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This burger isn’t just any regular vegan burger; it’s probably the truest “seasonal cooking” burger you can imagine. The Chicken of the Woods, or Laetiporus, is an edible mushroom with a taste and texture resembling that of chicken meat. But, it’s not just about the flavors or about mimicking meat; it’s about the thrill of foraging, connecting with nature, and of transforming an overlooked woodland marvel into a classic favorite!
Foraging for wild mushrooms can be a delightful experience, almost like a treasure hunt in nature, however; the world of mushrooms is as fascinating as it is perilous. Many mushrooms can be toxic, some even lethal. Therefore, accurate identification is crucial. If you’re new to foraging, always consult with a seasoned expert, or consider joining a local foraging group. Also, familiarize yourself with the mushrooms common in your region, and always cross-reference with multiple trusted sources before consumption. If foraging isn’t for you; head to your nearest local farmers markets, there is always someone willing to share their precious finds.
Spicy No-Mayo Coleslaw
The combination of the meaty Chicken of the Woods mushroom with hearty chickpeas offers an umami punch. Walnuts add a layer of crunch, while the seasonings intertwine to create the perfect palette. Accompanied by the spicy no-mayo coleslaw, it’s the perfect balance of creamy, spicy, and tangy. The making of the burger is straightforward, starting with the mincing of the mushrooms and their sautéing, blending the ingredients to perfection, and then baking them to achieve that golden-brown crust. Served between freshly baked buns, layered with butter lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and creamy avocado slices, every bite is a testament to nature’s bounty and culinary creativity.
This Chicken of the Woods Burger is not just food; it’s an experience that you can share with family or friends. It speaks of sustainability, of conscious eating, and of the wonders our planet offers. So, the next time you crave a burger, take a walk on the wild side with this Chicken of the Woods Burger!
Author of the Clean Vegan Cookbook, Food Blogger and Recipe Developer from Des Moines, Iowa.
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