Now is a great time to create healthy, fresh meals and using mushrooms is a great way to boost the flavour and the nutrition of your meal.
But did you know there’s a simple cooking technique that brings out the power of mushrooms and makes your favourite meat dishes even healthier? Simply finely chopping or pulsing a handful of mushrooms in your food processor makes them the consistency of minced meat. The deeply savoury and umami-rich mushrooms mixed with your choice of minced meat enhances the flavour, texture and nutrition of your dish.
Watch this video for a quick how-to on blending mushrooms with mince.
Chopped mushrooms can easily be added to a range of recipes where you use mince. Try adding blended mushrooms into burger patties, rissoles, meatloaf, meatballs, tacos, san choy bow, moussaka and pasta dishes like lasagne and spaghetti bolognese. The possibilities are endless!
Here are some handy tips from our friends at Power of Mushrooms on how to blend your mushrooms.
Blending mushrooms into meat-based meals provides a number of benefits:
– reduced intake of kilojoules
– additional nutrients such as vitamin D, B vitamins and antioxidants
– enhanced flavour
– reduced salt content – the umami flavour of mushrooms means you don’t need to add as much salt
Which mushrooms can I blend?
If you love your mushrooms, the good news is that they all blend well and bring flavour and nutrients to your favourite dishes.
- White button and cup mushrooms blend well with poultry and pork
- Swiss browns, portabellas and flats lend a rich flavour to beef and lamb mince.
How do I blend?
There is no right or wrong way to blend mushrooms with meat; but here’s a few tips to create some tasty dishes.
- Try and have your mushrooms chopped in a way that matches the texture of the meat. You can create small mushroom pieces by chopping with a knife or by pulsing in a food processor. But don’t overdo the process, or you’ll end up with a liquid blend!
- If you’re making taco fillings or a pasta sauce, simply brown the meat in a pan until cooked, remove and set aside. Add minced mushrooms to the pan and sauté for a few minutes. Return the meat to the pan, stir through thoroughly and complete your recipe using the mixture as your “meat” component.
- For burger patties, meatballs or meatloaf, sauté the minced mushrooms first and then add them to your mince mixture. Cooking the mushrooms ahead of time helps to intensify the flavour.
How much do I blend?
For richer meat sauces like Bolognese or chilli con carne, blend about 50% mushrooms and 50% meat mix. Around 25–30% mushrooms works well for dishes like burger patties and meatballs.
The mix of mushrooms and meat is up to you, but make sure that the amount of mushrooms and meat used equals the amount of meat included in the original recipe.
Give it a go with these blended mushroom recipes…
Greek Lamb and Portabella Mushroom Burgers
Sink your teeth into these mouth-watering Greek lamb and mushroom burgers. It’s a great fusion recipe with a delectable blend of American and Greek style cooking.
Chicken & Mushroom Nachos
Perfect party food, this deliciously different take on nachos will have all your guests wanting more! You needn’t tell them they’re packed with mushroom goodness…
Moroccan Style Mushroom and Lamb Mince
Using button, cup or flat mushrooms, mixed with exotic Moroccan spices and pomegranate, this Moroccan style mushroom and lamb mince will be a deliciously flavoursome addition to your table.
Thai Mushroom and Chicken Meatballs
These thai mushroom and chicken meatballs are made using your choice of button, cup or flat mushrooms. They can be ready in under thirty minutes and pack a hearty flavour punch at dinner parties.
Italian Mushroom Rissoles
Make these nutrient-rich italian mushroom rissoles using a blend of button (or cup) mushrooms with pork and veal mince. This recipe is so versatile – serve over rice, pasta or even in a crusty bread roll to make a meatball sub. Yum!
Find blendability recipes and more in the free Power of Mushrooms Cookbook for iPhone and iPad- download now for more delicious recipes.