Ginger Wasabi Pickled Mushrooms

Use them to add a touch of drama to an appetizer table or Sunday brunch. Try serving them in a medium serving bowl with a dish of toothpicks nearby so guests can poke and pop them into their mouths.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Amy from Family Feedbag.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 5 mins. | Makes: 2 x 500 mL (2 cup) jars

Ingredients

1 ½ lb (675 g) white mushrooms
2 bird’s eye chili peppers
2 bay leaves
1 tsp (5 mL) yellow mustard seeds
1 ¼ cups (300 mL) unseasoned rice vinegar
¼ cup (60 mL) soy sauce
1 tsp (5 mL) sesame oil
1 tsp (5 mL) wasabi powder
1 tsp (5 mL) grated fresh ginger

Method

1. Rinse the mushrooms well under cool running water. Leave the small ones whole, chopping the larger ones into bite-size pieces.
2. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally Drain (you can keep the mushroom water for making soups or noodle dishes).
3. Meantime, in each of two 500 mL (2 cup) jars, add 1 bay leaf, 1 bird’s eye chili and ½ tsp (2 mL) mustard seeds (if you’d prefer, you can combine the ingredients in one 1 L (4 cup) jar or a medium mixing bowl instead). Distribute the mushrooms equally into the jars.
4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, wasabi and ginger. Pour over the mushrooms.
5. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

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Italian Meatball Soup with Spinach

It may seem like a lot of work to make a two-part recipe on a weeknight but this recipe is not heavy on the busy work.

Recipe courtesy of Christina from Strawberries for Supper.

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

Ingredients

450 g lean ground beef
200 g cremini mushrooms, finely minced
¼ cup grated Parmesan
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp salt
1 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
pinch of salt and pepper
900 ml low sodium beef broth
540 ml can stewed tomatoes with Italian seasoning (or diced tomatoes)
2 cups fresh baby spinach

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
2. To make the meatballs, start by finely mincing the mushrooms using a food processor with the blade attachment.
3. Combine the finely minced mushrooms with the ground beef, Parmesan, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
4. Mince the onion and garlic, also using the food processor and add 1 tablespoon of that mixture to the meatball mixture.
5. Line a cookie sheet with foil and shape tablespoon and a half size meatballs with your hands or a cookie scoop and place them on the cookie sheet. Bake them in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until brown and release from the foil easily when you try to lift them off with a spatula.
6. While the meatballs cook in the oven, add the olive oil to a large saucepan over a medium heat and sautee the minced onion and garlic with a pinch of salt and pepper.
7. When that has softened, after about 4-5 minutes, add the balsamic vinegar, beef broth, and stewed tomatoes. Break the tomatoes up using the spoon so that they are bite-sized pieces.
8. Put the lid on the pot and let it simmer while the meatballs cook in the oven.
9. When the meatballs are cooked, transfer them to the pot and stir gently. Let them simmer together for 10 minutes.
10. Just before serving, add the two cups of fresh baby spinach. If you like, serve with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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Grilled Mushroom and Arugula Pizzettes

I’ve used a blend of white button and crimini mushrooms to top off this pizza, but it’s also great made with shiitakes or oyster mushrooms if you’d rather take a walk on the wild side (the wild mushroom side, that is).

Recipe and photo by Isabelle of Crumb: A Food Blog

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 10 mins. | Serves: 4

Ingredients

1 tbsp butter
8 oz white button mushrooms, sliced
8 oz brown crimini mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
½ teaspoon salt
½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 pound prepared pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
2 cups shredded smoked mozzarella cheese
2 cups fresh baby arugula
2 tsp lemon juice

Method

1. In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, saute the mushrooms in butter, stirring occasionally, until they’re soft and starting to brown, about 7-10 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme, salt and pepper, and continue cooking until the garlic is soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat and set aside to cool off.
2. Preheat a lightly oiled gas or charcoal grill on high heat. While the grill is warming up, divide the pizza dough into four equal pieces, and gently stretch into ½” thick rounds. Brush the tops lightly with a little olive oil. (Don’t worry if your rounds look more like amoebas, as long as they’re a nice even thickness. They’ll taste fine, regardless of how they’re shaped.)
3. Once the grill reaches about 500F, gently place the pizzettes onto the grill over direct heat, oiled side down. Brush the tops with a little more olive oil, and then grill for about 1-2 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown and crisp. Turn over and cook for another 1-2 minutes to crisp up the other side. Remove from grill and arrange on a baking tray.
4. Top each pizzette with a few pinches of cheese, then add a thin layer of mushrooms and finish with the rest of the cheese. Return to the grill and cook over indirect heat with the lid closed for about 3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
5. Meanwhile, toss the arugula with lemon juice and the remaining olive oil. Pile the dressed arugula onto the finished pizzas, and serve immediately.

Halloumi Stacks with Mushrooms

Halloumi stacks is a fantastically simple recipe that goes down a treat in the summer months. Its light vegetables match perfectly with the salty flavours of the halloumi to give a sensationally addictive taste.

Recipe and photo by Ben of The Online Grill

Ingredients

250g halloumi cheese
1 zucchini/courgette
6 white button mushrooms
2 large tomatoes

 

Method

1. A lot of Mediterranean dishes feature a heavy use of olive oil, and you’ll find most interpretations of this one are no different. However, to help it feel relatively light I’ve decided to skip this. I find that the salt and moisture from the tomatoes and halloumi do wonders at packing in a lot of flavor, however if you do want to brush your vegetables in oil prior to grilling them then go for it!
2. If you don’t have a griddle pan then one way around it is to preheat your oven grill with the grill bars in to help give you those lovely seared grill marks in the tomatoes and zucchinis.
3. Start heating up your pan to a medium-high heat, or if you’re using your oven then preheat it to 180C/350F/gas 4.
4. While your oven is preheating, cut your tomatoes horizontally, zucchinis diagonally, and mushrooms vertically (got that?) into thick slices.
5. Add the zucchini to the pan and season with salt and black pepper. Griddle for a couple of minutes on each side, and really try to work in those beautiful sear marks!
6. Remove the zucchini and now add the tomato, repeating the process but for nearer one minute on each side instead of two. Repeat again, but this time with the mushrooms.
7. Now for the fun part! Heat up a frying pan to a medium-high heat, and throw in the halloumi. Turn every minute until both sides have browned then remove.
8. Now time to stack these bad boys! This part is wildly open to artistic license, so order as you wish, but I organize mine as: Tomato at the bottom, then zucchini, mushroom, and the beautifully browned halloumi at the top.
9. Drizzle a little balsamic vinegar on top, and you’re done!

Turkey and Mushroom Satays

Simplify summer mealtime with these delicious skewers on the grill. 

Recipe and photo by Louisa of Living Lou

Prep Time: 1 hr. | Cook Time: 15 mins. | Makes: 12 turkey and 12 mushrooms satays

Ingredients

6 turkey scallopini breasts, halved lengthwise
30 white button mushrooms, halved
¾ cup crushed tomatoes
3 large cloves garlic, crushed
3 ¾ tsp soya sauce
3 ¾ tsp sesame oil
3 ¾ tsp lime zest
1 ¼ tsp coriander
¾ tsp freshly grated ginger
¾ tsp chili powder
¾ tsp brown sugar
¾ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
24 small skewers

 

Method

1. In a large bowl, whisk together everything but turkey and mushrooms.
2. Skewer 5 mushroom halves per skewer. Brush with marinade and refrigerate.
3. Add turkey to bowl with remaining marinade, toss to coat and refrigerate for an hour. Once done marinating, skewer one piece of chicken per skewer.
4. Preheat grill to medium heat. Cook turkey for 5-6 minutes uncovered, cover for the last minute of cooking. Flip to the other side and repeat, cooking for 5-6 minutes uncovered and 1 minute covered.
5. Grill the mushroom skewers for 2-3 minutes covered, flip to the other side and cook for another 2-3 minutes uncovered.