Butler’s Pantry Executive Chef Greg Ziegenfuss discusses one of his favorite protein dishes in Catersource July/August 2015 issue: Mushrooms! Check out the article & his recipe for Fricassee of Forest Mushrooms below.
“Mushrooms can provide more than great taste and texture in meals,” Ziegenfuss says. “They actually have surprisingly high nutritional value.” Mushrooms are naturally low in fat, carbs, sodium, cholesterol and calories, while boasting a healthy dose of antioxidants, dietary fiber, essential minerals, vitamins and unique proteins.
Over the past five years, Ziegenfuss notes that vegetarian cuisine and related dietary requests have increased greatly in the catering world. “We have to be creative while getting in front of trends and dietary needs to present delicious, as well as ‘eye’ appealing meals. Mushrooms fit nicely in the delicious category and only require a small amount of a healthy, flavorful fat for cooking. Try adding extra virgin olive oil, herbs, garlic, wine, or fortified wine to maintain the nutritious element while still tasting great.” For an eye-appealing dish, the chef suggests selecting mushrooms with different shapes and textures, such as with his recipe below.
Speaking to the increased interest in vegetarian options, the chef noted, “We have improved our kitchen and catering menus to incorporate seasonal, veggie-friendly meals.” For example, Butler’s Pantry recently launched a seasonal vegetarian tasting menu that includes options such as herb gnocchi with arugula pesto, spring peas, tendrils, and shaved parmesan; eggplant roulade with goat cheese, arugula, peppers, mushrooms, and Israeli cous cous; and butternut ravioli with lemon garlic butter and shaved parmesan. The mushroom dish can be served as a first course for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. It can also be made vegan by omitting the butter and substituting extra virgin olive oil. With the addition of grain, rice, or legumes, the dish can also be served as a fulfilling entrée for vegetarians.
Original article in Catersource.