Five Ways to Serve Wild and Exotic Mushrooms

  • Published on June 16th, 2009 by

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 sautéed 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:

Sauteed Mixed Mushrooms

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 sauté 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 omelette.

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

5.  Mix into risotto for an impressive and incredibly delicious dish. Sounds complicated, but the recipe‘s right on the fantastic Sporeboys website. Thanks Sporeboys for offering such delicious mushrooms and a recipe too!

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About the Author

Mei is a sustainably minded foodie and voracious eater always in search of new food adventures. For the past three years, she has been hopping around the country tasting local food while working as a Game Developer with The Go Game, a company running technology-fueled urban adventure games. Her home base has been the gorgeous sustainable-food-access-paradise known as San Francisco, where she enjoys munching on burritos, running her own iron chef competitions, working the lovely Ferry Building farmers market, and writing a food blog with her sister at www.eatfamilystyles.com She is incredibly excited to begin writing for Eat.Drink.Better and the fantastic group at Green Options Media, which coincides with her move to London where she will be opening a European office of The Go Game. She plans to explore good, clean, and fair food in London and hop all over the rest of the continent in search of more deliciousness.