My husband surprised me with a few gourmet varieties of mushrooms as part of the weekly fruit and veg shop that he does – oyster and non-shimeji (which I think are also called enokitake) and some standard mushrooms. I also bought some swiss brown mushrooms to add to my collection and made a most delicious mushroom risotto.
Mushrooms are part of the fungi family and there are many varieties that can be purchased. I don’t usually purchase much apart from the standard cup mushrooms but I should re-think this strategy because my 5yo daughter happily picked away at the raw oyster mushrooms while I was getting dinner ready. Gold star!
So what is in mushrooms? Well not much to be perfectly honest! They have a small amount of dietary fibre and a small amount of protein, and some riboflavin. So they are a great addition to many meals because they add a great ‘meaty’ flavour without any heavy kilojoules.
Mushrooms typically don’t last long after purchase so best to buy when you need them. I don’t peel my cup mushrooms – just give them a wipe over with a paper towel and chop off the wooden stem. I only wash them if they are particularly dirty as I remember being told that does something to them??!! Feel free to help me out on this one!
I am a bit of a purist and just love my mushrooms sautéed. No oil/butter needed – just add a couple of tablespoons of water and maybe a dash of soy sauce to a small pan over medium heat and let them wilt for a few minutes. Add some fresh herbs and garlic and they are done! Fab on toast for breaky. Or of course mushrooms are pretty good in a mushrooms risotto... yum!
What is your favourite mushroom dish?