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Author Notes: We loooove hoisin sauces, but the stuff you see on the shelf can be too candy-like. This umami-packed DIY version based on dried fruit (!) has a mellow sweetness, plenty of miso funk and a bit of heat. A pinch of pumpkin pie spice (!!) gives it that mysterious aromatic punch found in my favorite hoisin sauces - cinnamon, ginger, cloves, etc.
Here I'm using the DIY Hoisin to glaze some portobello mushrooms and an eggplant. Enjoy! —Jeremy Fink
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hrs
DIY Hoisin Sauce (makes about 2 cups)
tablespoons miso (white or red to taste)
tablespoons soy sauce
teaspoon red pepper flakes
teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Coarsely chop prunes. Put all ingredients in a blender with water to cover. Blend until smooth. Add more water for desired consistency.
Hoisin Glazed Mushrooms and Eggplant
medium sized portobello mushroom caps
medium sized eggplant
tablespoon neutral oil
cup coarsely chopped peanuts
cup chopped scallion
big lettuce leaves (romaine, bibb, etc.)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.
- Wash the mushrooms. If the mushroom caps have a lot of gills in them, you can scrape them out a bit. Not a big deal.
- Peel the eggplant and cut in half. Cut a bit off of the round side so that you have two big eggplant "steaks".
- Massage the mushrooms and eggplant with a little oil and place them on a roasting pan. Place the mushrooms tops up. (The mushrooms will give off a lot of liquid as they cook. I like to use a roasting pan with a drip tray. If you don't have one, try to use a big enough pan to allow the liquid to evaporate quickly.)
- Cook until everything looks sort of "relaxed" - around 30-40 minutes. Flip the veggies over (mushroom tops down) and brush with DIY Hoisin. Cook for another 5-10 minutes. Flip again (mushroom tops up) and brush with more DIY Hoisin. Cook for another 5-10 minutes.
- Remove veggies and slice into 1/2-inch thick strips. Serve with chopped peanuts and scallions, additional DIY Hoisin and lettuce leaves.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Umami-Centric Recipe