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Mushroom Scramble from Chez Us

This delicious Columbus Day breakfast is brought to you by Denise Woodward of Chez Us.

Our friend the mushroom is often overlooked when it comes to breakfast;  and it should not be.  Earthy mushrooms really compliment creamy, morning time eggs.  If you are like us, you have a steady supply of mushrooms on hand, you can create last minute dishes that are filling, healthy and satisfying, such as this recipe.

One of our favorite weekend breakfast dishes is a simple scramble made with a medley of mushrooms.  For this particular dish I used brown cremini mushrooms, which are a great staple to have on hand.  Creminis are a smaller portabella mushroom and they add amazing depth to a dish, whether it is a breakfast dish or a savory dinner time meal.  I wanted a lot of flavor to our breakfast eggs, so I added fresh oyster mushrooms to the mix.  Since both mushrooms are really flavorful and can stand on their own, there was not much more that needed to be added to this recipe;  just a little butter, thyme and love.

Mushroom Scramble

Serves 1 hungry mushroom lover but could easily be doubled

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup cremini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup oyster mushrooms, cleaned and sliced thinly
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  1. In a small frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the butter, over low heat.
  2. Add the cremini mushrooms and cook over medium heat, stirring often, for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the oyster mushrooms, stir, and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat.
  5. Sprinkle in the thyme, and stir.
  6. Move the cooked mushrooms into a heat proof pan, and slide it into a warm oven (200) while cooking the eggs.
  7. Crack the eggs into a small mixing bowl, using a fork, whip them until well combined.
  8. Cut one tablespoon of butter into small pieces, add to the whipped eggs, and stir to combine.
  9. In the small frying pan that you used above, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter over medium-low heat.
  10. Add the eggs.  Using a fork, continue moving the eggs around until they are cooked to your liking.  We like our eggs a little moist but cooked through, which takes about 3 minutes.
  11. Season with salt to taste as well as black pepper.  If you season the eggs with salt after cooking, they will not dry out.  Remove from the heat.  Gently stir in the mushrooms.
  12. Serve.  Eat.  Enjoy.

Campfire Mushrooms from Chez Us

Today’s exceptionally summertime-friendly post comes from Denise of the beautiful food blog, Chez Us.  Mushrooms in all their goodness with the smoky addition of a campfire? I need to find my tent…

It is that time of year, when we unpack our sleeping bags, air out the tent, and dust off the out-door kitchen gear.  That is right it is camping season.  Time to hit the high-country, take in some fresh air, and commune with nature.  Let’s clear the air right away;  we are not the type of campers who feel the need to bring freeze dried bags of food nor cans of soup.  Why would people scrimp on eating good food just because they are camping.  Food tastes so much better next to a campfire.

Planning the perfect (and easy) menu is as critical as finding the right camping spot.  Camping for us is a joyously, gourmet event.  One food item that is always on the menu is some sort of beef dish, as there really is nothing better than sizzling meat on the grill.  We picked up a beautiful tri-tip to take on our most recent camping excursion.  This cut of meat is flavorful enough without having to do a lot of seasoning.  We kept it simple;  lightly seasoned with maldon salt, fresh cracked black pepper, and finished with campfire mushrooms.

Campfire mushrooms can be found on most of our camping adventures.  Mushrooms are very camp friendly as they are easy to transport as well as easy to prepare.  They don’t require a lot of cleaning prep, just a mushroom brush or a paper towel;  they require very little cutting, if they are small enough just toss into the pan;  and, they go with just about everything from grilled meat to eggs for breakfast.  Campfire mushrooms is a sauteed mushroom dish that is made with a medley of mushrooms such as cremini and portobellos.  If I can find fresh shiitakes, I like to add them to the recipe.

I could not find shittakes for this outing, but I did find fresh morels, so I splurged and added them to the mix.  I love the morels sponge like texture and woodsy taste.  The seasonings are simple, a little olive oil and fresh garlic, shallots and rosemary, all of which are easy to transport.  I use a little fresh lemon juice as well as some red wine or beef stock, which makes a rich broth for the mushrooms to bathe in, and for the grilled meat to soak up.  This recipe goes really well with a nice steak and even a juicy burger.  Guaranteed to impress even your fussiest camping guests.

Campfire Mushrooms

  • 1 pound brown cremini mushrooms, cleaned and cut into thirds
  • ¼ pound portabella mushroom, cleaned and cut into thick slices
  • ¼ pound morels, cut the very end off;  leave whole
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 small shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 spring fresh rosemary
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • drizzle of red wine or beef stock (about ¼ cup)

Start your campfire using wood;  the smoky flavor will add depth to your mushroom dish.  Once the coals are ready put a cooking grate over the top of the fire, set a large frying pan on top;  add the olive oil and butter.  Heat until melted.  Add the shallots, stir, and cook for a minute.  Add the garlic and rosemary, stir.  Add the brown cremini mushrooms, stir, and cook for about 3 – 5 minutes, until slightly soft.  Cooking time will depend on how hot the fire is.  Add the portobello mushroom, stir, and cook for another 3 – 5 minutes.  Add the lemon juice, stir and cook for a minute.  Add the wine and cook down for about 5 minutes.  Stir in the morels, and lightly heat for 3 minutes.  Serve over grilled steaks.