Portuguese Sides/ Snacks/ Soups, Veganised traditional Portuguese dishes

Shiitake ‘gizzard’

Gizzard, in Portuguese ‘moelas’. Where to start? They are part of bird’s digestive system, where food is processed, just before coming out on the other end, if I make myself clear. In Portugal is cooked with wine and tomato to make a snack, and is also used in other dishes. I adapted the famous ‘moelas’ by using shiitake mushrooms and the result was great! It makes an excellent starter as well, with some bread on the side.

Time: 1h

Type: snack/ starter

Difficulty: 1 pan

Makes: 4 individual portions

What you need:

250g fresh shiitake mushrooms

150ml red wine

1 small onion (any), chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

2 crushed bay leaves

1tbsp olive oil

100ml tomato passata

salt to taste

a little water

1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley


knife and chopping board

1 bowl

1 pan

measuring jug


Prepare mushrooms by washing and cutting them in half;

Place mushrooms in a bowl, and toss with chopped garlic, shredded bay leaves, salt and red wine. Let it sit for about 30 minutes;

Heat olive oil in a pan and fry the chopped onion for about 3 minutes; add mushrooms and fry for another 3 minutes;

Add tomato passata and a little water, cover pan and let it simmer in low heat for about 15 minutes;

Mix chopped parsley and let it cook for another 3 minutes; add more salt if necessary;

Serve while warm with some bread.


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