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Mushrooms on the plate: a culinary trend


The rise of plated mushrooms

Mushrooms on the plate have become a popular culinary trend in recent years. We love them for their unique flavor, interesting texture and many health benefits. Chefs and food lovers are exploring new ways to incorporate mushrooms into their recipes, whether as a main ingredient or by using them to add depth and umami to their dishes.

But did you know that they’ll also be at the forefront of culinary trends in 2023? Indeed, mushrooms are increasingly appreciated for their umami-rich flavor. The umami flavor means “savory” in Japanese, and is associated with the sensation of satisfaction. Umami is at the heart of mushrooms’ growing popularity in the kitchen.

In addition to their delicious flavor, mushrooms are also known for their many health benefits. They are rich in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins (notably B and D) and minerals such as potassium and selenium. Mushrooms are also an excellent source of vegetable protein, and are also used as a meat substitute in vegetarian or vegan dishes.

Top 10 wild and edible mushrooms in Quebec

1 / Chanterelle; Found in most forests in summer. Its yellow-orange color makes it easy to spot.
2 / Hydne-pied-de-mouton or sheepsfoot; It grows mainly in autumn. It can be found in the damp undergrowth of our mixed forests.
3 / Coprin chevelu; Suddenly appears in meadows and along roadsides. It can also be found in lawns and public gardens.
4 / Orange boletes; A member of the bolete family. This is an important mushroom in Quebec.
5 / Lobster mushroom or Russulus dermatosis; marketed under several names, its most common name is lobster mushroom. It is very common in Quebec forests.
6 / Death’s Trumpet or Black Chanterelle; These mushrooms grow in practically the same places every year in deciduous forests.
7 / Oyster mushrooms; we can find several wild species in the forest.
8 / Porcini mushrooms; A must for great cooks.
9 / Morels; One of the most sought-after mushrooms on gourmet tables.
10 / Matsutake or pine mushroom; Matsutake grows mainly in the old jack pine forests of northern Quebec.

Why are plated mushrooms on trend?

The trend towards mushrooms on a plate is associated with their taste and texture. Many people enjoy them. What’s more, they’re rich in fiber, vegetable proteins, vitamins and minerals. They also contain antioxidants that have beneficial effects on the immune system, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Increasingly, restaurateurs consider them to be sustainable foods. Their ecological footprint is almost non-existent, as mushroom cultivation requires no fertilizers or pesticides. They consume little water and energy, and produce little waste. Mushrooms are available all year round, but at affordable prices. Mushrooms are a wise choice for Quebec’s many restaurateurs.

The mushroom trend is not limited to classic varieties. The popularity of enokis, oyster mushrooms, chanterelles, shiitakes and others is constantly growing. They bring a diversity of flavors, textures and colors to our plates. The creative possibilities are endless when chefs start experimenting with these less conventional varieties. Mushrooms go well with many ingredients. They can accompany meat, fish, pasta, rice and vegetables. But very often, we tend to eat them on their own, as a starter or main course. Think about creatively presenting your mushrooms on colorful plates from top manufacturers like Churchill or Steelite. We’re your ally in exploring the flavors of mushrooms. That’s why we offer a complete range of commercial kitchen equipment, adapted to your needs and creativity.

How to cook mushrooms

A wide variety of mushrooms can be found in grocery stores and markets across Quebec. Among the most common are white mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, shiitakes, morels and others. Each species of mushroom has its own distinct characteristics, and even preparation methods vary from one species to another.

Before cooking, mushrooms should be carefully cleaned to remove any dirt or impurities they may contain. In general, we don’t recommend washing them under running water. Your delicious mushrooms may become waterlogged and lose their flavor. It’s better to wipe them with a damp cloth or brush. You’ll find all the cleaning equipment you need at Maison Rondeau. We have a brush specially designed to clean all types of mushrooms!

Next, cut the mushrooms according to your chosen recipe. They can be finely sliced, quartered or sliced, coarsely chopped, or left whole for a more elegant presentation. Whether you’re a restaurant, daycare center, cafeteria, school or hotel, you’ll be able to choose the right cut for your recipes. Become a master slicer with our CL50E vegetable slicer from Robot-Coupe.

Mushrooms can be cooked in a variety of ways. Generally speaking, sauté them in the pan or on the grill to obtain a crisp, golden texture. To preserve their flavor and moisture, however, steam, bake or wrap them. If you’re looking for a little variety, marinate or au gratin. Whatever your cooking method, we’ve got the equipment to meet your needs at Maison Rondeau. We offer a variety of cooking appliances to meet your baking needs, including professional Combi ovens.

Maison Rondeau: Your ally in the exploitation of mushrooms on the plate

When you choose Maison Rondeau, you’re investing in exceptional quality catering equipment with the right materials. Our equipment enables you to prepare, cook and present your mushrooms with precision and finesse. Let your creativity inspire you to create delicious, umami and unique dishes. Whether you opt for our versatile vegetable cutters, cleaning brushes, elegant plates or other state-of-the-art equipment, you’re guaranteed to bring out every nuance of mushroom flavor.

To conclude, embark on a culinary journey featuring mushrooms. Make every dish an unforgettable sensory experience, where umami, creativity and quality come together harmoniously. Dive into the art of cooking with us and discover how mushrooms can transform your menus.