Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mushroom season is here, so try some of these easy recipes!

Mushroom season is upon us, so there's no better time to try a few of the over 38,000 varieties of mushrooms. While a skilled few will take to the woods to track down wild mushrooms, the rest of us will be happy to get to our local farmers markets and grocery stores where the picking and sorting has been done and we can even get our questions answered.

China is the world's largest producer of mushrooms and supplies nearly half of the planet's cultivated mushroom supply. Mushrooms are an extremely versatile ingredient used in cuisines across the globe. They're also healthy- loaded with protein, B-Vitamins and minerals. Plus, they're low in calories, but packed with flavor.

Try adding mushrooms to your next meal. To help you along, here are 6 great recipes containing mushrooms:

Soft Scrambled Eggs with Mushrooms and Chives
First thing in the morning you can include mushrooms in your next scramble or omelet.
Ingredients in this recipe: eggs, butter, mushrooms, chives, black pepper, salt

Wild Mushroom Soup
Blending mushrooms into soup is a great way to unleash their full flavor.
Ingredients in this recipe: olive oil, bacon, potato, shallot, carrot, onion, parsley, salt, chicken stock, black pepper, ice, dried porcini mushrooms, mixed mushrooms

Roasted Asparagus with Wild Mushrooms
The earthy flavor of mushrooms is a great complement to asparagus.
Ingredients in this recipe: garlic, olive oil, asparagus, lemon juice, chanterelle mushrooms, morel mushrooms, black pepper, sea salt, cremini mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, Italian parsley, oyster mushrooms

Marinated Mushrooms
This is a new take on a classic Italian side dish.
Ingredients in this recipe: garlic, olive oil, red onion, black pepper, white wine vinegar, sea salt, cremini mushrooms, coriander seeds, Italian parsley, oregano

Japanese Noodles with Shimeji Mushrooms
This is a great and simple Japanese noodle dish.
Ingredients in this recipe: garlic, olive oil, parsley, soy sauce, miso, salt, black pepper, udon noodles, shimeji mushrooms

Chicken, Mushrooms and Tomatoes with Port Wine
Mushrooms pair well with chicken and take this entree to the next level.
Ingredients in this recipe: tomato, garlic, chicken, shallot, butter, salt, black pepper, cremini mushrooms, Port

Let’s get cooking!

Any other favorite mushroom recipes? Post them in the comments section!