Mushrooms are versatile add-ons that can uplift simple dishes and increase nutritional value. They can be used to complement a variety of dishes, from classic Italian dishes like pasta and risotto to Japanese classic soups and the Korean staple dish Bibimbap.
Their soft texture and tasty flavour also make them a great ingredient in comfort dishes. Here is a list of some of the most delicious ways to enjoy mushrooms.
1. Mushroom Creamy Pasta Sauce
This simple dish is a great fix for winter blues and easy to make. Begin by browning a considerable amount of butter in a skillet and add a handful of sliced mushrooms before letting them cook down. You can choose any type of mushroom or even use a mix of your preferred mushrooms, such as cremini and shiitake. After the mushrooms are browned, mix in a bit of heavy cream to have a smooth texture.
2. Garlic Mushrooms
Pan seared garlic mushrooms are one of the most popular side dishes in restaurants and a huge favourite in homes all over the world. It is also very easy to make- in only 15 minutes, and using one skillet and a handful of ingredients; butter, garlic and fresh herbs. To get the best flavour, use white wine and onions as extra ingredients to the regular garlic mushrooms recipe. Finally, serve them as an appetizer alongside a delicious roast chicken.
One of the most enjoyable ways to have mushrooms is with chicken smothered in a creamy mushroom sauce. This delicious sauce is one of the easiest sauces to make. Start by giving the chicken a golden glaze by pan-frying in a combo of butter and olive oil. Next, add wine and chicken broth, which should simmer down to half the quantity, before adding in butter and cream to make a thick sauce.
This hearty and comforting bowl of soup, ideal for all seasons, is loaded with flavours. It packs the nutritious values of veggies and all the goodness of caramelized mushrooms in a light and nourishing soup. Plus, the rice gives it a creamy texture and keeps you full. You can pair this hearty dish with stir-fried veggies or another source of protein (i.e. chicken or fish) for a more balanced meal.
5. Mushroom Risotto
It starts with a simple sauté of mushrooms and onions before the garlic cream sauce adds to the delightful base. With a little bit of flour, vegetable broth, and freshly grated cheese, this will quickly become one of your favourite dishes. You can serve it with steak or pork strips for a full meal, or keep it completely vegetarian, depending on your preference.
6. Sautéed Shiitake Mushrooms
This mushroom classic dish makes for an excellent side dish, it is often added to the Korean dish, Bibimbap, a versatile dish consisting of rice, veggies and meat, topped with a fried egg. The shiitake mushrooms are only tossed in olive oil over medium heat for about 10 minutes. The mushrooms are not salted as they cool because the teriyaki sauce tossed in after, adds plenty of flavour.