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Seriously, what can’t mushrooms do? Thanks to their satisfying chew, they can masquerade around the kitchen as calamari, scallops, jerky, shawarma … even steak! No surprise with a few key seasonings, they make an excellent pepperoni, too.

You will need

Makes 10

  • 10 fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • Cooking spray

'Pepperoni' Marinade

  • 3 tablespoons vegan-friendly red wine
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke

Spice rub

  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon star anise
  • Small pinch chilli flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon soft brown sugar

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10 mins to prep

15 mins to cook

  1. Step 1

    Combine the marinade ingredients in a large bowl and add the whole mushrooms. Soak for at least an hour. Remove from the marinade, then shake off the excess liquid.

  2. Step 2

    Place a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the shiitake mushrooms and use a smaller frying pan to compress them into flat discs as they cook for 3 minutes. Flip the mushroom slices and cook for another 3 minutes, pressing down occasionally. Set aside to cool.

  3. Step 3

    Crush the spice rub ingredients using a mortar and pestle. Then rub over the mushroom slices.

  4. Step 4

    Either coat in cooking oil spray and bake at 180°C for 10-15 minutes or use on pizza and in other recipes, where they will be cooked further and paired with something nice and fatty.

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