Halloumi Stacks with Mushrooms

Halloumi stacks is a fantastically simple recipe that goes down a treat in the summer months. Its light vegetables match perfectly with the salty flavours of the halloumi to give a sensationally addictive taste.

Recipe and photo by Ben of The Online Grill

Ingredients

250g halloumi cheese
1 zucchini/courgette
6 white button mushrooms
2 large tomatoes

 

Method

1. A lot of Mediterranean dishes feature a heavy use of olive oil, and you’ll find most interpretations of this one are no different. However, to help it feel relatively light I’ve decided to skip this. I find that the salt and moisture from the tomatoes and halloumi do wonders at packing in a lot of flavor, however if you do want to brush your vegetables in oil prior to grilling them then go for it!
2. If you don’t have a griddle pan then one way around it is to preheat your oven grill with the grill bars in to help give you those lovely seared grill marks in the tomatoes and zucchinis.
3. Start heating up your pan to a medium-high heat, or if you’re using your oven then preheat it to 180C/350F/gas 4.
4. While your oven is preheating, cut your tomatoes horizontally, zucchinis diagonally, and mushrooms vertically (got that?) into thick slices.
5. Add the zucchini to the pan and season with salt and black pepper. Griddle for a couple of minutes on each side, and really try to work in those beautiful sear marks!
6. Remove the zucchini and now add the tomato, repeating the process but for nearer one minute on each side instead of two. Repeat again, but this time with the mushrooms.
7. Now for the fun part! Heat up a frying pan to a medium-high heat, and throw in the halloumi. Turn every minute until both sides have browned then remove.
8. Now time to stack these bad boys! This part is wildly open to artistic license, so order as you wish, but I organize mine as: Tomato at the bottom, then zucchini, mushroom, and the beautifully browned halloumi at the top.
9. Drizzle a little balsamic vinegar on top, and you’re done!

Roasted Garlic, Mushroom and White Bean Stew

This stew is a favourite Sunday meal because it isn’t a dish that cooks up in 20 minutes, it’s a little bit more time consuming, but it also makes a pretty big batch which means you can bring leftovers for lunches throughout the week.

Recipe and photo by Louisa of Living Lou

Prep Time: 30 mins. | Cook Time: 35 mins.

Ingredients

1 head of garlic
7 tsp olive oil, divided
½ tsp salt, divided
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, diced
2 lbs (907g) white button mushrooms, quartered
½ cup white wine
2 19-oz cans white beans, drained and rinsed
1 900mL carton of vegetable broth (4 cups)
2 springs rosemary

 

Method

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Slice the top off the head of garlic (keeping the root intact), drizzle with 1 tsp of olive oil and sprinkle with ¼ tsp of salt. Wrap in foil and roast for 30 minutes, carefully remove from oven and let cool completely.
2. Meanwhile, heat a large pot over medium heat. Add remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add onion, cook, stirring frequently for 3 minutes. Add carrots and cook another 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and remaining salt, cook, stirring occasionally for another 5 minutes. Add white wine, cook another minute, scraping any brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Add white beans, vegetable broth and rosemary, squeeze roasted garlic directly into the pot (be careful not to include any of the peel).
3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered for 20 minutes. Beans will begin to break down, but to help thicken the stew, press the beans against the side of the pot using a wooden spoon. Remove rosemary stems and serve.

 

King Oyster Mushroom Fajitas

While you could also use portabella mushrooms to make a delicious fajita, I’ve found that the king oyster mushroom is a great replacement for chicken or beef in this classic Mexican dish. 

Recipe and photo by Louisa of Living Lou

Prep Time: 15 mins. | Cook Time: 30 mins. | Serves: 4

Ingredients

3 tbsp canola oil, divided
1 small red bell pepper, sliced
1 small yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
2-200g pkg. sliced king oyster mushrooms, thinly sliced
¼ tsp each cumin, chili powder, oregano and salt
Fajita toppings (cheese, salsa, sour cream, avocado, cilantro etc.)
Tortillas

 

Method

1. Heat an extra large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tbsp canola oil then bell peppers and onion. Cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Remove to a plate and tent with foil.
2. Add remaining 2 tbsp canola oil, then mushrooms. Cook until caramelized, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Add spices and salt, cook another 3 minutes.
3. Serve mushrooms with peppers and onion and other fajita toppings.

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Vegan Mushroom & Butternut Squash Cottage Pie

This cottage pie is vegan and the mushrooms make it so meaty and rich. The sweetness of the squash make an amazing companion to the mushrooms and the smokey paprika warms the whole dish. If you’re not vegan, feel free to add real butter and even a little sprinkle of cheese in (and over) the mashed potato topping.

Recipe courtesy of Kelly from The Gouda Life.

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

Ingredients

4 large russet potatoes, cubed
sea salt
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup butter or non-dairy butter, melted
1/4 cup warm vegetable stock or milk (dairy or non)
2 tbsp olive oil
24oz button mushrooms, rough chopped
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 cups cubed butternut squash (fresh or frozen), cubed
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced carrots
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp tomato paste
sprig of thyme
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp (tiny pinch) ground cinnamon
1 cup dark beer
1/2 – 1 cup vegetable stock
1/4 cup frozen peas
Salt and pepper, to taste
fresh thyme leaves, to garnish

 

Method

1. Place potatoes in a pot of cold, generously salted water and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and let cook until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, 10-15 minutes. Add the raw garlic and butter and mash well, Add enough liquid to make them creamy, starting with 2 tbsp and adding the full 1/4 cup if needed. If you want them very creamy, get out your handheld mixer and whip until pillowy.
2. Preheat oven to 375.
3. While your potatoes are boiling, heat up the olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet or dutch oven over med-high heat. Add the mushrooms and let cook untouched for 5-6 minutes. You want the liquid from them to be released so they start to brown and crisp. Mix and let sit for another 5-6 minutes Repeat once more. Add the onions, squash, celery and carrots and cook until onions have softened and are just starting to brown, 5 minutes. Add the garlic, tomato paste, paprika, cumin and cinnamon and cook until tomato paste has browned lightly and everything is very fragrant, 5-6 minutes. Add the beer and peas and bring to a boil, scraping the stuck on bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the 1/2 cup veggie stock and stir everything well. If it seems a bit stodgy, add more stock. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Spread or pipe the potatoes over the mushroom mixture, drizzle with olive oil and bake until the top is golden brown. Sprinkle with fresh thyme, fresh ground pepper and serve.

Lemon & Tarragon Mushroom Pâté

This pâté is one of my favourite ways to eat mushrooms in the summer – I crave it all the time and its so easy to make ahead and keep in the fridge to snack on for a few days.

Recipe courtesy of Kelly from The Gouda Life.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 15 mins. | Makes: 1 1/2 cups of pate

Ingredients

16oz white or brown button mushrooms, cleaned and coarsely chopped
1 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp vegetable/canola oil
1 medium shallot, minced
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup pecans, chopped fine
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 tsp fresh tarragon leaves
Zest from 1/2 lemon (about 1/2 tsp)
1/4 cup dry white wine
Juice from 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp cream cheese

 

Method

1. Spoon butter and oil into a heavy skillet over medium-high heat and let it get nice and hot.
2. Once heated, add the minced shallot and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes taking care not to burn garlic.
3. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring only occasionally, until all the liquid had evaporated and your mushrooms are nice and brown, about 6-8 minutes.
4. Add pecans, salt, pepper, tarragon and the lemon zest and let cook for 1-2 minutes.
5. Add the white wine and let it cook off, scraping any stuck-on bits off the bottom of the pan.
6. Add the lemon juice and remove from heat. Take 3/4 of the mixture and place it in the bowl of your food processor or blender along with the cream cheese. Blend until smooth.
7. Pour into a ramekin or small bowl, top with the remaining 1/4 of the coarse mushroom mixture.

You can eat it as-is or refrigerate until chilled. It will keep in an airtight container for 3 days. And might I suggest a slightly chilled pinot noir or a really cold dark lager to accompany this? I think you’ll like it.

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