Weeknight Cooking

The Mushroom Recipe That Can Feed You For a Week

February 21, 2016

Our test kitchen chef Josh Cohen's recipe for Mushrooms with Caramelized Shallots and Fresh Thyme is serious business.

The long cook time on the shallots means that any sharpness you normally associate with this allium is mellowed into something exceedingly caramel and tender, while the high-heat treatment on the mushrooms coaxes out their earthy flavor and heartiness. By the time your mushrooms and shallots are through cooking, you'll end up with a kitchen full of homey smells and a good dish to keep around for the week.

If you can manage to not eat all the mushrooms at once, you can maximize the mushrooms you just spent nearly an hour cooking and have a meal plan set for the whole week.

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Here's what you should be making over the weekend to make the most of your mushrooms through the week:

  • Heaps on heaps on heaps of mushrooms and caramelized shallots
  • A pot of chickpeas or white beans
  • A pot of farro, or grain of your choice
  • A batch of unsweetened tart or pie dough

And make sure to stock up on some items for the rest of the week:

  • Eggs
  • Greek yogurt, creme fraiche, or cream
  • Linguine (or the pasta shape of your choice, really)
  • A loaf of good, crusty bread
  • Pancetta, if you're into that
  • A hunk of hard cheese, maybe Parmesan or Pecorino
  • Spinach and/or arugula
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Potatoes

Here's how to make the mushrooms work for you all week:

  • Pile mushrooms on thick slices of crisp toast that's been spread with creme fraiche or yogurt. Top with an egg if you prefer (honestly, you really should) and serve with a light green salad.
  • Toss with cooked grains, cheese, greens, dried fruit, and nuts to make an addicting grain salad (sort of like this).
  • Combine the mushrooms and shallots with Greek yogurt or cream and use them as a base for a hearty frittata.
  • Stir into cooked pasta and top with grated cheese. Celebrate at how easy that was.
  • Simmer with your prepped beans, canned tomatoes, and any vegetables you're looking to clean out and make a filling, meat-free chili or ragu.
  • Use as a filling in twice-baked potatoes (or sweet potatoes!).
  • Sauté some pancetta to mix with your mushrooms and shallots. Roll out that pastry dough you made, and cover with your mushroom mixture. Fold the edges of the dough over just to hold in the filling and you've practically got a savory galette in the oven.

This recipe calls for a variety of mushrooms. What's your favorite type? Let us know in the comments!

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A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).

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Laura415 February 28, 2016
Great article! Kitchen efficiency with delicious results. I usually do this and first use part of them to make mushroom soup. Next day add the rest to rice/wild rice/quinoa blend. Use this to make mushroom fried rice and eggs. Then stuff a whole chicken with the rest of the mushroom rice adding more veggies. I really like the idea of saving some for topping sourdough toasts, making a savory tart and also adding to bean soups.
sam February 28, 2016
Would cooked mushrooms still be safe after a week??
Jaslyn L. February 24, 2016
Totally going to try all of these with the mushrooms my family grows -- maitake, trumpet royale, nebrodini bianco, velvet pioppini, alba clamshell, brown clamshell, and forest nameko! (You can learn about all these varieties at mycopia.com!)
Shawn A. February 23, 2016
Do you cook the mushrooms in these recipes, if so what kind of mushrooms and if so what kind do you use and how do you cook them?
Sarah E. February 24, 2016
Yes! Cook the mushrooms. Take a look at the original recipe for mushrooms with caramelized shallots,found in the article or by going here -->https://food52.com/recipes/39331-mushrooms-with-caramelized-shallots-and-fresh-thyme
That will tell you exactly how to cook them
Josh (the recipe's author) suggests a combo of combination of crimini, royal trumpet, mattock, and oyster mushrooms. I usually opt for whatever I can find and/or what is on sale. The mushroom selection is your preference!
Hope thus helps!
Jeff S. February 23, 2016
Just the type of creative cooking suggestions I have been searching for. My routine has become boring. I am a single guy so keeping fresh items to create meals with is sometimes difficult.
issybee February 22, 2016
I love this article... it's what I've aspired to do many times though I've only gotten to the grain salad, the leftover pasta toppers and the frittata. Must progress to the chili, the toast toppers and the galette! Now if only my kids were on board... so far I'm the only one who creatively consumes leftovers!
Sarah E. February 22, 2016
Keep trying! There are so many possibilities, so long as you are willing :)