Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Crab and Maitake Risotto

So I got a Maitake mushroom the other day also known as hen of the woods, look how cool it looks! (my Mum kept asking me if it was safe to eat he he ) I got creative and made a crab and maitake risotto for Mum and Dad. Maitake mushrooms have anti cancer properties and are often prescribed by doctors in Japan. Here is a great article from Health Castle -http://www.healthcastle.com/herb_mushroom_maitake.shtml
They are a great source of vitamin D (827 IC/cup) in fact one of the best vegetarian sources, niacin, selenium, fiber (3g/cup), copper, phosphorus and potassium.


Ingredients:

  • one Maitake mushroom chopped
  • 1/2 a can of crab meat
  • one cup of vegetable stock
  • 4 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup of white wine
  • 2-3 cups of water
  • one cup of Arborio Rice
  • one chopped zucchini and about 5 chopped green beans
  • a little Parmesan cheese for garnish
Method:

  1. saute the onion and garlic in olive oil
  2. then add maitake mushroom and vegetables and saute for 5 minutes
  3. add rice and the wine and stir keep stirring the rice loses the water then add another cup, stir then add the final cup this takes about 30-45 minutes
  4. near the end mix in the crab meat and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese
What's the strangest looking mushroom you have eaten?


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