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20 Reasons Why You Need to Use Mushrooms if You’re Cooking Vegan! Hint: They’re Recipes

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We can never get over our love of mushrooms — from mushroom “steaks” to burgers and stews, we can never get enough. Lucky for us, April 16th is Day of the Mushroom. On a glorious day like today, let’s count the ways in which mushrooms are wonderful. First, they’re good for you.  Second, they taste delicious. When cooked right, they have a meaty texture and earthy, umami (deeply savory) flavor. It’s no wonder why they’re such a popular choice for replacing meat.

To check out more amazing mushroom recipes, read Celebrate Mushrooms With These 20 Savory Recipes and 30 Cool Vegan Recipes Made with Mushrooms. Then, get ready because we have 20 more savory, delicious mushroom recipes for you to try.

1. Beer Butter Mushrooms mushrooms

Beer and mushrooms are an inspirational combination and these Beer Butter Mushrooms are the perfect building block for pretty much anything else you want to do in the kitchen. These mushrooms are textured exceptionally and walk the line between buttery and salty perfection. While this glorious dish is incredibly simple, it is guaranteed to become a house favorite.

2. Cashew and Herb Stuffed MushroomsCashew and Herb Stuffed Mushrooms

There’s something really comforting about stuffed mushrooms. Perhaps it is the way they sit displaying all the goodness tucked away in a tender shell or maybe it’s the color and scent of the mushroom combining itself eloquently with the goodness inside. Treat yourself to these Cashew and Herb Stuffed Mushrooms! A lovely comfort food, these mushrooms stuffed with an herby, creamy filling take no time at all to make and are absolutely delicious. Adding halved cherry tomatoes on top really give it a nice pop when you’re eating them!

3. Mushroom BourguignonMushroom Bourguignon for Two [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Date night? Try this hearty Mushroom Bourguignon! Mushrooms and vegetables are cooked in broth and then infused with a tomato-based sauce that’s simple, savory and delicious. This version has no wine in it, but feel free to add a splash if you want and serve it over a big pile of quinoa or dairy-free mashed potatoes.

4. Chinese Pizza With Marinated ShiitakeChar Siu Pizza: Pizza With Marinated Shiitake and Bell Peppers

The toppings are what make this Chinese Pizza so unique. Char Siu is Cantonese barbecue that is a little sweet and a little tangy. In this recipe, the pizza sauce is made from a blend of hoisin sauce, tomato paste, ginger, and Chinese 5-spice. Then, cannellini beans, Shiitake mushrooms, and bell peppers are quick marinated and the pizza is topped with steamed chard and shredded vegan cheese.

5. Ratsherrenpfanne: German Vegetable and Mushroom StewRatsherrenpfanne: German Vegetable Stew

This hearty German Vegetable and Mushroom Stew is easy to make and incredibly budget friendly. It is a simple coconut cream sauce with lightly browned onions, steamed broccoli, and mushrooms. The simplicity of this stew is its strongest point.

6. Creamy Mushroom Hand Pies Creamy Mushroom Hand Pies

Great as an appetizer at a party or as a lunch you can grab on the go, these Creamy Mushroom Hand Pies are absolutely delicious. A creamy, garlicky mushroom filling is sealed within a flaky puff pastry pie crust. The best thing about these little hand pies, other than their portability, is that once you perfect the art of making them you can try them with different types of fillings like tofu scramble for breakfast or fruit for dessert.

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7. Portobello Falafel BurgerPortobello Falafel Burger

Want a veggie burger that’s loaded with flavor and holds together for the grill? Try this Portobello Falafel Burger – its base starts with ebony colored, earthy Portobello mushrooms for amazing texture. Portobellos are the “meatiest” of all vegetables and here it’s paired with chickpeas and brown rice, which adds lean protein and helps bind them beautifully together. Gone are the days of veggie patties falling apart — these are sturdy for grilling, and the master mixture can even transform into meatballs!

8. Beer Battered Chicken of the Woods MushroomsBeer Battered Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms [Vegan]

The only thing better than a hot dinner after a long day is one that’s quick and easy to make. This recipe for Beer Battered Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms is just that. Chicken of the Woods mushrooms are truly unique, with a taste and texture that has been described as being just like … you know. Customize the recipe with whatever spices you like!

9. Pulled Oyster Mushroom Bao BurgersPulled Oyster Mushroom Bao Burger

If you’re looking to seriously step up your burger game, these Pulled Oyster Mushroom Bao Burgers are definitely worth your time. Steamed bao buns are stuffed with Oyster mushrooms marinated in an umami sauce and paired with steamed kale and caramelized onions. No patties, because if you have pulled Oyster mushrooms what else do you need? Steaming a yeast dough instead of baking it is actually something pretty genius. It just leaves you with the softest and juiciest bread you can imagine — kind of like biting into a cloud.

10. Asparagus and Mushroom LasagnaAsparagus and Mushroom Lasagna

At first glance, this Asparagus and Mushroom Lasagna may seem like any typical Italian dish, but upon closer inspection, you will be amazed at how many nourishing ingredients are actually hidden by tomato sauce and tucked under pasta sheets. This lasagna has tender asparagus spears, juicy mushrooms that stand in for meat, and a layer of creamy walnut cheese! Baked with a layer of vegan Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top, the end result is a comforting entrée of cheesy goodness.

11. Patates au Vin: French Potatoes and Mushrooms in Red Wine Saucepatates

This Patates au Vin is a meat-free spin on coq au vin, or chicken in wine, a classic French dish in which chicken is braised in a red wine sauce with mushrooms, bacon, onions, and garlic. In this version, spiced potatoes take the place of meat and paprika adds a smoky flavor to replace the bacon, so the dish remains flavorful and comforting. Serve this hearty stew with sliced baguette and rice.

12. Crispy King Trumpet Mushroom CalamariCrispy Mushroom Calamari 4

This Crispy King Trumpet Mushroom Calamari is made from mushrooms coated in batter and deep-fried until crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside — just like the real thing. It’s perfect as an appetizer, snack, beer pairing, or party food. Serve it with lemon juice and marinara if you want to enjoy it American-style or with lemon, vinegar, and parsley for the Mediterranean version.

13. Chanterelle Mushroom Butterchanterelle butter

This dairy-free Chanterelle Mushroom Butter is sure to be a hit as an appetizer at any event. The mushrooms provide a beautiful woodsy, peppery taste that is enhanced by fresh herbs and port wine, plus their beautiful golden color makes this butter a stand-out on the appetizer table. Serve this with whole grain crackers and crusty bread for a rustic feel.

14. Mushroom and Kale QuicheMushroom & Kale Quiche

A good quiche is hard to find – especially if you don’t eat eggs. However, this recipe for Mushroom and Kale Quiche will take care of your craving. The simple quinoa and almond meal crust remains crispy and tasty. Add a rich creamy mushroom and tofu filling and we have an instant classic in this mushroom and kale quiche.

15. Raw Portobello and Shallot Burger Raw Portobello Burger

These Raw Portobello and Shallot Burgers are a must-make for any mushroom lover. Portobello mushroom caps and shallots are marinated in a simple sauce of tamari, olive oil, and fresh herbs, then dehydrated until they take on color. They’re paired with a simple mustard avocado cream, fresh sliced apples, and greens.

16. Blackened Maitake BreastBlackened Maitake Breast

This recipe for Blackened Maitake Breast is quick, easy, and incredibly delicious. Maitake mushrooms are an incredible meat substitute and the salt brine in this recipe really makes them special. This is a great meal to make when your having company over for dinner.

17. Broccolini and Shiitake Stir-FryBroccolini and Shiitake Stir Fry

This simple Broccolini and Shiitake Stir-Fry is so easy to make and so flavorful! Tossed in a spicy sesame chili soy sauce for a flavorful kick, it is perfect as a side dish or a main meal; just add rice, noodles, or your favorite grains. The broccolini is tender, but still retains some bite, the mushrooms are meaty, and it’s all tossed in a spicy Sriracha soy sauce. Yum!

18. Grilled Chicken of the Woods Sandwich Chicken of the woods sandwich-4035

Chicken of the Woods is a mushroom also known by its fancy name, Laetiporus. It’s a bright orangey-yellow shelf mushroom with a texture similar to chicken and a soft, lemony scent. In this awesome Grilled Chicken of the Woods Sandwich, these tasty mushrooms are cooked in a cast iron skillet with seasoning until golden and crispy before being baked in the oven. You can assemble the sandwich any way you like — with vegan cheese, onions, greens, etc… You’ll be amazed by just how chicken-like this sandwich tastes.

19. Champignon Mushroom Risottorisotto

If there were two words to best describe this Champignon Mushroom Risotto, they would be “creamy” and “decadent.” Combined with garlic, onion, and chopped mushrooms, the rice is simmered in white wine before the broth is added, infusing it with subtle notes of whatever variety you use and only adding to its complex layers of flavor. Finally, it’s topped with whole sautéed mushrooms and a sprinkle of fresh parsley.

20. Baked Mushroom Spinach Kofta CurryBaked Mushroom Spinach Kofta 4

Kofta is a dish typically found in South Asian, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Central Asian cuisine that consists of meatballs in a thick sauce or gravy. In this recipe for Baked Mushroom Spinach Kofta Curry, the kofta is made from spinach and mushroom and the sauce is a thick tomato gravy with a touch of coconut cream, red chili powder, and garam masala. Deliciously fragrant and satisfying!

We can’t think of any better way to celebrate Day of the Mushroom than with one of these recipes. But if you’re craving more, just check out our vegan mushroom recipes page.

Lead image source: German Vegetable and Mushroom Stew

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