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5 Easy Ways to Cook With Mushrooms at Home

December 13, 2019

Easy ways to cook with mushrooms!

Mushrooms are a hidden gem of the fruit and veggie aisles. Nestled on refrigerated shelves, mushrooms are the only source of vitamin D in the produce section and, since they’re grown indoors, you can count on them being available 365 days a year.

Aside from their nutritional benefits and sustainable attributes, mushrooms are a convenient ingredient to keep in the kitchen. Whether you’re just getting started in your mushroom journey or you’re looking to explore new techniques, these mushroom cooking methods will broaden your repertoire.

Mushrooms on the Stovetop

Sautéing mushrooms is a quick and versatile way to cook whole, sliced, chopped or halved mushrooms. You can add them to toast, pasta, pizza, steak or throw a few other veggies into the pan for a quick meal. Sautéing is also a great way to prep mushrooms before adding them to other recipes.

  1. Brush pan with oil or butter and place on high heat. 
  2. Add a single layer of mushrooms. Don’t stir. Turn once when mushrooms become brown on one side.
  3. Flip and repeat on the other side. Remove and season to taste.

Mushrooms in the Oven

Bring out indulgent flavors by roasting mushrooms in the oven. This technique is great for side dishes like herb-roasted mushrooms and meals like Portabella “Steak Frites.”

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Brush mushrooms with oil, using about 1 tablespoon of oil for each 8 ounces of mushrooms and place on a shallow baking pan.
  3. Roast for about 20 minutes until brown, stirring occasionally.

Mushrooms on the Grill

The grill is a flavorful place to cook larger-capped mushrooms like portabellas and shiitakes. They’re delicious on their own, but can be used as a burger patty, a salad topper or meat alternative in a meal like this Surf and Turf. Smaller mushrooms can be grilled on skewers as an impressive barbecue side.

  1. Lightly brush caps and stems with oil to keep them moist, then season.
  2. Grill for 4 to 6 minutes on each side, brushing once or twice with oil or your favorite dressing or sauce to keep from drying out.

Mushrooms in the Microwave

Cooking mushrooms in the microwave is quick and convenient. Plus, it’s an easy way to keep the low-cal, fat-free fungi light since there’s no need for oil or butter. Microwaved mushrooms can be added to rice and pasta dishes, tossed on salads, added to sandwiches and more. 

  1. Place thickly sliced mushrooms in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring once.

Mushrooms with The Blend™

In any recipe that uses ground meat, you can add mushrooms with The Blend. We’re talking burgers, tacos, pasta sauce, meatballs and more. Blending chopped mushrooms into your meat makes meals even more delicious, nutritious and sustainable.  

  1. Chop mushrooms to the consistency of ground meat. Or, briefly pulse in a food processor about four to five times until a finely-chopped, crumbly consistency is achieved.
  2. Blend the chopped mushrooms with ground meat.
  3. Cook your blend as usual to complete the recipe.

Feeling inspired? Before you get cooking, be sure to give your mushrooms a quick clean. Simply brush off any debris with a damp paper towel or rinse under running water and pat dry. 

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