5 Fabulous Meal Ideas Using Portabello Mushrooms that Don't Need a Recipe
Portabello mushrooms are a versatile and delicious addition to your meals. Here are five delicious meal ideas that don't require a recipe.
Our feature ingredient this week is Portabello Mushrooms!
Portabello mushrooms are a type of mushroom that has a meaty texture and mild flavour. You can cook them in various ways, including sautéing, roasting, grilling, or baking. I love mushrooms because they can make a tasty meat-free option while still giving that delicious umami flavour to a meal. They are quick to cook, and you can keep things simple which is perfect for when you don't feel motivated to cook (erm which happens many weeknights, if you're anything like me).
So without further ado, let's check out some great meal ideas using Portabello Mushrooms!
1. Mushroom Burger
A large portabello mushroom is the perfect vegetarian alternative to a meat burger patty. To make your perfect burger, baste your mushroom in some oil and then pop it on the grill or BBQ to cook. Sprinkle with some salt, pepper or a touch of soy sauce.
In the meantime, toast a hamburger bun or some bread.
When your mushroom is cooked, add your favourite burger condiments (lettuce, beetroot, cheese, tomato, chutney) and enjoy!
2. Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms are a great meal idea for anyone looking to try a new recipe. They are easy to make and taste delicious.
You really can stuff them with anything you have available. Mix a concoction of ham or bacon bits, breadcrumbs, mixed herbs and grated cheese— really, use anything you have available that you think will pair nicely.
Spoon some of the mixture into your mushroom and pop them in a pre-heated oven. Serve when the mushroom looks soft and cooked, and the topping has browned.
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3. Mushroom Pasta
Portabellos mushrooms are versatile and delicious. They pair well with butter, thyme, lemon, and garlic ingredients.
To make a yummy pasta, get your pasta cooking in a pot of salty water.
Next, grab a frypan, add some oil, and start frying up any onion or garlic ingredients. Next step, add your sliced Portabellos.
Cooking Portabellos is not hard, but it does require some patience. Let the mushrooms cook until they are soft and juicy before you can eat them. You'll notice your sauce becoming more liquid as the mushrooms cook.
While your mushrooms are cooking, add some squeezed lemon, pepper and salt, thyme (or any other herbs) and a knob of butter to your mushroom sauce.
When your pasta and sauce are ready, drain off the pasta (leave a bit of pasta water aside). Then put the drained pasta back into your pot. Add the mushroom sauce and the reserved pasta liquid, give it a toss, then serve; yum!
4. Mushroom Pizza
Portabello Mushroom Pizza is a vegetarian pizza with many mushrooms and other vegetables. It is excellent for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone trying something new with their pizza. Mushrooms are high in fibre and loaded with nutrients like selenium and vitamin D, so that's a bonus.
To make your mushroom pizza, start with a pre-bought pizza base (a pitta, souvlaki, or other flatbread will also work) and then load it up with either basting of garlic oil or your favourite tomato base. Next, load it with plenty of sliced Portabello mushrooms, sprinkle with salt, pepper, thyme, and cheese (or alternative), and pop it into a pre-heated oven for about 10-15 minutes. Done!
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5. Salad with Fried Mushrooms
Fried mushrooms can add a new dimension to the salad and make it more flavorful. Make a bowl of your favourite salad, and then prepare some fried mushrooms— I like to fry them in some butter, lemon and thyme. When soft, allow the mushrooms to cool for a few minutes and then pop them on the salad!
Salad with Fried Mushrooms is an easy way to add some variety to your usual salads, and it's delicious!
Did we miss anything? We love a good meal hack. Pop your fave Portabello Mushroom meal ideas in the comments below.
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