Organic Button Mushrooms are ...
Seasonal availability: All year round
Uses: Whole in salads, casseroles and pasta bakes or sliced in sauces, pies and soups.
To store: Place in a paper bag in the salad drawer of the fridge to keep for a few days.
To prepare: Cultivated mushrooms are usually very clean: just wipe with a kitchen towel or rinse briefly and dry before use. Do not peel. Leave the mushrooms whole or slice as necessary.
To cook:: Button mushrooms do not require much cooking - fry for 4-5 minutes or add to dishes 5-10 minutes before the end of cooking time.
• low in sodium and fat
• excellent source of potassium
• rich source of riboflavin and niacin
• high in the antioxidant selenium
• high in copper(a necessary mineral for the body)
Suggested Recipe: Button Mushroom Salad
300g button mushrooms
2 spring onions
2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
sea salt and pepper
juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp coriander seeds
100g chunk sweet potato, about 8cm long, peeled
2 tbsp vegetable oil for frying
Wipe button mushrooms if necessary and, with a sharp knife, cut into 5mm slices. Transfer to a bowl. Trim spring onions, halve lengthwise and then cut into fine slivers by slicing at a long angle. Add the spring onions to the bowl.
Add the parsley, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, lemon juice and the extra virgin olive oil. Toss to mix.
In a small non-stick frying-pan, toast the coriander seeds until they smell fragrant. Tip into a mortar and pestle and grind to a coarse powder. Toss through mushrooms and taste again for seasoning. The salad should not be at all wet as the oil will continue to soften the mushrooms as the salad sits. Transfer to a shallow bowl.
Cut thin slivers from the sweet potato with a potato peeler. Heat vegetable oil in the small non-stick frying pan and have a plate alongside lined with a doubled thickness of kitchen paper.
Drop slivers of sweet potato into the hot oil and adjust heat to a convincing sizzle. The slivers will take about 3 minutes to cook and crisp. Lift out with a slotted spoon onto the paper and cook another batch.
Surround the mushroom salad with the sweet potato crisps, lightly piled around the edges.
Recipe courtesy of www.cuisine.com.au
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