Get ready to celebrate the meatiest vegetable there is because October 15th is National Mushroom Day. No matter which type of mushrooms you like — White Button mushrooms, Cremini, Portobellos, Oyster, Shiitake, and Trumpet mushrooms – they are all delicious.
When you want that meaty, umami flavor, mushrooms are the way to go. That’s why you find them in so many plant-based dishes. Their flavor is rich, earthy, and meaty, especially Cremini or Portobello mushrooms. Their texture, as well as their taste, lets mushrooms replace meat in any recipe.
You probably know that mushrooms are healthy. They are low in sodium, low in calories, and filling, so they can help us maintain our weight. Mushrooms are fiber-rich and can help regulate cholesterol. They are a good source of protein, potassium, B vitamins, and the only plant source of vitamin D.
Mushrooms are also versatile. You can eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They can be cooked whole, sliced, or stuffed. Whether they are sautéed, roasted, baked, grilled, stuffed, or eaten raw, mushrooms are amazing. If you need ideas, see these 30 Cool Vegan Recipes Made With Mushrooms, 21 Ways to Enjoy All Kinds of Mushrooms, 10 Delicious Ways to Cook With Mushrooms ,and Celebrate Mushrooms With These 20 Savory Recipes. Then try these 20 recipes for our meatiest, beefiest, and most savory mushroom dishes.
1. Pesto Portobello Sandwich With Spicy Sauce
There are many tasty and convenient vegan bacon alternatives you can buy at the store. However, nothing beats the satisfaction (and rich flavor) of making your own homemade bacon. In this Pesto Portobello Sandwich With Spicy Sauce, Portobello mushrooms are sliced, marinated in a savory tamari-maple mixture, and topped with a sprinkle of smoked paprika and pepper. The result is a deliciously smoky and umami bacon that is perfect for vegan BLTs, topping salads, and stacking on burgers.
2. Spinach Crepes With Creamy Mushrooms
These Spinach Crepes With Creamy Mushrooms are such a delicious meal – light, fluffy and tender crepes lovingly wrapped around the most amazing creamy mushroom mix, flavored with punchy hints of garlic, shallot, and thyme. These spinach crepes are so easy to make, 15 minutes in total (after soaking the chickpeas the day before), and miraculously don’t fall apart or stick to the pan despite the absence of eggs and oil. You will fall in deep mad love with this creamy, crepey mushroomy creation. Definitely one to put on your to-do list this week!
3. Filipino Mushroom Chicharon
Chicharon is a well-loved Filipino snack made of fried pork rinds (similar to the Mexican chicharron). It’s usually enjoyed as food paired with beer known as “pulutan“. Filipinos love to dip chicharon in condiments such as spiced vinegar. It’s also a popular topping on Filipino noodle dishes. This vegan Mushroom Chicharon is made from white fungus, a mushroom that can be found at most any Asian supermarket. It is simple to make and fun to eat as crunchy snack or garnish on your favorite dish.
4. Mushroom Fajitas With Chimichurri
While you can make fajitas in a variety of ways depending on your preferences, this recipe for vegan Mushroom Fajitas With Chimichurri is a surefire winner! With marinated Portobellos, homemade taco seasoning and effortless chimichurri sauce, these fajitas are a savory bomb of flavor that will taste like they took all day to make. Top with a drizzle of vegan sour cream and a dollop of guacamole for additional deliciousness.
5. Mushroom and Vegetable Protein Sausages
If you are craving sausages but aren’t happy with the supermarket options, then this tasty vegan Mushroom and Vegetable Protein Sausage recipe is perfect for you. Made from Portobello mushrooms and textured vegetable protein, these sausages are packed with flavor. You can put it on the grill for a barbecue, have it at home on a lazy Sunday with mashed potatoes and gravy, as a hot dog, or just on its own. And you can even freeze them to save time during the week!
6. Mushroom Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
Potatoes, mushrooms, lentils, vegan cheese shreds, spinach, and bread crumbs all layered up in one delicious dish – that is the beauty of this Mushroom Lentil Shepherd’s Pie. This warm and cozy bake is everything you want in a comfort meal. It’s hearty, filling, and healthy. Since this pie is basically a casserole, simply double or triple the recipe if you want to feed a large group.
7. Mushroom and Cream Cheese Flatbread
Making a flatbread and pizza from scratch may seem like a daunting task, but this Mushroom and Cream Cheese Flatbread proves it doesn’t have to be! This yeast-free and gluten-free flatbread crust comes together very easily and then is topped with cashew cream cheese, mushrooms, arugula. Enjoy the flatbread as the recipe dictates, with lemon juice, tahini, and soy sauce, or get creative with your own garnishes.
8. Choley Dingri Dopiaza: Chickpeas and Mushrooms in Caramelized Onion Curry
This dish, also called Choley Dingri Dopiaza, is a curry dish from Mughal that relies on slow-cooked onions as the base — in fact, “dopiaza” means “double onions.” Here, they’re cooked with chickpeas and woody Cremini mushrooms to make a hearty and wholesome curry. Unlike other curries, the gravy in this dish is lightly seasoned with the basics and it has delicate, sweet notes with a touch of smokiness from cumin and coriander.
9. Walnut Portobello Meatball Subs
Walnuts, Baby Bella mushrooms, savory spices, and fresh parsley are mixed with fresh bread crumbs to create the amazing meatballs in these Walnut Portobello Meatball Subs. If that wasn’t good enough, they’re stuffed into a toasted roll with balsamic-glazed vegetables. The subs come together in about 30 minutes, so they’re perfect for a weeknight, weekend, or whenever dinner.
10. Parsnip and Mushroom Pot Pies
Fall is pot pie season and this recipe for Parsnip and Mushroom Pot Pies is definitely one to try. Underneath this thermal crust, you will discover chunky, yet soft vegetables packed with nutrition which will ensure the perfect balance with every mouthful! Specifically, these pies contain panfried parsnips, mushrooms, cauliflower, turmeric, onion, garlic, and peas. Yum!
11. Creamy Mushroom Fricassee
This recipe for Creamy Mushroom Fricassee is really so versatile. You can use wine or broth or both. Use whatever veggies make your heart happy. It also works well if you add tofu or seitan chunks in when you add the mushrooms.
12. Portobello Gyros With Hemp Tzatziki
These Portobello Gyros With Hemp Tzatziki allow you to enjoy the delicious flavors of Greek cuisine, no meat or dairy required. Meaty Portobello mushrooms are tossed in Worcestershire sauce, rolled in a warm pita, and then topped with a creamy tzatziki made from hemp! Talk about a savory, umami explosion.
13. Portobello and Peanut Banh Mi
These Portobello and Peanut Banh Mi sandwiches are pure perfection. They’re stuffed with tender marinated Portobello mushroom strips, crisp vegetables and crunchy peanuts on a soft baguette smeared with vegan mayonnaise and Sriracha. There’s also a burst of flavor from fresh herbs, heat, and creaminess. These flavor-balanced sandwiches are perfect for packing for lunch.
14. Rosemary Oven-Roasted Mushrooms
These Rosemary Oven-Roasted Mushrooms are an excellent go-to side dish for parties, barbecues, or just a weeknight dinner. Cremini mushrooms are tossed in a garlicky olive oil-white wine sauce and then sprinkled with rosemary and baked in the oven. The result? Tender, savory mushrooms that would complement almost any meal!
15. Tofu Scramble and Pulled Portobello Breakfast Tacos
Tacos for breakfast is a great idea and these Tofu Scramble and Pulled Portobello Breakfast Tacos are just the ones to get you jumping out of bed. In this recipe, tofu is crumbled and transformed into a savory scramble and Portobello mushrooms are shredded and cooked in BBQ sauce until tender. Then both components are piled into soft tortillas, topped with radishes, spring onions, and a fresh squeeze of lime. Delicious!
16. Lemon Scallop Royale
Trumpet Royale is a wonderful mushroom to experiment with in the kitchen. They have a mild flavor, tremendous versatility, and even a unique beauty to them. And, as this recipe for Lemon Scallop Royale proves, paired with a creamy lemon sauce, they make a wonderful scallop alternative!
17. Portobello Burger With Caramelized Onions and Tempeh Bacon
This Portobello Burger With Caramelized Onions and Tempeh Bacon is bursting with flavor! It has a creamy radicchio slaw made with homemade avocado mayonnaise, savory Portobello mushroom, smoky tempeh bacon, and caramelized onion. A little messy, but undeniably worth it!
18. Savory Mushroom Tart
This puffy pastry Savory Mushroom Tart has a mixture of Baby Bella mushrooms sautéed in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar then sprinkled with fresh herbs. It’s flaky, warm, savory, and very shareable! Slice it up and serve as an appetizer or pair with a fresh salad.
19. Portobello Mushroom Steaks
Get out your steak knives! This juicy Portobello Mushroom Steak will satisfy your cravings and fill you up. Sauteed with onions, balsamic vinegar, mirin, and herbs it’s a compassionate alternative to eating our furry friends!
20. Hot and Hearty Mushroom Curry
This Hot and Hearty Mushroom Curry is a little sweet, nicely spicy and packed with meaty mushrooms. The all-veggie sauce is easy to make and brimming with authentic Indian flavor. This is a satisfying dish that will warm you inside and out.
When you’re craving something meaty and savory, these mushroom recipes will satisfy even the fiercest cravings.
Lead image source: Portobello Burger With Caramelized Onions and Tempeh Bacon