Cauliflower Mushroom Recipes
Cauliflower mushrooms (Sparassis crispa, americana and others) are a cousin to chicken of the woods and hen of the woods, but are a delicious, unique mushroom in their own right. They have a texture I compare to mushroom noodles.
General Cooking and Tips
Cauliflower mushrooms are a joy to cook with, if you can find some. They start out looking big in the pan, but will wilt down quickly. As they grow best in the Pacific Northwest, they can often be wet and hold a lot of water.
They're also prone to larvae infestations, unlike most of the other mushrooms that come out of the PNW, so cook them quickly after you pick them, and keep them in the fridge.
If it rained recently when you harvested some, try cooking them with a dry saute, that is, heating in a pan with no oil until the mushrooms wilt and the water evaporates, adding oil and a little salt at the end, cooking until the mushrooms are starting to brown around the edges.
Ham and Mushroom Pizza Bianca
Cauliflower Mushroom Steaks
Steamed Mushrooms with Ponzu Sauce
Coral Mushrooms in Broth with Hominy and Mitsuba
White Risotto with Cauliflower Mushroom Ragu
Cauliflower Mushroom-Cabbage Gratin
Cauliflower Mushroom Pasta with White Wine Sauce
Cauliflower Mushrooms or Sparassis: The Noodle Fungus