How to Use Shiitake Mushrooms

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Shiitake mushrooms make a great addition to a meal, but you have to be careful to not overuse them. Find out how to use shiitake mushrooms with help from a celebrity chef in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Brian Scheehser from Trellis at The Heathman Hotel in Kirkland, Washington. Today, we're going to talk a little bit about how to use shiitake mushrooms. Shiitakes are one of my favorite mushrooms because they have such a distinct flavor and to start out with the most important thing to remember is before you use your mushrooms, you have to clean them. So we're going to take a mushroom brush and we just go through really quick by holding the stem and we're going to just brush the tops to make sure that there's no dirt or anything on those. You don't want to wash them because when you wash mushrooms and you put them into water they'll absorb all that liquid. One of my favorite ways to use them is after we clean them we're going to cut the stems off and I'm going to put them in a saute pan. So we'll take our stems and we want to cut them stems off because the stems on the shiitakes are tough. You can save them if you're making soup or broth. You can infuse them into the broth. So we'll just take these, take our stems off. We're going to put our shiitakes in a saute pan and make sure we don't overlap them. I'm going to sprinkle them with a little bit of fresh herbs, some salt, some pepper. For a little bit of a bite I'm going to put just a touch of pepper flake. We're going to drizzle them with a little bit of olive oil and then I'm going to roast them in a 350 degree oven for about ten to twelve minutes and that's how to use shiitake mushrooms.

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