NY markets are one of my favorite places to go, especially for mushrooms. There, you can find so many varieties. It is mind-blowing! And if you know me, you know I love mushrooms! For this recipe, we use oyster mushrooms because they are relatively easy to find in stores and super meaty, which is exactly what we want for our sandwich!
What are the benefits of mushrooms?
Mushrooms have a complete nutritious profile. They are low in calories and fat, rich in fibers, contain protein (3g per cup or 86g), and are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Indeed, oyster mushrooms contain niacin and pantothenic acid that turn food into energy.
Mushrooms also add umami to any dish.
What is umami?
Umami is the fifth basic taste humans experience after sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. Umami is the taste of glutamate, one of the proteins’ building blocks. Hence, umami is often found in animal products. However, you can find this rich umami flavor in mushrooms, which creates a beautiful, mouthwatering sensation.
How to make mushrooms meaty?
In recent years, mushrooms have often been used as meat replacements. There is a reason for it! Cooked well, mushrooms can take the texture of some types of meat. To achieve this, here are 3 tips:
- Use big mushrooms like oyster mushrooms. Their texture is already meatier than white or cremini mushrooms.
- In a hot, greased pan, press your mushrooms to allow the water to evaporate faster.
- Baste your mushrooms in oil to make them crispy.
If, like me, you LOVE mushrooms, here are some recipes:
- 4 slices sourdough, toasted
- 1 pint of oyster mushrooms
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 bunch of parsley, minced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup arugula
- In a pan on medium-high heat, add 2 tbsp of olive oil. Once hot, add the mushrooms. Press the mushroom. Baste the mushroom with the oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Cook until the mushrooms are crispy.
- In a pan on medium-high heat, cook the sunny-side-up eggs.
- In the pan, toast the bread.
- In a bowl, mix the parsley, garlic, 1 tbsp of olive oil, and the juice of a lemon.
- Assemble the sandwich. Add the sauce, arugula, sliced onion, mushrooms, and an egg.