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Old 10-27-2011, 01:07 AM   #1
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Best Mushroom for Lasagna

Hi everyone...

I'm a father who is trying to find his way in the kitchen. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Any way, I've finally figured out a lasagna recipe that my two daughters love but I want to use it to get veggies into them as well. Ha. I've used spinach but I'd also like to try some variety.

I want to include a really yummy mushroom. What do you guys suggest?!

Thanks very much for having me everyone. I'm sure I'll have more questions.

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Old 10-27-2011, 01:11 AM   #2
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Hi everyone...

I'm a father who is trying to find his way in the kitchen. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Any way, I've finally figured out a lasagna recipe that my two daughters love but I want to use it to get veggies into them as well. Ha. I've used spinach but I'd also like to try some variety.

I want to include a really yummy mushroom. What do you guys suggest?!

Thanks very much for having me everyone. I'm sure I'll have more questions.
Hello and welcome!

If you are trying to introduce mushrooms, you better just pick out regular white button mushrooms. They don't have too strong a flavor to turn off a couple of kids. You can also chop them rather small so they don't get a whole one. Most of the time it is texture when it comes to mushrooms and not the taste.
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:45 AM   #3
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oyster mushrooms, gentle buttery flavor, soft texture, perfect for pastas and risottos
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:29 AM   #4
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Other ingredients that can be hidden in lasagna are chopped summer squash, such as zuchini and yellow squash, chopped black olives, various kinds of peppers (I know, they are actually a kind of fruit.), chopped onion, all good and nutrient filled additions that won't dramatically change the lasagna, or that will compliment the flavors already there.

Good luck with crafting your perfect lasagna.

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Old 10-27-2011, 08:46 AM   #5
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Welcome to DC! How old are your daughters?

If you want to sneak some fiber in the lasagne, you can take 1/2 c chick peas/romano beans/pinto beans/white kidney beans and puree them, mix that in with your tomato sauce.

You can do the same with the mushrooms, chop/puree and sneak them into the tomato sauce. There was a recent thread on lasagne, it might give you some ideas. Sorry, I don't know how to link it when I'm already sending a reply. Perhaps s/one else could get the link for you before sending a reply. Or Luca--maybe you could send the link?
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:14 AM   #6
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Welcome to DC! Lots of friendly folks and other good stuff here!

I've added grated carrot to my tomato sauce along with some of the other suggested veggies.
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:33 AM   #7
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White button mushrooms are the most common and will work great. Crimini, sometimes called baby bellas, are also very good. Both are readily available in most markets. Beyond that, it's up to you.
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:54 AM   #8
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I'm in disagreement with sneaking veggies into other foods for kids.

But in regard to your mushroom question... Add mushrooms that you think taste good. Mushrooms have very different flavor profiles, depending on type.

White button mushrooms are the cheapest and the mildest tasting.

Since mushrooms are mostly water, you need to cook them first or your finished product will be watery
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I'm in disagreement with sneaking veggies into other foods for kids...

...or for grown-ups. I have a SonIL who won't eat many of the things we all cook with daily. It's a challenge to cook for him. He once rejected twice baked potatoes because they looked "suspicious".
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...or for grown-ups. I have a SonIL who won't eat many of the things we all cook with daily. It's a challenge to cook for him. He once rejected twice baked potatoes because they looked "suspicious".
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