Mushroom recipes for memorable meals

Bake Eggs with Mushrooms

Bake Eggs with Mushrooms

Rita DeMontis, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 2:07 PM ET

There's always room for mushrooms when you're looking for sensational suppers on a time crunch. What's not to love? Mushrooms are tremendous little powerhouses of flavour and goodness. Not only do they contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals, they also contain antioxidants, are low in fat, and taste great. Now that's a superfood!

I personally love to saute them in some olive oil with fresh garlic, minced parsley, some hot chili peppers, salt and pepper – and then toss the whole thing with some farfalle (bow) pasta. Finish with a grating of Parmesan cheese. You can have the meal on the table by the time the pasta's al dente ready — cook the pasta while you prepare the mushrooms and, voila! A truly memorable meal.


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Here's a selection of mushroom-inspired recipes from mushrooms.ca that are ready to enjoy in under 20 minutes.

More mushroom tips:

Serve mushrooms cold: Simply wipe fresh mushrooms with a damp cloth, cut into bite-sized pieces or keep whole, and serve with dips, in salads, or as a garnish to your mushroom entrees.

Microwave mushrooms (2-3 minutes): Cooking mushrooms in the microwave works extremely well. Use whole button or thickly-sliced mushrooms. Put seven to eight ounces (200g to 227g) in a microwavable bowl; cover and cook on HIGH for two to three minutes, stirring once. There is no need to add butter or oil. In a few minutes you will have great tasting, cooked mushrooms.

Grilling or broiling mushrooms (4-8 Minutes): This technique usually works best with large cap mushrooms such as portabellas, shiitakes and jumbo whites. Brush the caps and stems with oil to keep them moist, and season with salt and pepper. Grill or broil for 4-6 minutes on each side, brushing with more oil once or twice while cooking.

Roasting mushrooms (20 Minutes): To get perfect roasted mushrooms, place them in a shallow baking pan, toss with one tablespoon of oil and roast in a 450°F oven, stir occasionally. Roast the mushrooms until they are brown and fragrant.

Seasoning mushrooms: Mushrooms are easy to season, the same as meats and other vegetables. Virtually any seasoning will go well with mushrooms, so you can enjoy them any way you like.


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