In this week’s Village Voice, Mercer Kitchen Chef de Cuisine Christopher Beischer pontificates on how he uses Hudson Valley fungus in the kitchen, and why he prefers greenmarket mushrooms to those available from big purveyors.
Now, Beischer shares a carnivorous recipe incorporating shiitakes and enokis that’s sure to impress your guests at your next dinner soiree.
Mercer Kitchen’s Prime Sirloin with Gingered Shiitake Mushrooms, Caramel Soy Infused Sauce, Courtesy of Christopher Beischer.
8 oz. prime sirloin
Swiss chard, stems removed to 7 inches and leaves blanched
Shiitake mushrooms-diced to ¼ ”
Enoki mushrooms-sliced to ¼ ”
2 cups light soy sauce
¾ cup rice vinegar
6 cloves garlic -sliced
1 Tablespoon black peppercorns
2 Tablespoons honey
Simmer above ingredients and reduce by ¼. Let sit overnight and strain. For service, heat 4 oz. liquid base and whisk in 4 oz. butter. Season with salt and pepper and lime juice.
Season steak with salt and pepper and olive oil and broil to desired temperature.
Lightly brown shiitakes in whole butter. Add equal part enoki mushroom, a bit of ginger, and cook for one minute longer. Add chopped chives at the end.
Heat swiss chard stems and leaves and place four pieces of stem and a bit of the green on plate.
Top steak with two spoons of mushrooms and set on top of swiss chard. Drizzle two spoons of sauce around steak. Garnish with chervil. Serve French fries on side.