Beef and Shiitake Wonton Cups

Recipe and photo by Dana of Killing Thyme.

Prep Time: 30 mins. | Cook Time: 20 mins.
Tip: Serve with Sriracha sauce for an extra kick!


15 wonton wrappers
Olive oil cooking spray
For filling:
1lb of ground beef
2 cups of shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger
For sauce:
1/4 cup low sodium Kikkoman soy sauce
1 tablespoon of rice wine
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
2 tablespoons of Hoisin sauce
For slaw:
1 cup of slaw (broccoli, cabbage and carrot)
1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
1 teaspoon of wasabi paste
For garnish:
1/2 cup of unsalted cashews, chopped
1/4 cup of scallions, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and place two wonton wrappers in each holder, one wrapper at a time. Give the wontons a quick spritz with the cooking spray.
  3. Put them in the oven for approx. 7-8 mins. or until golden brown.
  4. Combine all of the ingredients for the sauce. Mix well, and set aside.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in a non-stick pan on medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, and stir until partially browned. Add the sauce. Cook until all of the beef has browned, and then add the shiitake mushrooms and the freshly grated ginger. Turn the heat to medium-low and simmer until the mushrooms have softened up. Remove from heat.
  6. For the slaw, simply mix the mayonnaise and the wasabi (amount of wasabi can be adjusted to your taste).
  7. Then, mix it into the slaw thoroughly so that everything is evenly coated.
  8. Cashew crushin’ time! This sounds tedious, but it can be really simple. My favourite way to chop up cashews is to grab a handful, place them on a chopping board, and use the back of a large knife and press down on them. This way you get a nice variety of chunk sizes, and it’s efficient.
  9. Finally, assembly time! Spoon the beef and shiitake mixture into the wonton cups with a tablespoon. Then spoon the slaw on top (approx. 1 teaspoon).
  10. Garnish with crushed cashews and sliced scallions.

Barley Aracini with Shiitake and Seaweed

Recipe and photo by Bernice of Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen.

Prep Time: 20 mins. | Cook Time: 1 hr.


1/3 cup finely diced onions
2 garlic cloves; minced
olive oil
1/3 cup white wine (I used Pinot Grigio)
1 cup pearled pot barley
1 cup shiitake mushrooms (or 1/2 cup dried mushrooms; reconstituted and chopped)
3 cups mushroom stock
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
3/4 cup fine seaweed stems; reconstituted in boiling water, then drained, and chopped (if desired)
salt and pepper
panko crumbs (or regular bread crumbs)
canola oil for frying



1. Add two tablespoons of olive oil in a medium pot on medium to high heat.
2 Heat up mushroom stock in a separate pan. Add finely diced onion and sauté until translucent before adding the minced garlic. Continue to sauté for another minute or two. Add pearled pot barley and stir, coating the grains in olive oil.
3. If the contents of your pan are sticking, it may require additional olive oil. Pour in wine and reduce so that the alcohol has a chance to burn off.
4. Add heated mushroom stock, a 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until the liquid has absorbed into the barley in between each addition.
5. In the meantime, finely dice the shiitake mushrooms and sauté in a separate pan until soft. Set aside. To tell if your barley is cooked, taste a grain and if you can chew it (but it still sticks to your teeth) it is finished.  Stir in the mushrooms, nutritional yeast, and reconstituted seaweed stems. Allow to cool thoroughly.
6. After the barley risotto has cooled, roll into balls and coat with panko. If you find the mixture quite sticky it helps to have slightly damp hands. Deep fry in a large pot or deep fryer until golden.

Baked Mushroom Topped Brie

Prep Time: 7 mins. | Cook Time: 20 mins. | Chilling Time: 30 mins. to 1 week | Serves: 12
Tip: Prepare and chill the mushroom topping to have on hand for spur of the moment entertaining. Baking and serving on oven -proof platter keeps the cheese warm while eating.


1/2 lb fresh sliced Mushrooms (white or crimini) 250 g
1/2 cup coarsely chopped onions 125 mL
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts 50 mL
1 large clove garlic, sliced 1
1/2 tsp Each dried thyme, rosemary and pepper 2 mL
1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 15 mL
1 (200g) wheel cold Brie cheese 1
2 tbsp finely minced fresh parsley or chives (optional) 25 mL


1. Finely chop mushrooms, onions, walnuts and garlic, thyme, rosemary and pepper in food processor.
2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir mushroom mixture for 5-7 minutes or until all liquid has evaporated. Stir in vinegar and cook 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature; cover and chill.
3. At serving time slice the wheel of Brie in half horizontally and place cut side up on oven -proof serving plate or baking pan. Spoon the topping evenly on cut surfaces of Brie. Bake in 350ºF/180 ºC oven for about 8-10 minutes or until cheese is beginning to melt. Sprinkle parsley or chives on top to garnish if desired. Serve with thinly sliced whole wheat baguette or plain crackers.



Baked Feta with Spicy Thyme Mushrooms

This appetizer is impossible to keep your fork out of and a breeze to whip together on a whim.

Recipe by Kelly of The Gouda Life.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 40 mins.
Tip: Clean mushrooms by dampening a clean towel or paper towel and gently wiping the caps of the mushroom. Don’t submerge or rinse them in a colander as the water will mess with the texture.


1 1/2 cups spicy mushrooms, recipe to follow
1 8-10oz block of feta
2 tbsp scallions or chives, sliced thin or minced
2 tsp high olive oil
fresh ground pepper
1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
bread, crackers, chips, sliced cucumbers etc, for serving

Spicy Thyme Mushrooms

1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lb crimini mushrooms, sliced thin (cleaned* + stems removed)
2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1/4 – 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp fresh thyme
2 tbsp brandy, optional
zest from 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
generous pinch seal salt
few pinches of fresh ground pepper



1. Preheat the oven to 375.
2. Place the feta, sliced into two pieces lengthwise, into a baking dish or oven-safe skillet. Top the feta with the thyme mushrooms, drizzle with the olive oil and bake for 20 minutes or until everything is warmed through and feta is softened slightly.
3. Garnish with parsley and fresh ground pepper. Serve right from the pan with thinly sliced toasted baguette, crackers or slices of cucumber.


Spicy Thyme Mushrooms
1. Preheat oven to 400.
2. Place butter and olive oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. When hot, add the sliced mushrooms and let them sit without stirring for 5-8 minutes [note: do not salt them until they are crisped up]. They’ll release their moisture and might look watery, but it will evaporate. They should be beautifully golden on the one side by after 5-8 minutes. Let them sit a little longer if not. Stir them around and let sit for another few minutes.
3. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes and thyme leaves and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the brandy, if using, and cook until fully reduced, 1 minute. Remove from heat, add the lemon zest + juice and parsley. Add ground pepper. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if needed.

Bacon Wrapped King Oyster “Sea Scallops”

Robust king oyster mushrooms do an excellent job standing in for sea scallops in this holiday appetizer recipe. Strips of bacon are carefully wrapped around medallions of king oysters, secured with a toothpick, and then baked until crisp and tender.

Recipe and photo by Brittany of My Daily Randomness.

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


6 large king oyster mushrooms
6 pieces of bacon, cut in half
Sea salt


1. Preheat over to 375F
2. Slice king oyster mushroom stem width-wise, into 1 inch thick medallions. From 6 mushrooms you should get about 12 medallions. You can reserve the cap to use in another recipe.
3. Wrap 1/2 a slice of bacon around each round and secure with a toothpick.
4. Bake on foil lined baking sheet for 35-45 minutes, or until bacon starts to crisp. Turn once halfway through.
5. Sprinkle with sea salt just before serving.