18 Unique Mushroom Recipes, Because Portobello Burgers Aren't Their Only Use

It’s time to reconsider the mushroom. While many people may stay away from this ingredient, disliking its taste or texture, there are plenty of unique mushroom recipes that prove that fungi are actually pretty versatile. They’re not just placed on hamburger buns as a vegetarian alternative at cookouts — they can make their way into pasta, lasagna, egg dishes, and more. So if you’re a stuffed mushroom loyalist or if you want to give this ingredient another chance, now is the time.

Mushrooms have many benefits that will make you want to incorporate them some more into your cooking. For one, they’re rich in B vitamins and potassium. Their anti-aging properties, since they’re filled with anti-aging properties, are also a major plus. Seriously, the pros outweigh the cons of this food, so it’s time to pick up a package of crimini, oyster, button, or portobello mushrooms to try something new.

For a healthy dinner recipe, you can make homemade falafel using ‘shrooms instead of chickpeas. Or, for something a little more indulgent, mushroom risotto is always a hit. Feel free to get creative and use mushrooms to make taco night a little more magical too. The possibilities are truly endless.

1. Meaty Mushroom Lasagna

Filled with hearty textured vegetable protein (a tasty meat substitute!), A Beautiful Mess' mushroom lasagna is vegetarian friendly, but even meat eaters will love it. A mix of mozzarella, parmesan, and cream cheese hits the spot.

2. Mushroom Bolognese

Mushrooms may not be a traditional addition to bolognese sauce, but A Cozy Kitchen shows that they do wonders when paired with ground beef in this tomato sauce. Plenty of Italian seasoning kicks it up a notch.

3. Teriyaki Mushroom Sauce With Grilled Salmon

Salmon and mushrooms may be an unexpected combination, but Steamy Kitchen shows that these two ingredients bring out the best in one another. A homemade teriyaki sauce ties everything in together.

4. Mushroom Falafel

You don't need chickpeas just to satisfy your falafel craving. Five and Spice shows that finely chopped mushrooms, paired with plenty of lemon and garlic, make a tasty version of this classic dish.

5. Wild Mushroom And Goat Cheese Frittata

Mushrooms deserve a place on your brunch table, too. A Spicy Perspective uses a mixture of crimini and oyster mushrooms to vary up texture.

6. Easy Brown Rice Risotto

Risotto may be time-consuming to make, but it's always worth it. Cookie and Kate tops this mushroom version with plenty of parmesan.

7. Mushroom Cheeseburger Calzones

Who says that a calzone has to be filled with pizza-inspired insides? Ground beef and mushrooms make an unexpected yet totally delicious filling in these gluten-free calzones by Cara's Cravings.

8. Mixed Mushroom Egg Bakes

Need a quick but tasty breakfast? The Kitchn's mushroom egg bakes can be made ahead of time, no problem.

9. Buttered Mushroom, Fig, And Bacon Galette

Salty bacon and sweet figs make a delectable mix of flavors, but throw in some mushrooms cooked in balsamic vinegar and butter and you've really got a winning dish. Half Baked Harvest does it right.

10. Mushroom and Red Wine Pasta

Cooking pasta in red wine and vegetable stock results in tender, flavorful noodles. A Beautiful Mess adds in some garlicky mushrooms for a bonus touch.

11. Mushroom Tacos

Skip the ground beef — a mix of oyster and crimini mushrooms makes taco night even better. A Cozy Kitchen tops off these tacos with a homemade tomatillo salsa.

12. Japanese Noodles With Shimeji Mushrooms

A mix of miso, soy sauce, garlic, and olive oil gives Steamy Kitchen's noodles a simple umami flavor, letting the mushrooms be the stand-out ingredient of this dish.

13. Italian Mushroom And Celery Salad

Here's your new go-to spring appetizer: Five and Spice's mushroom-celery salad just requires a quick sauté, some parsley, and some fresh lemon juice to be totally refreshing.

14. Green Bean Mushroom Tart

Blue cheese and crispy shallots make A Spicy Perspective's mushroom tart a total delicacy. Serve it up for an easy-to-make yet impressive dinner.

15. Lentil And Mushroom Meatballs

A combination of both lentils and mushrooms makes Cookie and Kate's vegetarian meatballs just the right mix of hearty, tender, and crispy on the outside.

16. Mushroom Pesto Pinwheels

These appetizers by Cara's Cravings are, in fact, as tasty as they are eye-catching. Sun-dried tomato pesto makes chopped mushrooms even better.

17. Parsnip, Mushroom, And Leek Gratin

Root vegetables paired with butter, heavy cream, and parmesan equals one cozy dish. But throw in some mixed mushrooms and things get a bit heartier and fancier, thanks to The Kitchn!

18. Mushroom Havarti Turnovers

Mushrooms and cheese stuffed into crisp-on-the-outside bread — what more could you want? Half Baked Harvest makes appetizers taste five star.

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