms”
Wild shiitake, maitake and porcini mushrooms are simmered in homemade vegetable stock with green garlic, onions, parsley, sherry and toasted barley and seasoned with fresh thyme, sea salt and black pepper. A drizzle of truffle oil seals the deal..
2 cups homemade vegetable stock
1 1/2 cups dried shiitake, maitake and porcini mushrooms
1/2 cup barley
1 tablespoon pastured butter
2 bulbs green garlic, including leaves, sliced
1/4 cup yellow onion, diced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
2 teaspoons truffle oil, divided
1 1/2 oz medium sherry
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
Bring vegetable stock to a boil then remove from heat. Add mushrooms and steep for 1 hour.
Heat butter and half of the truffle oil in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Add barley and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned. Add onions and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
Roughly chop re-hydrated mushrooms and add to the pan with thyme. Add strained mushroom soaking liquid and simmer until barley is tender, about 25 minutes. Add sherry, parsley and simmer 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and serve garnished with a sautéed mushroom cap and a drizzle of truffle oil.
This post is part of The Food Renegade’s Fight Back Friday!