Lobster Mushroom Infused Ghee
I am a huge fan of mushrooms. Their flavor, the science behind them, the health benefits, everything. They are so delicious and do not require much when you cook them. I like to slice them, and cook them with ghee or olive oil, salt, pepper, some garlic, and sometimes some rosemary. That's all you need to really bring out their flavor.
I went to the market the other day and found an amazing array of mushrooms, including lobster mushrooms which I have never tried before. At $59.99 a lb, I gave in and got some. It was totally worth it.
I wanted to make a lobster mushroom infused ghee, with garlic and bay leaves. This goes really well with pasta as it has a naturally cheesy flavor, and toast. It seriously tastes just like fettuccini alfredo. Half of the mushrooms I used for the ghee, and the other half I simply sauteed with ghee, salt and pepper.
My favorite brand of ghee, and the only I use, is ancient organics. They are organic and come for a good company. They make their ghee on waxing or waning moons because in the Vedic culture of ancient India, ghee was made on the full or waxing phase of the moon. This period of the moon cycle is known as the shukla paksha or the white part of the moon, and is considered auspicious. It is said the moon is considered to rule or control soma; the juice or essence of plants, and of life itself. In the Vedas, milk is said to be the essence of grass, and ghee is said to be the essence of milk. Therefore, the waxing moon and full moon represents the increase of this essential quality. (from their website)
They also chant the Mahamrtunjaya mantra while making their ghee. The Mahamrtunjaya mantra was traditionally used to make ghee. This sacred mantra for liberation is known for its healing and balancing effects. We believe it is important to create a harmonious, relaxed and healing environment in which we can produce the very best ghee. (from their website)
Here is how to make the lobster infused ghee.
Equal parts ghee and loosely chopped lobster mushrooms.
4 cloves garlic, smashed
5 bay leaves
Add all ingredients to a pot on medium heat, and then lower, cover, and simmer for an hour.
Pour through a strainer into a jar, and let cool.