Lemon & Tarragon Mushroom Pâté

This pâté is one of my favourite ways to eat mushrooms in the summer – I crave it all the time and its so easy to make ahead and keep in the fridge to snack on for a few days.

Recipe courtesy of Kelly from The Gouda Life.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 15 mins. | Makes: 1 1/2 cups of pate

Ingredients

16oz white or brown button mushrooms, cleaned and coarsely chopped
1 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp vegetable/canola oil
1 medium shallot, minced
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup pecans, chopped fine
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 tsp fresh tarragon leaves
Zest from 1/2 lemon (about 1/2 tsp)
1/4 cup dry white wine
Juice from 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp cream cheese

 

Method

1. Spoon butter and oil into a heavy skillet over medium-high heat and let it get nice and hot.
2. Once heated, add the minced shallot and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes taking care not to burn garlic.
3. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring only occasionally, until all the liquid had evaporated and your mushrooms are nice and brown, about 6-8 minutes.
4. Add pecans, salt, pepper, tarragon and the lemon zest and let cook for 1-2 minutes.
5. Add the white wine and let it cook off, scraping any stuck-on bits off the bottom of the pan.
6. Add the lemon juice and remove from heat. Take 3/4 of the mixture and place it in the bowl of your food processor or blender along with the cream cheese. Blend until smooth.
7. Pour into a ramekin or small bowl, top with the remaining 1/4 of the coarse mushroom mixture.

You can eat it as-is or refrigerate until chilled. It will keep in an airtight container for 3 days. And might I suggest a slightly chilled pinot noir or a really cold dark lager to accompany this? I think you’ll like it.

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Ham, Cheddar and Mushroom Muffins

These muffins are packed with delicious goodness and are perfect for snack time, breakfast, or even dinner when they refuse to eat what’s put in front of them. A parent’s job is hard enough. Let them eat muffins.

Recipe and photo by Jenny of The Brunette Baker

Prep Time: 25 mins. | Bake Time: 20 mins.

Ingredients

3 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons of chives, chopped finely.
4 tablespoons ground flax seeds, optional
3 large eggs
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup white onion, finely chopped
1 cup white button mushrooms, finely chopped
1 cup diced ham
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Method

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or use cupcake liners.
2. In a frying pan over medium heat, add in one tablespoon of canola oil. Toss in onions and cook until translucent. Remove from pan and add in chopped mushrooms. Cook only until tender. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, and flax seeds.
4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, oil, and butter. Stir in the chives, mushrooms, onions, ham, and cheese.
5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix using a wooden spoon until moistened.
6. Scoop the batter into prepared muffin pan (heaping ¼ cup each for unlined muffin pan or scant ¼ cup each for lined.
7. Bake the muffins for 20 minutes or until the tops are a golden brown. Let the muffins cool in pan for 15 minutes then loosen the edges with a knife (if necessary). Transfer muffins to cooling rack.
8. Muffins will keep in an airtight container for several days. These also freeze beautifully once baked.

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Chicken Marsala Pasta Bake

This casserole may not be low-cal, low-carb, paleo or Whole 30 compliant, but it is hearty and flavourful and will warm you right down to your toes.

Recipe and photo by Isabelle of Crumb: A Food Blog

Prep Time: 20 mins. | Cook Time: 30 mins. | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

1 lb uncooked pasta (preferably a chunky shape like ziti or penne)
1 tbsp olive oil
3 strips bacon, finely chopped
¾ lb fresh button mushrooms, cut into thick slices
½ cup thinly sliced yellow onion
½ tsp salt
½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
½ cup dry marsala wine (or dry sherry, if you prefer)
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp heavy cream
2 cups diced cooked chicken
3 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tub (200g) mini bocconcini cheese, drained
½ cup grated parmesan cheese, divided

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
2. Bring a pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until not quite al dente, about 2 minutes short of the recommended cooking time. Drain and set aside.
3. While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add the bacon, and cook for 5-7 minutes or until crispy. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a small bowl, and set aside.
4. Add the mushrooms to the pan, and saute for about 5 minutes, or until they start to brown and let off some liquid. Add the onions, salt and pepper and continue cooking for another 7-10 minutes, or until the onions are very soft and all of the liquid from the mushrooms has cooked off. Stir in the Marsala and cook until almost completely evaporated, scraping the edges and bottom of the pan to release any browned bits that are stuck to the bottom.
5. Stir the stock into the pan and bring to a simmer. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and water until smooth, and stir into the sauce as soon as it starts to bubble. Let simmer, stirring frequently, for about 2 minutes or until thick and glossy. Remove pan from heat, and stir in the heavy cream.
6. Stir in the reserved bacon, along with the chicken, parsley, and ¼ cup of parmesan, then add the cooked, drained pasta and the bocconcini cheese. Stir well, making sure that everything gets evenly mixed and the pasta is completely coated with sauce. (Note: if your pot isn’t big enough, you can also use a large mixing bowl for this step).
7. Spoon the mixture into a 2qt oven-safe casserole dish, and sprinkle the top with the remaining ¼ cup parmesan. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown and the sauce is bubbling around the edges. Serve immediately with more chopped parsley for garnish.

Mushroom Soup Au Gratin

This looks like French onion soup but has the rich mushroom flavour instead of onion. It is almost a meal itself so just add a salad and dinner is ready.

Prep Time: 12 mins. | Cook Time: 25 mins. | Serves: 4

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
12 oz sliced assorted fresh mushrooms (white, crimini, portabella, shiitake, oyster)
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
6 cups chicken broth
1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
1/4 tsp Each ground nutmeg and pepper
4 slices French bread (1/2″/2.5 cm thick) toasted
4 oz grated or sliced Swiss cheese
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Method

1. In a large heavy saucepan heat oil over medium high heat; sauté mushrooms, onions and garlic about 3-4 minutes or until lightly browned. Add chicken broth, lemon rind, nutmeg and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered for 20 to 30 minutes.

2. Ladle soup into 4 deep ovenproof bowls. Float bread on top; sprinkle with Swiss cheese and Parmesan if using. Place under broiler until bubbly and lightly browned.

Variation
Add ½ cup (125 mL) dry white wine with the chicken broth.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Subtle herbs compliment the rich and creamy mushroom flavour in this fall soup. The perfect starter for a dinner party. Serve with a crusty roll or baguette for dipping.

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

Ingredients

2 tbsp butter
2 lb. fresh Mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/3 cup flour
6 cups chicken broth
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup chopped green onions
2 large egg yolks
1/2 cup 5% table cream
salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp minced parsley (optional)

Method

1. In large heavy soup pot, melt butter over medium heat; sauté mushrooms for 5-6 minutes or until most of the moisture from mushrooms has evaporated; sprinkle flour over mushrooms and cook 1 minute.
2. Slowly stir in broth; bring to boil, stirring constantly.
3. Add Italian seasoning, bay leaf and green onions; reduce heat and cover.
4. Simmer 15- 20 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
5. In small bowl whisk egg yolks with cream; stir 1cup (250 mL) hot broth into cream mixture and then return all to saucepan. Heat over low heat until hot, about 5 minutes, do not allow to boil.
6. Using a hand blender (or food processor), blend soup until it has reached the desired consistency. Add 2 tbsp of water if soup is too thick. Add pepper to taste.
7. Serve sprinkled with parsley, if desired.

Note: If table cream is substituted and allowed to boil it will curdle