Quickest mushroom innovations

Mushrooms are the vegan’s go-to substitute for that meaty flavour, the chef’s choice in vegetables to stir fry, and the single guy’s saviour to top any pasta dish. Caps off, folks!

Mushrooms are rich in nutrients and flavourful to the max. After eggs, they are the most versatile in terms of pairing, cooking time and techniques. You can apply any cooking technique and you’ll find mushrooms passing the test. Enough reason to keep these innovative recipe ideas handy. I am posting here by popular demand. A lot of friends draw a blank when I harp on the versatility of shrooms and ask for ideas.

Store fresh mushrooms in your fridge at all times. The next time hunger strikes, instead of ordering pizza, stroll into the kitchen and rustle up these delicious and nutritious dishes in less than 30 minutes. Besides, you don’t need be experienced at cooking to ace them since they aren’t complicated either.


Mushroom Pizzas

What you need: 8 pieces of portobello mushrooms with the stems chopped off, 250 gm shredded mozzarella cheese, a cup of basil pesto sauce, tomato pizza sauce

Recipe: Place the mushroom caps on a baking sheet and roast in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes. Divide the cheese and sauce into eight portions. Once the mushroom caps are roasted, fill each one with the sauce and cheese. Bake again for 2 minutes. You will notice the cheese starting to melt. Top each cap with a heap of basil pesto, and your cute mushroom pizzas are ready to be devoured.


Sausage Mushrooms

What you need: 24 small white mushrooms, 100 gm sausages, 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs, chopped fresh basil leaves

Recipe: Pull off the stems of mushrooms and place the caps on a baking sheet. Pre-heat the oven and set it on 200 degrees Celsius. Finely chop the stems and the sausages. Mix the two with the bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper. Pile this edible mixture on the mushroom caps and top with the basil leaves. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 18-20 minutes.


Mushroom Pasta

What you need: 350 gm penne or fusilli pasta, 500 gm sliced mushrooms, 1 chopped onion, 2 cloves chopped garlic, 1 tsp dried herbs like oregano or thyme, 1/2 cup white wine or white wine vinegar, 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth, 100 gm mascarpone cheese, parmesan cheese and parsley to taste

Recipe: Cook the pasta in boiling water for 8-10 minutes and drain. Heat cooking variety olive oil in a large skillet. Stir in the mushrooms, onion, thyme, and garlic. Cook until golden, 7 minutes. Add wine and reduce by half. Stir in broth and mascarpone. Toss with the pasta, Parmesan, and parsley.

by Kasmin Fernandes

(A version of this post was published earlier on Alldatmatterz.com) 

Try these recipes at home and be sure to leave a comment about how they turned out – good, yummy, or ugly.

Haven’t had your fill of shrooms? Click on the links below for 10 awesome mushroom articles and recipes from the global blogosphere:

  1. Creamy Mushroom and Herb Pasta – DeliciouslyElla
  2. Vibrant mushroom arrangements photographed – Friendly Fairytales
  3. My favorite wild mushrooms- Latvian Mom
  4. Chestnut Mushroom Bolognese with Sweet Potato ‘Spaghetti’ – Cate in the kitchen
  5. Mushroom phillies – Emerging Adult Eats
  6. Swiss steak with mushroom gravy – Frugal hausfrau
  7. Medicinal mushrooms – The Nutritious Noodle
  8. Slow Cooker Chicken with Mushroom Gravy – Koolaid Moms
  9. Mushrooms in Port Sauce – Cooking in Sens
  10. Mushrooms: The Perfect, Indoor, Fast-Growing Winter Crop – Jacki Andre

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