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How to Use Mushrooms in Your Favorite Cuisines

July 1, 2020

It’s pretty amazing how foods and flavors evolve around the globe, isn’t it? There are endless culinary possibilities thanks to the varying ingredients of different regions. We’re lucky to have markets and grocery stores where we can access nearly any global ingredient, whether or not it’s native to our area. Exploring other cultures through their cuisine is a wonderful way to learn about the world. 

Trot the globe right from your kitchen with these mushroom-forward recipes inspired by international cuisines.

Mediterranean 

Since Mediterranean recipes are known for their fresh, healthy flavors, mushrooms are a perfect fit. They’re fat free, cholesterol free and low in sodium. Plus, mushrooms have a mild taste so they don’t overpower delicate dishes, but can help amplify flavors when more intensity is desired. Olives, garden veggies and feta cheese provide the fresh, tangy flavors Mediterranean meals are known for in these light yet satisfying Mushroom Zucchini Boats.

Mediterranean Mushroom-Zucchini Boats

French 

Known for subtle flavors, elegant ingredients, delicate pastries and lots of cheese, French cuisine is a great place to put mushrooms’ versatility to use. Start your morning with a slice of this protein-packed quiche filled with a variety of fresh mushrooms and leafy greens. If you’re in the mood for a hearty, comforting meal, try this indulgent Coq Au Blanc

Coq Au Blanc
Coq Au Blanc

Middle Eastern

If flavor is what you’re looking for, this blended shawarma bowl’s got it. Like really got it. It calls for 10 different spices and wholesome ingredients like chickpeas, mushrooms, bison, bulgur and more.

Blended Mushroom and Bison Shawarma Bowls

Italian

Mushrooms + pasta = perfection. Spaghetti. Fettuccine. Ravioli. Orecchiette. White sauce. Red sauce. Meaty. Vegetarian. There’s no pasta dish mushrooms can’t enhance. 

Oyster Mushroom and Spinach Orecchiette with Garlic and Lemon

Chinese

Mushrooms are the ultimate stir-fry add in. They soak up dressings like soy sauce for an extra pop of flavor. Plus, they make a great filling ingredient for dumplings and mix-in for fried rice

Mushroom-Spring Onion Dumplings with Black Vinegar-Chili Dipping Sauce
Mushroom-Spring Onion Dumplings with Black Vinegar-Chili Dipping Sauce

Japanese 

Japanese cuisine is known for variety and balance, incorporating an array of colors, techniques and flavors in every meal. Ramen is a popular noodle-based dish that originated in Japan. Try this shiitake-filled version you can take with you on the go. 

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Shiitake Mushroom Ramen To-Go

Thai 

If your taste buds are drawn to spice, Thai food is for you. With intense, intricate flavors and unique ingredient combinations, Thai cuisine is unlike many others. Get started with this Portabella Satay With Spicy Peanut Sauce or Thai-Style Coconut Chicken Soup.

Portabella Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Portabella Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Moroccan

Derived from various cultural influences, Moroccan cuisine has established a culinary profile all its own that uses vibrant herbs and spices, fresh fruits and vegetables, a variety of meats, including beef, goat, mutton, lamb and seafood. Get a taste of Moroccan flavor with this spicy mushroom meatball recipe. 

Spicy Moroccan Mushroom Meatballs with Harrisa Aioli

American

It’s no secret that mushrooms are great on a burger, but did you know they’re also delicious mixed INTO a burger? Meet The Blend, a cooking technique where chopped mushrooms are blended with ground meat to make burger patties or any ground meat recipe more delicious and nutritious. Give it a try! Or, go completely meatless and grill a portabella for a 100% veggie patty.

Mighty Mushroom Blended Burger

Mexican

The Blend makes tacos tastier and more nutritious too! Just blend chopped mushrooms with your taco meat for a lighter, more flavorful taco filling. Mushrooms also go great in quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos and even queso.

Canadian

What’s Canadian cuisine without poutine? We put our own spin on this Canadian tradition by using fingerling potatoes instead of fries and, of course, added lots of mushrooms! But don’t be fooled, this recipe is just as indulgent and satisfying as the original. 

Fingerling Potatoes and Mushroom Poutine

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