Michael Hayes grows edible mushrooms in his backyard in Clintonville. Read more about his story, coverage by Claire Hoppens, in our fall issue here. We’re thankful to Michael for sharing his recipe for a classic Shitake Mushroom Omelet. If you can’t find Shitakes, substitute with other mushrooms. —Colleen Leonardi
Shitake Mushroom Omelet
By Michael Hayes
Serves 2 to 3 people
Large handful of fresh organic Shitake Mushrooms, about 1 pound
1 teaspoon minced organic garlic
4 fresh eggs from happy chickens
2 tablespoons organic half and half
1 big handful of mixed Mozzarella, Swiss, and Colby cheese from happy cows, grated
1 fresh organic garden tomato (about 1 pound) diced
Other veggies may be added according to personal preference
· In a large skillet, simmer the diced tomatoes in a teaspoon of coconut oil, cook until the liquid has evaporated, set aside.
· Without cleaning the skillet, heat-up 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, fry the garlic in the oil until brown, remove garlic.
· After putting the fresh Shitake mushrooms in direct sunlight, gills up, for a few hours (to enhance the amount of vitamin D), cut them up in bite-sized pieces and simmer for 5-10 minutes in the garlic infused oil. Once cooked, remove from skillet and set aside.
· In the same skillet, heat a bit more coconut oil over medium-high heat, whisk the eggs and a dollop of half and half (or milk if you prefer) together in a small bowl. When the skillet is up to temperature, pour the egg mixture into the pan and establish the circular omelet shape. Add the tomatoes and mushrooms on half the cooking egg mixture, reduce heat a bit and add about half the cheese on top the tomatoes and mushrooms (other veggies can be added according to taste).
· Skillfully, flip the omelet half with no added ingredients onto the half with the tomatoes, mushrooms, and cheese, use a silicone spatula to help direct it.
· Add the remaining cheese on top and cover the skillet and reduce heat to low for 3 to 5 minutes (or pop in a 200 degree oven for 3 to 5 minutes), this will meld the flavors and allow the egg to fluff-up and fully cook.
· Serve immediately and enjoy.