Mini Fried Oyster Mushroom Nuggets & Churro Waffles

I had the pleasure of hosting a cook-a-long with my lovely line sisters for our 13th Deltaversary. Some of them are vegetarian and I didnt want to leave anyone out so here is my take on vegetarian chicken and waffles using oyster mushrooms. Enjoy! #vegetarianchicken #oystermushrooms #vegetarian #vegetarianrecipes



Fried Oyster Nugget Ingredients

(Serves 4 people)


Meat & Protein

2 Packs Oyster Mushrooms


Baking & Spices

2 1⁄2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

2 tbsp Salt (more, if desired)

2 tbsp Cracked Black Pepper (more, if desired)

3 tbsp Garlic Powder

4 tbsp Cayenne Pepper (more, if desired)

3 tbsp Paprika

3 tbsp Dried Basil

2 tbsp Dried Parsley


Oils & Vinegars

Canola Oil for frying


Condiments

Buffalo Wing Sauce

Hot Sauce


Fried Oyster Nugget Directions

1.) Gently clean each mushroom with a damp cloth and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Tip:If you have a lot of oyster mushrooms you can rinse them, but be careful not to rinse for too long as the flavor can be rinsed away.


2.) Place cut Oyster Mushrooms in a large Ziploc bag and marinate with Buffalo Sauce and Hot Sauce. Close the bag and lightly massage the marinade into the mushrooms without pressing too hard. Place in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes before cooking. Tip: Do not marinate the mushrooms for too long as they can soak up too much liquid and not cook well.


3.) To make the nugget dredge add 2 1⁄2 Cups All-Purpose Flour to a large mixing bowl. Add in 2 tbsp Salt, 2 tbsp of Cracked Black Pepper, 3 tbsp of Garlic Powder, 3 tbsp of Cayenne Pepper, 3 tbsp of Paprika, 3 tbsp of Dried Basil, and 2 tbsp of Dried Parsley. Whisk ingredients together.


4.) Before coating the mushroom nuggets with the flour dredge, add 3-4 tbsps of the marinade into the flour, and stir with your fingers. It should make small clumps.


5.) Coat each marinated mushroom nugget in the flour dredge being careful NOT to shake too much sauce. Be sure to pat the flour dredge into every crevice to ensure it is sticking. Tip: This is what makes it crunchy. As you coat more mushroom nuggets you will see more clumps of flour start to appear. Use those clumps to also coat the nuggets and place them on a cooling rack when finished.


6.) Heat Canola Oil in a Cast Iron Dutch Oven to 375 degrees. Tip: If you do not have a kitchen thermometer to check the oil temperature, you can drop a little bit of flour in. If it sizzles then the oil is ready to use.


7.) Fry the oyster mushroom nuggets for about 3-4 minutes, drain on a cooling rack, and place in the oven on the lowest temperature possible until ready to serve.



Churro Waffles Ingredients

(Serves 4 people)


Meat & Protein

2 Eggs, large 1 Egg White


Baking & Spices

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Baking Soda

3 1⁄2 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1⁄2 tsp Salt

1⁄2 cup White Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract


Oils & Vinegars

1⁄4 Cup Canola Oil

Canola Oil Spray


Dairy

1 1⁄4 - 1 1⁄2 Cup Almond Milk

1⁄4 Cup Butter, melted


Churro Waffles Ingredients

1.) Heat your waffle iron to the setting you feel comfortable with. I like to place mine on 6 for a crisper outside.


2.) In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 Cups All Purpose Flour, 2 tsp Baking Powder, 1 tsp Baking Soda, 1⁄2 tsp Salt, and 1⁄2 Ground Cinnamon. Blend with a whisk.


3.) In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 large Eggs, 1 Egg White, 1/4 cup White Sugar, 1 1⁄4 Cup Almond Milk, 1 tsp Vanilla Extract, 1⁄4 Cup Vegetable or Canola Oil, and 1⁄4 Cup Melted Butter.


4.) Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture. Whisk together. Tip: Be careful not to over mix.You want the mixture to be thick but still pourable. If the mixture is too thick, you can always add more Almond Milk.


5.) Spray your waffle iron with Canola Oil Spray. Make the waffles according to your waffle iron instructions. Tip: I like to put my waffle iron setting on 5 or 6 (slightly dark) for a crisper outside.


6.) While the waffles are cooking, mix 1⁄4 cup of White Sugar with 3 tsp of Cinnamon in small bowl.


7.) Remove the waffle and slice it into squares of 4. Lightly brush both sides of the waffle cuts with melted butter and dip into the Cinnamon Sugar coating. Serve immediately.


Now you have something cooked from the SOUL. Serve it to the CULTURE!


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