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Recipe adapted from Koren Grieveson, Avec, Chicago
Yield: 2 servings
Cook Time: 30 minutes
½ cup red quinoa
1½ cups water
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 cup Maitake (hen of the woods) mushroom pieces (or any other variety of mushroom, cut into bite-size pieces)
6 shiitake mushroom caps, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon roughly chopped dill
5 leaves flat-leaf parsley
5 thin slices of red onion
½ apple, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon finely-grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1. In a medium saucepan set over high heat, combine the quinoa with the water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat, cover and simmer until at least half of the quinoa blooms (the white germ pops from the grain), about 8 minutes. Strain the quinoa through a fine-mesh strainer and spread the grains onto a baking sheet in a thin layer. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
2. In a medium skillet set over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and add the Maitake mushrooms. Cook until softened and lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add the shiitake mushrooms and reserved quinoa to the pan and stir to toss. Warm for 1 minute, then transfer the mixture to a medium mixing bowl.
3. Add the dill, parsley, onion, apple and Parmesan to the quinoa mixture and toss to mix. In a small bowl, whisk together the sherry vinegar and the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil. Season liberally with salt and pepper, and add to the quinoa. Serve warm.