Let the Mushroom Masters begin

Today marks the start of the Mushroom Masters – a three way food blogging competition where our team of four Aussie food bloggers take on the United States and Canada. Week 1 of our four week venture is the Portabella Playoff.

In case you haven’t heard, this Mushroom Masters is serious. It might have started off as a friendly bet between the mushroom industries in each country, but let’s face it, no-one knows mushrooms as well as we do (and we are incredibly humble about this of course!!).

Over the four weeks we intend to have a bit of fun; give our mates a hard time and enjoy some deliciously creative mushroom recipes. Each week we will post our Australian entry to get the party started. And after you have devoured the last morsel of this new recipe, you can then head over to the Tastespotting website to vote. We know that with a hung parliament here in Australia that you are probably tired of having to vote; but vote you must to make sure your favourites are elected the winners at the end of each week.

Flying the flag for Australia this week is Jules from Stone Soup. And pitted against her in the Portabella Playoff are Angela from Oh She Glows (US) and Sara from Sprouted Kitchen (Canada).

So let’s introduce Jules and get cooking…..


Hi, I am Jules Clancy , the creator of the food blog stonesoup | minimalist home cooking.  I am a food scientist, writer, photographer and aspiring minimalist. When I am not cooking, writing about food or taking photographs [of food], I can be found indulging my passions for long lunches, running, travel, cookbooks, boating on Sydney harbour, cheese and red shoes.

Roast portabello mushroom & bread salad
serves 3 – 4
takes approximately 30 minutes

I love roasting mushrooms because I find it so simple, just pop them in the oven and about 25 minutes later you have the most divine smells. It’s also great because the mushroom flavour seems to be intensified by the heat of the oven.

Bread salads are a brilliant way to use up any not-so-fresh bread you may have hanging around. But they are equally delicious with fresh bread as well. Just make sure your bread is rustic and has a substantial texture like a good quality sourdough.

The beauty of this salad is that the wonderful buttery, juices from roasting the mushrooms mix in with the dressing and get soaked up by the bread so not one ounce of earthy mushroom flavour is lost.

Field mushrooms may be used instead of portabello. For a vegan version, replace the butter with additional extra virgin olive oil and add a generous handful of toasted pine nuts instead of the parmesan.

1 baking dish
salad bowl

3/4 lb (350g) medium portabello mushrooms, about 7
1 – 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
1/2 bunch thyme
1/2 stick butter (2oz / 60g), diced
2 tablespoons sherry or red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
large chunk rustic bread, approx 7ox (200g)
1 bunch flat leaf (continental) parsley, leaves picked
shavings of parmesan cheese, to serve


1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C).

2.. Trim mushroom stalks and place in a baking dish stem side up. Scatter with garlic, thyme and butter. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 15 minutes.

3. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 – 15 minutes or until mushrooms are browned and tender.

4. Meanwhile, whisk together vinegar, mustard and oil. Taste and season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

5. Remove thyme stalks and discard. Carefully tear the mushrooms into halves or quarters, you want bight sized pieces.

6. Remove the bottom crust from the bread and tear into bight sized chunks.

7.  Toss bread and dressing in with the mushrooms, encouraging the bread to soak up the dressing. Taste and season, if needed.

8. Toss in parsley leaves and sprinkle over the parmesan shavings. Serve warm.

Now before you race to the kitchen to try out this recipe, take one minute to head over to Tastespotting to vote. Remember – Vote 1 – Roast portabello mushroom & bread salad.

A tip from Mighty Mushroom:

Why not follow this contest by subscribing to the Blog Feed, where you will receive a new recipe each week and the chance to show your patriotism by supporting our Australian team. It is as simple as entering your email address and you are set to go. Go the Mighty Mushroom!

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3 Responses to Let the Mushroom Masters begin

  1. Great recipe! I think adding the pine nuts with the Parmesan would be good too!
    – Brittany

  2. Delicious recipe Jules! Love the simplicity and the way the mushrooms really get a chance to shine.

  3. Pingback: Winners are Grinners – Australia takes out the Mushrooms Masters | Mighty Mushroom

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