Mushrooms can be best described with just one word: versatile. These bite-sized ingredients pack a punch, adding depth and flavour to your meal. From turning them into a snack to mixing them with egg and pasta recipes, here are 7 Delicious Ways to Cook with Mushrooms.
1) Turn Them Into Savoury Chips
Chips may be synonymous with potatoes, but if you prefer something different, why not use mushrooms for a change? This recipe here calls for shiitake mushrooms, which are renowned for their earthy flavour and also packed with lots of nutrients.
First, you need to clean the mushrooms as usual before removing the stems, followed by halving or quartering them. Transfer the sliced shiitake mushrooms into a large bowl and toss them with some olive oil (either pure or extra virgin variety will do). Spread them out on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F until crisp for about 35 minutes. Once done, the mushroom chips will have shrunk in size, which is perfectly normal. Sprinkle with salt and/or pepper and serve warm.
2) Add Them To A Burger
No burger would be complete without a few toppings sandwiched between the patty and the burger buns. Those toppings typically consist of sliced tomatoes, onions and lettuce. And not to be left out, sauteed mushrooms.
You can use brown mushrooms or portobello mushrooms. Clean them before slicing the mushrooms evenly. Saute them with a mix of oil and butter for around 10 minutes over medium heat. Season them with salt and pepper before reducing the heat to a simmer for 2-3 minutes, or till they become tender. You can add a splash of Worcestershire sauce a.k.a. Lea & Perrins and cook for another minute. Once done, layer them atop the burger patty.
3) Stuff The Mushrooms!
Looking to enhance the taste of your mushrooms? Just stuff them with fillings. It can be anything from melted cheese to sausages, chopped bell peppers and bacon wrap. The choices are endless.
Start by getting the swiss brown or white button mushrooms — two of which are known for their cup-like shapes, which will provide you with enough room to fill in your stuffing. And of course, find them in larger sizes if possible. Remember to rinse and clean them first with a paper towel or a kitchen cloth, followed by removing the stem carefully with a knife or your fingers.
Now, for the stuffing part: Rub some olive oil using your (clean) index finger around the inside of the mushroom cap. Don’t forget to season the mushrooms with salt and pepper. Then, scoop a spoonful of stuffing that you have prepared earlier and fill them one by one. Finally, bake the stuffed mushrooms on a baking sheet until soft and tender.
4) Combine Them Into Your Egg Recipe
Scrambled, omelette, frittata… you name it, these familiar egg recipes can be cooked and mixed with other ingredients. And one of them happens to be the mushrooms. They add texture, flavour and even an extra bite to your egg dish. And best of all, you can use different kinds of mushrooms from button to shiitake and portobello mushrooms. Need more complexity of flavour to your egg-and-mushroom combo? Try to saute them with two or three different types of mushrooms.
5) Make A Soup
Sure, you can always get instant cream of mushroom soup straight out of the can. But nothing beats the homemade varieties, where you can make them easily in the kitchen. It’s fresher and more flavourful by comparison. You can use fresh mushrooms like cremini or brown varieties and cut them into slices. Saute some diced onions over medium-high heat with oil until become softened. Then, add in a clove of minced garlic and cook until fragrant for about a minute. Continue by adding the sliced mushrooms and stir them around until tender.
Mix all-purpose flour, salt, pepper and broth of your choice (chicken or vegetable would do just fine). Stir the mixture all together and bring to a boil. Keep stirring until thickened for around 2 minutes before reducing the heat. Add in a cup of cream and let it simmer. Sprinkle more salt and/or pepper if necessary. Stir occasionally for around 15 minutes and serve warm. You can top your homemade cream of mushroom soup with some chopped parsley or dried thyme. Best paired with toast.
6) Add Them To A Pasta Dish
Give your minced meat or sliced sausages more flavour by tossing in some mushrooms in your pasta meal. It doesn’t matter whether it’s for a tomato-based (e.g. bolognese), cream-based (e.g. carbonara) or even pesto varieties. Mushrooms add bite and texture to your pasta. And the best thing is, you can saute different kinds of mushrooms like button, Swiss brown or portobello varieties.
7) Layer Them On A Bread Pizza
Try this poor man’s yet delectable “pizza”. Instead of using the dough, this recipe uses slices of white bread as the base. Yup, that means no kneading and rolling required. Start by layering each bread on a baking sheet with a generous sprinkle of parmesan or mozzarella cheese. Then, cook the mushrooms of your choices until tender and season them with salt and pepper. To add more flavour, you can use dried herbs like thyme, basil or oregano. Spread the cooked mushrooms evenly on each bread and top them off with more cheese. Bake the bread pizza at 400 degrees F for about 10 minutes and make sure the cheese becomes melted.