Mini Mushroom-Tomato Galettes with Roquefort and Walnuts

I appreciate quick light meals that I don’t have to spend a long time preparing when I get home. While these “adult flavour” mini galettes with mushrooms include other ingredients that might not please younger palates, this is a dish that can absolutely be adapted to anyone’s tastes – meaning, you can customize each galette depending on what you have on hand and according to everyone’s likes/ dislikes – what could be better? And hey, you could always make one large sized galette for everyone to enjoy!

The possibilities for this dish are endless in terms of fillings but one thing’s for sure – you’ll definitely want mushrooms to be the star!

Recipe courtesy of eat.live.travel.write.

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

Ingredients

2 sheets/ rolls butter puff pastry *
80g Roquefort or other sharp blue cheese, crumbled
4 tablespoons chopped walnuts
10 medium white mushrooms, thinly sliced
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons butter
*You could, of course make your own pastry

Method

1. Preheat oven to 400°F / 200°C.
2. Roll out pastry dough and using a bowl approximately 14-15cm in diameter, cut out four rounds. Do not force or stretch the dough. Transfer the dough to a baking tray either lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.
3. Place the cheese in the middle of each pastry round, leaving about 2cm around the edge of each round.
4. Sprinkle each pastry round with a tablespoon of the chopped walnuts.
5. Place about 8 mushrooms’ worth of slices on top of the walnuts, pressing into the cheese/walnut mixture.
6. Place 3 cherry tomato halves on each pastry round.
7. Fold over the edges of the dough (making 4-5 folds, one fold at a time) and pressing lightly on the corners to gently seal the  galettes.
8. Brush the beaten egg on the dough border. Bake for 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown and the cheese melted.
9. Meanwhile, sauté the remaining mushroom slices in the butter. Drain on a paper towel and set aside until the galettes are cooked.
10. When the galettes are cooked, remove from baking tray to a cooling rack and cool for about 5 minutes. Place the sautéd mushroom slices on each galette and serve warm with a green salad.

Mediterranean Stuffed Pork Meatballs

Blending minced mushrooms into your ground pork is a great way to reduce calories, add nutrients and save money. 

Image and recipe courtesy of Ontario Pork.

Prep Time: 15 mins. | Cook Time: 20 mins. | Makes: 24 meatballs.

Ingredients

1 lb (450 g) lean ground Ontario pork
1 egg
2 Tbsp (30 mL) milk
1/2 cup (125 mL) mushrooms, minced
1/2 onion, minced
1/2 tsp (2 mL) EACH salt and pepper
1 Tbsp (15 mL) balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup (60 mL) goat’s cheese or cream
cheese
1 Tbsp (15 mL) honey
2 Tbsp (30 mL) EACH fresh basil, sun dried
tomatoes, black olives; minced
1/2 tsp (2 mL) nonstick oil spray

Method

1. In a mixing bowl, mix together ground pork, egg, milk, mushrooms, onion, salt/pepper and balsamic vinegar till well combined.
2. In a separate small bowl, mix together cheese, honey, basil, sun dried tomatoes and black olives till well combined.
3. Take 1 tsp of the cheese mixture and form it into a ball. Take 2 Tbsp of the pork mixture and make a bowl shape. Place the ball of cheese in the centre and wrap the pork around the cheese mixture forming it into a ball.
4. Spray a large skillet with nonstick oil spray and brown the meatballs over high heat. Once browned on all sides, turn to medium heat and cook covered for 5 minutes or until no pink remains and aninternal temperature of 160°F (71°C) has been reached.
5. Serve as part of a charcuterie plate or an appetizer on its own.

Nutritional Information

Per 1 Portion (1/4 Recipe):
Calories 263, Fat 8.7 g, Saturated 2.5 g, Cholesterol 69 mg, Sodium 193 mg, Carbohydrate 18.5 g, Fibre 4.5 g, Protein 27.1 g
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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.

Loco Moco

It’s probably best known as Hawaii’s answer to the classic greasy spoon hangover breakfast, and it’s absolutely delicious. Adding finely chopped mushrooms to the beef patties really takes this dish to another level – they add a serving of vegetables to the plate, layer in delicious earthy flavour, save you a few pennies, add a healthy dose of anti-oxidants and other nutrients, and best of all, cut down on fat and calories.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Isabelle from Crumb: A Food Blog.

Prep Time: 20 mins. | Cook Time: 35 mins.

Ingredients

Beef-Mushroom Patties:
¼ lb cremini mushrooms
¾ lb lean ground beef
1 large egg, lightly beaten
½ cup panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp soy sauce
½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tbsp canola oil
Sweet Onion Pan Gravy:
½ cup thinly sliced sweet onion (like Maui or Vidalia)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2 cups low-sodium beef broth
Salt and pepper, to taste
Assembly and Garnishes:
4 eggs
2 cups cooked Calrose rice (or any other medium-grain rice)
Thinly sliced green onion, for garnish
Sriracha sauce, for garnish
Soy sauce, for garnish

Method

Make the Patties:
1. Using a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process the mushrooms until very finely chopped.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped mushrooms with ground beef, egg, panko, onion, soy sauce, Worcestershire, and pepper. Using your hands, gently mix together until well incorporated. Divide into quarters, and shape into four round patties.
3. In a large heavy-bottomed skillet set over medium-high heat, heat the canola oil. Add the patties, and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until cooked all the way through on the inside and crisply browned on the outside. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate, and tent loosely with aluminum foil to keep warm. Set aside.
Make the Gravy:
4. Add the butter to the hot skillet. Once the butter starts to foam, add the sliced onions and saute for 7-10 minutes or until soft and golden. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about a minute. Whisk in the beef broth, and bring to a simmer, scraping up the crispy browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
5. Once the broth comes to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the gravy is thick and smooth.
Assemble and Serve:
6. While the gravy is simmering, pan-fry the eggs as you like them – I’m a fan of sunny side up, but over easy is just dandy, too.
7. To serve, scoop ½ cup cooked rice into a wide, shallow bowl. Top with a patty, and ladle a generous amount of gravy and onions overtop before finally topping off with an egg. Garnish with green onions, and dashes of sriracha and/or soy sauce.

Grilled Turkey and Crimini Sandwich with Fig Jam and Feta

“I love the flavour that a pan of mushrooms gets when cooked on the grill with the thighs. You could alternatively place them in a foil packet, but they don’t crisp as nicely.”

Recipe courtesy of Kelly from The Gouda Life.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 30 mins. | Makes: 4 sandwiches.

Ingredients

1 lb boneless, skinless turkey thighs
2 tbsp yogurt
1 tbsp fig jam, *recipe follows
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
2 cups crimini mushrooms, sliced thin
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp flat leaf parsley
2 pinches salt

Fig Jam
makes 1/2 cup
6 large figs, skins peeled off if they are tough
2 tbsp brandy

1/2 tbsp lemon zest (half a large lemon)
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup sugar

Method

  1. Preheat barbecue to medium high, covered for 10 minutes. Open barbecue and place yogurt-marinated thighs down.
  2. With the lid kept open, cook, turning once or twice, until internal temperature reaches 170, 15-20 minutes. Shred slightly so it fits well into the sandwich.
  3. While thighs cook, place a cast iron skillet on the barbecue and add the mushrooms, oil and garlic. Cook, without stirring for about 7 minutes (this helps them get nice and crisp) until golden brown around the edges, 15-20 minutes.

To build the sandwiches:
8 slices whole wheat bread
the rest of the fig jam
sheep’s milk feta
fresh ground pepper
baby kale or spinach

  1. Place your slices of bread down, and top with a layer of fig jam, the grilled turkey thighs, a layer of mushrooms, crumbled feta and lots of pepper. Top with greens and place second slice of bread on top. Slice in half and enjoy!

Fig Jam

  1. Chop your skinned figs in half and place in a pot with brandy, lemon zest and juice, and sugar.
  2. Let sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Break up the fruit with a fork or a potato masher. Pour into a jam jar and place in the fridge to cool. Will keep for 2 weeks.