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.

Ingredients

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

 

Method

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.

Baked Eggs with Mushrooms

Recipe by Isabelle of Crumb: A Food Blog.

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

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs mixed mushrooms, thinly sliced (ie. crimini, shiitake, oyster, etc)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp dry sherry or white wine
1/2 tsp dried thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
4 eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Finely chopped parsley, for garnish

Method

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly butter four large oven-safe ramekins, and arrange on a baking sheet.
2. In a large saute pan set over medium-high heat, sauté the mushrooms in butter until soft and lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the sherry and thyme, and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes or until most of the sherry has evaporated. Remove from heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.
4. Spoon the sauteed mushrooms into the prepared ramekins, dividing evenly, then gently crack an egg into each one. Top with 1 tbsp cream and 1 tbsp grated Parmesan.
5. Bake in preheated oven until the egg whites are set and the yolks are done to your liking, about 10-15 minutes. Serve immediately with a sprinkling of chopped parsley and thick slices of toast for dunking.

Bacon Double Cheeseburger Tart

The Blend and Extend method blends finely chopped mushrooms with ground beef to extend portions and add another serving of vegetables to dinner.

Recipe by Angie of Friday Is Cake Night.

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

Ingredients

2 squares puffed pastry thawed
1 medium onion
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
4 thick slices of bacon
8-10 mushrooms
1 lb lean ground beef
Pizza sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella and cheddar blend cheese
Arugula to garnish

 

Method

1. Peel and slice the onion
2. In a large pan heat the olive oil over medium heat.
3. Add the onions to the oil, season with salt and pepper and cook until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Set the onions aside in a bowl.
4. Cook the bacon and dice into small pieces. Set aside
5. Clean the mushrooms and pulse in a food processor until finely chopped.
6. Add the mushrooms to the frying pan along with the ground beef. Cook until no longer pink.
7. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
8. Roll both squares of the puffed pastry into roughly 9×13 sizes
9. Top with pizza sauce, beef mixture, bacon and onions. Finish with the grated cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes.
10. Cool 5 minutes before slicing.
11. Garnish with Arugula.

Mushroom and Soba Noodle Bowl

This recipe is a weeknight favourite for my husband and me. It is quick to put together but it is best served right away.

Recipe Courtesy of Strawberries For Supper.

Prep Time: 15 min. | Cook Time: 15-18 min. | Serves: 4

Ingredients

2 tsp canola or vegetable oil
3 baby bok choy
100 g shiitake mushrooms
150 g cremini mushrooms
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, grated or crushed
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
½ tsp fish sauce (optional)
1 900ml tetra pack of vegetable broth
180 g soba noodles
½ tsp sesame oil

Directions

1. Wash the bok choy and slice the white part of the bok choy very thinly. Chop the green leaves of the bok choy into larger, bite size pieces and set it all aside.
2. Cut the tough, dirty end off the shiitake mushrooms and discard. Cut the main part of the shitake mushrooms into halves or quarters, depending on their size. Slice the cremini mushrooms.
3. Heat the canola oil in a large saucepan over a medium high heat.
4. Toss in all the mushrooms and sautee for 5-8 minutes or until they have browned slightly and reduced down.
5. Meanwhile, in a separate pot, boil a large amount of water and boil the soba noodles for no more than two minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water. Set the noodles aside.
6. Add the grated ginger and garlic. Stir it around with the mushrooms to cook for less than one minute before adding the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and fish sauce (if using).
7. Pour in the vegetable broth and cover the pot. Let it simmer together for 3-4 minutes.
8. Add all the bok choy at once and stir. Let it wilt and simmer for 1 minute.
9. Add the soba noodles and serve immediately.