When the middle months arrive in Australia, bringing with them chillier temperatures and bigger appetites, roasts are the very thing to satisfy heartier cravings. You might have mastered the roast chicken, the perfect gravy, crispy potatoes and creamy mash to accompany your roasts, but are you still one ingredient short from enjoying the best roast you’ve made? The umami-boosting ingredient often named the ‘vegetarian’s meat’, mushrooms are both an ideal accompaniment and feature ingredient for wintry feasts.
There are plenty of ways in which you can incorporate this versatile, meaty vegetable into your shared dishes to create a much better roast to share with family and friends.
Here’s how mushrooms can help make a much better roast this winter
- Firstly, you can use mushrooms as a key component to your meat dishes. Could could try stuffing a chicken or roast spatchcock with mushrooms and dried cranberries, or perhaps slow roast lamb with a mushroom ragu. You might even like to try whipping up a beef and mushroom meatloaf as your starring dish.
- Of course, you could add sliced, lightly fried mushrooms to your sauces and gravies, but you could also get creative and melt cheese with mushrooms in your dinner rolls.
- Mushrooms could also be the missing vegetable ingredient in your roast vegetable tray. Why not try roasting mushrooms and adding them to your side salads, like this roasted mushroom and vegetable medley, or a roasted vegetable and chickpea couscous? You could add some extra greens to your table with this roast mushroom, kale rice and quinoa salad.
- Side dishes are an easy way to add a boost of mushroom goodness to your roasts and winter feasts. Pop these baked potatoes with mushroom and bacon sauce or these cottage pie jacket baked potatoes on the table and watch guests’ eyes widen with excitement. And, if you’re feeding a large group, this braised mushroom and beef casserole will do the trick.
Mushroom Recipes to try
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