Sunday, May 29, 2016

Buffalo SOS with Hen Of The Woods Mushrooms and Sunny Egg

     Gourmet SOS!
     Everybody knows what SOS stands for.  The most famous SOS is Creamed Chipped Dried Beef On Toast.  Creamed Chipped Dried Beef On Toast is a mess hall specialty that military personnel are very familiar with.  This SOS breakfast entrée is also served up at American diner restaurants and home kitchens.
     There are many other regional versions of SOS in America.  Some versions are made with sausage in white gravy.  Beef jerky or wild game jerky is also simmered in white gravy to make SOS.  Ground meat of any kind in white gravy is another one.  As long as the white gravy item is poured over toast, it qualifies as SOS.
     There are dry versions of SOS too.  Professional cooks and managers are rewarded for eating cheap in a restaurant kitchen, so food cost percentages can be kept under control.  Breakfast cooks sometimes make a dry SOS with scrambled egg and a chopped cooked hamburger that it piled on toast toast.  Sometimes some milk gravy is poured over the messy plate of breakfast cook style SOS.   
     I have published a few nice SOS recipe variations through the years.  Some are basic and some are gourmet.  One of the most popular recipes was Elk SOS.  This entrée does draw attention when the "SOS" is not abbreviated. 
     Wild game and alternative meat enthusiasts like recipes that feature free range, drug free meats.  Now that GMO feed has been shown to negatively affect farm animals, the number of people who choose alternative meat has been increasing.  Organic wild game meat for breakfast is a powerful good way to start the day.  
     American Bison is usually called buffalo.  Buffalo are now raised on open ranches or raised as free range wild animals.  The meat is clean and disease free.  The flavor tastes like rich strong beef and it is a little bit milder tasting than venison.  Buffalo is pricier than beef, but many consumers say it is well worth the money.  
     Ground buffalo meat was used to make today's gourmet SOS.  The same herbs and spices that flavor breakfast sausage were added to the ground buffalo meat to create a mild breakfast sausage flavor.  
     Hen Of The Woods Mushrooms are fairly easy to find in humid North American forests.  Hunters often collect wild edible mushrooms while out trying to land some wild game.  A wild game entrée served with wild mushrooms is a classic combination.  
     Some grocery stores and specialty markets sell Hen Of The Woods Mushrooms as Japanese Maitake Mushrooms.  Both names refer to the same mushroom.  Oddly enough, when this mushroom is labeled with the English name, it usually sells cheaper than when it is labeled with the Japanese name.

     I made some sandwich style French baguette bread for the SOS in the pictures.  A store bought Baguette or home made bread of just about any kind can be used.  

     White Gravy:
     This recipe yields about 1 1/4 cups.  (1 generous portion)
     White Gravy "Milk gravy" is like making Sauce Béchamel, but no Oignon Pique is needed.  
     Step 1:  Heat a sauce pot over medium low heat.
     Add 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter.
     Add an equal amount of flour, while constantly stirring with a whisk.
     Stir till the roux combines and it becomes white in color.
     Step 2:  Slowly add 2 cups of milk while stirring.
     Stir occasionally as the milk gravy heats and thickens to a very thin sauce consistency.  
     Step 3:  Reduce the temperature to very low heat.
     Add sea salt and white pepper to taste.
     Add 1 pinch of nutmeg.
     Simmer and reduce the milk gravy till it is a medium thin sauce consistency that easily coats a spoon.  Be sure to stir occasionally
     Keep the milk gravy warm over very low heat.  Add a splash of milk if it is too thick.  

     Buffalo White Gravy:  
     This recipe yields 1 generous portion.  (About 1 2/3 cups.)
     Step 1:  Heat a sauté pan over medium heat.
     Add 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter.
     Add 6 ounces of ground buffalo meat.
     Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
     Add 1 pinch of ground sage.
     Add 1 small pinch of ground fennel seed.
     Add 1 pinch of cayenne pepper.
     Step 2:  Chop the ground buffalo into small chunks as it cooks.
     Sauté the ground buffalo till it is browned and fully cooked.
     Step 3:  Place the cooked ground buffalo in a strainer to drain off any excess grease.
     Step 4:  Add the cooked ground buffalo to the white gravy.
     Keep the Buffalo White Gravy warm over very low heat.  Add milk if the gravy becomes too thick.

     Hen Of The Woods Mushrooms:
     This recipe yields 1 garnish portion.
     Step 1:  Heat a sauté pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter.
     Add 3/4 cup of trimmed bite size pieces of Hen Of The Woods Mushroom.
     Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
     Sauté till the mushrooms are tender and light brown highlights appear.
     Step 2:  Add 1 ounce of water to keep the mushrooms moist.
     Keep the mushrooms warm on a stove top.
     Buffalo SOS with Hen Of The Woods Mushrooms and Sunny Egg:  
     This recipe yields 1 hearty SOS entrée!
     Step 1:  Heat a griddle or sauté pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Brush 2 long slices of French bread with melted unsalted butter.
     Grill the bread till it is toasted golden brown.
     Place the grilled bread on a plate and keep it warm.
     Step 2:  Heat a non-stick sauté pan over medium/medium low heat.  
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of unsalted butter.
     Cook 1 egg any style that is preferred.  (Sunny side up looks best!)
     Step 3:  Pour a generous portion of the Buffalo White Gravy over the toasted bread slices and onto the plate.
     Place the cooked egg on the buffalo SOS.
     Place the sautéed Hen Of The Woods Mushrooms on the buffalo SOS.
     Garnish the buffalo SOS with a curly leaf parsley sprig.  
     Garnish the plate with a sprinkle of very thin bias sliced green onion tops.

     Viola!  Buffalo Shit On A Shingle has a nice mild flavor that is perfect for breakfast.  The Hen Of The Woods Mushrooms add to the appeal! 

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