Hen of the Woods Sauce Recipe

Enjoy this delectable sauce recipe that is sure to please any forager’s palate.

From The Forager's Feast
October 2016

  • Most edible wild mushrooms will work in this recipe, but chicken of the woods and oyster mushroom are especially good.
    Photo by Leda Meredith
  • In “The Forager’s Fest” by Leda Meredith you will find delicious wild edible plants and mushrooms are abundant throughout North America, not only in the wilderness but in urban areas, too. Learn how to identify, harvest, and eat the tastiest plants in your backyard. Intended as much for the cooking enthusiast as for the survivalist, this book includes recipes that will transform even the most common edible backyard weeds into guest-worthy fare.
    Cover courtesy The Countryman Press

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

In The Forager's Feast (The Countryman Press, 2016), by Leda Meredith, even experienced foragers will be impressed with plantain leaf chips that are crisper and tastier than kale chips. Dandelion flowers become wine, Japanese knotweed becomes rhubarb-like compote and tangy sorbet, red clover blossoms give quick bread a delightfully spongy texture and hint of sweetness.

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: The Forager’s Feast.

How can something so simple be so good? Serve this over pasta, polenta, rice, poultry, meat, or roasted root vegetables for a delicious main course. You can use frozen or reconstituted dried hen of the woods in this recipe when you don’t have fresh on hand.

Hen of the Woods Sauce Recipe


• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 3 cups hen of the woods mushrooms, cleaned and slivered
• 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
• 1 teaspoon garlic, minced or pressed
• 1/4 cup dry white wine
• Additional salt plus freshly ground black pepper to taste


1. Heat the butter and oil in a skillet over low heat.

2. Add the mushrooms and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 more minute.

4. Raise the heat to medium-high. Add the wine and cook, stirring, until most of the wine has evaporated or been absorbed by the mushrooms. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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The Hen of the Woods

Reprinted with permission from The Forager’s Feast: How to Identify, Gather, and Prepare Wild Edibles by Leda Meredith, published by The Countryman Press, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2016. Buy this book from our store: The Forager’s Feast.

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