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Sides, Vegetarian

Grits with deviled shiitakes

Grits with deviled shiitakes
Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times

IT was one of those farmers market moments. I was buying duck legs when the woman next to me asked how to cook them. I started rattling off my technique -- brush them with mustard, dust them with bread crumbs ... Read more

Total time: 40 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1/2 cup yellow corn grits (not instant)
  • 1 pound shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and stemmed
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large shallots, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon mushroom soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Tabasco sauce
  • 3/4 cup very rich vegetable, veal or chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

Step 1Cook the grits according to the package directions and set aside in a warm spot.

Step 2Thinly slice the shiitakes (if the caps are very large, cut them in half and then into slices). Melt the butter in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and garlic. Stir in the herbes de Provence, sprinkle in the salt and cook, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the shiitakes and cook, stirring constantly, until the mushrooms are tender and lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Step 3Immediately add the soy sauce, stirring to loosen the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, mustard and Tabasco to taste, mixing well. Add the stock and cook, stirring, just until the mushrooms are coated and a thin sauce forms.

Step 4Ladle the grits onto serving plates and spoon the shiitakes over them. Sprinkle with the chives.


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