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KING OYSTER MUSHROOM SCALLOPS’ IN A SMOKEY-CASHEW CREAM SAUCE

Today we’re bustin’ out the shrooms and slicing ’em up to make a plant-based version of scallops. Pair them with a rich and creamy cashew sauce, kissed with a little liquid smoke and miso, you’ve got yourself a plate of wicked deliciousness, without harming a single creature in the process.

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Ingredients

for the cashews

for the smokey cashew cream sauce

for the king oyster mushroom scallops

to serve

Instructions

to prepare the cashews

  1. Place the cashews and one cup of the broth into a blender (high speed, if you have one) or a food processor. The food processor will give a grainier texture, but this almost mimics parmesan cheese in this application, so either way you prefer works.
  2. Add in the remaining one cup of broth and blend or puree until smooth. Set aside.

to prepare the cashew cream-bacon sauce

  1. Melt the refined coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add in the shallots and saute for a few minutes, then add in the garlic and saute for a few minutes more, or until soft. If the garlic starts to turn golden at any point, reduce your heat down to its lowest setting.
  2. Turn the heat up to medium, wait a minute. Add the wine and allow to sizzle for 2-3 minutes. Reduce the heat, then add the cashew cream to the pot.
  3. Add one cup of the broth to the pot, and stir to combine, keeping the heat at medium low.
  4. Allow to simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn the heat slightly up to maintain the simmer, and turn slightly down if the mixture starts sputtering. Add more broth as needed as it reduces to maintain a gravy-like consistency—not too thick, not too thin.
  5. Add in the liquid smoke, miso, nutritional yeast and vinegar or lemon juice, stir to combine and taste. If you detect any sweetness from the cashews, add in a little more coconut vinegar or lemon. If you want the sauce to taste a little more bacon-ey, add a few more dashes of liquid smoke. If you want it a little saltier and have more umami, add an additional tablespoon of miso.

To prepare the king oyster mushroom scallops

  1. Place a stainless steel or non-stick pan over medium heat. Add a little bit of oil to the pan, then carefully add the mushrooms. (They will sputter a bit, so take care.) Allow to develop a little color around the edges on the bottom, then flip, repeating the process on the other side. Repeat with any remaining mushrooms, and set aside.

To serve

  1. Place the cooked pasta into bowls and top with the sauce, or toss the pasta in the sauce. Top with the mushroom scallops and sprinkle with parsley. Serve immediately,