Creamy Chestnut Mushrooms

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Creamy mushrooms

Creamy mushrooms

Life has been busy and my food seems to be getting simpler and simpler! As long as no one complains, I am safe….*big smiles*. The most important is to put healthy and delicious food on the table, even if it’s very simple. So far so good, no one has complained yet…..*big relief*. As long as I don’t serve the same thing everyday, I think I can still walk tall around the house….*grin*.

Chestnut mushrooms

Chestnut mushrooms

Mushrooms are my favourite. They are quite expensive back home in Malaysia but over here in UK, they are actually quite cheap. Sometimes they go on sale and that’s even cheaper. Just the other day, I bought 2 packs of chestnut mushrooms. Thought of making a quick dish for dinner…something creamy, a little spicy and aromatic. I was glad it turned out very delicious. My children who are not very keen of mushrooms even said it’s very delicious…..yay! The red wine gave a lovely flavour.

Here’s my simple creamy mushroom recipe:

500g chestnuts mushrooms (thickly sliced)
1T olive oil
2T butter
1 bunch spring onions
1/2 whole garlic (peeled and chopped)
1t curry powder
3T red wine
1/2C reduced fat creme fraiche
a small bunch of coriander (chopped to garnish)

Frying the mushrooms

Frying the mushrooms

Heat up the olive oil and the butter in a frying pan. Add the garlic. Fry until fragrant. Add the mushrooms. Keep frying. You need to use a higher heat to bring out the aroma. Mushrooms cook very quickly so a short quick stirring would do.

Add spring onions

Add spring onions

Add the curry powder and chopped spring onions. Mix it well. I didn’t add more curry powder because I think too much would spoil the taste and flavour. Just a little would do.

Add creme fraiche

Add creme fraiche

Add the creme fraiche and wine. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Turn off the heat. Dish it up onto a plate. Garnish with the chopped coriander and serve hot.

Served with cajun chicken and mashed potato

Served with cajun chicken and mashed potato

We had it with roasted spring chicken and mashed potatoes. it was very delicious. I’m sure it would be really good scooped over pasta or noodles. I just love the fragrant smell of red wine and the light creaminess to it.

Mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes

The mashed potatoes were made from Kestrel Potatoes from Scotty Brand. I just mash it with some butter, garlic oil and chopped coriander. It was very delicious. I find this potato makes a very delicious mash. You can get this potato from all the major supermarkets here. I had used it to make Salmon Stovies and also Chicken Curry. The taste and texture are just lovely. My family likes it very much. If you look at the mash, it’s more floury which is perfect for dishes with sauce.

Cajun poussin chicken

Cajun poussin chicken

The cajun chicken is very simple and easy to prepare. You can get the spring chicken (or poussin chicken) from Sainsbury. They always come in 2 in a pack. Just season with cajun seasoning. Leave it to marinade for a couple of hours, then bake. It takes about 25 minutes to bake at 200 degrees Celsius.

How do you usually cook your mushrooms? Recently I made stuffed jumbo chestnut mushrooms and they were really delicious and looks impressive on the table too. You can check out more at Best Stuffed Jumbo Mushrooms For Birthday.

This is again another simple dish that’s perfect for vegetarians, just like my Brandy Carrots. Oh, red wine in this one!…..*wink*.

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somewhere in singapore  on April 19th, 2012

mushroom is my loves, keke…

Belinda @zomppa  on April 19th, 2012

Simple is perfection - like this - some of the best foods are simple.

TasteHongKong  on April 19th, 2012

From raw mushrooms to the finished dish, everything looks great here, Mary.
Braised dry mushrooms is a dish I love, but with fresh mushrooms like these, I’d do it by quick stir-frying too : ).  on April 19th, 2012

Healthy and delicious food on the table… I lke that. Mushroom is a favorite in the house but there is picky eater here that is also not keen on eating mushrooms. I’ll give this a try for him too. Thanks for sharing =)

Mary  on April 19th, 2012

@somewhere in singapore - Now I know what to cook for you if you come :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Totally agree with you, Belinda! :D

@TasteHongKong - Thanks very much, Maureen! I have yet to try the braised dry mushrooms. So far, mainly use it in soup :D - Isn’t it hard when we have picky eaters at home? I just tell myself I will enjoy the whole plate, all to myself, if no one wants to eat…hehe :D

kdonkey1000  on April 19th, 2012

mushrooms look and sounds lovely and so does the chicken

Blackswan  on April 19th, 2012

Didn’t know mushrooms are expensive in M’sia. What a yummy dish! I’m a huge fan of mushrooms too :)

Mistletoe  on April 19th, 2012

Ok this is going to sound silly, but when I first read chestnut mushrooms, I was actually looking for chestnuts in the dish. Teehee. Never realised there was actually a type of mushroom called chestnut mushrooms. Ooopsies. Now that I think of it, I’ll bet chestnuts and mushrooms would make a great dish too. Haha. Not sure if you’re a fan of chestnuts though. Are you? Anyways, loving this dish, especially the addition of red wine. I would love to give this dish a try. Will let you know when I make it, I think I drank all my red wine. Ooopsies again. Lol. You just gave me an excuse to go buy more wine. Haha. We don’t cook mushrooms much, but when we have it with steak, it’s usually pan fried with butter, rosemary, salt and pepper. Very simple. Or sometimes we just add it in with the gravy. Thank you again for sharing another lovely recipe, Mary. Hope you have a great weekend! Hugs!!!

Jeannie  on April 20th, 2012

Your mashed potato looks really fluffed up! And those chickens, yummy! and the mushrooms, best of all! You really can cook so well Mary,:)

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on April 20th, 2012

A simple but very tasty mushroom recipe. I like to make a stir-fry with those meaty fungi too.

Only Fish Recipes  on April 20th, 2012

wow…the mushrooms looks absolutey fabulous…loved it !!!

Juliana  on April 20th, 2012

Mary, this mushroom dish look great…a all time favorite side dish…I like that you add curry and the cream.
Hope you have a great weekend :)

Jon @ vodkitchen  on April 22nd, 2012

I never really enjoyed mushrooms for many years, but recently, as I learn and cook more, I am becoming a big fan! Will have to try this recipe.

suituapui  on April 23rd, 2012

Wow!!! Half a chicken per serving!!! Ooooo…I love mashed potatoes…and my daughter would want the mushrooms. Not easy to get fresh mushrooms in Sibu - not these types.

Mary  on April 25th, 2012

@kdonkey1000 - Thanks very much! :D

@Blackswan - Wonderful to know you are a huge fan of mushrooms. I just bought a big pack today. Going to enjoy it soon :D

@Mistletoe - Haha……I never thought of it that way. You sure tickles my brain :D Got to try adding chestnuts into mushrooms. I think it would turn out delicious. I do love chestnuts, either boiled or roasted. Just bought another BIG pack of the mushrooms just now. Going to have mushroom fun again…yay!

@Jeannie - Thanks very much for your lovely compliments, Jeannie! Now you make me blush…haha :D I actually wish I can bake well like you!

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - I need to learn more about mushrooms. There are so many types sometimes I am just confused….hmmm. One day I must go for an all-mushroom adventure cooking! :D

@Only Fish Recipes - Thanks very much! :D

@Juliana - Thanks very much, Juliana! Hope you have a great week :D

@Jon @ vodkitchen - Lovely to know that you have started liking mushrooms very much :D

@suituapui - Arthur, it’s a very small chicken….spring chicken! I think you can eat 1 whole one! :D Yes, I know, I don’t think I have seen this mushrooms when I was back home.

Iris  on May 17th, 2012

I love mushroom so much ^^

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