Mushrooms, with their high vitamin and fiber contents, are the perfect element for creating a delectable side dish or an appetizer. Apart from making an excellent side dish, if you throw in the fact that they taste heavenly and are also fat and cholesterol free, there’s no doubt that they make a wonderful item to present on a platter.
Choosing the Right Kind of Mushrooms for Roasting
Most of these fungi family members are available in varieties and absolutely loved by individuals all around the world. However, due to the availability of an enormous variety, each has something different to offer which means some are more suited to one type of cooking than the others.
As this article is solely based on roasting, we have listed down the kinds of mushroom that’ll make the most of your cooking.
- White button mushrooms
These are the most common types found in the market and are widely used in different kinds of dishes. It can be eaten raw or cooked and offers a subtle taste which makes this a suitable candidate for your basic roasted mushroom dish.
- Portobello mushrooms
Fit to be a substitute for meat and such, Portobello mushrooms are known far and wide for their great taste. Even though they are commonly used in Italian cuisine, their undeveloped version known as cremini is also used extensively. Some even consider them to be substitutable for white button mushrooms but if you’re looking for a more intense flavor, these portabellas would prove to be better!
- Shiitake mushrooms
Found under oak trees in the wild, this celebrated mushroom type has its own muted woodsy aroma. The special flavor of it makes it mouth-wateringly tasty and can be roasted to make a perfect dish.
The list, however, doesn’t end here. Others like king oyster mushrooms or porcini can be used too! Just pick a one you prefer and you are good to go!
Cleaning the Mushrooms
Mushrooms, unlike other vegetables, should not be rinsed vigorously under the tap water to remove the dust and dirt from its surfaces. Cleaning and rinsing them under tap water will make them way too chewy and hard for cooking.
You can, however, wipe off the surfaces using a fresh damp cloth to make sure that they are completely free of dirt. Once cleaned, they are finally ready to be roasted using any recipe you desire.
Below is the list of a few recipes that might help you to achieve that flavorful and juicy texture of the roasted mushroom at the ease of your home within minutes. Don’t forget to give them a try!
The Basic Roasted Mushrooms
With basic ingredients like salt and pepper, this recipe never fails you as an appetizer or a side dish. Even without the use of special herbs or spices, these mushrooms taste as heavenly as any other roasted mushroom served at a fancy five-star restaurant. Not to mention, it is super easy to make and only takes 10 minutes for preparation and another 20 minutes for roasting.
- 450 grams of mushroom
- Olive Oil or any other Vegetable Oil
- Black Pepper
- Carefully wipe 450 grams of mushrooms with a damp cloth and dice it into two halves.
- Preheat the oven at 450 degrees.
- Take a large pan which can fit in all the mushrooms so that they don’t fall off while you’re tossing it.
- Heat the pan for a minute or two and then add 2-3 tablespoons of your preferred oil (Any vegetable oil).
- Dump the chopped mushrooms into the pan carefully to prevent yourself from spilling the hot sizzling oil on your skin.
- After two or three minutes, toss the pan a couple of times so that the mushrooms are completely coated with the oil.
- Take 2 or 3 cloves of washed garlic and mince it.
- Add the minced garlic into the pan and use a spatula to spread it evenly.
- Sprinkle a bit of salt and black pepper to season the mushrooms.
- Give it a few tosses before placing it on the baking tray.
- Once you have put all the mushrooms on the tray, put the tray inside the oven and wait for approximately 20 minutes.
- Give the tray another toss when one side of the mushrooms are light brown in color and put it back inside the oven.
- Take the tray out when all the sides have turned brown in color.
The roasted mushrooms are finally ready to be served and tasted. You can also add chili flakes if you love your mushrooms hot and spicy.
Time Taken: 30 minutes
Garlic & Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms
Though easy to make, this recipe requires more spices and herbs than the previous one. The presence of the special herbs and different spices in this recipe gives you a vibrant taste of flavors on the first bite and leaves you craving for some more.
- Cultivated mushrooms (2 pounds)
- Minced Garlic (4 cloves)
- 1 tablespoon of minced thyme
- Black pepper
- 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- Sliced Butter (4 tablespoons)
- Olive oil (1/4 cup)
- Minced parsley
- Using a damp cloth, rub off the dirt from the surfaces of your preferred mushroom.
- Heat your oven beforehand at 425 degrees.
- Chop off the stems of the mushrooms if needed.
- Take a pan large enough to fit in all the mushrooms.
- Add a little bit of oil and dump in all the mushrooms.
- Toss the pan a couple of times and add in the salt, pepper, minced garlic, balsamic vinegar and
- Use a spatula to mix the ingredients evenly and put the pan aside.
- Take out a baking dish and brush it off with the butter.
- Place all the mushrooms on the tray and use a baking brush to coat the mushrooms with butter. Put the dish inside the oven once you are done coating.
- After 10 minutes, take the tray out and give it a toss.
- Before putting it inside the oven to roast it for another 10-15 minutes, sprinkle freshly chopped parsley on it.
- Take the tray out once the mushrooms are brown in color and serve it right away. Sprinkle chili flakes for a spicy version.
However, if you do not have thyme in your kitchen, you can use rosemary instead. You can also sprinkle the parsley before serving it to bring in the fresh essence and aroma of parsley to the dish.
Total Time: 30 minutes
Meaty Roasted Mushrooms
While some people like their mushrooms tender and slippery, others like a more meaty and flavourful texture. Even though this recipe prefers the use of cremini or button mushrooms, you can still use the one that you prefer the most. This includes shiitake, wild mushrooms, Portobello, oyster etc.
- 900 g of cremini or button mushrooms
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper
- Extra virgin olive oil (60 ml)
- Rosemary ( or thyme) (8-12 sprigs)
- Chives (2 tablespoons)
- Tarragon (2 tablespoons)
- Parsley (2 tablespoons)
- Clean the mushrooms using a slightly wet cloth.
- Heat the oven at 375 degrees before you start preparing the mushrooms.
- Take a pan and pour in the extra virgin olive oil in it.
- When the oil is hot enough, dump in all the mushrooms and sprinkle the kosher salt and pepper in it to season.
- Toss the pan a couple of times to let the salt and pepper spread out evenly.
- Bring out the baking tray and place the mushrooms on it evenly without overlapping them.
- Sprinkle the rosemary of thyme sprigs on it.
- Put the tray inside the oven and wait for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes is over, take the tray outside and sink off the juice from the tray. You can also keep the mushroom juice for later use because it can be a great sauce for any other recipe.
- Place the tray inside the oven again and wait for about 30 minutes.
- Once they are soft and brown in color, take the tray out and get rid of the springs (rosemary or thyme).
- Put the mushrooms is a serving bowl and add minced parsley, chives, tarragon and any other herbs that you may prefer. Toss the bowl a couple of times to spread the herbs evenly and serve it.
Roasting it at 375 degrees allows the mushrooms to cook slowly and brings in a great texture and blend to the flavors. Make sure to serve it hot so that you get the taste of all the freshly minced herbs and spices. Add chili flakes if you like spicy food.
Time Taken: 1 hour
If you are a huge fan of mushrooms, make sure to give these recipes a try, especially the first two recipes. However, if you have more time in hand, the third one a shot since it’s more flavorful and has a meaty texture.