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Recipe Friday: Mush Ado About Nothing, a 2023 Food Trend

Unique and specialty mushrooms are having a moment.   According to the New York Times, mushrooms are the 2022 “Ingredient of the Year."

Today, such varieties as lion’s mane, maitake, shiitake, trumpet, and blue oyster are sought after for their incredible health and healing properties, according to Chantal Hause (Fabulous Food). In addition to serving mushrooms as a main or a side dish, mushroom cocktails are a hot new thing this fall and winter.

Lion’s Mane Mushroom “Crab” Cakes

Recipe courtesy National Mushroom Council

Yield: 12

Ingrerdients

24 oz Lion’s Mane mushroom
6 T mayo
3 tsp Dijon mustard
3 ea. large egg
3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
¾ cup diced sweet onions
3 T finely chopped fresh parsley plus more for garnish
4 ½ tsp Old Bay seasoning
1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
6 T olive oil for pan frying
Lemon wedges and tartar sauce for serving

Method

  1. Shred the Lion’s Mane mushroom to resemble lump crab meat. Transfer them to a large skillet with 2 tablespoons of water and pinch of salt.
  2. Cook the mushrooms over medium heat, covered, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes until all the water from the mushrooms has released. Set aside and allow the mushrooms to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, add mayo, Dijon mustard, egg, Worcestershire sauce, onions, parsley, Old Bay seasoning, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix until combined. Set aside.
  4. Once the Lion’s Mane has cooled, strain/squeeze out any excess moisture from the mushrooms. This will help avoid any soggy crab cakes.
  5. Fold the mushrooms into the mixture until well combined. Stir in the panko breadcrumbs then form the mixture into 4 patties that are 1/2-inch thick. Set aside.
  6. In a large skillet, heat olive oil at medium heat. Pan fry the patties for 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Serve with lemon wedges and tartar sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley. Enjoy!


Trumpet Mushroom Scallops with Brown Butter and Thyme

Recipe courtesy National Mushroom Council

Yield: 12

Ingredients

15 T unsalted butter
48 oz trumpet mushrooms, about 6
12 sprigs of thyme, plus extra for garnish
Fine sea salt
Ground black pepper

Method

  1. To make the brown butter, melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Swirl the butter in the pan as it begins to foam and continue to cook about 2 to 3 minutes. When brown specks start to appear in the butter remove it from the heat and set aside.
  2. Slice the mushroom into 1-inch thick rounds, for 12 total mushroom scallops.
  3. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the thyme sprigs and stir them around the flavor the butter.
  4. Add the mushroom scallops. Spoon half of the brown butter over the scallops and cook 3 to 5 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown. Flip and spoon the remaining brown butter over the top of each. Cook 3 to 5 more minutes, until tender.
  5. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and thyme leaves before serving.

Maitake Wild Rice Salad

Recipe courtesy National Mushroom Council

Yield: 18

Ingredients

1 ½ cup raw walnut pieces
6 T extra virgin olive oil
6 T finely chopped yellow onion
18 oz maitake mushrooms, roughly chopped
3 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 ¼ tsp fine sea salt
¾ tsp ground black pepper
3 cup dry wild rice, cooked according to package directions and cooled
3 T chopped fresh chives

Method

  1. Toast the walnut pieces over medium-high heat in a large, dry skillet. Stir often and cook for 3 minutes, or until you begin to smell their nutty aroma. Remove from the heat and transfer the nuts to a bowl to cool.
  2. Add the olive oil to the skillet and return it to medium heat. Add the onions. Cook, stirring often for 1 minute. The onion will begin to turn golden brown in spots as it cooks in the oil. Stir in the mushrooms and cook for about 2 minutes. They will soften and shrink, but still have a somewhat firm bite. Stir in the walnuts and cook for another 30 seconds.
  3. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir well and let cool to room temperature.
  4. Transfer the rice to a large bowl. Add the mushrooms. Toss to mix the ingredients. Sprinkle with chives before serving at room temperature or chilled.

Mushroom Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy

Recipe courtesy National Mushroom Council

Yield: 24

Ingredients for Meatloaf

3 lbs mushrooms, button, finely chopped
3 lbs ground meat (turkey, chicken, pork or beef)
3 tsp minced fresh thyme
3 T minced fresh Italian parsley
3 T Worcestershire sauce
3 tsp onion powder
3 T fresh garlic, minced fine
3 cups fresh bread crumbs
1 ½ cups whole milk
6 ea. eggs, lightly beaten
6 tsp kosher salt
1 ½ tsp black pepper

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, add the meat, mushroom and remaining 10 ingredients. Mix until well combined.
  3. Place mixture into 7 x 5 inch loaf baking pan or shape into free form loaf and place on a parchment lined sheet pan. Place into preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes.

Ingredients for Mushroom Sauce

¾ cup milk
6 T cornstarch
9 T flour
9 T unsalted butter
1 ½ cup beef stock
4 ½ lbs crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 cup onion, diced
6 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Method

  1. In a small bowl, combine milk and cornstarch; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter over high heat. Add the mushrooms and onions; cook and stir over moderate heat until the mushrooms are golden, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the flour and stir to coat, cook for 5 minutes. Stir in beef broth and bring to a simmer and add Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
  5. Taste for seasoning and adjust to taste with salt and pepper.

Pasta with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Recipe courtesy National Mushroom Council

Yield: 12

Ingredients

3 lbs pappardelle pasta
Salt
9 T olive oil
6 T unsalted butter
1 ½ ea. onion, minced
3 ea.  garlic cloves, smashed
24 oz whole baby bella mushrooms, stems removed and minced, mushroom caps quartered
3 cups heavy whipping cream
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated

 

Method

  1. Place a large pot of generously salted water onto boil. Cook pasta until al dente. Reserve ¼ cup pasta water. Drain pasta. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet heat oil and butter over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and minced mushroom stems. Cook for approximately 5-6 until softened. Stir as necessary.
  3. Add mushroom caps, cream and season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking additional 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add cheese and drained pasta. Stir to combine. If sauce is too thick add some of the reserved pasta water.
  5. Garnish with additional cheese if desired.

Creamy Spinach, Mushroom & Lasagna Soup

Recipe courtesy National Mushroom Council

Yield: 12

Ingredients

3 T extra-virgin olive oil
6 ea. cloves garlic, minced
3 ea. medium onion, small diced
24 oz crimini mushrooms, sliced
3 24 oz jar marinara sauce
3 15-oz can diced tomatoes
6 T tomato paste
6 tsp balsamic vinegar
3 tsp granulated sugar
3 T dried basil
1 ½ tsp salt
3 tsp oregano
1 ½ tsp black pepper
3 ea. bay leafs
9 cups vegetable broth
18 ea. lasagna noodles, broken into pieces
1 ½ cups heavy cream
15 oz fresh baby spinach
3 cups whole milk ricotta
1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella for topping

Method

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add olive oil, garlic, onion and mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions and mushrooms have softened, 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add marinara, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, basil, salt, oregano, pepper, bay leaf and broth. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer.
  4. Add lasagna noodles and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and remove bay leaf.
  5. Stir in the heavy cream and spinach until wilted, 2-3 minutes.
  6. Divide between bowls and top with a dollop of ricotta and a sprinkle of mozzarella.

 

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