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Need a party snack, or maybe an exciting finger food for your next picnic? This noodle stuffed portobello mushroom is deceptively easy to make, using only our BamNut Charcoal Noodles, tomatoes, mozzarella and olive oil.
Can I Use A Different Type Of Mushroom?
As the title suggests, this recipe uses portobello mushrooms, but you may be wondering if you can use other mushroom varieties. Whether that's due to price, availability or just plain preference, the basic property that you need for this recipe is the ability to stuff a mushroom. There are more mushroom varieties available than we can list in this article, but here are some of the more common ones you can find at your local supermarket that work just as well as portobello mushrooms.
Let’s start with the namesake of this recipe. Originating from white button mushrooms, Portobello mushrooms are just Crimini mushrooms—which we’ll get into later—which have grown to their full size. Portobellos have a meaty and firm texture and are a popular substitute for meat in any dish. They’re best used grilled, sliced, or served whole and cooked. They also taste almost as great as your typical beef burger, while providing more nutrients. They’re also perfect to be served stuffed due to their size and how they hold up to being put in the oven.
Also known as white mushrooms, button mushrooms are the most widely eaten mushroom in the world. They're incredibly easy to grow, which makes them affordable and easily available almost everywhere. They’re best used whole to preserve its texture and flavour. They’re also good baked, stuffed or eaten raw. If you didn't know, white button mushrooms are actually the same as Crimini and Portobello mushrooms. The Crimini mushroom is just a different colour, while the Portobello is just a more mature version of it.
More commonly known as brown mushrooms, Crimini mushrooms are the same as white button mushrooms, just a different colour. Like the white button mushroom, it has a similar flavour, as well as culinary uses. Due to its colour, it works best in soup and other cooked dishes over its paler counterpart. They also work well over any steak or roast.
Through the dedicated research of a Japanese doctor in the 20th century, shiitake mushrooms were found to have medicinal properties. To this day, it is still considered to be so in many cultures. This mushroom is native to East Asia and is found both fresh and dried. Similar to porcini mushrooms, when dried, they have a similar pungent flavour making it perfect for a risotto. When cooked, they are soft and have a woodsy flavour. This mushroom is extremely versatile and can be used in most types of cooking, whether purchased fresh or dried. They're great in soups, pan-fried or cooked into noodle and rice dishes. When using this mushroom, it’s best to note that it has a slightly stronger flavour than the previously mentioned mushrooms above.
How To Properly Clean Mushrooms
After you’ve decided which mushroom type you want to use for this recipe, it’s important to move onto the next step—cleaning your mushrooms!
When talking about cleaning mushrooms, there’s an old wives tale that dictates that you never wash your mushrooms. This stems from the belief that when you wash your mushrooms, they would absorb the water and become waterlogged due to being 90% water. This was why a paper towel or small brush would be used to clean them in place of water. This as you can imagine is quite tedious and takes way too much time, especially if you want a quick meal.
Thankfully, this has been widely debunked so feel free to wash away all your mushroom dirt using water. However, be careful not to soak your mushrooms to wash, but instead just rinse them. The easiest way to clean your mushroom is to place your mushrooms in a bowl of water and swirl them around for a minute or so until the dirt mostly settles to the bottom. Then simply remove from the bowl and pat dry. If you want something simpler, you can place your mushrooms in a strainer and spray them with water till the dirt is washed off and then pat dry.
Health Benefits of Portobello Mushrooms
Mushrooms aren't just delicious and versatile, they’re also extremely nutritious. Here are just some of the few health benefits that portobello mushrooms have.
Reduces risk of cancer
Not just exclusive to portobello mushrooms, studies suggest that mushrooms can help prevent cancer. This is due to the presence of antioxidants which helps to combat free radicals, which can cause cancer when they accumulate. However more research is needed to further substantiate these claims.
Provides amino acids
Similar to meat products, portobello mushrooms contain amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. Protein gives you energy, boost your immune system.
Boosts fibre intake
Mushrooms are a great source of fibre. Fibre helps prevent the development of conditions like diabetes, as well as keeping your heart healthy.
How To Make Noodle Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms With Our BamNut Charcoal Noodles
In this recipe, we’ve put a twist on the traditional stuffed mushrooms and added our very own BamNut Charcoal Noodles. Made from Bambara groundnuts as croutons, the natural colour of these noodles come from charcoal from bamboo and add a unique pop of colour to the dish and a crunchy texture to this dish.
½ BamNut Charcoal Noodles
Pinch of BamNut Charcoal seasoning
4 portobello mushrooms
2 tomatoes, diced
60 g grated mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Chopped parsley to garnish (optional)
Preheat your oven 200 degrees Celsius
Remove the stem and scoop out the gills of the mushroom using a spoon.
Break the BamNut Charcoal Noodles into small pieces.
Put diced tomatoes into the mushroom and cover with grated mozzarella and the BamNut Charcoal Noodle pieces.
Sprinkle the BamNut Charcoal seasoning, drizzle with olive oil and bake in the oven till the cheese is melted and mushrooms are tender. (About 10-15mins)
Garnish with chopped parsley. (optional)