2014 Lenten potluck #5: Mushroom Jerky

Okay, so it turns out *tonight* is actually the last Lenten potluck! And I haven’t made anything yet. And I’ll have just two hours to drive home from work, whip something up, and drive back to church. While I’m trying to figure out what to make, have a look at last week’s potluck and my mushroom jerky.

I bought a couple small bags of dried black fungus (yum yum) from the local Asian market.

I tripled this old recipe for the marinade for pepperoni beets, and added an extra 1/2 C water. I also accidentally sixtuppled (is that a word? multiplied by six is what I mean) the amount of smoked paprika. I do not recommend it.

I gave the mushrooms a good long rinse in the colander, drained them,

and added them to the large bowl filled with the marinade. Stir to coat. Cover the bowl and let it set 4 to 8 hours, stirring once or twice.

The mushrooms were soft and rubbery and absorbed most of the liquid. Great. Now spread them in a single layer onto a baking sheet – I used parchment paper because I omitted the oil from this recipe.

Bake at 250 until the mushrooms have a chewy texture. I only gave mine about 15 minutes, but they really needed more like 25 or 30, I think. If there’s a lot of liquid left on the mushrooms or on the baking sheet, they need a little more time.

They were still good, even though they didn’t have the exact texture I was going for (I made these once before I had the blog, so I know the right texture can be achieved!). Also the extra paprika was a bit much for me, although other people said they really liked the mushrooms. Do as you please.

We had another great spread at the potluck, wouldn’t expect anything less.

Salads, soups…leftover holy bread. Ya know, the usual 🙂

Green beans & rice, a Middle Eastern pastry made with farina wheat and soaked in a wonderful simple syrup, hummus, guac – the flat pretzel chip thingies are a nice alternative to tortilla chips if you’re avoiding all oils.

And I believe this was a southwestern corn soup. Everything was great!

What’s your favorite Lenten potluck dish?

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