I love shiitake mushrooms, but they are super expensive. Solution: giant wholesale containers of dehydrated shiitakes. They’re inexpensive, shelf stable, and once they’re rehydrated they taste fresh.
Boil ~1.5 – 2 cups of water in a small pot. Once the water is boiling, turn off the burner, add a large handful of mushrooms, and cover with a lid. Leave a small opening for steam to escape, though, otherwise pressure builds in there and it is difficult to open later. If you can let them soak until the water is cold, that is best, but not necessary. I usually start the mushrooms while prepping ingredients for whatever dish they are to be used in, then add them at the end of the dish. The water will become saturated with delicious mushroomy flavor and can be used in addition to or as a substitue for oil/butter.
For the fried rice, you’ll need:
Rice (I used brown rice left over from the night before, about 2 cups of cooked rice)
1/2 large or 1 regular sized yellow onion, chopped
Vegetables of choice. I used a handful of baby carrots, leftover steamed broccoli, and shiitake mushrooms.
One chicken pepper and spinach chicken sausage (any type of meat or tofu would really be fine)
1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger root, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
~2 tablespoons of tasteless oil (to coat the pan)
Soy sauce 3 – 4 tablespoons
Turmeric 2 tablespoons
Hot sesame oil 1/2 teaspoon
Chili powder 1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper to taste
Optional: hot sauce
How to make the fried rice:
Start the dehydrated mushrooms and sausage. I broil the sausage until it is defrosted, then slice down the middle and broil until it gets crispy. The whole thing takes 20-30 minutes.
Coat a saucepan with oil and start frying the onions, carrots, and any other raw vegetables that take a long time to cook. I always caramelize the onions before doing anything else.
When the onions start to brown, add the ginger root, garlic, and hot sesame oil.
Stir frequently until very fragrant, then add everything from the mushroom pot (mushrooms + water). Add the rice and the steamed broccoli. Stir everything around. Add the soy sauce and other spices. The spices I used are suggestions. Feel free to add whatever you like!
By this time, the sausage (or tofu) should be done, so chop it up and add it to your dinner:)