Mushroom, Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart

A flaky pastry crust is filled with seasoned eggs, fresh asparagus, creamy goat cheese and a roasted medley of mushrooms. The use of pre-made puff pastry makes this tart easy to put together for a weekend lunch or quick appetizer.

Recipe developed in partnership with Egg Farmers of Ontario.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 30 mins. | Serves: 4-8

Ingredients

1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
1 lb (500 g) fresh mixed mushrooms (crimini,
shiitake, oyster)
1 450 g package frozen puff pastry, thawed overnight
in refrigerator
2 large eggs
½ tbsp (7 mL) Italian herbs
Salt and pepper, to taste
2-3 oz (50-80 g) softened goat cheese
2 tbsp (30 mL) milk
15 asparagus spears, ends trimmed
1 oz (30 mL) goat cheese, crumbled (for topping)

 

Method

1. In a large pan add olive oil. Cook mushrooms over medium-high heat for 5-8 minutes, or until moisture has been released.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out both pastry sheets. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheet. Fold over edges all around pastry sheet to make a raised crust.
4. In a small bowl whisk together eggs, Italian herbs, salt, pepper, softened goat cheese and milk. Divide mixture between both pastry crusts.
5. Place asparagus spears across the top of egg mixture. Spoon cooked mushrooms over asparagus. Crumble remaining goat cheese evenly over entire tart. If desired, brush the crust with egg wash*.
6. Bake tart for 20-25 minutes or until eggs are set, asparagus is tender, and crust is golden.
7. Serve warm or cooled.
*Tip: Brushing the crust with an egg wash will produce a nicely browned crust with a slightly glossy finish.  To make egg wash simply whisk together 1 (one) large egg and 1 tbsp (15 mL) of water until frothy. Use a pastry brush to apply egg wash to crust.
Horizontal-Black-Text

Beef and Shiitake Pot Stickers

These hearty pan fried pot stickers are packed full of seasoned ground lean beef and flavourful shiitake mushrooms. Infused with asian flavours, these bites are the perfect quick and healthy appetizer.

Recipe and photo by Lisa of Food Well Said.

Prep Time: 15 mins. | Cook Time: 20 mins.

Ingredients

4 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, coarsely chopped
8 oz organic, grass fed lean ground beef
1 cup finely grated cabbage
3 gloves of garlic, grated
1 “thumb” of fresh ginger, grated
2 scallions, chopped (reserve about 3 inches of 2 stems for garnish)
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon tamari
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon ground pepper
36 2-inch wonton wrappers
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
sesame seeds (for garnish)

Method

  1. Add the first ten ingredients in a bowl (mushrooms through pepper) and mix thoroughly using your hands until everything is well combined.
  2. Lay out the wrappers on counter top and fill a small finger bowl with lukewarm water. Scoop out 1 teaspoon (maybe 1 1/2 teaspoons but no more) and place just off centre of each wonton. With your fingers or the back of a spoon, flatten the mixture slightly. Using your finger, moisten the edges of half of a wrapper and fold the dough over to create a triangle. Press the edges down firmly to ensure they are sealed.
  3. Add the vegetable oil to a large skillet and heat to med-high. In single layer batches, fry the wontons until golden brown and crisp (about 3 -4 minutes per side)
  4. Serve immediately with side of soy or favourite Asian sauce.

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.

 

Ontario-Apple-Growers-Logo

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.

Mushroom Soba Noodle Salad

This salad showcases the many flavours of the dressing with a great texture because of the soft noodles and crunchy vegetables. The addition of the mushrooms makes for an even more inspiring plethora of flavours and there really is a party in your mouth.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Elizabeth from Guilty Kitchen.

Prep Time: 20 mins. | Cook Time: 8 mins. | Makes: 2 entree sized portion.

Ingredients

4oz buckwheat soba noodles (I used Sobaya wheat and buckwheat brand)
1 tsp oil
6 large white or brown mushrooms, sliced
1/4 of a large red cabbage (about 1/4 lb.), shredded or finely sliced
3 small carrots, grated
4 green onions, chopped
1 large avocado, cubed
For the dressing:
1 clove garlic, minced or grated on a microplane
1 inch of fresh ginger, finely minced or grated on a microplane
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp Tamari or other soy sauce (low sodium)
1 tbsp Mirin
1 tbsp Ponzu
1 tsp fish sauce
juice of 1 lemon
1 jalapeno, finely minced
1/4 cup minced cilantro
black or white sesame seeds, for garnish

Method

1. In a medium sized saucepan, fill with water to within two inches of the top. Add salt to taste (about 2 tsp for a 4-6 cup pot). Set to a boil.
2. Add pasta when water boils and cook for 6-8 minutes or until tender. (al dente doesn’t work too well in this recipe)
3. Drain the noodles and run them under cold water for a minute. Set aside to drain.
4. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat the oil. Add the mushrooms and sauté for about 8 minutes or until slightly golden and soft. Remove from heat and set aside.
5. In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, carrots, onions and avocado. Set aside.
For the dressing:
1. Mix the garlic, ginger, oil, Tamari, Mirin, Ponzu, fish sauce and lemon juice in a small bowl.
2. Add the jalapeno and cilantro and stir. Set aside.
Assemble your salad:
1. In the bowl full of vegetables, add the cooked mushrooms and the noodles. Pour the dressing over and toss to coat. Serve on plates with a sprinkle of sesame seeds as garnish.