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#1 Old 06-16-2007, 09:31 PM
 
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ok so i recently got a new cookbook and my problem is that a lot of the recipes call for mushrooms. i absolutely hate mushrooms and have all of my life so i'm wondering looking for some suggestions on replacing mushrooms in these recipes.



this week i made veggie burgers and replaced the mushrooms with an equal amount of diced potato and it seemed to work fine.



so does anyone have any input on the actual function of mushrooms in a recipe? do they do anything important or should i just replace them with some other vegetable?



also what about mushroom based sauces, any suggestions on replacements in those?
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#2 Old 06-16-2007, 09:40 PM
 
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I'm not sure what could replace mushrooms...but I think you should post the types of recipes to get good replies.
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#3 Old 06-16-2007, 10:03 PM
 
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What Chelsea said. Tell us more about the recipes so we can come up with suggestions for you.
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Yeah, I absolutely hate mushrooms as well. For the most part, I just skip them. But I think you should also post some of the recipes to get better answers.
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I'm not sure what could replace mushrooms...



Nothing could replace mushrooms. Nothing!
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Mushrooms have so much unique flavor, I don't know how they could be replaced. If you don't like the flavor, depending on the dish, you could probably get away with just not adding them.
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#7 Old 06-17-2007, 05:43 AM
 
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Depending on the recipe you could replace them with something "meaty" like smoked tofu (for extra flavor), seitan, tempeh, or even sun-dried tomatoes or kalamata olives.
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Mushrooms are often used as a meat replacer in recipes, since they have a similar protein structure to meat, and a deep earthy flavor. Isabelle's suggestion of smoked tofu would probably work well. Similar texture at least, and proteiny. Depending on the recipe, you could just up the amount of other veggies.



I have the problem that I love mushrooms and my bf hates them, so unless they're cut up small, I have to cook them on the side and add them back into my dinner

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The function of mushrooms in a recipe is usually taste and texture. Maybe you should choose recipes where the mushrooms are, at most, a side item. Then you could simply exclude them.
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if you needed something relatively squishy, and a bit chewy, that soaks up flavours pretty well... i'd think that shredded/finely diced panfried eggplant/aubergine would work.
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if you needed something relatively squishy, and a bit chewy, that soaks up flavours pretty well... i'd think that shredded/finely diced panfried eggplant/aubergine would work.



Great idea too!
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this week i made veggie burgers and replaced the mushrooms with an equal amount of diced potato and it seemed to work fine.



I've never used a veggie burger recipe that called for mushrooms anyway so I'd probably just leave them out.



I find a lot of the time it doesn't make a huge difference if you just omit some ingredients and not replace it with anything.
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I've replaced mushrooms with broccoli in some recipes (a shepherd's pie, stir frys). That wouldn't work for all recipes, though.
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How many mushrooms have you tried? There are a mulitude of different species with various textures and flavors, one should not limit their exprience of edible fungi to the inferior white button variety.
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How many mushrooms have you tried? There are a mulitude of different species with various textures and flavors, one should not limit their exprience of edible fungi to the inferior white button variety.



I agree. And although I LOVE most mushrooms, wood ear and shiitake are still on my list of nothankyou's. I did not like mushrooms AT ALL until just about the time I went veg. Now, I can't even imagine not eating them!
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thanks for all the suggestions. i guess the main thing i have problems with is that most "gravy" recipes call for mushrooms, i think i'll just have to do some experimentation



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How many mushrooms have you tried? There are a mulitude of different species with various textures and flavors, one should not limit their exprience of edible fungi to the inferior white button variety.



honestly, my dislike of mushrooms is mostly by choice. i'm sure i could find a way to like them if i really wanted to but i just absolutely hate how they look and feel (when i touch them and when i eat them) therefore refuse to buy or cook with them
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thanks for all the suggestions. i guess the main thing i have problems with is that most "gravy" recipes call for mushrooms, i think i'll just have to do some experimentation





The gravy recipe I use is out of the Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes cookbook. It doesn't call for mushrooms. It's actually really simple and delicious. Everyone went CRAZY for it at Thanksgiving this year! It's essentially broth (I use unchicken or unbeef usually, or vegetable is fine too), tamari, seasonings, and then cornstarch thickened.

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Have you ever tried cooked mushrooms in some sort of a sauce? Perhaps you just don't like them raw and plain, like me.
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thanks for all the suggestions. i guess the main thing i have problems with is that most "gravy" recipes call for mushrooms, i think i'll just have to do some experimentation







honestly, my dislike of mushrooms is mostly by choice. i'm sure i could find a way to like them if i really wanted to but i just absolutely hate how they look and feel (when i touch them and when i eat them) therefore refuse to buy or cook with them



Oh, I see. Well if you could get yourself to buy them (or have someone else buy them for you), cook them in a skillet/pan with a bit of olive oil and then cover them in a delicious sauce that you already love. Then put some rice or pasta (or any grain) on top of the mushroom/sauce combo..that way you can't see the mushrooms. Then take a bite with a fork (no touching, no looking). I bet you'd love it!
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#20 Old 06-20-2007, 07:50 PM
 
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Well again there are many types of mushrooms that look extraordinarily different from one another and feel different. There are bright orange mushrooms that have the same texture as chicken etc, you would just have to fine one you like.
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#21 Old 06-21-2007, 12:57 AM
 
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I love mushrooms too. Put them in everything except cereal. Sure I'll find a way to do that too. *waits for everyone to quit gagging* No, but seriously my male roomie is deathly allergic to them, so if I'm cooking some of my stuff for him I have to make sure not to put any in or off to the side for me. I don't think there's going to be much diff in the taste.
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#22 Old 06-22-2007, 06:29 AM
 
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I asked this same question to somebody I know at work who does a lot of cooking...nothing can really replace them, but she suggested I buy baby button mushrooms in a can instead, since they are smaller and will do the same in dishes as regular mushrooms. I am not a big fan of those larger chunks...smaller 'srhooms wouldn't bother me that much...I don't really have anything to complain about how they taste...they always kind of had a neutral taste to me...but it's the texture and the squishiness of the larger ones that I don't like....I hate how they feel in my mouth. So the baby button 'shrooms do me just fine.



I guess it all depends why you hate them...if you can't stand how they taste, then these types of suggestions won't help.

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