Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A Few Quick Recipes

Want some quick mushroom meals and dishes is a snap? Here are some of my tried, tested and true mushroom recipes that are fast, simple and sure to please.

Mushroom Skewers
No time to fix veggies? Skewer mushrooms and cherry tomatoes; brush with oil and grill, turning often. Tasty and pretty. Great with burgers or chicken

Picnic Pasta Salad
Toss sliced mushrooms, cooked rotini pasta, chopped red pepper, fresh oregano, and parsley in a fast dressing of virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Chill over night.

Mushroom Potato Salad
Cook unpeeled red new potatoes; halve and toss with crisp bacon or sliced cook sausage. Add sliced mushrooms. While still warm, gently toss with sour cream to coat. Serve warm.

Roasted Mushroom and Onion Salad
Drizzle quartered mushrooms and sliced red onions with oil. Spread on baking sheets in single layer; roast 15-20 minutes in 400°F (200°C) oven, turning once until brown. Serve on a bed of fresh greens; drizzle with vinaigrette and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Mushroom BBQ Bites
Lightly grease a large square of aluminum foil. Place 1 lb whole mushrooms in center of foil. Dot with herbed butter (combine equal amounts butter with chopped fresh herbs like oregano or parsley). Seal. Grill over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes. Turn package with tongs once or twice during cooking.

Spicy Sesame Mushroom Beef Stir-Fry
Toss lean beef strips with sesame seeds to coat. Stir-fry in oil, along with chopped onions, sliced mushrooms, sliced peppers and broccoli florets. Season with soy sauce, minced garlic, ginger and dried crushed chili peppers.

Mushroom Cabbage Rolls
Stuff blanched red and green cabbage leaves with a blend of sautéed mushrooms, garlic, onion, cooked rice, basil and oregano. Place in oven proof casserole dish; cover with tomato sauce and cook 1 hour in moderate oven or 20 minutes in high microwave.

Mushroom Guacamole
Finely chop mushrooms and ix in bowl with ripe, mashed avocado pulp, lemon juice, garlic and hot sauce to taste. Serve with warm tortilla chips.

Mushroom Escargot
Place canned escargot (snails) into centers of large mushroom caps. Top each with a spoonful of garlic butter. Place on greased baking sheet and bake in moderate oven for 10-12 minutes. Serve with toothpicks or on toast rounds.

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