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[Recipe] Sarma's Chanterelle and Yuzu Ceviche


If you haven't already heard our very own home girl, Sarma Melngailis, has a new book out! Living Raw Food: Get the Glow with More Recipes from Pure Food and Wine.

Living Raw Food is a follow up to Sarma's first book and it contains over 100 new recipes inspired by the amazing dishes at Pure Food and Wine.

We'll be talking more about Sarma's book next week (including giving a few away) but this week we just wanted to wet your appetite with a sample recipe from the book. Here is one of my favorites.

Chanterelle and Yuzu Ceviche

with Pineapple-AvocadoPuree and Heirloom-Cherry–Tomato Salsa

Serves 8 | Equipment Needed: Blender 

Chanterelle Ceviche Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin
  • olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons yuzu juice
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 4 to 5 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 5 cups cleaned and sliced chanterelle mushrooms 

Chanterelle Ceviche Instructions

Place the orange, lemon, and lime juices, yuzu juice, and salt in a blender and blend until well mixed. (It’s important to blend the salt with the juices very well so that the mushrooms will properly break down while marinating. If you don’t feel like using a blender, whisk the mixture thoroughly and make sure the salt is fully dissolved.)

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and whisk in the olive oil, scallions, and pepper. 

To prepare the chanterelle mushrooms, first cut off the coarse end of the stem. Then cut the mushrooms into halves or quarters, depending upon the size. Place the cut mushrooms into a bowl of cold water and massage with your hands to remove dirt. Remove the mushrooms from the water and lay them out on paper towels. Pat the mushrooms dry.

Pour the marinade over the mushrooms and let them sit at least 1/2 hour. Set aside.

Pineapple-Avocado Puree

  • 3 cups chopped fresh pineapple (about 1 small pineapple)
  • 3 ripe, yet firm, avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt 

Puree the pineapple in a blender until it becomes a smooth liquid. Add the sea salt and avocados and continue blending until very smooth. Set aside.

Heirloom-Cherry–Tomato Salsa

  • 6 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes, sliced into halves
  • 1 1/2 cups finely diced celery (save the celery hearts for garnish)
  • 1 small bunch parsley (about 2 cups), leaves only, roughly chopped, plus additional sprigs for garnish
  • 3 jalapeños, seeded and finely minced
  • 4 to 5 scallions, the white part and 1 inch of green, sliced very thin
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt 
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and toss until evenly mixed.  

To Serve

Set up 8 martini glasses. Place 2 to 3 tablespoons pineapple-avocado puree in the bottom of each glass. 

Top with

3 to 4 tablespoons heirloom-tomato salsa, then about 1/4 cup marinated mushrooms. Repeat once or twice, as needed. Garnish with the parsley sprigs and celery heart stalks.


p.s. Sarma has a new blog over at One Lucky Duck. Check it out.