Sunday, April 10, 2011

Grilled Beef Mushrooms with Rice Salad

"If I grew mushrooms, would that make me a fun-ghi?" said Simeon with a smile before his post-grad graduation ceremony at the CTICC, where Denny Mushroom conference posters were stuck all over the walls of the convention centre.

So-called "beef mushrooms" make a wonderful substitute for meat on the braai, as they hold their own against the heat and retain their flavour well.

Grilled Beef Mushrooms:
  1. Brush mushrooms with olive oil, and sprinkle liberally with salt and fresh thyme leaves.
  2. Grill on a medium-hot braai for 10 - 15 minutes, turning often.
Rice Salad:
(serves 4)

  • 2 cups Basmati rice (uncooked)
  • 125ml Hummus
  • 125ml Basil Pesto
  • 1 tin Red kidney beans
  • 1 tin Butter beans
  • 1 large Green pepper (sliced into bite-sized chunks)
  • 4 medium Tomatoes (sliced into bite-sized pieces)
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Cook the basmati rice with salt according to instructions on the packet.
  2. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. In a large serving bowl, add the rice; hummus; beans; peppers; and tomatoes.
  4. Stir together lightly and season to taste.