I made this for dinner last night and I was reminded how much I adore these little bites.
If you can find fresh porcini mushrooms, I recommend using them. Otherwise, just use whichever fresh mushrooms look best – porcini, portobello, cremini, shittaki or button mushrooms. They can be shaped into the size of meatballs.
Savory Mushroom Bites
8 oz fresh mushrooms (porcini, portobello, or cremini)
2 oz. dried mushrooms (Chanterelle)
1 flax egg, beaten
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup alternative cheese, grated
2/3 cup fresh bread crumbs
1/4 cup peanut oil
Garnish with fresh basil
Add mushrooms and a splash of water to saucepan, cover, and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Allow mushrooms to cool and chop them up finely. Place in a bowl. Stir in egg, garlic, cheese, salt, pepper, and bread crumbs. Form mixture into small 1-inch round ‘meatballs.’ Add oil to pan and lightly fry them until they brown. Drain using brown paper or paper towels. Garnish with fresh basil. Enjoy!
Makes about 15 bites.