Meals like this BBQ Pulled Mushrooms are why I don’t feel like I am giving up anything by eating plant-based. Oyster mushrooms very closely mimic the texture of a pulled pork or chicken! You can use any type of mushroom in this recipe, but blue oyster are my favorite. The pulled mushrooms can then be used in tacos, sandwiches or in a Buddha Bowl. (Tip: Find oyster mushrooms at Golden Harvest Market in Kittery!)
Recipe by Catrina Muolo of Planted
BBQ Pulled Oyster Mushrooms:
1/2 pound blue oyster mushrooms
2 Tablespoons olive oil (plus more for the pan)
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
1-2 Tablespoons of your favorite BBQ sauce
Using your fingers, pull apart the mushrooms until you have long strings and place them all in a medium bowl. Then add all your seasonings except for the BBQ sauce. Let the mushrooms marinate for 5-10 minutes. In the meantime heat a cast iron pan until very hot, and drizzle a little oil on the bottom of the pan. Put the mushrooms in, in a single layer and do not stir. Let the bottom crisp up the mushrooms until nice and caramelized and then flip to cook the other side. I like to have some crispy and some chewy pieces, as it best imitates a meat texture. Remove from pan and stir in the BBQ sauce.
Catrina Muolo is a plant-based recipe creator who lives in Kittery, Maine. She began the Instagram page @plantedfamilies when she realized her daughter was sensitive to dairy, and she wanted to share her culinary experiments with others. Her goal is to share fun, family-friendly and approachable recipes that will also please any omnivore. Her favorite foods to make are homemade “cheeses” and recreating Italian dishes from her childhood. Last year she released an e-book of 16 homemade dairy-free cheeses which can be found here:
Catrina will also be selling her sauces and dips on the Seacoast starting Spring 2021! Planted will be selling some of her family’s favorites, including a sweet chocolate spread, a cheesy crumble made from seeds, and a mac and cheese-less sauce made from cashews.