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A Pink Oysters and Peas Casserole Recipe for Blustery Days
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A Pink Oysters and Peas Casserole Recipe for Blustery Days

Shannon Ratliff
Shannon Ratliff
January 10, 2024
2 min

Beloved by chefs and growers alike, pink oyster mushrooms are making their way mainstream with mushroom grow kits. An antioxidant powerhouse, pink oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus djamor) pack a lot of heart health benefits into cute shroom. They’re also full of vitamins like folate (vitamin B-9) that are crucial for red blood cell formation and cell growth, and research has shown that consuming pink oyster mushrooms can lead to healthy cholesterol levels, which ultimately lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Pink oysters taste eerily similar to bacon or ham and share the same meaty, thick texture. Their zing of umami is welcome to most dishes, but don’t be discouraged if they lose their namesake color. After cooking, these shrooms look like any ol’ baby bellas in your pot.

This is my loose recipe for a hearty casserole that’s perfect for cold, blustery weather. Add or edit this recipe as you see fit, it’s a foundational start to any casserole with mushrooms added.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of fresh pink oyster mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 4 strips of bacon, chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth
  • ½ cup of heavy cream or vegan heavy cream
  • 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tsps of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp of thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of bread cubes (optional for topping)
  • Parsley (optional for topping)

Directions

  1. Set oven to 375°F (190°C). If using bacon, cook in a skillet until crispy. Remove and set aside, leaving the fat in the pan. If not using bacon, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet.
  2. Add the onions and garlic to the warm skillet over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and sauté until translucent.
  3. Add the pink oyster mushrooms and cook until they begin to brown. Stir in the peas, thyme, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour in the vegetable broth and heavy cream, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Let cook for about 5 minutes. The sauce should thicken and if it hasn’t, continue cooking.
  5. If using bacon, add it back into the skillet and add in ½ cup, or half, of the sharp cheddar cheese.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a casserole dish. Sprinkle the leftover ½ cup of cheese onto the surface.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden and crispy. Cool for at least 5 minutes before serving. I add a little parsley on top for serving.

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Make it vegan

Omit the bacon and cheese, and as for that heavy cream… I don’t love coconut cream for this recipe, but you need something heavier than non-dairy milk to thicken it up. My best advice is to make your own. For 1 cup of vegan heavy cream, combine ⅔ cup non-dairy milk with ⅓ cup of oil or melted vegan butter. Use a whisk or immersion blender; it won’t whip into peaks so you can’t overmix it. Or try it with 1 cup of coconut cream, you may love it!

Swaps and additions

Pick any culinary mushroom, but those with an intense umami flavor are best, like shiitake. I’m obsessed with Wisconsin extra sharp white cheddar cheese and use that when I’m feeling fancy. Gruyère is incredible, too.

Grow your own pink oysters

Pink oysters are a brilliant variety to grow at home because they reach maturity in about three weeks. They’re not easy to find on grocery shelves, so if you find yourself craving the taste, they’re a first-choice mushroom for those looking to try a hand at growing. I’m a big fan of North Spore’s grow kits for beginners.


Shannon Ratliff

Shannon Ratliff

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Table Of Contents

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Ingredients
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Directions
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Make it vegan
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Swaps and additions
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Grow your own pink oysters

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