Also known as the meat from the ground, mushrooms are increasingly becoming popular due to their incredible health benefits, superb flavor and ease of use. For chefs, mushrooms have been used widely but for the home cook it can be a little daunting since there is a bad misinformation out there saying that they should be boiled.
That is just a culinary sin as mushrooms are already loaded with a lot of moisture and putting them in water just makes tem soggy and unimpressive, matters taste and flavor.
First things first, mushrooms are low in calories, contain no fat, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, and very low in sodium, yet they provide important nutrients, including selenium, potassium (8%), riboflavin, niacin and vitamin D, which is critical as we enter the cold months of the year where getting enough sunlight to make our own vitamin D will be tough.
The best way to utilize these nutritional powerhouses is to sauté them and to serve them as a side dish either with meat or in a vegetarian menu, it goes well on a burger, making junk food slightly healthier, just a tip for those days you want to make a healthier homemade burger, a recipe for another day
|INGREDIENT||AMOUNT||PRICE AT MBOGA MASTERS|
|Button Mushrooms||1 Cup||300/- per pack|
|Garlic||1 Clove||20/- per piece|
|Red onion||1 small||120/- per kg (Approx 10/- each)|
|Celery||1 stalk||150/- per kg (Approx 100/- each)|
|Leeks||1 teaspoon chopped (only the white parts)||150/- per kg (Approx 10/- each)|
|Extra Virgin Olive Oil||1 teapsoon||N/A|
|Unsalted Butter||½ teaspoon||N/A|
*N/A = Not YET available at Mboga Masters
- Heat a wide base frying pan and add the 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and ½ teaspoon unsalted butter
- Lay the mushrooms on cut side down and let them be, over medium-low heat. About 4 minutes then you flip and brown the other side.
- Immediately add the all of the aromatics and brown them together with the mushrooms, about 4 minutes n medium-low heat
- When the 4 minutes are over and everything has cooked nicely remove from the stove and cool
- Serve as a side to meats, beans, lentils or even on your homemade pizza to add that extra bit of nutrition.