Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cooking: Cauliflower Mushroom (Krause Glucke)

Today I found my biggest cauliflower mushroom ever.

They grow as parasites on the roots of trees. I found them only on conifers expecially on pine trees and there, very close to the trunk.

I had to make a trophy photo to demonstrate the huge size.

At home you have to cut it into smaler pieces to clean it.

This species is more dirty and harder to clean than any other mushroom.

I prefer to browse it with a shower head. The water should be cold.

But you can't get it super clean. There will be always some soil.
Pick out the big stuff like pine needles, pieces of bark or moth cocoons.

Cut the mushroom into finger thick slices and build up a schnitzel factory. Bath the slices in the scrambled egg and coat it with bread crumps.

Heat oil in a pan and fry the mushroom schnitzel until the pieces are dark brown.

Synonyms: sparassis crispa, cauliflower mushroom, krause glucke, fette henne

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