Vegetable of the Week: Mushroom pt. 5

Preparation and Serving:
– Mushrooms should be washed before use by rinsing them under cold water for a few seconds and then patting them dry
– Do not soak mushrooms in water because they will absorb the water
– Mushroom skins can be peeled or not, but peeling them compromises their flavour somewhat
– Both the caps and stipe are edible and are usable in recipes
– Most mushrooms can be eaten raw, for example white mushrooms can be easily sliced and eaten with dip
– Mushrooms can also be sautéed in a frying pan, baked, roasted, boiled, stuffed, marinated, served on rice, pasta, meat and salads or used in pies, soups, sauces, dips and many more.

Mushroom Lentil Burger

Savory Lentil Mushroom Burgers
Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
– 2 teaspoons chia seeds
– 3 tablespoons warm water
– 1 medium onion
– 6 ounces mushrooms, washed
– 3 cloves garlic
– 2 cups cooked lentils (green or brown), well drained
– 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
– 2 tablespoons potato starch or cornstarch (can be omitted but burger may not hold together as well)
– 1 tablespoon soy sauce or wheat-free tamari (omit for soy-free)
– 1 tablespoon tomato paste
– 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
– 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
– 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
– 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional or to taste)
– 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
– Generous grating black pepper

Directions:
1. Mix the chia seeds and warm water in a small bowl and set aside. Chop the onion finely. Place the mushrooms into the food processor and pulse until they are finely minced. Mince the garlic.

2. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until they begin to brown, adding a splash of water if they begin to stick. Stir in the mushrooms and garlic and another splash of water. Cover and cook until the mushrooms soften (about 2-3 minutes), stirring often.

3. When the mushrooms have softened, transfer them to the food processor and add the lentils. Pulse until the lentils are just combined with the mushrooms. Add the chia seed mixture and all remaining ingredients and pulse to combine well. It’s okay if a few lentils remain whole, but the mixture should be more sticky than crumbly. If it seems too wet, add a little more oats.

4. Scrape the mixture into a bowl and set aside for about 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or with parchment paper.

5. Shape the burger mixture into 6 patties, each about 3 inches wide and 3/4 inch thick. Place them on the prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes. Since ovens can vary, check them after 25 minutes to make sure they are firm in the middle but not burning and give extra time if necessary.

6. Use a spatula to remove the burgers from the baking sheet. Serve at once or refrigerate for later use.

(Source: Recipe taken from http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2012/09/savory-lentil-mushroom-burgers.html)

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