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Mushroom ‘Bacon’

Mushroom ‘Bacon’ 5.000

Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post

Jun 10, 2015

This smoky accompaniment adds depth to chef-restaurateur Todd Gray’s FLOTUS Burgers. They take some time and effort to make, but the results are impressive.

You’ll need to soak 1 cup of maple and cherry wood chips in water for an hour.

Make Ahead: The mushrooms need to dry in a low-heat oven or overnight in a dehydrator (follow the manufacturer’s directions). They can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Where to Buy: The royal trumpet/king oyster mushrooms are available at Asian supermarkets.


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Tested size: 5 servings

  • 8 ounces royal trumpet mushrooms (also called king oyster mushrooms; may substitute stemmed shiitakes; see headnote)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper

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Prepare a smoker or grill for indirect heat: If using a gas grill, preheat to low (220 to 250 degrees) with the lid closed. If using a charcoal grill, light the charcoal or wood briquettes; when the briquettes are ready, distribute them evenly over the cooking area. Drain the wood chips, then scatter them over the coals/briquettes. For a low fire, you should be able to hold your hand about 6 inches above the coals for about 10 seconds. Have ready a spray water bottle for taming any flames. Brush the grill grate.

Place the mushrooms in a vegetable grill basket or in a stove-top smoker. Close the lid and smoke the mushrooms for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone liner or parchment paper.

Whisk together the maple syrup, molasses, soy sauce, vinegar and a few pinches of pepper in a bowl to form a well-blended marinade. Dip the mushrooms in it so they are evenly coated. Arrange the coated mushrooms on the baking sheet. Slow-cook in the oven for 45 minutes, until slightly sticky and mahogany-colored.

The mushroom bacon is ready to serve or store.

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From chef-restaurateur Todd Gray of Equinox.

Tested by Sandhya Babu.

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