For my first recommendation, I would like to single out the frittata. You can prepare it with porcini mushrooms, truffles, Caesar’s mushrooms, red pine mushrooms… Whichever type of mushroom you have at hand is guaranteed to make your frittata tasty. If you want to impress your guests at an afternoon or evening gathering, you can also try with a mushroom paté or spread. In addition to being tantalizingly delicious, you can garnish them beautifully with herbs. If you happen to need finger food quickly, the bruschetta is also practical. There is no special recipe for a bruschetta. In addition to the mushrooms, you can add whatever you want to the bread, put it in the oven for 5-10 minutes, and voila! You will have an excellent treat for a night of fun and games with your friends. My favorite bruschetta toppings include cheese, tomatoes, olive oil and, of course, mushrooms. Finally, there are the fried parasol mushrooms, which I don’t often see in restaurants, but which are essential in local home cooking.
When it comes to mushrooms, I have only thing to say if you’re looking for a main dish recipe: goulash! With potatoes. And you eat it while it’s hot. Terrific! My favorite is the red pine mushroom goulash. If you didn’t know better, you would swear it was a meat goulash. The meaty texture of the red pine mushroom could fool even the most experienced palate. For those who like stews, keep in mind that you can add mushrooms to them. They don’t even have to be fresh, you can also use dried ones, such as porcini mushrooms, which will let out a fantastic aroma as they cook. My fall wok dishes are not complete without a few mushrooms, so I will usually add some Caesar’s mushrooms or red pine mushrooms to the mix. I’ll admit, when I don’t have fresh mushrooms, sometimes I will even use champignon mushrooms. Mushroom pasta is extremely easy to prepare, and it will make a nice main dish. I will often add zucchini to a risotto with mushrooms to make it more filling. And for all those who favor meat when choosing a main dish, don’t worry, there is also mushroom-stuffed chicken. Last but not least, there is the forest mushroom, bacon and cottage cheese pizza, my typical choice of dinner.
I love side dishes so much that I will often eat them as the main dish. Here are some of my favorite mushroom side dishes. Sautéed mushrooms and onions are an excellent side dish for practically any meat dish, especially roasted meat, and the same goes for a mushroom salad. Whenever I go to a barbecue, I always bring at least one portion of mushrooms, which I lightly salt and rub with oil and throw on the grill. I like to have grilled mushrooms while they are still hot, and I don’t need even need utensils. You can also stuff mushrooms that have bigger caps, all you have to do is to remove the stem and fill the cap up with your favorite ingredients. For me it’s usually cheese, but there are also delicious fillings containing garlic, parsley, zucchini, etc. In addition to tasting good, stuffed mushrooms also look great when served. You can use a mushroom sauce with rice, pasta, polenta, meat… The possibilities are endless, and they depend only on two things: what you like to eat and what kind of mushrooms you have at hand.
Don’t think you can get through this text without a dessert! Although mushroom desserts are not that common or varied, I have tried a few that I can recommend. There are mushroom crepes, which though they’re savoury, are still pancakes, and can round the meal and all its courses nicely. And finally, a delicacy that pleasantly surprised me: a truffle ice cream. Yes, ice cream. Sweet, cool, melting, with truffles. It is an unexpectedly good dessert that you can try at one of the restaurants in Northwest Istria.