No gathering is complete without appetizers. They set the stage and build the anticipation for a delicious meal. But what about if you don’t eat meat, gluten, or dairy products? Fortunately, there are lots of great vegan options for traditional appetizer recipes. These Buffalo Maitake Mushrooms are sure to be a hit with your guests.

Maitake mushrooms are also called hen of the woods mushrooms. They have a unique leafy, feathery texture and work great in a variety of recipes. They are delicious sautéed, grilled, seared, or added to a sauce. This recipe puts maitakes in center stage as the main course, and they hold up to the buffalo spice well.

Traditional Medicinal Uses of Maitake Mushroom

In addition to being deliciously versatile in cooking, Japanese and other cultures use maitake mushrooms medicinally as well. They contain uniquely-structured polysaccharides, such as beta-glucans, which is an excellent stimulant of the immune system. Studies reveal that these biological response modifiers can be potent antiviral and antitumor agents, not by killing viruses or cancer cells directly, but by stimulating the body’s innate ability to marshal cellular defenses.

Most people will eat these Buffalo Maitake Mushrooms because they are delicious. But it’s nice to know that they are also super healthy as well!


Make it a Meal

The Chicken Wing-like mushrooms go along perfectly with Mexican Potato Skins when it’s time for football, fall festivals, or sport nights.