Mushrooms Croque Madame

Ah. The beloved croque monsieur. If you’ve never had the pleasure of enjoying one, a croque monsieur is the best grilled ham and cheese sandwich you could ever wish to consume. Gooey béchamel sauce and swiss cheese layered with ham slices. Not one to conform, I’ve upped the ante and added crispy mushrooms and a fried egg to make it a mushroom croque madame. I think the mushrooms totally make this sandwich.

Recipe and photo by Jenny from The Brunette Baker.

Prep Time: 20 mins | Cook Time: 5 mins | Makes: 1 Sandwich (Béchamel Sauce makes 2 sandwiches)

Ingredients

Béchamel Sauce:
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
⅛ teaspoon each salt and white pepper

Croque Madame:
2 slices soft bread, challah or brioche is preferred
3 tablespoons butter, room temperature and divided
1 cup sliced white mushrooms
4 slices deli-style ham
2 slices swiss cheese
1 egg, fried

Method

Béchamel Sauce:
1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add in flour and whisk together. Cook mixture for two minutes, whisking constantly. Flour and butter will begin to bubble up and become “fluffy” in appearance. Very slowly add in milk, whisking until mixture is smooth. It’s very important you do not add milk in all at once or too quickly or you’ll end up with a lumpy sauce. Once milk has been incorporated, cook for four minutes, whisking constantly. Sauce will be very thick and elastic-like, but should be very smooth. Whisk in mustard, nutmeg, and salt.
2. This sauce can be made a day ahead. If you choose to do so, place in a container and cover with plastic wrap directly on top to avoid creating a film or skin. Keep refrigerated.

Croque Madame:
1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt one tablespoon of butter. Place sliced mushrooms in a single layer and cook until edges become crispy and golden brown. Remove skillet from heat.
2. Preheat oven broiler to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Butter each bread slice on one side and place butter side down on baking sheet. Spread a generous amount of béchamel sauce over entire top surface and edges of bread slices. Place baking sheet in oven and bake until sauce begins to bubble. Remove from oven.
4. Top one slice of bread with one slice of swiss cheese, ham slices and 1/2 cup cooked mushrooms. Top with remaining slice of bread, béchamel side up. Place a second slice of swiss cheese on top and remaining mushrooms. Place back under heat until cheese is fully melted and bubbly. Once melted, remove from oven and top with a fried egg.

Note: You may choose to omit the egg for a Croque Monsieur.

Grilled Turkey & Mushroom Pesto Burgers

Recipe courtesy of Renee from Sugarbean.

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup cremini mushrooms, diced small
1 medium onion, diced small
1 pound (454 grams) lean ground turkey
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp pesto
1/2 tsp salt
fresh pepper
4 fresh Kaiser buns
sliced tomatoes
lettuce
cheddar slices
cooked bacon
pesto mayo (mix equal amounts of pesto and mayo together)

Method

1. To make onion jam, heat olive oil over medium/high heat in medium size sauce pan. Add onions, stirring well, reduce heat to medium/low and stir in salt. Cook until translucent, stirring often.
2. Reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes, scraping up brown bits every so often. You may need to add a bit more olive oil if it seems too dry.  Add the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar and cook about 20 minutes longer, over low heat, stirring often. Once soft and jammy, let cool and set aside.

3. Meanwhile, toss the sliced mushrooms in a large bowl with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and thyme. Place on a parchment-lined bake sheet and roast in a preheated 400*F oven for about 20 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and set aside.
4. Mix the goat cheese with lemon zest, thyme and salt.
Lay the sheet of puff pastry onto a parchment-lined bake sheet. With a sharp knife, score the perimeter of the pastry about 1 inch all around. Using a fork, poke holes all around inside the border – this will ensure the pastry doesn’t rise in the inside, but it does around the edges.
5. Spread the onion jam  evenly in the middle. Top with roasted mushrooms and goat cheese. Bake at 400*F for about 20 -25 minutes. Garnish with pea shoots. Serves 2 for main or 4 for appetizer.

Lemony Mushrooms and Spinach Pasta

It is delicious with just these ingredients but I like adding the cream to give the whole dish some richness & a little decadence.

Recipe and photo by Christina from Strawberries For Supper.

Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 20 mins | Serves: 4

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
4 slices pancetta, chopped
250g crimini or button mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
225g linguine (about ½ a package)
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/3 cup whipping cream (35% cream)
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan (plus more for serving)
75g (or 2 loosely packed cups) baby spinach
½ cup pasta cooking water – reserved to loosen sauce if needed
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

1. Set a large pot of salted water to boil in readiness for the pasta.
2. In a large frying pan, add olive oil and pancetta and fry pancetta until it is crispy. Meanwhile, slice the mushrooms.
3. When the pancetta is crispy add the butter and sliced mushrooms with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Saute over a medium high heat until the mushrooms are brown. Add the garlic and saute for a few minutes. If you add it earlier, it could burn. After you start sautéing the mushrooms, start cooking the pasta. Boil the pasta according to package directions until al dente (about 7 minutes).
4. When the mushrooms are done add the lemon juice and zest. Stir the lemon juice around to deglaze the pan.
5. Add the cream and Parmesan cheese. If the pasta is close to being done, add the spinach. If you need a bit more time then turn the heat off the frying pan and when the pasta is just about done, turn the heat back on the frying pan and add the spinach then. Stir the spinach around to wilt it over a medium heat.
6. Before draining the pasta, take out about ½ cup of the pasta cooking water.
7. Drain the pasta when it is al dente and add the pasta to the frying pan. Stir it around with the mushrooms, spinach, and lemony cream sauce. Add a few splashes of pasta cooking water until you achieve a light sauce consistency. Add more salt and pepper to your taste if needed.
8. Serve immediately with extra Parmesan cheese.

Goat Cheese, Mushroom, and Herb Stuffed Tomatoes

This recipe is easy, fast, and absolutely delicious. Though vegetarian in this case, feel free to add some meat if you want. Gather all your ingredients and be ready to fall in love with couscous, goat cheese, mushrooms, and tomatoes!

Recipe and photo by Chidinma from Fruitful Kitchen.

Prep Time: 20 mins | Cook Time: 35 mins | Serves: 6

Ingredients

6 large tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup uncooked couscous
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic
1/2 cup mixed herbs: cilantro, parsley and basil
1/4 cup black olives
4 ounces goat cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

1. Preheat your oven to about 350°F. While you do this, begin prepping your tomatoes by slicing off the top of your tomatoes–where the stem is–and remove the seeds. You can use a short sharp knife and cut off the filling and seeds, or use a small teaspoon, but make sure to leave the tomatoes walls intact.
2. It’s time to make the couscous, in a pot add 1 cup of water, and a drizzle of vegetable or chicken stock. Separately, add a drizzle of the olive oil to the couscous. Once water is steaming, put in the couscous and let it steam in the water for about 5 minutes.
3. In a separate bowl, mix the olives with the remaining olive oil and about 3/4 of the total goat cheese. Put in the mushrooms and add the mix of herbs, then transfer everything to the couscous. Stir it all together.
4. When everything is mixed, add about half of the bread crumbs, salt and pepper to your taste and mix together again. Once done, divide the mixture evenly between the 6 tomatoes.
5. Make sure the mix is stuffed completely, you can make it all even using a spatula. When they all look good, add the remaining bread crumbs and goat cheese. If you have olive oil left, drizzle some more on top.
6. Place your tomatoes on a baking sheet and put it in the oven for about 15 minutes. Check that the bread crumbs are golden and your tomatoes are soft, but make sure that they aren’t too watery.
7. Take them out and let cool for about 2 minutes. Serve warm.

Mushroom, Arugula and Goat Cheese Flatbread

This recipe for flatbreads is the perfect springtime dish. The mushrooms make this dish hearty and filling, making it the perfect dinner for busy nights. 

Recipe and photo by Louisa from Living Lou.

Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 7 mins | Serves: 4

Ingredients

4 small naan breads
2 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
2-225g pkg. Sliced button mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
Arugula
Goat cheese
Aged balsamic vinegar

Method

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Brush both sides of naan breads with olive oil. Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat butter over medium heat. Add garlic, mushrooms and salt, cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in fresh thyme.
3. Divide mushrooms evenly between naan, top with a handful of arugula, sprinkle with goat cheese and drizzle with aged balsamic vinegar. Slice and serve.