Grilled Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Recipe and photo courtesy of Jacquie from Parkallen Home Kitchen.

Prep Time: 5 mins. | Cook Time: 10 mins.

Ingredients

8 large mushrooms
1/2 package of Queso Fresco cheese (or any other soft cheese)
8 pieces of bacon (I used maple bacon – it added a nice hint to sweet to the recipe!)

Method

  1. Wash and dry your mushrooms.
  2. Remove stems and fill hole with cheese.
  3. Wrap mushroom with bacon and secure it in place with a toothpick.
  4. Grill on low until bacon is nice and crispy. Enjoy outdoors on a beautiful summer’s evening!

Crispy Polenta with Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Ragoût

Recipe courtesy of Renee from Sweet Sugar Bean.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 15 mins. | Serves: 4

Ingredients

Polenta
2 pounds prepared polenta (in a tube), cut into 8 ½ inch thick rounds
½  cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp olive oil
Ragoût
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1 ½ pounds (680 grams) assorted wild mushrooms, such as crimini, oyster, portabella, thickly sliced
2 cloves garlic, mined
¼ cup finely chopped onion
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
¼ cup low salt chicken broth
2 tsp fresh thyme
? cup whipping cream
small handful fresh parsley, chopped
salt, pepper to taste
1 small tube goat cheese, crumbled

Method

  1. To make polenta, place the slices on a lightly greased broiler safe pan or sheet and broil until golden brown, about 7 minutes.  Flip over, sprinkle each slice with parmesan cheese and broil again, until cheese is melted and brown.  Watch it carefully!  Remove from broiler and set aside.
  2. To make ragoût, heat butter and oil in a frying pan, and over medium heat sauté the mushrooms until tender and browned, stirring often.  Add onions, garlic and balsamic vinegar, cooking another 3 minutes or so.  Stir in chicken broth, thyme, whipping cream and season with salt and pepper.  Let it reduce down a little and thicken, a few more minutes.
  3. Arrange one polenta slice per plate, top with some mushrooms, then another polenta slice, then more mushrooms.  Garnish with crumbled goat cheese and more fresh thyme.

Creamy Mushrooms and Greens on Toast

Recipe and photo courtesy of Suganya from Relish The Bite.
Prep Time: 2 mins. | Cook Time: 10 mins.
Tip: To make this recipe vegan, use vegan creams made from soy milk, use the cashew cheese instead of normal cheese and avoid the butter!

Ingredients

Bread (any kind) – 2 slices
Mushroom – 1.5 cup
Shallots – 2, chopped finely
Garlic – 2, minced
Butter/ oil – 2 tbsp
Cream – 2 tbsp, cooking cream
Pepper – 2 tsp, freshly ground
Parsley – 3 tbsp
Cheese slices – any kind you fancy.
Salt – as needed

Method

1. Wash the mushrooms and cut off the stems. Chop the mushrooms bite size.
2. Melt 1 tbsp of butter/oil in a pan in medium high heat; add the shallots and when it translucent now add the mushrooms and generous pinch of salt and cook until liquid has evaporated and mushrooms are nicely browned. It takes around 5-6 minutes. Then add the cream, parsley and pepper to it.
3. Mix well and switch off in 2 minutes when it in a consistency that it is not watery nor dry. It should be creamy. Transfer this to a plate.
4. In the same pan, drizzle oil or butter, toast the bread.
5. Now serve by placing the hot bread with a slice of cheese and top with the creamy mushrooms parsley mixture.

Coconut Mushroom Puffs

Recipe and photo courtesy of Samantha from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken.

Prep Time: 20 mins. | Cook Time: 25 mins.
Tip: If you like, you can make the mushroom mixture ahead of time and store in an airtight container until you are ready to full the puff pastry.

Ingredients

1 Puff Pastry, thawed (Check ingredients to make sure it is vegan, most are)
16 oz Mushrooms (two of those little boxes, or one of the big ones)
4 Cloves Garlic
½ Cup Canned Full Fat Coconut Milk (shaken well before measuring)
2 teaspoons Corn Starch
1 Tablespoons Coconut Oil or Canola Oil
1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
½ teaspoon Dried Thyme
½ teaspoon Dired Oregano
¼ teaspoon Salt
Several Grinds of Pepper
Flour for rolling the puff pastry
Chives, Cilantro, or Parsley for Garnish (optional)

Method

To Make the Coconut Mixture:
1. Start by making the coconut mushroom filling. Slice the mushrooms and mince the garlic.
2. Mix together the coconut milk and corn starch and set aside.
3. Heat the coconut oil in a pan over medium high heat. When it’s hot, add the mushrooms and garlic.
4. Sauté the mushrooms for about 5 minutes until they soften and begin to release their juices.
5. Stir in the coconut milk mixture, nutritional yeast, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to a simmer.
6. Continue to cook for about another 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens a bit. Remove from heat.
To Make the Puffs:
7. Preheat the over to 400F (200C).
8. Lightly flour a clean work surface and use a rolling pin to roll out the puff pastry to a rectangle that’s about 9″ x 12″.
9. Use a long knife to cut the puff pastry into 24 squares. that’s 3 cuts down the longest direction, and 5 cuts across the shortest direction.
10. Push each puff pastry square into the mini cupcake pan, so that the edges of the puff pastry, come up the sides forming a little cup to hold the mushroom mixture. If any of your squares are a little too small, just use your rolling pin to roll it out a little more.
11. Divide the mushroom mixture evenly among the cups.
12. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes, rotating the pan once, until the edges of the puff pastry are golden. To remove them, use a knife to pop them out of the pan.
13. Finely chop chives, cilantro, or parsley, and sprinkle on the mushroom puffs for garnish.

Blended Meatballs with Spicy Sriracha Aioli

Mushrooms are blended with ground beef and seasoned to create the perfect appetizer-style meatball. Serve with Spicy Sriracha Aioli for an added kick.

Recipe by Brittany of My Daily Randomness.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 25 mins.
Makes approximately 20 meatballs.

Ingredients

Meatballs:
½ lb. mushrooms, finely chopped
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 small onion, finely diced
1 clove minced garlic
½ cup breadcrumbs
1 egg
Spicy Sriracha Aioli:
4 egg yolks
4 large cloves garlic peeled and pureed
1-2 tbsp Sriracha sauce (depending on desired spice level)
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste

Method

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking tray with foil and spray with cooking spray.
2. Place the mushrooms in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until finely chopped.
3. In a skillet over medium heat cook chopped mushrooms until brown and most moisture has been released, about 3-5 minutes. Set aside to let cool.
4. In a large bowl combine cooled mushrooms, beef, seasoning, onion, garlic breadcrumbs and egg; mix all ingredients until incorporated. Shape mixture into 1½ inch meatballs. Place 1 inch apart on pan.
5. Bake 35-40 minutes or until meatballs reach 160°F, are cooked through and center is no longer pink.
Spicy Sriracha Aioli
1. In a food processor add egg yolks, pureed garlic, and Sriracha sauce. Place the top on the bowl and turn on the machine and slowly drizzle in the oils. Once the oil is added stop the machine and check for consistence, if to thick you can whisk in a little water too thin as needed. Add the salt to taste.