Fried Mushrooms

This recipe was requested after I posted the pic of them on Facebook.

Fried mushrooms are an often requested treat here at my house. Once upon a time, many moons ago, I could find good, already breaded mushrooms in the freezer section of the grocery store. Alas, that was not to continue. So, what to do when one of your favored snacks can no longer be found in the store, and it’s too expensive and too long a drive to go find them at a restaurant? Learn to make them yourself. So, that’s what I did.

Here they are, in all their yumminess, artfully displayed on a fancy, schmancy, dollar store paper plate  along with a dish of ranch dressing.

Fried Mushrooms

Ingredients:

Whole white mushrooms (obviously since it’s difficult to make fried mushrooms without them) that aren’t too big. Smaller ones cook better.

1 cup flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup water

2 cups…or so, panko bread crumbs.

You can also add other spices if you want. Old Bay Seasoning, cayenne pepper, cilantro, garlic, whatever suits your taste buds. We most often prefer them with just salt.

Directions:

Heat deep fryer to around 350 *F

Mix flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a bowl, then add water to make the batter.

Put the breadcrumbs in a separate dish. Dip mushrooms in the batter (make sure to shake a little of the excess off, which isn’t easy because the batter is thick), place in breadcrumbs and thoroughly coat. Set on wax paper covered pan.

Once you have a good amount of them lined up, carefully drop mushrooms into hot grease. Do not use the basket for this. The batter is just squishy enough it will get caught in the basket once it starts to cook. Occasionally roll them over in the grease. They float, which leaves a small part up out of the grease, so you want to make sure that part takes it’s turn frying like it’s supposed to. Once they are golden brown, remove from grease (now I know a lot of recipes would insert the need to use some sort of utensil to remove them, but I’m going to skip it because I figure you all are smart enough not to stick your hands in 350 degree grease), and drain on paper towels.

Now, the temptation is to grab one of those bad boys, dip it, and bite into it. Beware! They are HOT! Remember what I said above about hot grease and bare skin? Yeah, that applies to your mouth too. Now if only I could remember that. I never fail to burn my mouth because I’m too impatient. However, if you are less of a pig than me, you will likely be able to avoid this pitfall.

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