Do you like sauces over your ravioli that are creamy, rich and savory? Then you will really like this Shiitake Mushroom Sauce. You’ve got to try it—and it’s wonderful over almost Anything! It is such a luxurious sauce with its buttery, slightly smoky and meaty flavor. How does all this wonderful flavor happen? It is because Shiitake Mushrooms add the Fifth Taste sensation, called Umami, the others being sweet, sour, salty and bitter. This means that when you add Shiitake Mushrooms to a recipe, you are adding a food that will awaken and excite your taste buds, while adding a rich, savory deliciousness.
Shiitake mushrooms are very porous, so they will soak up any flavor you put in the cooking liquid and make it that much yummier! Oooo, isn’t that just what you want in a sauce? Now, close your eyes and imagine what it will do to your enjoyment of a meal to pour this umami-rich shiitake mushroom sauce over chicken, pork, or spinach ravioli—better yet, fix this recipe and enjoy the deeply satisfying flavors like you have never experienced before. You might decide that you want your chicken, pork, or spinach ravioli like this all the time instead of a red sauce!
What are mushrooms?
They are not a vegetable, but instead they are a delicious fungus that adds the Gourmet element to many gourmet dishes, as well as adding to our health in a variety of ways. Shiitake mushrooms are currently grown by 200+ U.S. commercial growers, growing them on sawdust blocks or the much preferred hardwood forest logs. They have always been highly valued and widely referred to as “medicinal mushrooms” because of their use in oriental medicines. Including these in our diet as a whole food can provide us with many solid health benefits:
Immune support tops the list of documented health benefits. Not only do shiitake mushrooms prevent excessive immune system activity, which can lead to autoimmune diseases, but they can also stimulate the immune system. This means that they can help regulate and support our immune systems.
Cancer research has shown that they activate and enhance our own body’s cancer eating macrophages like and turn them into Cancer Warriors, causing researchers to refer to that as “anti-cancer immunity”. This appears to be especially helpful in prevention of prostate cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer when added to our diet.
Cardiovascular benefits is another area where shiitake mushrooms shine. They can have a positive effect on reducing total cholesterol, on different diseases like atherosclerosis (protecting our blood vessels), in giving antioxidant support and reducing chronic oxidative stress.
Nutritionally, they are high in copper, selenium, manganese, B-Complex vitamins, dietary fiber, and beta-glucan, an important phytonutrient. They are low in calories, having only 26 calories for four raw shiitakes.
In selecting Shiitake mushrooms, look for ones that are firm, plump and clean. Avoid ones that are wrinkled or have slimy spots. They can be kept in the refrigerator in a very loosely closed bag, and used within a few days.
Clean them with a mushroom brush or a damp paper towel, to avoid them becoming soggy. Discard the fibrous stem, or use it in a stock. Rehydrate dried shiitakes. Another way to cook fresh ones and retain maximum flavor and nutrition, heat 3 tablespoons of broth over medium heat in a pan. When the broth begins to steam, add the sliced mushrooms and sauté for 7 minutes, stirring continually in the last 4 minutes.
Using ravioli you buy at the story makes this meal so easy and quick. So go get some ravioli and some Shiitakes, fix this sauce, and enjoy the divineness. Let me know how you loved it!
If you make my Shiitake Mushroom Sauce Recipe, be sure to take a photo and tag me @onlinefoodblog on Instagram or Twitter. I would love nothing more than to see your creations!
2 tablespoons unsalted cold butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon anchovy paste 1¼ cup onions, ¼ medium onion, sliced 1¼ cup of 3 ounces Shiitake mushrooms, sliced 2 tablespoons or 1 ounce dry white wine (Pinot Grigio) 1 cup chicken stock, low sodium preferred 2 tablespoons unsalted cold butter 1 tablespoon cream Ravioli-chicken, pork, or spinach-purchased from the grocery store Try out our Shiitake Mushroom Sauce Recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How to make Shiitake Mushroom Sauce
2 tablespoons unsalted cold butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
1¼ cup onions, ¼ medium onion, sliced
1¼ cup of 3 ounces Shiitake mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons or 1 ounce dry white wine (Pinot Grigio)
1 cup chicken stock, low sodium preferred
2 tablespoons unsalted cold butter
1 tablespoon cream
Ravioli-chicken, pork, or spinach-purchased from the grocery store
Try out our Shiitake Mushroom Sauce Recipe and post your results below in the comments…