Roasted Mushroom Tart with Bechamel and Fried Sage

I can’t imagine a vegetarian who wouldn’t welcome this roasted mushroom tart with béchamel and fried sage on their holiday table. While it makes an impressive vegetarian main course to complement the array of Thanksgiving sides, it’s also perfect as an appetizer for any mushroom lover.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Kathy from eatHalifax.

Prep Time: 15 mins. | Cook Time: 55 mins. | Serves: 4-6 (as a main)

Ingredients

2 ½ lbs. mixed mushrooms*
1 head of garlic, cloves removed and peeled
½ small lemon, sliced in rounds
3 tbsp olive oil
5 sprigs each fresh thyme and rosemary
salt and pepper, to taste
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
béchamel:
6 tbsp butter
6 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
¼ tsp nutmeg + more to taste
½ cup grated Parmigianino Reggiano
fried sage:
¼ cup oil
bunch of fresh sage, stems removed
salt
*whole cremini, whole button, halved King oyster, whole enoki

Method

1. Preheat oven to 425. Toss together the mushrooms (except the enoki), garlic, lemon, olive oil, herbs, and a pinch of both salt and pepper. Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast until golden brown but still tender, about 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through. If using enoki mushrooms, add in the last 5 min. Remove the herb stalks and lemon slices.
2. Meanwhile make the béchamel: melt the butter in a medium saucepan until hot and bubbling. Add the flour. Cook for 1 min, whisking often. Whisk in the milk gradually. Bring to a boil. Cook, whisking frequently, until thick and smooth, 8-10 minutes. Stir in the nutmeg and cheese. Season to taste with salt, pepper and more nutmeg if desired.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry into a larger square. Fold over the edges ½“ to create a border. Prick the center lightly with a fork. Bake 10 minutes. Pour the béchamel into the crust. If it all doesn’t fit without pouring over the edge, save it and serve with the tart. Bake an additional 10 minutes until set. Arrange the mushrooms and roasted garlic on top. Bake 5 min more or until the pastry is golden brown.
4. For the fried sage, heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add 1/3 of the sage leaves and cook until crisp, only 2-3 seconds. Transfer to paper towel and sprinkle with salt. Repeat with remaining leaves. Crumble over the tart to serve.

Mushroom, Apple and Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash

Recipe developed in partnership with Ontario Apple Growers.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 45 mins. | Serves: 8

Ingredients

4 small-medium sized acorn squash, seeded, cut in half lengthwise
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
8 oz (227 g) fresh mixed mushrooms (portabella, shiitake, oyster), coarsely chopped
2 celery stalks, thinly diced
2 Ontario apples*, peeled and finely diced
3 tbsp (45 mL) butter
1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
1 cup (250 mL) vegetable stock
½ cup (125 mL) walnuts, roughly chopped
1 small loaf of day-old sourdough or French bread, cut into ¼ inch cubes (approximately 5 cups)
*Tip: Use Ontario Idared, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, or Empire apples.

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C.
2. Cut acorn squash in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds. Season the inside with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake about 30 minutes or until soft.
3. Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan heat olive oil. Add mushrooms and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add celery and continue to sauté for 5 minutes. Lower heat and add apples. Continue to cook until apples become tender, about 5 minutes. To the pan add butter, sage, and vegetable stock. Heat just until butter is melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
4. Place chopped walnuts and diced bread in a large bowl. Pour warm vegetable stock mixture over bread. Using your hands toss the bread until it is well coated and most of stock is absorbed.
5. Remove squash from oven and turn it cut side up. Divide the stuffing among each squash half; spoon the stuffing into the cavity of each squash until filled. Return to 350°F/175°C oven and bake until stuffing is golden brown, approximately 15-20 minutes.
6. Serve hot alongside a festive ham or weeknight roast chicken.

 

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Mushroom Wonton Soup

This soup is all about the mushroom! Glorious, woodsy mushrooms that are the star of the show.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Heather from The Tasty Gardener.

Prep Time: 45 mins. | Cook Time: 10 mins.
Serves: 4 (1 cup broth with 4 wontons) with lots of leftover wontons

Ingredients

For the wontons:
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 lb mixed mushrooms, finely chopped ( I used oyster, cremini and brown)
2 bunches green onions, finely chopped
1 piece of ginger peeled, about 2″ long
10 cloves of garlic, minced
6 bunches baby bok choy, finely chopped
1 tbsp soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 package wonton wrapper (the double package)
For the broth:
4 cups broth (if you want it completely vegetarian use vegetable otherwise chicken broth works really well)
1 tbsp Tom Yum (can be found in Asian Grocery Stores)*this can be optional however once you make it with it you will not imagine the soup any other way
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 drops Sriracha
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup Chinese cabbage, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Method

To make the wonton filling:
1. In a fry pan over medium high heat the sesame oil.
2. Add the mushrooms, onions, ginger, garlic and bok choy and cook until soft and most of the liquid has evaporated.
3. Stir in the soy sauce and season with salt and pepper.
4. Remove from heat and let cool.
To make the wontons:
*note keep the wonton wrappers under a damp cloth while working with them to keep them from drying out.
1. Have a bowl of warm water nearby. Place a wrapper flat on your work surface but turned so it’s diamond shaped when looking at it. Add about 1 heaping tsp of filling into the middle of the wrapper.
2. With your finger wet the edges of the wrapper with water.
3. Fold the bottom corner up to meet the top corner. Press all along the edges to seal. Now the wonton is triangle shaped.
4. Take the left corner and fold it up.  Repeat with the right side. Place on a cookie sheet.
5. Continue folding wontons until all the filling has been used.
6. Keep the wontons you are using immediately aside (4-5 per person) and place the extra in the freezer to cool.  Once those are frozen they can then be stored in a storage bag.
To make the soup:
1. In a large pot bring the stock and water to a boil. Stir in the soy sauce, sriracha and Tom Yum.
2. Add the onions, cabbage and wontons and continue to boil until the wontons begin to float and appear translucent. Season with salt and pepper.
If you want to try making the carnivore version check it out here.

Mushroom Quesadillas

Being mad obsessed with all things Mexican as of late, what better way to showcase some mushrooms than sandwiched between two tortillas. Bursting with seasoned mushrooms and gooey cheese then smothered in a zesty lime cream, these quesadillas may just have you jumping on board with Meatless Monday. 

Recipe and photo courtesy of Kathy from eatHalifax.

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

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter
200 g mushrooms (oyster, crimini, button & shitake), sliced
1 onion, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
pinch salt and pepper
½ cup cilantro, chopped plus more to garnish
2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
8 corn tortillas
4 lime wedges
2 green onions, sliced
Lime crema
½ cup sour cream
zest of ½ lime
squeeze lime juice

Method

1. Prepare lime crema by combining all ingredients. Set aside.
2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Sauté onions til starting to become translucent, about 3 min. Add mushrooms, jalapeno, and garlic. Add a good pinch of salt and pepper. Cook til mushrooms release juices then start to brown, about 5 min. Add cilantro. Remove from heat.
3. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add a tortilla. layer with ¼ cup Monterey Jack, ¼ of the mushrooms, 1 tablespoon Feta, then another ¼ cup Monterey jack cheese. Top with a second tortilla. Cook until crisp and browned on both sides.
4. Slice and serve with lime crema, green onions. cilantro, and salsa of choice.  If desired amp up the heat by replacing jalapeno with a hotter variety or serving with a hot salsa.

Mediterranean Mushroom-Stuffed Tomatoes

Well, when I was an exchange student living in Belgium, one of my host mothers’ specialties was tomatoes stuffed with a delicious mix of pork and beef mince and baked until tender – so tasty and warming on a cold winters’ day.  This recipe is a meatless version of this dish, with mushrooms as the star and works well in the warmer weather too. It’s also quick and easy to prepare and very versatile – I’ve included the vegetables I usually use with this, although you could just use what’s on hand.

Recipe courtesy of Mardi from eat. live. travel. write.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 40 mins. | Serves: 4

Ingredients

4 medium-large tomatoes
4 teaspoons table salt
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups mixed fresh mushrooms (e.g. a mix using 2-3 varieties – white button, crimini, portabella, shiitake, enoki, oyster or king oyster), diced
½ large zucchini, finely diced
1 tablespoon herbes de Provence or mixed herbs (eg: oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary)
½ cup cooked pearl barley or wheat berries
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
salt and pepper, to taste
olive oil, for drizzling
Optional: fresh herbs for serving

Method

1. Heat oven to 375°F.
2. Slice the tops off the tomatoes, reserve these as “lids.”
3. Scoop out the flesh and juice of the tomatoes into a bowl and mash until pulpy. Set aside.
4. Sprinkle the inside of the tomatoes with the salt and turn upside down on a paper towel to drain excess juice.  Set aside.
5. Heat the oil in a large frypan over medium-high heat and sauté the mushrooms, zucchini and herbes de Provence until “al dente” (you’re going to cook this mixture again in the oven so you don’t want to overcook at this point).
6. Add the reserved tomato flesh and the pearl barley/ wheat berries and stir to thoroughly combine.
7. Add the egg and Parmesan, stir well and remove from the heat.
8. Season to taste.
9. Rinse the salt out of the tomato halves and pat dry with a paper towel.
10. Fill the tomato halves with the mushroom mixture – packing tightly by pressing on the mixture with the back of a soup spoon.
11. Place the tomato halves on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
12. Place the tomato tops on each tomato, sprinkle with a little olive oil and bake for approximately 30-40 minutes until the filling is hot and the tomato flesh is slightly softened.
13. Optional: you can remove the tops from the tomatoes and sprinkle with some fresh herbs, replacing the tops to serve.