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Battle Mushroom May 5, 2010

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My friend Crunchy Potato threw her second annual competitive potluck recently. This time the theme ingredient was mushrooms. My entry was beer battered shitake poppers with truffle aioli. It went over very well. Here’s the recipe, sorry for the funky photo.

Beer Battered Shitake Poppers with Truffle Aioli

1lbs shitake mushrooms
1 12 oz can beer
2 cups flour
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
Aioli:
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
dash of cayenne pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 egg yolks
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup truffle oil

For the ailoi:

Crush garlic and mix with lemon juice and spices. Mix yolks and olive oil with a blender, slowly add lemon mixture. Mixture will start to fluff and become yellowish white, add truffle oil and mix for another minute. Refidgerate.

Heat vegatable oil in a large deep fry pan while making batter. Temp should be about 260 degrees when ready.

Mix flour and spices until blended, then add add egg whites (leftover from aioli) and beer (of your choosing). Blend well, mixture should be light and fluffy.

Rinse and dry mushrooms, dip in batter – giving a little swirl to make sure its fully covered and drop gently into the oil. Depending on the size of your pan, you can do about 6-8 at a time, be careful not to overload your pan. Putting in too many at a time will lower the temp of the oil and leave the poppers greasy. Remove the poppers when they start to turn golden brown, place on some paper towels and then transfer to a rack to cool.

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