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Creamy Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup

Soup weather is here, meaning it’s time to get out of the cold and curl up with a big bowl (or two!). This creamy soup by Chez Us is rich, smooth, and believe it or not, doesn’t contain any dairy. It’s a great option for lunch or dinner.

Creamy Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup by Chez Us

I use to be more of a fair weather cook which meant I enjoyed the warmer seasons and took full advantage of summer’s bounty. Now, I have to admit that I am more of a cold weather home chef and enjoy nothing more than the comfort of a hearty soup or stew to warm up chilly evenings. The days and nights have finally begun to chill down in California, and I have begun taking advantage by making big pots of hearty soups. This recipe for Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup came about after a trip to London where I fell in love with a similar hearty recipe.

I am big on making creamy soups that do not require dairy to create that smooth, creamy texture. I achieve this indulgent bowl of soup, by using ingredients that are rich in flavor, cooking them long and slow, then pureeing in a food processor. Everyone is surprised at how flavorful the soups are without the added richness of cream or milk.

Creamy Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup by Chez Us

The depth of this recipe comes from roasting the mushrooms and parsnips before simmering with the other ingredients. While I roast root vegetables all the time, I did not begin working on roasted mushroom recipes until recently. I LOVE the character that comes with roasting mushrooms, even more so than sautéing them. Roasting the mushrooms adds a crazy depth to an already delicious ingredient by bringing out the earthy flavor and creating a rich, caramelized color.

Creamy Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup by Chez Us

Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup

What I love the most about this winter recipe is how easy it is to make, and how rich and flavorful it is.

Ingredients:
1 pound cremini mushrooms, cleaned and cut into quarters
1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 1″ pieces
3 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons olive oil
1/3 cup leek, whites only, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, smashed
1 teaspoon dried thyme
5 cups vegetable stock
1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely minced
sprigs of thyme
kosher salt, to taste
black pepper to taste

Method:
• Preheat the oven to 425.
• Place the parsnips on a baking sheet, drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the top and toss to mix. Roast for 15 minutes.
• Remove the parsnips from the oven and add the mushrooms. Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the top, using a spoon stir to mix. Roast for 15 minutes.
• In a dutch oven heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium low heat, then add the leeks. Stir and cook until soft, about 3 – 5 minutes.
• Add 1 of the cloves of garlic (the smashed one). Stir.
• Then add the mushroom mixture, thyme and the stock. Stir.
• Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a very low simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
• Let cool for 5 minutes.
• Using a food processor, in batches puree the mixture until smooth.
• Return to the dutch oven. Season with salt and pepper then gently reheat over very low heat.
• In a small saucepan heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium low heat. Add the shiitake mushrooms, stir and cook until lightly golden. This will take about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and season with salt and pepper.
• To serve place some of the soup in a soup bowl, garnish with some of the shiitake mushrooms and a sprig of thyme.

Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata

We all are usually plagued with leftovers for weeks after Thanksgiving, but don’t you fret Denise from Chez Us has a unique way to use up all that leftover stuffing!

The day after Thanksgiving, I want something easy to make as well as nourishing. Weeks that go into preparing for a turkey dinner feast can be exhausting, and I usually want to linger over coffee while enjoying the last few bites of the previous evening during breakfast. While I am not normally a leftover gal, I cannot get enough of the leftover stuffing or this Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata.

I love nothing more than a savory breakfast, and often at our house it involves mushrooms. I always have a stash in the fridge that usually ends up in some impromptu breakfast recipes such as a scramble, baked egg dish or even breakfast tacos. Last Thanksgiving when a bowl of leftover Thanksgiving stuffing presented itself to me, I immediately began working on a hearty breakfast strata to feed us leftover turkey guests. It was a hit with the family, and I have been waiting for a reason to make it again.

Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata by Chez Us

Post-Thanksgiving morning, I grabbed the stash of mushrooms that I had hidden in the back of the fridge and began working on my strata recipe. I wanted this recipe to be a sort of morning eggs with toast and bacon. So, I lightly cooked pancetta until lightly golden; then I added sliced mushrooms, and cooked until barely soft. I mixed leftover stuffing along with some minced parsley, half and half to add some moisture, and then I folded in the mushroom mixture. The strata is baked until lightly golden; then I cracked eggs over the top to create a baked egg strata.

This recipe has all the flavors of Thanksgiving with the kiss of morning eggs added to it. A great way to begin the day, while relishing in memories from Thanksgiving past. I have a feeling it will become a Thanksgiving tradition at our home, and hopefully yours.

Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata by Chez Us

Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata

Yield: serves 4

Ingredients:
4 cups leftover stuffing
1/4 cup half and half
4 ounce pancetta, diced
1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
1/3 cup Italian parsley, finely minced
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon butter

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 375.
2. Butter a glass baking dish.
3. Place the leftover stuffing into a large mixing bowl and drizzle the half and half over the top. Stir.
4. Cook the pancetta for 4 minutes over medium low heat.
5. Add the mushrooms, stir and cook for another 4 minutes over medium low heat.
6. Pour the mixture into the leftover stuff and stir in the parsley.
7. Pour the mixture into the glass baking dish.
8. Place into the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
9. Remove from the oven and crack the eggs over the top. Cover with foil and place back into the oven for another 10 – 15 minute until the eggs are set but still slightly soft.
10. Serve.
11. Eat.

Mushroom Pâté

Denise of Chez Us shares a delicious vegetarian snack with us.

Appetizers are the hardest part of a meal for me to plan out.  Strange I know;  but, I do not like just to toss out some cheese and crackers.  I want the meal to be great from beginning to end.  This recipe for Mushroom Pâté is exactly that;  great and delicious.  Not to mention, a wonderful addition for your vegetarian guests.

Mock Mushroom Pate by Chez Us

While I enjoy a good Pâté, I am not terribly fond of liver, which seems like a contradiction.  That is why this vegetarian version is perfect for me. It is creamy as well as rich, and can be enjoyed on a Monday night at home or during a fancy dinner affair; I like to call it casually chic.  I guess you could say it is a favorite around our home.

This recipe for Mushroom Pate is made with cremini mushrooms as well as dried porcini. After sauteing the mushrooms with shallots and garlic until caramelized, I pureed the mixture until smooth. Typically, Pâté has brandy or cognac in it; I like to use bourbon for this recipe. To obtain the nice fatty top that is on Pâté, I poured melted ghee over the top before placing in the refrigerator for 24 hours.  Definitely let sit for 24 hours to marriage the rich flavors together.

Serve this pate with lots of water crackers as well as diced red onion, capers and cornichons.

Mock Mushroom Pate by Chez Us

Mushroom Pâté

Ingredients:

5 ounces dried porcini
2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons ghee plus some extra for topping the pate
1/3 cup shallots, chopped
1 large clove of garlic, chopped
1 pound cremini mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed, thin slices
1 large sprig of fresh thyme, leaves only
2 tablespoons bourbon or mushroom stock
1 tablespoon creme fraiche or sour cream – can omit if dairy free
salt, to taste
fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

Serving:

small pickles
capers
red onion, finely minced
water crackers

Method:

In a small bowl place the porcini with the hot water.  Let sit for 15 minutes.  Then drain well.

In a large frying pan melt the ghee.

Add the shallot to the ghee and cook until soft over low heat, about 3 – 5 minutes.

Add the cremini mushrooms and porcinis to the pan and continue cooking over low heat until caramelized and soft, stirring often.  This step will take about 15 – 20 minutes.

Stir in the garlic and thyme.  Cook for 3 minutes.

Add the bourbon or stock to the pan, then stir to deglaze the pan.

Set aside and let cool.

Place the mixture into the food processor and blend until very smooth.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add the creme fraiche or sour cream and blend again.

Place into a serving container.  Pour a small amount of melted ghee over the top of the pate.

Cover with a lid or wrap and place into the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving.

Serve. Eat.

Tagliatelle Pasta with a Light Mushroom Sauce

Denise from Chez Us shares her tasty Tagliatelle Pasta with a Light Mushroom Sauce with us!

Tagliatelle Pasta with a Light Mushroom Sauce by Chez Us

June is here, and it is time to start thinking about eating lighter during the hot summer months.  As I write those words I think to myself that it is rather funny, as being in the Bay Area, June is the coldest summer ever, and we are still enjoying hearty comfort food.  Regardless, this recipe for  Tagliatelle Pasta with a Light Mushroom Sauce is not only perfect as lighter fare, but it is comfortable food as well as being a quick and easy dinner option.

Tagliatelle Pasta with a Light Mushroom Sauce by Chez UsTagliatelle Pasta with a Light Mushroom Sauce by Chez Us

If you are like me, I always have a stash of mushrooms tucked into the vegetable bin, as they can go from breakfast to dinner in a matter of a few ingredients.  In our home, Wednesday tends to be the busiest evening for us, and this dish makes it on to the table very often.  It is quick and I can have dinner on the table within 30 minutes.

I like to use a mixture of mushrooms from earthy cremini to tender white buttons.  Shiitake mushrooms add a bit of mystery to a dish, as well, their texture is really outstanding.  I simply sautéed the mushrooms with olive oil, shallots and garlic;  I use green garlic when in season.  There is enough moisture in the mushrooms that it is not necessary to add any stock or water.  Besides the mushrooms, I use thyme as well as some heat with chili flakes which enhances the flavors of the mushrooms.  If I have a jar of artichoke hearts in the pantry, I roughly chop them and toss in before serving.

What are some of your favorite fresh and light mushroom recipes for summer time dining?  I am sure you will enjoy this refreshing recipe as much as we do.

 

Tagliatelle Pasta with a Light Mushroom Sauce

** serves 4

Ingredients

1 package of tagliatelle pasta (serves 4)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium shallot, finely minced
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
12 cremini mushrooms
12 white mushrooms
12 small shiitake mushrooms
1 tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon (more or less depending on heat) chili pepper flakes
1 6 ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, roughly chopped – optional
kosher salt and black pepper to taste
asiago cheese

Method:

1. Thinly slice the mushrooms and set aside.

2. In a large frying pan over medium low, heat the olive oil, then add the shallots and garlic.  Cook until soft, about 3 minutes.

3. Add the mushrooms, stir and cook over medium low until caramelized and soft.  This step will take about 6 – 10 minutes depending on the heat of your stove.

4. Stir in the thyme and chili flakes, then remove from the heat.

5. Cook the pasta according to package directions.

6. Drain the pasta, then immediately toss with the mushrooms and a drizzle of olive oil.  The heat of the pasta and the moisture on left from draining will heat the mushrooms.  At this point if you are using the artichoke hearts stir them in.

7. Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Grate cheese over the top.

8. Serve.

9. Eat.

Chipotle Mushroom Tacos

Chez Us adds a bit of summer spice to the winter blues with this recipe for Chipotle Mushroom Tacos, just in time  for Taco Tuesday. 

Chipotle Mushroom Tacos by Chez Us

I am always thinking forward about how to incorporate more vegetables into our everyday meals with less emphasis on using meat.  One ingredient that I turn to time and time again is the mushroom as I like to think of it as the “other” meat when working with a recipe.  Besides being hearty, mushrooms are fat-free, cholesterol free and are a rich source of vitamin B.  What more could you ask for?

For this recipe, I replaced the meat by using finely chopped crimini mushrooms, which was seasoned with smoky chipotle peppers and adobo sauce.  Add some texture, I added slices of portobella and crimini mushrooms along with thinly sliced yellow onion.  The earthiness of the mushrooms mingles really well with the smoky chipotle.  The mushroom mixture is so flavorful, that the only extra ingredients this taco recipe needs are a little cilantro and feta.  The cilantro is cooling, and the feta is slightly tangy, which is outrageous with chipotle!

Recipe:  Chipotle Mushroom Tacos

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 10 medium crimini mushrooms
  • 1 large portobella mushroom
  • 2 large canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from the peppers
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • corn tortillas
  • cilantro
  • feta cheese
  • salsa

Directions:

  1. Pour the olive oil into a large frying pan and heat over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, stir and lower the heat.  Continue cooking the onion until soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cut half of the crimini and portobella mushrooms into slices.
  4. Using a food processor, chop the remaining crimini mushrooms and set aside.
  5. Add the garlic, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce to the onion mixture.  Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Add the mushroom slices, stir and continue cooking over low heat for 10 minutes.
  7. Add the chopped mushrooms, stir and cook for another 4 minutes.  Season to taste with salt.
  8. To serve, place some of the mushroom mixture onto a tortilla, and top with some cilantro and feta.  You can also add some salsa for a little more flavor and texture.