Easy BBQ Pulled Mushrooms

A plant-based dish that is sure to satisfy that pulled meat craving! Mushrooms are considered a “meaty” vegetable high in umami flavour making them a perfect plant-based option for a pulled sandwich or taco.

Try these quick and easy pulled mushrooms on top of your favourite taco or sandwich tonight!     

Prep time: 15 minutes      
Cook time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 6 large portobella mushrooms*
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 cups (500 mL) sliced onions
  • 1/4 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) favourite BBQ sauce

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Remove the stems of the portobella and set aside. Remove the gills from the mushroom caps and place mushroom caps, bottom side up, on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cook for 20 minutes.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in onions, salt and pepper. Cook for 8 minutes stirring. Meanwhile, use your hands or two forks to “pull” the mushroom stems apart. Remove mushrooms from the oven and once cool enough to handle shred the mushrooms using your hands or two forks.

Stir shredded mushrooms into the onions and BBQ sauce. Cook stirring over medium-low for five minutes. Serve as a sandwich, in lettuce wraps or use in tacos.

*If using king oyster mushrooms, follow same process but use 1 lb (500 g).

Enjoy!

 

Mushroom Vol-au-Vents

Vol-au-vents with a mushroom filling will always be a classic for one simple reason- they are delicious! A crisp, golden puff pastry with a creamy filling, this is a popular appetizer that will be sure to impress.

Prep time: 20 minutes      
Cook time: 32 minutes
Makes: 9 Vol-au-Vents

Ingredients

  • 1 package (450 g) rolled out frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) water
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) salted butter
  • 1 cup (250 mL) sliced onion
  • 3 cups (750 mL) sliced white and crimini mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each minced thyme and rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) beef broth
  • Fresh thyme leaves for garnish

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). On a lightly floured surface, unfold one puff pastry sheet. Using a 3-inch round cutter, cut out 9 circles. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Unfold the remaining pastry sheet. Cut 9 more circles out with the 3-inch round cutter; with a 2-inch cutter, cut centers out of the circles. Place the rings on top of the circles that are on the baking sheet. In a small bowl, whisk egg and water; brush over pastries. Bake until dark golden brown, 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes stirring. Stir in sliced mushrooms, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes stirring. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and beef broth. Add the broth mixture to the mushrooms and bring to a simmer for 30 seconds, until thickened. Take off heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

When puff pastry is cool enough to handle, hollow out pastries with a small spoon. Fill each pastry with mushrooms mixture and garnish with fresh thyme leaves.

Enjoy!

Mushroom Pierogi Bites

When it comes to comfort food, pierogi are hard to beat! These mushroom and potato filled dumplings have a delicious savoury filling that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or as a full meal. Serve with sautéed mushrooms, sour cream, and chives.

 

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Makes: 40 pierogi

 

Ingredients

Pierogi dough:

  • 3 cups (750 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (500 mL) full fat (14%) sour cream

Filling:

  • 1 tbsp (250 mL) salted butter
  • 1 cup (250 mL) finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 lb (8 oz) crimini mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded cheddar cheese

Garnishes:

  • 1/2 cup (250 mL) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup (80 mL) sliced chives
  • Sautéed button mushrooms

 

Directions

Pierogi dough: In a large bowl stir together flour and sour cream with a wooden spoon until the dough begins to come together. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface. Knead gently with your fingertips for 2 to 5 minutes taking care not to overwork it. Knead until the ingredients are blended and the dough is slightly smooth on the outside. Gather into a ball, wrap in plastic, and let rest for a minimum of 20 minutes.

 

Filling: Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in onion and cook for 3 minutes. Mix in mushrooms, salt and pepper. Cook stirring for 5 minutes until mushrooms and onions are caramelized. In a medium sized bowl mix together cooked mushrooms, mashed potatoes and cheese until well combined.

 

Making pierogi: Using lightly floured hands, break off 1 tbsp of dough. Use a rolling pin to gently roll out 1 tbsp (15 mL) of dough into a 3-inch round disk on a well-floured surface. Repeat to make around 40 disks. Keep covered as you work so they don’t dry out.

To fill, hold dough disk flat in your palm and spoon 1 tbsp (15 mL) of filling into centre. Fold the round in half to enclose the filling. Seal the pierogi by pinching the edges together with a fork. Set the filled pierogi on a baking sheet. Repeat process to make around 40 pierogi total. Keep pierogi covered until they are all filled and ready to cook.

Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, drop the pierogi into the water in batches of 5-8, stirring occasionally. Once they float to the top, cook for another 3 minutes. Melt butter in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. With a slotted spoon, remove pierogi from the boiling water. Without crowding the pan, add the drained pierogi and cook until golden brown on both sides, around 1 minute per side. Serve either as individual bites for an appetizer or in a bowl for a full meal. Garnish with sautéed button mushrooms, a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of diced chives.

Enjoy!

Halloumi Kebabs

Halloumi Kebabs

Eating with your hands is tradition at a barbecue and these skewers are no exception! The salty halloumi cheese is the perfect complement to the umami-rich mushrooms. Customize these skewers any way you like!

Ingredients

250g halloumi cheese
1 yellow pepper, deseeded
1 red onion
8 large white or crimini mushrooms
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
2 tbsp (25 mL) fresh chopped coriander
juice of 1 lime
1 clove of garlic, crushed
freshly ground black pepper

Directions

1. Cut the cheese, pepper and onion into even-sized pieces about 1 inch (2.5 cm) square.
2. In a large bowl, mix the oil, coriander, lime, garlic and plenty of ground black pepper. Stir in the cheese, pepper, onion and mushrooms and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 30 mins or overnight if preferred. 3. When you’re ready to barbecue the kebabs, thread the cheese and vegetables onto skewers.
4. Place the kebabs over the hot coals, turning occasionally until charred at the edges – about 10 minutes. Brush with leftover marinade juices as you turn them.
5. Serve with a green salad.

Mushroom Pate board

Citrus-Kissed Mushroom Pâté

Recipe courtesy of The Messy Baker.

Makes about: 1 ½ cups | Prep time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

1 pound cremini mushrooms, quartered
½ red onion, ½-inch thick slices
2 cloves garlic
4 sprigs fresh thyme
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup walnut halves
¼ cup soft goat cheese or feta
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon</span
Finely grated zest of 1 orange

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a rimmed baking pan with parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the mushrooms, onions, garlic and thyme. Drizzle with oil and toss to coat. Spread on the prepared baking sheet. Give a light sprinkle of salt and a generous grinding of black pepper. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Add walnuts and bake 5 more minutes, being careful the walnuts don’t burn.
  3. Place the pan on a wire rack and allow the mushroom mixture to cool to room temperature. Remove thyme sprigs.
  4. Transfer the mushroom mixture into a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the cheese, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, lemon zest and orange zest. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped and spreadable, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Taste, adding more salt and pepper, if needed.
  5. Serve at room temperature on bread, crackers, or toast.