From Portobello to Chanterelle

It’s that time of year again: potlucks and dinner parties! Over the years, I have come to accept that if I don’t bring my own vegetarian dish (which I usually end up eating myself), I’ll be stuck with steamed/roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes (if made with vegetarian ingredients).

There are many ways of incorporating a dish into your menu that is both hearty and vegetarian. Mushrooms, for example, are a great source of protein and substitute for meat, and is a great addition to a variety of meals. Rachael Ray’s Mushroom Lovers’ French Bread Pizzas recipe uses mushrooms as the main component to the dish. Mushroom haters be warned – this post may not be for you.

Mushroom Lovers' French Bread Pizzas

The cheese and mushroom on a delicious crusty bread hits all the right notes. You can make this dish in a variety of ways: use mozzarella or any other type of cheese that you love; select a different type of mushroom or get a mixed variety; buy some pizza dough and create a full family-sized dish; and you can add other vegetables if you’re afraid of mushroom overload. Another option is to add other flavours to the pizza such as adding roasted garlic, or even topping it off with fresh arugula and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

You can choose to go in any direction with this ingredient, such as creating a mushroom risotto, portobello mushroom burgers and mini mushroom quiches. You can even grill them and toss it in a salad, or you can add them to fried rice, noodles or a mixed vegetable satay. Each option can create a different flavour and texture, based on your taste.

Keeping your guests in mind when it comes to allergies and dietary restrictions will show that you care and will ensure they leave your party with a full stomach. Plus, it’s a great way for you to learn new meals outside of your comfort zone and the opportunity to create it again in the future!xo

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