One of the great things about mushrooms is that they're in season all year long. At the same time, though, they feel especially appropriate this time of year—their earthy flavor and meaty texture make them at home in the braises and alongside the roasts we crave when the temperature drops. From chicken cacciatore and shiitake po' boys to mushroom pizza, we've rounded up 27 recipes to keep you eating mushrooms until spring.
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To start things off, let's go with mushrooms at their simplest: quartered; tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper; and roasted. The only trick here is draining the mushrooms 15 minutes into cooking—leave the excess liquid in the pan and the mushrooms will get slimy. Be sure to save that liquid, though, because it's packed with flavor (almost like vegan Worcestershire sauce).
Have you ever left mushrooms in the fridge for just a few days too long? The soft spots and discoloration make them seem pretty unappealing, but that doesn't mean you should toss them—blend the mushrooms up into a creamy soup and you'll forget all about their flaws. This recipe works with pretty much any mushrooms you have on hand, so it's perfect for cleaning the fridge.
Making vegan collard greens means figuring out how to replace the meaty, flavorful cured pork. Our solution is to use lots of mushrooms—we mix slice creminis in with the greens and braise the dish in an intense vegetable stock made with dried mushrooms and kombu.
Here we serve cremini mushrooms with not one but three kinds of greens: kale, Swiss chard, and baby spinach. That variety gives the comforting brunch dish a range of flavors and textures that will ruin plain old creamed spinach for you. Well-browned mushrooms have a meaty bite that works well in what is otherwise a soft, creamy dish.
Cooking mushrooms can be an exercise in patience—they'll brown nicely after just a few minutes on the stovetop, but if you keep going they will caramelize and start to crisp up almost like a steak. Here we use caramelized mushrooms in a salad with baby kale, shallots, and a sherry vinegar dressing. Looking for a different mushroom salad? Try our recipes with oyster mushrooms and watercress or roasted potatoes and marinated shiitakes.
If you're looking for a show-stopping vegan centerpiece for your holiday table, this vegetable-based take on old-school beef Wellington is the way to go. Packed with ingredients like carrots, dehydrated beans, braised cashews, nuts, mushroom "bacon," and more, this vegan roast is well worth spending all day in the kitchen to make.
This pizza goes all in on the mushrooms—not only do we top it with assorted fresh mushrooms, but we also use mushroom duxelles in place of sauce. If you're a fan of truffle oil, drizzle that on top for even more mushroom flavor. We also add plenty of fresh mozzarella, because this is pizza after all.
A typical New Orleans po' boy is stuffed with meat or fried seafood (I'm all about the shrimp/oyster combo), with just a few vegetables like lettuce and tomato thrown in for good measure. This recipe leans into the vegetables, though, replacing fried oysters with crispy cornmeal-crusted shiitakes.
If you're a longtime reader then I don't have to tell you that not only is risotto easier to make on the stovetop than you might think, but with a pressure cooker it's basically foolproof. We use our easy pressure cooker technique here to make a risotto flavored with dried porcinis, sautéed mixed fresh mushrooms, and stock infused with mushroom trimmings.
Sure to impress next time you host brunch, eggs en cocotte is a deceptively simple dish made by baking eggs in individual ramekins. We have several recipes for you to try out, but I'd recommend starting with this one made with mushroom duxelles, melted Gruyère, and a dash of heavy cream.
This ragù is just as comforting as any meat-based version thanks to a hearty combination of fresh and dried mushrooms, canned whole tomatoes, and aromatics. You have some flexibility in which fresh mushrooms you use, but a mix of cremini, shiitake, oyster, and hen-of-the-woods is our favorite. Serve the ragù on pasta for a simpler dish, or layer it into polenta lasagna for something fancier.
This Asian-inspired mushroom side is super easy—all you have to do is blanch mushrooms and peeled fresh chestnuts and stir-fry them with ginger, garlic, scallions, and soy sauce. Because the dish is so simple it's important to use great mushrooms—enoki, shiitake, chanterelle, or button all work, so go with whatever looks best at the market.
This simple salad is all about earthy, rich flavor. Wild rice is paired with plump sautéed mushrooms and toasted pine nuts. An optional dose of dried mushrooms and stock for cooking the rice adds even more savory depth to the salad, which is perfect for any holiday table, but is also good any day of the week.
A vegan cheesesteak might seem like a contradiction, since meat and cheese are both in the name, but we promise this vegan take on the classic sandwich is every bit as good. Thick sheets of yuba are sliced and smothered in an umami-packed mushroom broth before getting tossed with caramelized onions and roasted trumpet mushrooms. The combination is stuffed into a crusty roll with a vegan "cheese" spread. Call it what you want, but there's no denying this is a damn good sandwich.
An upgraded version of the TV-dinner classic, our Salisbury steak is made with beef, pork, bread, and white onion (think meatloaf, but steak-shaped). The mushrooms come into play in the gravy—we make the cornstarch-thickened pan sauce with browned creminis.
This dish is named after the Italian word for "woodsman," and after one bite of the earthy mushrooms, woodsy herbs, and smoky bacon you'll understand why. As with a lot of mushroom dishes, you want to use a mix of types—at the very least a small amount of dried wild porcinis will greatly improve the flavor of the sauce.
To make chicken Marsala, you pair chicken cutlets with a sauce made with mushrooms, shallots, stock, gelatin, and, of course, the dish's namesake Marsala wine. We like to lightly dredge the chicken in flour before cooking, which helps the chicken quickly brown before it has a chance to overcook and gives it a silkier texture.
Gelatin is not the only way to thicken a pan sauce—here we use cream instead. Besides the cream the sauce is made with cremini mushrooms, shallots, garlic, thyme, chicken stock, and white wine. The rich, earthy sauce is a perfect partner for medium-rare skirt steak.
Yakitori is really all about the chicken, but it's customary for restaurants to keep a few other skewers on the menu, too. Whole grilled mushrooms are a traditional choice, but to make a more interesting dish we prefer to layer slices of king oyster mushrooms and bacon. Don't forget the homemade teriyaki sauce to finish.
Shrimp and grits purists, look away—this recipe decks out the Southern classic with crispy diced bacon and seared mushrooms. To give the grits extra flavor we cook them in a broth made with mushroom trimmings and shrimp shells, then melt in plenty of Gruyère. The recipe calls for what might seem like too much liquid, but if you're patient it will cook down into incredibly creamy grits.
We look to France for inspiration when it came to topping this burger, setting the patty on top of a generous layer of mushroom duxelles and slathering it with creamy Mornay sauce. To cut through the richness just a little bit we finish the burger with a handful of fried shallots.
There are a million recipes for chicken cacciatore—as long as you are braising chicken you can seemingly flavor it however you'd like. We make a tasty version with red bell peppers, but my favorite recipe uses onions, canned tomatoes, and cremini mushrooms. The hearty braise comes together in about an hour but tastes like it spent all afternoon in the oven.
Easy, fast, reasonably inexpensive—chicken stir-fry is a perfect weeknight dinner. This one pairs silky water-velveted chicken breast with fresh and rehydrated dried wood ear mushrooms and a sauce made with sesame oil, oyster sauce, soy sauce, garlic, water, and cornstarch.
The combination of soy sauce and butter isn't traditional in any cuisine that I'm familiar with, but in recent years it has become huge in parts of East Asia. You have to wonder why people haven't been pairing them for longer—the rich butter and salty, savory soy sauce are natural partners. To try it for yourself, try using the two ingredients to sauce a simple steak and mushroom stir-fry.
This filling baked pasta dish is perfect for a chilly fall evening—you can make it in just one skillet with Italian sausage, Parmesan cream sauce, and lots of mushrooms. Looking for something a little lighter? Try this one-pot pasta with mushrooms, pancetta, and wilted greens.
This entire steak dinner comes together in one cast iron pan, in less than half an hour. The steak cooks to a juicy medium-rare under the broiler, while the accompanying cabbage and mushrooms warm through and cook gently. The plated steak is topped with a richly flavorful and wildly easy chive sour cream.
In this old-school French recipe, artichokes are stuffed with an herby mushroom filling before they're topped with pancetta and braised until tender. The final dish is elegant, flavorful, and much simpler to make than your guests might think.
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