Warm Mushroom Salad

This salad is one of our all-time faves! Sautéed mushrooms in butter and garlic with aged cheddar over a bed of greens, it’s simply divine. I got this recipe from LCBO Food & Drink, it’s supposed to be a winter time recipe but we enjoy it all year long! It’s great with a barbecued steak and some red wine 🙂

Recipe Review:

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY – EASY – MODERATE

  • Steps: 6
    • Rating: Moderate
  • Involvement
    • 25. min prep
    • Rating: Easy
  • Ingredients & availability
    • 14 ingredients
    • All ingredients you can easily find at any grocery store
    • Rating: Easy – Moderate

Equipment Required:

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Sauté pan
  • Whisk
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups/spoons

The Recipe

Time: ~25 min.

Servings: 2

Calories/serving: ~ 300

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and lightly crushed (I use minced)
  • 3 cups (750 mL) mixed mushrooms, thinly sliced (preferably an equal mix of cremini, oyster and shiitake)
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) fresh thyme, finely chopped (or 1/4 – 1/2 tsp dried)
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) soy sauce
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) dry white wine (I tend to use sauvignon blanc or chardonnay)
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) white wine vinegar (sherry or red wine vinegar will also do)
  • 1½ tbsp (22 mL) olive oil
  • 4 cups (1 L) winter greens, torn into bite-size pieces (arugula, escarole, romaine, red leaf lettuce or others)
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) aged white cheddar, finely crumbled (I use Balderson)
  • 1½ tbsp (22 mL) walnuts, coarsely chopped (sometimes we just leave these out if we don’t have any on hand)

Directions:

1. In a large sauté pan heat butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic clove and cook for 1 minute.

2. Add mushrooms, thyme and a pinch of salt. Sauté for 5 minutes until mushrooms begin to soften and release their water.

3. Add soya sauce and white wine and continue sautéing for 5 minutes or until the mushrooms become golden. Discard garlic clove. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. In a medium bowl whisk together mustard, vinegar, olive oil and a pinch of salt.

5. Add greens and toss with vinaigrette, taste a leaf and adjust seasoning. If needed add another drizzle of oil or vinegar.

6. Divide greens on 2 plates, top each with warm mushrooms and sprinkle with cheddar and walnuts.

Cheesy Chicken and Leek Phyllo Pie

I decided to try out this recipe because I had 2 leeks I needed to use up. I’m so glad I did. This chicken pot pie is so flavourful and has a springtime vibe with the mushrooms, leeks and lighter phyllo pastry. It’s also pretty simple to make! I paired it with a Beaujolais (see below) and it was delightful!

Recipe Review:

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY – MODERATE

  • Steps: 6
    • Rating: Moderate
  • Involvement: 35 min prep
    • Rating: Moderate
  • Ingredients & availability
    • 12 ingredients
    • All ingredients are normal. I couldn’t find Gruyere but there are lots of substitutes such as Emmental which I used.
    • Rating: Moderate

Equipment Required:

  • Large skillet
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Cheese grater
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Can opener
  • Basting brush
  • 9-in pie plate
  • Mixing spoon

Time: 35 min prep + 35 minutes bake = 1 hour 10 min. total

Yield: 6 servings

Calories/Serving: ~433

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium leeks (white portion only), thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 can (354 ml) evaporated milk
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken (or turkey)
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons shredded Gruyere cheese, divided (I couldn’t find Gruyere so I used Emmental)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 sheets phyllo dough (14×9-inch size)

I got this recipe from Taste of Home. You can find it HERE.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add leeks and mushrooms; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Stir in flour until blended; gradually stir in stock and milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Stir in chicken, 3/4 cup cheese, thyme, salt and pepper.
  4. Brush a 9-in. pie plate with some of the remaining oil. Place one sheet of phyllo dough into prepared pie plate, allowing ends to extend over edges of dish; brush with oil. (Keep remaining phyllo covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.) Layer with seven additional phyllo sheets, brushing each layer with oil and rotating sheets to cover the pie plate.
  5. Transfer chicken mixture to crust.
  6. Gently fold in ends of phyllo over filling, leaving an opening in the center. Crumble the remaining phyllo sheets over filling; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Brush edges with remaining oil. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

You can get this Beaujolais wine at the LCBO for $14.05 HERE.