Murder by mushrooms! No, this is not a new Agetha Christie book but it is how Emperor Claudius died in ancient Rome. He was murdered when someone gave him a poison mushroom in his dinner and this is the first known case of someone being killed by eating a poisonous mushroom.
So, why are mushrooms considered one of nature's wonder foods? As long as they're not poisonous, mushrooms are an incredible source of protein. Matter-of-fact, if you are a vegan or a vegetarian, it is very important for you to eat this little fun fungus as the protein your body misses from your diet can be attained naturally. Mushrooms are also a wonderful way to get your fill of very important nutrients and minerals such as copper, selenium, zinc, potassium and phosphorous. As far as vitamins are concerned, mushrooms are loaded with the important B vitamins such as vitamin B2, B3, and B5.
Because mushroom are a fungus, they do something very interesting after being harvested. They continue to grow!
One of the most popular dishes at Casa de Cuisine is our signature side-dish featuring mushrooms called Southwest Sauteed Mushrooms.
Ingredients needed to make Southwest Sauteed Mushrooms (serves 4 as a side-dish):
- 1 pound mushrooms, stems removed
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 Tbs. butter
- 2 shallots, minced
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1/4 cup sherry (or port wine)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Wipe the mushrooms of any excess soil.
- Into a large saute pan or skillet, melt the butter into the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the shallots and saute 3 minutes.
- Add the chili powder and stir to combine.
- Add the mushrooms and saute 5 minutes.
- Add the sherry, salt and pepper, and cook 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and serve!
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