Mushrooms Soup

Pressure Cooker Cream of Mushroom Soup with Smoky Sour Cream

The hottest cooking appliance these days has got to be the electric pressure cooker. Unlike the scary stove top cookers of old, these operate as smoothly as a rice cooker or a crock pot and allow you to make foods that usually require a long simmer/braise/roast in a fraction of the time. Speed is great but it’s not the only reason to pressure cook as the actual method results in food that retains more nutrients and has more intense flavours than the same dish when cooked all day in the crock pot.

Recipe courtesy of Carole from The Yum Yum Factor

Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes | Serves: 8 cups

Ingredients

Mushroom Soup:
Approx 4 tbls of olive oil
1kg (2 lbs) of King Oyster mushrooms, Shiitakes or a combination of both, roughly chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1/2 cup dry sherry
1 litre (4 cups) mushroom stock or broth (boxed mushroom stock but you can use mushroom bouillon or, if you don’t have that, chicken broth) – top up with water if you are a bit short
7 or 8 sprigs fresh thyme, tied in a little bundle with kitchen twine
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
250 ml evaporated milk
Italian Parsley, chopped coarsely

Smoky Sour Cream:
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp Hot Smoked paprika
Juice from half of a lemon
Pinch kosher salt

Method

  1. Preheat your pressure cooker until it is hot. Add in about 1 tbls of olive oil and about 1/3 of the chopped mushrooms. Sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt and cook until nicely browned.
  2. Remove them to a bowl, add another scant tbls of olive oil and brown the rest of them, adding a pinch of salt and then remove those the same bowl, continuing until they are all browned.
  3. Add one more tbls of olive oil and saute the onion, until soft, add in the garlic for 1 minute and then add the sherry, deglazing the pan with it and let it come to a boil. Pour in the mushroom stock, add the mushrooms back in, throw in the thyme, grind in some black pepper and lock the lid in.
  4. Some machines require you to hit the cancel button and then another button to set the time for cooking, so use whatever method/buttons your cooker requires. If you are using a stove top, old school pressure cooker, disregard all the button pressing and pressure cook as usual.
  5. Cook the soup on high pressure for 10 minutes. While the soup is cooking, mix all of the Smokey Sour Cream together and set aside. When the time is do a quick release, fish the thyme stalks out of the soup, add in the evaporated milk and then using an immersion blender, puree the soup until it’s quite smooth.
  6. Serve with a dollop of Smokey Sour Cream and plenty of freshly chopped parsley.

With the popularity of pressure cookers on the rise, this recipe for mushroom soup is going to be a must have for your cooking appliance! Not only can you make the recipe is little to no time, it taste amazing too! What’s not to love!

Mushroom Pakoras with sauce

Mushroom Pakoras with Mint-Cilantro Dip

This recipe is a bit of a globe trotter. The chickpea batter is inspired by Indian pakoras, yet the mushroom pieces emerge from the oil lightly coated, like Japanese tempura. With its mix of mint, cilantro and lime, the sauce could be Mexican. The mushrooms? Grown right here in Canada. Given the diversity of flavours and ingredients, I’m tagging this an international dish.

While you don’t need a passport to make these, if you’re new to deep frying, you might want to familiarize yourself with the territory before forging ahead.

  1. Small pieces deep fry more quickly and evenly than larger pieces. If your mushrooms are tiny, you can deep-fry them whole, but with standard-sized mushrooms, quartered works best in this recipe.
  2. Use a light, neutral oil with a relatively high smoke point. Canola, peanut, safflower, and sunflower oils are good choices.
  3. Make sure your saucepan has high sides and a heavy bottom for even heat distribution.
  4. Don’t fill the pot with oil more than half way. This prevents splashing and wastes less oil.
  5. Oil heat is crucial to a crisp batter. You’re aiming for 375°F. I use a candy thermometer to monitor the oil, but a simple drop of batter will do the trick. Simply drop a bit of batter into the oil. If it bubbles and rises to the surface, the oil is hot enough. If it burns, it’s too hot. If it sinks, it’s not hot enough.
  6. The oil temperature will drop when you add the pakoras. Make sure it returns to temperature between batches.
  7. Don’t overcrowd the pakoras. They need space to cook evenly. Frying fewer pieces will also help maintain a steady oil temperature between batches.

Mushrooms are an ideal ingredient to start your deep-frying ventures. Their dry exterior means they won’t splutter when they hit the oil. Because they cook quickly, these pakoras can be in and out of the oil in minutes.

Recipe courtesy of Charmian Christie of The Messy Baker.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 20 minutes | Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients

Mint-Cilantro Dip

3/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro

1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh mint

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 teaspoon honey

1/8 teaspoon cayenne

generous pinch fine sea salt

Mushroom Pakoras

3 cups vegetable oil, divided

8 to 10 white button mushrooms, about 2 inches wide

1 cup chickpea flour (also called gram flour or besan)

1 tablespoon cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/8 teaspoon cayenne

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 cup club soda

Method

Mint-Cilantro Dip

Place all the dip ingredients in a blender. Pulse until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Pour into a small bowl and set aside while you cook the pakoras.

Mushroom Pakoras

  1. Line a baking sheet with a few layers of paper towel. Set aside.
  2. Pour all the oil except 1 teaspoon into a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan and place over medium heat. Heat oil to 375°F while you prepare the pakoras.
  3. Wipe mushroom caps, remove stems and save for another recipe. Cut the cap into quarters. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk chickpea flour, cumin seeds, salt, and cayenne to combine.  Add the crushed garlic and the reserved 1 teaspoon oil. Slowly whisk in the club soda. The batter should be smooth and thick like pancake batter. Add the mushroom pieces and toss to coat evenly.
  5. When the oil has reached 350ºF, use a fork to gently place 6 to 8 pakoras —  one at a time —  in the hot oil. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, turning once, until golden brown all over. Remove Pakoras with a slotted spoon and place on the paper towels to drain. Continue cooking the pakoras in batches making sure the oil returns to temperature each time.

Serve while still hot with the dipping sauce on the side.

This bite-size snack is perfect for any occasion, from a girls night in to a Super Bowl party. A big thank you goes out to Charmian Christie for sharing this mouthwatering, culinary treat!

 

Sautéed Mushroom Guacamole

With summer upon us, I highly suggest grilling your mushrooms for this recipe. It will beat heating up your house, and the smoky flavour from the grill will only enhance this appetizer. 

Recipe and photo by Kacey of The Cookie Writer.

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

Ingredients

5 medium-sized avocados, ripe (soft ,not squishy)
8 oz white, cremini, or mini bella mushrooms, halved then sliced
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup white wine or vegetable broth for deglazing
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small lime, juiced
1 medium tomato, diced (or 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved.)
1 small red onion, diced (roughly 1/8-1/4 cup)
Salt

Method

1. Set frying pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil. Once hot, stir in mushrooms. Cook for a few minutes, or until beginning to brown. Sprinkle with some salt.
2. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until nicely browned, about 10 minutes. Pour in wine (or broth) to deglaze, cooking until liquid dissipates. Remove from heat to cool.

Guacamole
3. Cut your avocados in half and remove pit. Spoon out avocado into a medium-sized bowl. Mash until you reach desired consistency (chunky or smooth.)
4. Add garlic, salt, and freshly squeezed lime. Stir to combine.
5. Add mushrooms, tomatoes, and onion, stirring until combined.
6. Cover and refrigerator until chilled, probably a good hour minimum.
7. Give it a taste test to see if it needs more salt or lime.
8. Serve on its own, with tacos, or burritos!

Note: You can grill your mushrooms on the BBQ with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Amount of lime and salt needed is based on preference (so taste as you go!)

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Roasted Cremini Mushrooms with Summer Vegetables

It’s such an easy dish to make for summer, and it’s the perfect side dish to anything coming off the grill. It’s a super simple recipe that even the most inexperienced cook can throw together and it is so delicious!

Recipe and photo courtesy of Chrissie from The Busy Baker.

Prep Time: 10 minutes |  Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients

2 small zucchini, cut into thick slices
1 dry pint of grape tomatoes
400 grams of Cremini mushrooms, washed, dried and halved
½ large red onion, cut into large chunks
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp dried basil
a pinch or two of sea salt and black pepper
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
chopped cilantro or fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

Method

1. Preheat your oven to 420 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Add the chunks of zucchini, the grape tomatoes, the halved cremini mushrooms, and the chunks of red onions to a large mixing bowl.
3. Add the garlic powder, the dried basil, the salt and pepper (to your taste), the balsamic vinegar and the olive oil to the bowl and toss everything together well until the vegetables and the mushrooms are well coated.
4. Pour everything out onto a baking sheet and arrange the vegetables and the mushrooms in a single layer.
5. Once the oven is heated to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, roast the vegetables and the mushrooms for about 20-25 minutes, or until the zucchini has softened slightly and the mushrooms have deepened in colour.
6. Garnish with some fresh chopped cilantro or parsley and serve immediately. Enjoy this dish alongside your favourite burgers, grilled meats, or all on its own!

Chipotle Turkey & Mushroom Zucchini Boats

One great way to lighten up the comfort food we crave is by blending mushrooms into your dinners. You can chop them up fine with a knife or food processor and mix them in with ground meat like beef, chicken or, in the case of this recipe, turkey! They’ll lighten up your meal, add an extra serving of veggies to your dish and, they’ll make your grocery dollar stretch further.

Recipe and photo by Denise of Sweet Peas and Saffron

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 45 minutes | Serves: 6

Ingredients

200g/7 oz white button mushrooms, cleaned and ends trimmed
6 medium-sized zucchinis
1 tablespoon olive oil
0.5 lb ground turkey
1 onion, diced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup corn kernels
Juice of 1 lime
1 chipotle pepper, finely diced
1 tablespoon adobo sauce
1.5 cups shredded cheese

Method

1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
2. Add the mushrooms to a large food processor and pulse until they are small uniform pieces.
3. Slice zucchinis in half lengthwise. Using a teaspoon, scoop the insides out of the zucchini, leaving about half a centimeter around the skin. Chop the zucchini insides into small pieces and set aside.
4. In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and ground turkey, and cook for 5 or so minutes, until no pink remains in the turkey.
5. Add the mushrooms, chopped zucchini flesh, cumin, chili powder and salt. Cook for 5 or so minutes, until mushrooms are cooked through.
6. Add the corn kernels, lime juice, adobo sauce and chipotle pepper. Stir to combine. Remove the pan from heat.
7. In a 9×13 inch baking dish, arrange the scooped-out zucchinis.
8. Spoon the turkey/mushroom mixture in. Top with cheese.
9. Bake, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and zucchinis are cooked through.

Notes

For a non-spicy version, omit the chipotle pepper.
Filling can be made a day ahead of time.

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