Shitake- apple side dish in light molasses sauce

Ingredients for 2 people:

one medium apple

one medium onion

one medium red pepper

one spoon of molasses

2  cups vegetable broth

2 spoons white flour or cornstarch

sea salt to taste

cayenne pepper

parsley

dill

olive oil

3-5 cloves garlic

Directions:

dice the onion and fry it on low fire in olive oil. Keep stirring from time to time so it cooks evenly. when the onion is golden/translucent, ad the pepper (you can cut it in small cubes or bigger chunks if you prefer, it’s a matter of taste). Keep cooking on medium heat, and keep stirring from time to time.

In the meantime cut the apple in cubes, no need to peel it.

Peel the garlic and dice it small or crush it.

Add the diced apple to the mix, add half cup vegetable broth, cover, and keep cooking for about 2-3 minutes.

Wash the shiitake mushrooms, and add them to the mix. I prefer big meaty chunks so I leave the mushrooms whole, but you can slice them if you wish. Keep cooking on low heat covered for about 10 minutes.

In a cup or bowl mix one spoon of flour with a bit of water. Mix well until it’s all a thick paste, then add some more water to it until it’s a thin runny paste.

Add the rest of the vegetable broth to the mix, let it heat up for a few seconds and then right away pour the flour mix over it. Keep stirring until it thickens and becomes a sauce. Add half spoon or molasses, or more if you like a strong taste. Add a dash of salt and some parsley and dill. if the sauce is not thick enough, add more flour mix.

Serve warm as a side dish for meat or fish. Ca also be served with baked potatoes, rice, quinoa or other type of grains.

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