Mushroom Miso Ramen

Our west coast family sees a lot of damp rainy nights throughout the year and nothing warms the soul better then a steaming bowl of noodle soup. While most stocks need to simmer for hours to really develop flavor, the beauty of mushrooms is you can extract a lot of earthy richness for a stock in a short period of time, making this meal a perfect weeknight dinner.  

Recipe and photo courtesy of Lisa from Food Well Said.

Prep Time: 15 mins. | Cook Time: 20 mins.

Ingredients

5 slices of double smoked bacon
1 cup fresh crimini mushrooms, sliced
¼ white onion
1 tablespoon miso paste
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 cloves of garlic, smashed
1 package dried ramen noodles
2 eggs, soft boiled
½ cup carrots, sliced finely into matchsticks
4 small heads of bok choy, halved or quartered depending on size
½ cup bunapi or enoki mushrooms
2 scallions, green stalks thinly sliced
2 radishes, thinly sliced
1 sheet nori, thinly sliced strips
1/3 cup pea shoots
1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Method

1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add bacon, mushrooms, onion, garlic, miso, soy and 5 cups of water.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to active simmer for 15 minutes.  Strain broth through sieve and cheesecloth, reserving crimini’s.
2. While stock is cooking, boil a kettle of 1 litre of water.  Place dry ramen noodles in medium bowl, pour boiling water over and let sit.  Alternatively, follow package instructions for noodles.
3. Bring a pot of water to boil over high heat.  Once boiling, add 2 eggs and set timer for six minutes.  Remove eggs and immediately place in cold water or ice bath.  Peel and slice in half.
4. Steam the bok choy, bunapi or enaki mushrooms & carrots (time saver: reuse egg water) for about five minutes. Note: I like the bunapi mushrooms raw so another option is to just pour the steaming broth over them to warm them up.
5. To assemble ramen:  Portion out noodles in deep bowls.  Add carrots, bok choy,  reserved crimini mushrooms and bunapi mushrooms.  Ladle broth over each bowl.  Add an egg.  Top with radishes, scallions, pea shoots and nori.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Serve and enjoy.

Mushroom Coconut Curry with Leeks and Paneer

One of the great things about mushrooms is while they are a versatile vegetable they also have a weight, a meatiness to them that works well in meat-free dishes.  With some rice, Indian bread like naan or paratha and a leafy salad you can enjoy this quick dish any night of the week.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Heather from The Tasty Gardener.

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

Ingredients

4 cups portabella mushrooms, sliced
1 large leek, rinsed and chopped
2 tbsp garlic, chopped
2 tsp ginger, chopped
1 tsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups paneer cheese, cubed
2 cans (13.5 fl.oz each) coconut milk
1/2 cup water
2 1/2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste

Method

1. In a large pot over med-high heat add the oil.
2. Add in the mushrooms and leeks and saute, stirring frequently until begin to become translucent and mushroom get soft and brown about 10 minutes.
3. Stir in the garlic, ginger and cubes of paneer and cook until fragrant about 2 minutes.
4. Add the coconut milk, water, curry, turmeric, coriander, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and stir well.
5. Simmer for 5 minutes, then serve.

Mushroom and Chevre Hand Pies

Whether you serve them as an appetizer or to round out a soup-and-salad meal, hand pies always hit the spot. The only trick is to serve them hot. Should they need reheating, don’t microwave them. That will heat the filling but make the pastry soggy. Instead, pop them in a 350°F oven for a few minutes, They’ll emerge hot, fragrant, and fully revived.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Charmian from The Messy Baker.

Prep Time: 45 mins. | Cook Time: 15 mins. | Makes: 40 hand pies.

Ingredients

1 pound white button mushrooms
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
Fresh ground black pepper
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 300-gram package chèvre, room temperature
1 large egg
2 teaspoons milk
2 450-gram packages frozen puff pastry, thawed

Method

1. Quarter the mushrooms. In a food processor fitted with a blade or a blender, chop the mushrooms in batches until they resemble couscous.
2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions, garlic, thyme, salt and a good grinding of fresh black pepper. Cook until the onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and lemon zest, and cook until the mushrooms are soft. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
3. In a large bowl, mix the chèvre with the lemon juice until  smooth. Add the mushroom mixture and combine until well blended.  Cover and chill for an hour until set. This can be done the day before.
4. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two baking pans with parchment.
5. In a small bowl, whisk the egg and milk together until smooth to make the egg wash. Set aside.
6. On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry to 1/8-inch thick. Using a tart cutter or empty 28-ounce (796 mL) can, cut 4-inch circles. You should get 10 per sheet.
7. Brush the edge of each circle with egg wash. Place 1 tablespoon of mushroom mixture in the centre, fold in half to form a half-moon, and pinch the edges shut. With the tines of a fork, crimp the edges, then poke vents in the top.  Place the hand pie on the parchment lined pan and brush top with more egg wash.  Repeat with remaining pastry sheets and filling.
8. Bake one sheet at a time for 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let rest 2 to 3 minutes before serving.

 

Note:
This recipe can be halved. However, if you want to have lots on hand for guests, you can make them ahead of time. Just prepare the recipe to the point of the final egg wash. Freeze the unbaked pies on a baking sheet until firm (about 30 to 60 minutes), then transfer to a plastic freezer bag. When ready to bake, let the hand pies warm at room temperature while the oven preheats. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes. Frozen unbaked hand pies will  keep for up to 3 months.

Mushroom and Bacon Quiche with Rosemary and Guyere

This mushroom and bacon quiche is great to have on hand for lazy brunches or light suppers. Made with puff pastry, assembly is quick and the mushroom filling can be made up to 4 days ahead, making this a great plan in advance meal.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Renee from Sweetsugarbean.

Prep Time: 45 mins. | Cook Time: 35 mins. | Serves: 6

Ingredients

.5 oz dried Porcini mushrooms
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ medium onion, finely chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
350 grams cremini mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed and cut into ¼¬inch thick slices
100 grams shiitake mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed and cut into ¼¬inch thick slices
1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary OR ½ tsp dried
½ tsp dried thyme
salt to taste
1 tsp all¬-purpose flour
¼ cup dry white wine
fresh ground black pepper
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
½ 454 gram package of puff pastry, thawed
3 large eggs, at room temperature
¾ cup whole milk
1 cup grated Gruyère cheese
3 sliced of cooked bacon, chopped
pinch of nutmeg

Method

1. Place the mushrooms in a heat safe glass bowl and pour in 2 cups of boiling water.
2. Let them soak 30 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook for 3 minutes, stirring often. When they are soft and golden, stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the sliced fresh mushrooms and herbs and give a good pinch of salt.
4. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the mushrooms are soft and sweating. Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the white wine and black pepper. Scrape the brown bits off the bottom. Line a strainer with paper towels and drain the mushrooms, reserving liquid. Coarsely chop the rehydrated porcini and stir these into the mix.
5. Increase the heat to medium high and cook until all of the liquid has been evaporated.
6. Remove from heat and stir in the chopped parsley. Let cool to room temperature before assembling quiche. Filling can be made up to 4 days in advance.
7. To assemble quiche, preheat oven to 400F. Roll out the sheet of puff pastry so it fits a 10-inch deep-dish pie plate. Trim the edges.
8. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together. Stir in the cheese, cooked bacon, nutmeg and mushroom filling. Season with more salt and pepper. Pour into prepared dish and bake for 35¬40 minutes, until the quiche is golden and puffed. Let cool on wire rack and serve while warm.

Lobster Mushroom Ravioli

Lobster and shiitakes already make a delicious pairing but envelope that in tender handmade pasta and smother it in a rich lobster truffle cream sauce and I knew we’d have a winner. 

Recipe and photo courtesy of Kathy from eatHalifax.

Prep Time: 45 mins. | Cook Time: 15 mins.

Ingredients

Dough:
400 g flour
4 eggs
Filling:
2 1-1.25 lb live lobsters (or ½ lb lobster meat)
2 tbsp butter
200 g shiitake mushrooms, chopped
2 large shallots, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp dry vermouth (or white wine)
½ tsp packed lemon zest
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
½ cup ricotta
salt and pepper, to taste
Sauce:
3 tbsp butter
2 large shallots, finely diced
½ cup lobster stock
2 cup whipping cream
1 tsp truffle oil
salt and pepper, to taste
grated Parmesan, to serve
chopped chives, to serve

Method

1. For the dough, mound the flour on a work surface. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the eggs. With a fork, beat the eggs. Gradually pull in flour from the sides towards the center. The dough will soon start to take shape. With a bench scraper or your hands, work the dough, adding a drop of water if the dough is too dry or more flour if too wet. Knead the dough until soft and elastic, about 8 minutes.  Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest while you prepare the rest of the dish, about 20 minutes.
2. Put a large pot with 2 inches of water on to boil. Add the lobsters and cover. Steam for 10 minutes. Remove and place in an ice bath to stop the cooking. Over a bowl, remove the meat from the tails and claws, reserving the liquid. Return the shells, bodies and liquid to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered while you prepare the ravioli. When the liquid is reduced by half, strain the shells and set the lobster stock aside.
3. In a skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the shallots and mushrooms. Cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, cooking another minute. Deglaze the pan with vermouth. Add the mushroom mixture to a food processor along with the lobster meat, lemon zest, Parmesan, and ricotta. Pulse until combined, stopping before it becomes a paste. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
4. Instead of writing out the process of making ravioli, I suggest the following recipe with photos from The Food Network. I couldn’t find my pasta wheel so I simply cut mine into squares using a knife. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the ravioli. Cook until al dente, about 3-5 minutes. If necessary, cook the ravioli in two batches.
5. For the sauce, heat the same skillet used to cook the mushrooms over medium heat. Cook the butter while whisking until it starts to brown. Add the shallots and cook another two minutes. Add the lobster stock and cream. Simmer until thick and reduced. Season with truffle oil, salt and pepper. To serve, toss the cooked ravioli with the sauce. Serve garnished with fresh chives and grated Parmesan cheese.