Grilled shiitakes are a nearly perfect side with steak. I especially like them when I use a grill pan. I brush the stemmed mushrooms with olive oil, and work in a bit of a gentle rub. I grill them first, so that any bits of mushroom that adhere to the grill pan add extra flavor to the steak.
Yield 4 Servings
- Grind salt and all spices and herbs with a mortar and pestle (or in a spice grinder).
- Sprinkle a little of the rub on the gill-side of each mushroom. Follow with a gentle brush of olive oil, using the brush to work the rub into the gills.
- Combine any remaining rub with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and use this to brush the tops of the mushrooms.
- Preheat grill pan over medium high heat (or grill on high setting). Grill the shiitakes, turning occasionally so they cook evenly. If using a grill pan, cook the shiitakes before the steak. They're great at room temperature and the steak will pick up a little flavor from the bits of mushroom that stick to the pan.
Andy Broder - KitchenThink