Oyster Mushroom Po Boy Sandwich
We were trying out different types of seafood through Fresh Direct while we had a promo, and in particular different kinds of oysters. I liked the idea of creating a dish that featured fresh oysters paired with a different ingredient that would end up tasting like oysters. So I went to the Union Square Greenmarket in search of that unique ingredient for this dish. As luck would have it one of the stands had these gigantic oyster mushroom grown on oak trees. They were incredible looking, so I bought them. Now that I had the right main ingredient for the recipe I needed a recipe! I thought through all sorts of potential classic oyster dishes that would work with the mushrooms as a replacement for the oysters. The one that stuck was the Oyster Po Boy. I thought that by taking the mushrooms and cutting them into disks, then battering them in masa harina, frying, and packing into a sandwich roll we would have a delicious alternative (and vegetarian) take on the classic po boy. As it turned out, the oyster mushroom po boy was delicious and worked out great! The sandwich was savory and made for an incredible dinner!
Oyster Mushroom Po Boy
An alternative take on a classic sandwich, this oyster mushroom po boy recipe is so good that it may even be better than the original.
Fried Oyster Mushroom
Combine masa harina, paprika, chili powder, salt, and black pepper on a plate
Heat pan over medium high heat
Add extra virgin olive oil so that it is 1/4 inch deep in the pan
Dip oyster mushrooms into egg
Then coat in the masa harina mixture
Place into hot oil and cook for 3 minutes per side, until crispy/brown on both sides
Put cooked mushrooms on plate until all are finished
In a bowl mix together mayo, lemon juice, hot sauce (tobasco or sriracha), garlic powder, celery seed, mustard
Coat top and bottom with Mayo aoili
Place on top of the bottom half of the loaf the kale, then tomato slices, then the oyster mushrooms