Meaty Mushroom: Shiitake

Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms

I’ve posted about mushrooms before.  Yes, I do love them and in so many ways.

I just bought two big batches of shiitake mushrooms and decided to easily oven roast them.  The shiitake mushroom is quite satisfying in any dish and is often used as a substitute for meat in many vegetarian dishes.  I love their chewiness and they absorb flavor so well.

I normally would use Asian style herbs and flavors on these mushrooms but just simply put together a basic fresh minced garlic, olive oil, oregano and red pepper flake combo.

I also added the same herb mix to a chicken breast that I roasted as well.  Super simple, just the way I like it!

You can put these on the grill too!

Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms


4-5 C shiitake mushrooms – washed, dried, stems trimmed
1/2 sweet onion – cut into 1/4″ thick slices
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/4 t red pepper flakes
1/4 t oregano
4 garlic cloves, minced
dash of ground coriander
2 T olive oil
1/2 t balsamic vinegar

Process:  add mushrooms and onions to a large bowl; add the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and mix; add this mixture to the mushrooms; roast seasoned mushrooms in a shallow pan for 15 minutes at 400 F.

Key:  t=teaspoon, T=tablespoon, C=cup


Baking Bonbons & Biscuits, Not Me — Oh My!

Oven Roasted Sweet Pepper Tapenade

Sweet Pepper Tapenade

While this is the season to bake and blog about bonbons and biscuits, this blogger is doing her own thing.

Sweet Pepper Tapenade

I’ve been roasting sweet peppers ever since I saw a famed chef do it on her show yet this is the first time I’ve minced up the peppers to create a tapenade.

I have to say the flavor expands when the peppers are in bits and pieces and it makes it so much easier to eat.

I love veggie sandwiches with lots of sweet peppers and onions, and I have found that a little bit of good quality mayo, brings the flavor to yet, another level.  Please try it, you’ll agree!

This tapenade makes a wonderful appetizer for your cocktail party. Serve it with whole-grain crackers, pita, or Melba toast.  Happy holiday party!

Sweet Pepper Tapenade

Here’s the easy recipe.

Oven Roasted Sweet Pepper Tapenade
I of each: orange/red/yellow bell pepper
2 Italian green peppers
2 white onions
5 cloves minced garlic
3 T olive oil
½ t of each: oregano, thyme, sage, red pepper flakes
dash of salt and pepper

Process: Rinse and slice peppers and onions. In a small bowl add herbs, olive oil and minced garlic. Add this mixture to the sliced peppers.  Add salt and pepper and roast in a 400 F degree oven for about 25 minutes or until peppers are soft. Let cool. Add to a food processor and pulse. Serve on lightly toasted whole-grain bread, lightly spread with mayonnaise.

Sweet Pepper Tapenade