Barbequed Garlic Mushrooms

Prep: 20 mins | Cook time: 10 mins | Serves:  4

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp Gourmet Garden Garlic Paste
500g White cup mushrooms (halved)
8 pre-soaked bamboo skewers
2 tsp Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Parsley
1 lemon (cut into cheeks)
250g Cocktail truss tomatoes

1. Combine extra virgin olive oil and garlic paste in a bowl. Add cup mushrooms and toss to coat. Thread mushrooms onto skewers.

2. Heat a barbecue grill on medium-high heat. Cook skewers for 4 minutes
each side or until mushrooms are golden and tender. Transfer to a serving dish.

Season with pepper and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with lemon cheeks.

Marinated Mushrooms

Prep: 20 mins | Cook time: 20 mins | Serves:  12

750g small mushrooms
750g white vinegar
100g sugar or sugar substitute
1kg water
5 bay leaves
10 black peppercorns
2tsp salt
1 head garlic, cloves only, sliced
up to 500g extra virgin olive oil

Optional flavourings:
1 long red chili finely sliced
½ red onion, finely diced
1 orange, rind only, sliced
3 sprigs thyme
1 lemon, rind only
2 sprigs rosemary

  1. To prepare the mushrooms, remove any dirt with a moist paper towel. Bring the vinegar, water, sugar, bay leaves, peppercorns, salt, and garlic to the boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Place mushrooms into the liquid and boil for up to 20minutes. Mushrooms will float and bob around to begin with and slowly absorb water and sink slightly, decreasing in overall size, and turn glossy and light brown in colour.
  3. Drain well and place in airtight jars with your chosen flavourings, then cover in olive oil.

Refrigerate for best preserve but bring to room temperature before serving.

Serving suggestions
• Spoon mushrooms on top of your favourite toast.
• Scramble or poach eggs and serve alongside mushrooms for a special Sunday breakfast.
• Serve alongside your favourite cheese for a delicious grazing board addition.
• Serve as a part of tapas offerings.

Dietary notes
• Vegetarian and vegan as is
• Dairy free and gluten free as is, and refined sugar free optional.

Mushroom and Potato Pizza

Prep: 15 mins | Cooking time: 12 mins | Makes:  2 pizzas

  • 300g fresh ricotta
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 x 250g packets pizza dough (see note)
  • 100g baby potatoes, very thinly sliced
  • 200g brown cup mushrooms, sliced; or brown or white button mushrooms, sliced; or larger mushrooms halved and sliced 
  • Baby rocket leaves, to serve

  1. Preheat oven to 240°C/220°C fan-forced. Combine ricotta, parmesan, 2 tablespoons oil and garlic in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. With oiled hands, spread each pizza dough over 2 greased baking trays.  Crumble ricotta mixture over bases. Arrange potato over ricotta. Top with mushroom. Drizzle with remaining oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until base is cooked and mushrooms are golden.
  2. Sprinkle with rocket. Drizzle with extra oil. Serve.

Cook’s note: You can find fresh pizza dough in the refrigerated section, near the fresh pasta. But you can also use a ready-made pizza base from the bakery section of the supermarket.

Mush-Boom Potato Pizza

French Onion Mushroom Cob

Prep: 15 mins | Cooking time: 25 mins | Serves:  12

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 200g swiss brown mushrooms, diced;
  • or 200g white mushrooms, diced 
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 375g cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup whole-egg mayonnaise
  • ½ cup grated tasty cheese
  • 40g packet French onion soup mix
  • ¼ cup finely chopped chives, plus extra to serve
  • 450g white cob loaf
  • Vegetable sticks, to serve

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add mushroom and onion. Cook, stirring, for 4 minutes or until golden and liquid has evaporated.
  3. Reserve 2 tablespoons mushroom mixture. Combine remaining mushroom mixture in a large bowl with cream cheese, mayonnaise, tasty cheese, soup mix and chives. Season with pepper.
  4. Use a serrated knife to cut 4cm from top of cob loaf and reserve. Remove bread from centre of loaf, leaving a 2cm-thick shell. Tear bread pieces into 3cm pieces. Spoon mushroom mixture into shell. Sprinkle with reserved mushroom mixture. Top with lid. Place on prepared tray. Arrange bread pieces around cob. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Sprinkle with extra chives. Serve with vegetable sticks.

Mushroom Carpaccio

Cooking time: 15 mins | Serves:  6-8 (shared plate)

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped capers
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 200g brown and white cup mushrooms, thinly sliced; or 200g white flat mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 20g baby rocket leaves
  • 20g thinly sliced prosciutto, torn
  • Toasted bread or baguette, to serve

  1. Place oil, capers, lemon juice and parsley in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  2. Arrange mushrooms in a single layer on a large serving plate. Drizzle over dressing. Top with rocket, prosciutto and lemon zest. Serve with bread.

Cook’s note:

You can also make this recipe ahead of time. Dress mushrooms and store covered in the fridge for up to 3 hours. Add rocket and prosciutto when ready to serve.

Sticky Mushroom & Pork San Choy Bao

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 cm piece ginger, peeled, chopped
  • 1 long red chilli, deseeded, chopped
  • 2 tbsp peanut or vegetable oil
  • 300 g Swiss Brown, cup or button mushrooms, quartered
  • 400 g lean pork mince
  • 2 tbsp kecup manis or hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 8 ice berg lettuce, trimmed to serve
  • Coriander sprigs, to serve
  • thinly sliced red chilli, to serve
  • fried Asian shallots, to serve

  1. Combine garlic, ginger and chilli in a small food processor. Process until finely chopped.
  2. Heat a wok over high heat until hot. Add half the oil and the mushrooms. Stir-fry for 3 minutes until light golden, remove to a bowl. Add remaining oil and mince, stir-fry until mince changes colour. Add garlic mixture, stir-fry 2 minutes until aromatic. Return the mushrooms then add the kecup manis and oyster sauce, stir-fry until sticky.
  3. Spoon into lettuce leaves, top with coriander, chilli and shallots. Serve.
  4. No Asian shallots at home? Use roasted salted peanuts or crispy fried noodles.

Going Meatless – turn this into a meatless main meal, replace the pork with an extra 500g mushrooms, so in total you need 800g mushrooms (a combo of flat, cup and Swiss Brown)