I'm not gonna lie. This is definitely not the most photogenic food dish. But hang tight and listen up. Once you make this roasted hen of the woods mushroom recipe you're not going to care what it looks like!
This is what they look like uncooked. They need to be rinsed thoroughly and then pressed between sheets of paper towels to dry. Of course you will want to be as gentle as possible. You can either separate them like this, or cook them whole.
I love picking up about a pound of these at the local farmer's market when they're in season and prepare to roast them whole.
Spread them out on a baking dish lined with parchment paper or a silicon mat.
A quick shot of olive oil spray will do the trick.
Next take your favorite herbs, chop them up and sprinkle over the mushrooms. Thyme and oregano will do and if you have a sprig of culantro, nothing beats that savory taste!
Roast them at a high temperature for about a half hour. The secret to perfection here is to get them to be slightly chewy with a tender center and crispy edges.
You'll be surprised how quickly a pound of these mushrooms will disappear!
roasted hen of the woods mushrooms
Hen of the woods mushrooms are one of the most perfect foods found in nature. If you've never made them, they may look a little intimidating, but they are truly simple to make. All you need to do is roast them. This recipe calls for using fresh herbs and garlic. Choose your favorites. Skip the garlic, depending on what you're serving this with. Use the mushrooms as a perfect side dish or perhaps you can throw them in a pasta sauce. Anything works here.
12-16 oz hen of the woods wild mushrooms, cleaned
cooking spray, preferably olive oil
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme, oregano, rosemary, sage, culantro (your choice)
3 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
fresh ground pepper
Preheat oven to 425. Thoroughly and gently rinse the hen of the woods making sure to remove all the dirt and press between paper towels to dry.
Spray the mushrooms a couple of times and toss with the remaining ingredients.
Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or on a silicon mat . Roast in the oven for 25 to 35 minutes until the mushrooms are crispy around the edges.
Remove from oven and allow the mushroom to cool. Either serve immediately or use in a sauce.