Recipe: Mushrooms and veggies fry up

It must be getting close to spring. I’m growing tired of soups, stews, and chili’s. I want veggies! Fresh veggies! This is a quick recipe for mushrooms and veggies that can be altered to fit any tastes.  It feels like one of those “fake” recipes because it’s so easy – how can “cook up a bunch of vegetables” possibly be a recipe?

Mushrooms and veggies fry up

1 onion, chopped, minced, sliced thin (as you like)
1-2 bell peppers, diced
1 zucchini, sliced
1 yellow squash, sliced
2 oz dried (or 1 lb. frozen) mushrooms
Several cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 pound of Italian sausage (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

If you’re using dried mushrooms, soak them in a bowl of warm water for about an hour. When soft, remove stems and chop up. For frozen mushrooms, let thaw for about an hour – then remove stems and chop up. Saute mushrooms in a cast iron or other heavy pan until they’re starting to get crispy, 10-12 minutes. Set aside.

In a large pan on medium-high heat, add onions and a few tablespoons of oil and cook, stirring occasionally. When the mushrooms are starting to look a bit translucent, after a few minutes, add the bell peppers. Continue to saute and stir occasionally so everything is cooking and browning evenly. When onions and peppers are mostly cooked, add the zucchini and squash. Continue to saute and stir. Feel free to add more oil if the pan seems to dry. You may cover the pan for a minute or two at this point to help soften and cook the zucchini and squash. Add the minced garlic and cooked mushrooms. Stir to incorporate and saute for another minute or so. You don’t want the garlic to cook for more than a minute or two (garlic burns quickly).

That’s pretty much it! If you like some extra protein in your dish, you can fry up a 1/2 pound of Italian sausage (or any other kind of meat you like) and add that to the veggies at the end.

I decided to whip up some couscous and throw that in with everything as well.  While everything is sauteing, heat 3/4 cup of broth or water in a small pan. When boiling, add 1/2 cup of couscous. Give the couscous a quick stir, turn the heat off, and cover the pan.  You can add a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil at this point too if you like.  Let sit for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff up the pasta. You can serve the veggies on a bed of couscous, or dump the couscous in and mix everything up together.

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Recipe: Delicata squash and Mushroom butter

Okay, I can’t help myself: this is more of a “recipe” than a recipe. I had to use the quota marks! That’s because this is more of a serving suggestion than an actual recipe. I’m going to do my best to make this look and feel like an actual recipe, but it’s hard to do that when there are only a couple ingredients involved.

The first ingredient is delicata squash. Delicata is a kind of winter squash and it is absolutely amazing. They are relatively small and easy to work with and taste great. They’re in stores and farmers markets now, so make sure to pick some up soon if you’ve never tried one.

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The second ingredient is our very own mushroom butter. If you’re near the Twin Cities you can find our mushroom butters (and spreads!) either at the farmers market or at The Wedge Co-op. I chose our smoked shiitake butter for this. Jeremy starts with our shiitake and smokes them in a smoker. Then he cooks those up with shallots and herbs, adds butter and mixes it all up creating a fabulous smokey, mushroomy, herby butter.

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That’s pretty much it. So here is an official looking “recipe.” This dish is a great side to add to the rest of your dinner.

Delicata Squash and CTHM Mushroom Butter

Delicata squash (however many you need for your meal)
Jar of CTHM Smoked Shiitake Mushroom Butter
a little butter or olive oil

  1. Clean the squash in case there is any dirt still on it. Slice the squash in half and scrape out the seeds and guts. You can compost the insides, feed them to your chickens, or save the seeds and toast them just like pumpkin seeds.
  2. Spread a little bit of butter or olive oil on the squash. This just helps it not dry out while cooking and adds to the tasty flavor. Place the halves on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes check to see if the squash is done. It will be quite soft and creamy when done. If they aren’t done, check every 10 minutes or so until they’re done.
  4. Scoop a dollop of Mushroom Butter into the hot squash and enjoy!