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Five Ways to Serve Wild Mushrooms

Five Ways to Serve Wild Mushrooms

By Mei Li, Green Options

I’ve always loved the idea of foraging for food, but the idea of dying from a poisonous mushroom overdose has always put me off from plucking edibles from the ground for dinner. Luckily, you can often find a carefully selected array of wild and exotic mushrooms at grocery stores or farmers markets. Sometimes, when there’s potential for serious injury, I find it’s best to leave things up to the professionals.

I found this gorgeous array of exotic mushrooms at the Sporeboys stall at London’s beautiful Broadway Market. Mushrooms are easy to cook, good for you, and have a deliciously rich, almost meaty taste that’s a great vegetarian substitute. I made a simple sauteed mushroom mix with olive oil, herbs, and cheese that tasted great on toast as well as pasta. It could also top a number of other dishes that you’ve already got in your kitchen. It’s simple, versatile, and oh so tasty–and no fear of poison! What more could you ask for?

Here’s an easy way to cook your mushrooms and a number of ways to serve them too.

What You Need:
Assorted mixed mushrooms – any varieties including crimini, portobello, erynjii, shiitake, oyster, nameko, shimeji
Assorted herbs – I used sage and rosemary
Any nutty hard cheese such as pecorino or parmesan
Garlic
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

What You Do:
1. Chop your mushrooms into bite-size slices or chunks while you warm a generous pour of olive oil on low heat in a frying pan.

2. Mince your garlic and add it to the oil.

3. Once the oil has warmed up and the garlic has changed color slightly, toss in the mushrooms and let them cook. After a few minutes, toss in the herbs and continue to saute until soft.

4. Once the mushrooms have softened and absorbed some of the oil, remove from heat and top with some freshly grated cheese. Add salt and pepper and enjoy! The mushrooms are tasty on their own or as part of any number of delicious veggie-friendly dishes below.

Five Ways to Serve Your Mushroom Mix:
1. Take a loaf of good quality brown or wholemeal bread and toast some thick slices with a bit of butter. Spoon the mushroom mix on top for a yummy open-face sandwich, pictured to the right with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

2. Serve the mushrooms on top of any kind of noodles for an easy vegetarian pasta.

3. Fold the mushrooms into eggs for a cheesy mushroom omelet.

4. Spread onto a pizza with any other veggie toppings.

5. Mix into risotto for an impressive and incredibly delicious dish.

Related: How Do I Clean a Mushroom?

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2:44PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

LOVE mushrooms

2:03AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:29AM PST on Mar 6, 2010

Brilliant, I really love all kinds of mushrooms!

7:34PM PST on Dec 14, 2009

Thanks.

8:05AM PDT on Jun 26, 2009

Very good ideas. Also I generally have a few button mushrooms fried with my breakfast eggs and bacon; very tasty and satisfying. I must add, for the benefit of those who would say that this is "bad" for me, that I am eighty-two years old and going strong.

7:30AM PDT on Jun 26, 2009

I used to gather wild pine mushrooms, some of which were huge... they made great stuffing for chicken and great cream of mushroom soup as well.

A friend of mine heard a differrent kind of mushroom talking to him saying "Eat me! Eat me!" and after he did he started throwing up blood and had to be rushed to the hospital, but that's a different story.

I've also heard that mushroom spores can survive in the vaccum of space and are capable of interplanetary travel. There are lots of instances of hallucenigenic mushrooms being used as part of spiritual ceremonies around the world.

A mushroom walked into a bar and said "Give me a beer."
The bartender said "Sorry, we don't serve mushrooms."
and the mushroom replied "But why not? I'm a real fungi."

Aha! ha! Ha... fun guy...

7:19AM PDT on Jun 26, 2009

Mushrooms on toast with cheese (or cheezly if vegan) grilled over toast is delicious. Add a splash of vinegar and black pepper

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