Buffalo Maitake Sliders


One more vegetarian mushroom slider for your super bowl party!  I'm really having a mushroom moment.)  

Hen of the Woods or Maitake mushrooms are a great stand in for chicken.  Although, I'll eat just about anything if it's slathered in wing sauce.  To clean them, gently dust with a soft brush.  Pulled chicken may also be used for those who prefer meat.  

Makes 8 sliders.  

Buffalo Maitake Sliders

for the slaw

1 small carrot, peeled, shredded

1 cup shredded cabbage

1 celery stalk, thinly sliced

1/4 cup bleu cheese crumbles

1/2 tablespoon mayonaise

1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard

1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds

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for the buffalo mushroom

8 oz fresh maitake mushroom, separated into slider size pieces

4 tablespoons Franks Red Hot Sauce (or whatever type of hot or wing sauce you like)

8 slider rolls

Mix carrot, cabbage, celery, bleu cheese, mayo, mustard, vinegar, caraway seeds, salt and pepper together until evenly combined.  Set aside.  

In a pan, over medium heat, saute mushroom in a very light splash of oil for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and coat with hot sauce.  

Layer bottom slider bun with slaw, mushrooms and bun.  Secure with toothpick and serve.

Veggie Melt Sliders


Is everyone excited for super bowl sunday?  I don't really care about football but I do like sliders, and super bowl time is slider time around here!   Make these for your favorite vegetarian guest.  

Makes 6 sliders.

Veggie Melt Sliders

1 portobello mushroom, stem removed

1 red bell pepper, quartered lengthwise, seeded, sliced

2 oz gruyere cheese, grated

6 slider rolls (I prefer San Francisco style rolls)

Place oven rack to highest position and set broiler to lo heat.  Place mushroom and pepper slices on baking pan and broil 8 minutes.  Toss.  Bake 8 minutes more.  Remove from oven.

Layer each slider bun with broiled vegetables, generously pile on grated gruyere.  Return to oven and broil 3 minutes more.  Sandwich with top bun and secure with toothpick.  



Mushroom Stroganoff


A couple weeks ago, the weather was especially cold and I had a very large maitake mushroom hanging around here that needed to be used and Stroganoff seemed like the best idea.  I love stroganoff, a mushroomy, sour cream sauced egg noodle dish at I find perfect for cold days when I need something a little rich.   If you don't like sour cream, omit for a tasty mushroom sauce.  

When cleaning a maitake mushroom, use a brush and don't get it wet.  

Mushroom Stroganof

1/2 lb egg noodle

2 tablespoons butte

5 oz cremini mushrooms, cleaned and slice

5 oz maitake mushrooms, cleaned and slice

1 shallot, dice

2 garlic cloves, dice

pinch red pepper flake

1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leave

1 tablespoon flou

large splash white win

pinch nutme

14 oz mushroom stock, warm/heate

1/4 cup sour cream

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Cook noodles as packaging instructs.  Set aside. 

In a pan, melt butter.  Sauté mushrooms, shallot, garlic and red pepper flakes 10-12 minutes.  Sprinkle flour and nutmeg into pan, stir to coat.  Push mushrooms to one side of pan and deglaze with wine.  Add warm mushroom stock.  Stir and once thickened, add sour cream.  Season with salt and pepper.  Toss in pasta and serve hot.  

Mushroom + Asparagus Risotto


Valentine's Day is fast approaching people!  (What happened to January?)  I make risotto every year.  What will you make for your loved one?  

If you decide to make this risotto you can either make the mushroom stock or use an already made one, it's up to you.  The Crescenza cheese is also sometimes called Stracchino cheese.  It is a soft, young cheese from Italy that tastes like milk. 

Makes 2 large servings.

Mushroom + Asparagus Risotto

for the stock

4 cups water

1/2 oz dried porcini mushrooms

for the risotto

About 12 spears asparagus, chopped

1/2 lb cremini mushrooms, cleaned, sliced

drizzle olive oil

1 shallot, minced

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup aborio rice

1/2 cup white wine

1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

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3 oz Crescenza Cheese

For stock:

 In a small pot, bring to a boil water, dried porcini mushrooms and stems from the 1/2 lb of cremini muchrooms.  Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.  Let sit for about 20 minutes and then strain through a fine mesh sieve.  Discard solids and set liquid aside.

For risotto:

 Blanche Asparagus for 1 minute and set aside.  

In a pan, sauté mushroom caps (stems on if you didn't need them to make above stock) in a drizzle of olive oil for 3 minutes.  Set aside with asparagus.  

In a pan, cook shallot in butter about 2 minutes until soft and clear.  Add aborio rice and stir to coat in butter about 1 minute.

Add white wine and evaporate then begin adding mushroom stock 1/2 cup at a time.  Stir slowly, letting rice absorb stock before adding more.  This will take about 20-25 minutes.  After all stock has been added rice will appear creamy and be just cooked.  

Stir in mushrooms and asparagus, reserving some asparagus tips for garnish.  Add parmesan cheese and an optional 1/2 tablespoon of butter.  Season with salt and pepper.  

Spoon into bowl and top each with asparagus tips and crescenza cheese.  

Chantrelle + Mahon Pizza


Sadly, I don't have a wood burning oven for perfect pizza making at home.  (Luckily, Motorino and Forcella both do and are not more than ten minutes away.)  

So, how to make great pizza at home?  I have some suggestions:  use very good ingredients, make your own sauce, heat oven to its highest setting, aim for a thin crust and use a pizza stone to keep the temperature high and consistent.  

Someone told me about this crust recipe and I didn't believe them but it's the quickest and my new favorite for at home pizza making.  Makes two small thin crust pizzas.  (The crust in the above photo is not this crust, it was a portion of whole wheat dough I had in the freezer.)  

Quick Pizza Crust

1 cup self rising flour

1 cup plain greek yogurt

Chantrelle Pizza

4 cloves garlic, diced, divided

olive oil

1 shallot, diced

fresh thyme leaves, about 1 teaspoon

1 cup chantrelle mushrooms, brushed clean

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1 1/2 cup mahon cheese, grated

1 inch cube parmesan cheese, grated

1 large tomato, sliced

For the Crust:  In a bowl combine yogurt and self rising flour with your hands until it comes together.  Should resemble playdough.  Adjust with more yogurt or flour as needed.  Knead for 5 minutes.  Form two discs and roll out on a floured surface very thin.

For the Pizza:  Place a pizza stone in oven and heat to 500 degrees.  Saute 2 cloves garlic, shallot, thyme and chantrelle mushrooms in a tablespoon of olive oil until shallot it clear and chantrelles are soft, about 5 minutes.  Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.  Rub each pizza with a drizzle of olive oil and rub with 1 clove diced garlic.  Top each pizza with half the cheeses, tomato slices and mushroom mixture.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  You may have to cook the pizzas one at a time.  Serve hot.

I used a pizza pan that is circular and has holes in it. (Usually called a pizza crisper)   I place this on the pizza stone (extra crisp) or place the stone on one rack and the baking sheet on a rack right above it (crisp).