King Oyster Mushrooms on Toast

While you could also use portabella mushrooms to make a delicious fajita, I’ve found that the king oyster mushroom is a great replacement for chicken or beef in this classic Mexican dish. 

Recipe and photo by Louisa of Living Lou

Prep Time: 5 mins. | Cook Time: 15 mins. | Serves: 4

Ingredients

12” ciabatta loaf, halved and cut into four 6” pieces
¼ cup + 2 tbsp salted butter, divided
1 garlic clove
1 200g package sliced king oyster mushrooms
1 cup packed arugula
4 eggs
salt and pepper to taste

 

Method

1. In a small bowl, mix 2 tbsp butter with garlic. Spread evenly on pieces of ciabatta. Toast under the broiler for 2-4 minutes, watching carefully.
2. In a extra-large pan, melt remaining ¼ cup butter over medium-high heat. When butter starts to bubble, add mushrooms in a single layer. Cook until golden and lightly browned, 3-5 minutes per side. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
3. Turn down the heat to medium, and in the same pan you cooked the mushrooms, fry the eggs. Cover after about a minute, and cook until whites are set, another 3-4 minutes.
4. Divide arugula between pieces of toasted bread, top with mushrooms and a fried egg.
5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

King Oyster Mushroom Fajitas

While you could also use portabella mushrooms to make a delicious fajita, I’ve found that the king oyster mushroom is a great replacement for chicken or beef in this classic Mexican dish. 

Recipe and photo by Louisa of Living Lou

Prep Time: 15 mins. | Cook Time: 30 mins. | Serves: 4

Ingredients

3 tbsp canola oil, divided
1 small red bell pepper, sliced
1 small yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
2-200g pkg. sliced king oyster mushrooms, thinly sliced
¼ tsp each cumin, chili powder, oregano and salt
Fajita toppings (cheese, salsa, sour cream, avocado, cilantro etc.)
Tortillas

 

Method

1. Heat an extra large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tbsp canola oil then bell peppers and onion. Cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Remove to a plate and tent with foil.
2. Add remaining 2 tbsp canola oil, then mushrooms. Cook until caramelized, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Add spices and salt, cook another 3 minutes.
3. Serve mushrooms with peppers and onion and other fajita toppings.

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Roasted Mushroom Tart with Bechamel and Fried Sage

I can’t imagine a vegetarian who wouldn’t welcome this roasted mushroom tart with béchamel and fried sage on their holiday table. While it makes an impressive vegetarian main course to complement the array of Thanksgiving sides, it’s also perfect as an appetizer for any mushroom lover.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Kathy from eatHalifax.

Prep Time: 15 mins. | Cook Time: 55 mins. | Serves: 4-6 (as a main)

Ingredients

2 ½ lbs. mixed mushrooms*
1 head of garlic, cloves removed and peeled
½ small lemon, sliced in rounds
3 tbsp olive oil
5 sprigs each fresh thyme and rosemary
salt and pepper, to taste
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
béchamel:
6 tbsp butter
6 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
¼ tsp nutmeg + more to taste
½ cup grated Parmigianino Reggiano
fried sage:
¼ cup oil
bunch of fresh sage, stems removed
salt
*whole cremini, whole button, halved King oyster, whole enoki

Method

1. Preheat oven to 425. Toss together the mushrooms (except the enoki), garlic, lemon, olive oil, herbs, and a pinch of both salt and pepper. Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast until golden brown but still tender, about 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through. If using enoki mushrooms, add in the last 5 min. Remove the herb stalks and lemon slices.
2. Meanwhile make the béchamel: melt the butter in a medium saucepan until hot and bubbling. Add the flour. Cook for 1 min, whisking often. Whisk in the milk gradually. Bring to a boil. Cook, whisking frequently, until thick and smooth, 8-10 minutes. Stir in the nutmeg and cheese. Season to taste with salt, pepper and more nutmeg if desired.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry into a larger square. Fold over the edges ½“ to create a border. Prick the center lightly with a fork. Bake 10 minutes. Pour the béchamel into the crust. If it all doesn’t fit without pouring over the edge, save it and serve with the tart. Bake an additional 10 minutes until set. Arrange the mushrooms and roasted garlic on top. Bake 5 min more or until the pastry is golden brown.
4. For the fried sage, heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add 1/3 of the sage leaves and cook until crisp, only 2-3 seconds. Transfer to paper towel and sprinkle with salt. Repeat with remaining leaves. Crumble over the tart to serve.

Mushroom, Apple and Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash

Recipe developed in partnership with Ontario Apple Growers.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 45 mins. | Serves: 8

Ingredients

4 small-medium sized acorn squash, seeded, cut in half lengthwise
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
8 oz (227 g) fresh mixed mushrooms (portabella, shiitake, oyster), coarsely chopped
2 celery stalks, thinly diced
2 Ontario apples*, peeled and finely diced
3 tbsp (45 mL) butter
1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
1 cup (250 mL) vegetable stock
½ cup (125 mL) walnuts, roughly chopped
1 small loaf of day-old sourdough or French bread, cut into ¼ inch cubes (approximately 5 cups)
*Tip: Use Ontario Idared, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, or Empire apples.

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C.
2. Cut acorn squash in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds. Season the inside with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake about 30 minutes or until soft.
3. Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan heat olive oil. Add mushrooms and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add celery and continue to sauté for 5 minutes. Lower heat and add apples. Continue to cook until apples become tender, about 5 minutes. To the pan add butter, sage, and vegetable stock. Heat just until butter is melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
4. Place chopped walnuts and diced bread in a large bowl. Pour warm vegetable stock mixture over bread. Using your hands toss the bread until it is well coated and most of stock is absorbed.
5. Remove squash from oven and turn it cut side up. Divide the stuffing among each squash half; spoon the stuffing into the cavity of each squash until filled. Return to 350°F/175°C oven and bake until stuffing is golden brown, approximately 15-20 minutes.
6. Serve hot alongside a festive ham or weeknight roast chicken.

 

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Mushroom Wonton Soup

This soup is all about the mushroom! Glorious, woodsy mushrooms that are the star of the show.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Heather from The Tasty Gardener.

Prep Time: 45 mins. | Cook Time: 10 mins.
Serves: 4 (1 cup broth with 4 wontons) with lots of leftover wontons

Ingredients

For the wontons:
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 lb mixed mushrooms, finely chopped ( I used oyster, cremini and brown)
2 bunches green onions, finely chopped
1 piece of ginger peeled, about 2″ long
10 cloves of garlic, minced
6 bunches baby bok choy, finely chopped
1 tbsp soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 package wonton wrapper (the double package)
For the broth:
4 cups broth (if you want it completely vegetarian use vegetable otherwise chicken broth works really well)
1 tbsp Tom Yum (can be found in Asian Grocery Stores)*this can be optional however once you make it with it you will not imagine the soup any other way
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 drops Sriracha
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup Chinese cabbage, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Method

To make the wonton filling:
1. In a fry pan over medium high heat the sesame oil.
2. Add the mushrooms, onions, ginger, garlic and bok choy and cook until soft and most of the liquid has evaporated.
3. Stir in the soy sauce and season with salt and pepper.
4. Remove from heat and let cool.
To make the wontons:
*note keep the wonton wrappers under a damp cloth while working with them to keep them from drying out.
1. Have a bowl of warm water nearby. Place a wrapper flat on your work surface but turned so it’s diamond shaped when looking at it. Add about 1 heaping tsp of filling into the middle of the wrapper.
2. With your finger wet the edges of the wrapper with water.
3. Fold the bottom corner up to meet the top corner. Press all along the edges to seal. Now the wonton is triangle shaped.
4. Take the left corner and fold it up.  Repeat with the right side. Place on a cookie sheet.
5. Continue folding wontons until all the filling has been used.
6. Keep the wontons you are using immediately aside (4-5 per person) and place the extra in the freezer to cool.  Once those are frozen they can then be stored in a storage bag.
To make the soup:
1. In a large pot bring the stock and water to a boil. Stir in the soy sauce, sriracha and Tom Yum.
2. Add the onions, cabbage and wontons and continue to boil until the wontons begin to float and appear translucent. Season with salt and pepper.
If you want to try making the carnivore version check it out here.
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