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Five Yummy Things to do with Fresh Mushrooms
Making Mushrooms the Star of the Taste Show
I love mushrooms pretty much any way they are made, but some top my list of favorites much more than others. Mushrooms on pizza, in stir fries, on burgers are all good, but they don't feature the mushrooms enough for me. This hearty and flavorful fungus can double as meat after all! What is it doing sidelined to just another burger topping?
Mushrooms should be the star of the taste show when possible, and these five suggestions treat mushrooms as they should be treated: featured. If you agree with me, there are some great recipes here you can try too!
Yummy finely chopped veggies, cheeses, and meats surrounded by savory mushroom caps, what is not to love?
Stuffed mushrooms are not as hard to make as you might think. Particularly if you have a food processor to finely mince the stuffing ingredients. Most stuffed mushroom versions use moderate to large size mushroom caps. If you can't find caps only (and with the exception of portobellos, you probably can't in your average grocery store), the stems twist of surprisingly easily. Many stuffed mushroom recipes actually slice the steams and use them in the stuffing as well, so no mushroom part is wasted.
Stuffing mix also usually includes finely minced veggies, like bell peppers and onions, cream cheese or another soft cheese, and bread crumbs. Ground beef, lamb or seafood, like crab and lobster, add special flavor to many versions as well. Normally, the veggies and stems are minced, or cut extremely finely, and mixed with the other ingredients and spooned into the caps. The caps are often topped with grated cheese, like Parmesan, and baked or broiled for stuffed deliciousness.
If you think the picture on the right looks as scrumptious as I do, click it for the recipe courtesy of The Pioneer Woman!
Stuffed Mushroom Recipes
Think you want to try your hand at making some stuffed mushrooms? Check out these recipes!
- Stuffed Mushrooms from Food Network
This recipe comes directly from Everyday Italian's Giada de Laurentiis.
- Red Lobster Stuffed Mushrooms
This mimic recipe purports to taste just like the amazing Red Lobster appetizer.
- Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach
Real Simple combines spinach with a few ingredients to make a simple stuffed mushroom that still tastes great.
Marinated mushrooms can be a tasty snack or used for an appetizer or side dish. Mushrooms are often marinated whole and may be cooked and then chilled in their marinade. Wine, either white or red, along with spices and other seasonings, are often a good choice for a marinade. If you don't like the taste of wine however, you may want to opt for a non-wine based marinade, like balsamic vinegar, instead.
The gorgeous mushrooms on the right are Recipe Girl's mushroom creation. She uses simple ingredients to create an awesome taste. And who can fault her presentation? If you would like to check out her recipe, just click on the picture!
For a classy presentation, like pictured, you'll need appetizer picks. Skewers, Martini picks, fondue forks, and good old toothpicks will also work.
Mushroom Marinade Recipes
Check out these marinade recipes to make deliciously flavored mushrooms.
- Tyler Florence's Marinated Mushrooms Recipe
Tyler Florence uses garlic, thyme, and lemon juice to flavor cremini or button mushrooms.
- Zesty Marinated Mushrooms
This family recipe includes red wine vinegar, dry mustard, and brown sugar for a unique taste.
- Classy Marinated Mushrooms
This recipe is not only flavorful it was once commonly served at a Boston private dining club. It's complex flavors make it a little more involved then the other two recipes.
I'm not talking about your typical mushroom topping for a hamburger here. I'm talking about mushrooms used to replace the meat of the burger. Surprisingly tasty and filling, mushroom burgers can quickly become a favorite for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
Portobello mushroom caps are normally used for mushroom burgers. These large, meaty mushrooms can usually be found cap-only at a local grocery store and are roughly the size of your typical hamburger patty. They are normally marinated first, then grilled, fried, or broiled before being placed on a bun and topped with classic burger toppings, like the picture on the right. Think that burger looks yummy? Just click the picture to find out how to make it!
Mushroom Burger Recipes
Try your own hand at these awesome burgers, and see for yourself how tasty they can be!
- Katie's Mushroom Burger
From the healthy dessert blog Chocolate Covered Katie, this recipe is sure to please meat-eaters and vegetarians alike.
- Lentil Mushroom Burger
This vegan friendly burger combines mushrooms with lentils and oats for an extra savory burger patty.
- Portobello Mushroom Burger
Even the Mayo clinic thinks mushroom burgers are a great idea! This recipe comes complete with nutritional information.
Larger mushrooms are also tasty sliced up and tossed on a grill. They are often marinated first, but can be left with their natural flavor. King Oyster mushroom, which consist mostly of a meaty thick steam, are great for this purpose. Portobello caps would also work well, but any mushroom can be grilled. They can be eaten as a snack, appetizer, or part of a main course. They can also be cut into smaller pieces and used to top a salad or sandwich.
The delicious looking mushroom's to the right were made by Natasha of Natasha's kitchen. She used baby portobellos and a balsamic-lemon marinade. Check out her recipe by clicking on the picture!
Although you can use other methods, like a George Foreman Grill or broiling, nothing beats the taste of food cooked on an outdoor grill. If you haven't invested in one yet, you should look into it.
Grilled Mushroom Recipes
If you have a grill, or you know how to improvise, try these delicious grilled mushroom recipes today!
- Award Winning Grilled Mushrooms
This simple recipe brings great taste results. Few ingredients and quick prep make this one a winner (also that contest it won).
- Grilled Mushroom Packet
These mushrooms are sliced and placed in a packet with other ingredients before being cooked on a grill.
- Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
If you feel like having the portobello burgers without the bun, try out this recipe. It comes with a balsamic dipping sauce as well.
I love steak, and mushrooms just naturally seem to go well with steak, complimenting the natural taste. Generally sliced mushrooms are best for steaks, and even canned shrooms can be used for this purpose in a pinch. The simplest mushroom topping is simply sliced and sauteed in butter, but there are so many incredibly delicious sauce options that feature mushrooms it seems a crime not to try at least one or two. Steak Diane is one of my favorite ways to make steak with a mushroom topping. The sauce has many different versions, some relying primarily on butter, some on cream. Many add alcohol, and all feature mushrooms.
Check the video below for a cookalong of Gordan Ramsey's Steak Diane sauce. This is the sauce I normally use when I make steaks with mushrooms. The picture on the right links to a full meal recipe featuring a Ramsey's inspired Diane sauce.
Mushroom Sauce Recipes
Steak Diane isn't the only way to make a delicious mushroom sauce of course. Check out these examples!
- Red Wine and Wild Mushroom Sauce
This delicious Food Network recipe from Tyler Florence features a variety of different mushrooms and red wine.
- Rigatoni with Creamy Mushroom Sauce
This Giada De Laurentiis recipe uses white wine and cheese to create a creamy sauce to complement pasta.
- Mushroom Gravy
Cooking Light offers this hearty gravy complete with sliced mushrooms.