Pie time!

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One easy way to enjoy mushrooms is to bake a mushroom pie. If you have not tried this before, I guarantee you’ll be surprised just how good a mushroom pie tastes!

You can use several type of mushrooms for the pie, for example chantarelles, russulas and trumpet shaped chanterelles go really well.

Uncooked mushrooms with some spring onion and zucchini.
Uncooked mushrooms with some spring onion and zucchini.

First prepare the cleaned mushrooms by frying them on a frying pan. Cook the mushrooms on the frying pan without oil or butter, until fluids from the mushroom have evaporated. If you have a lot of mushrooms to cook, don’t cheat by pouring  off some fluids from the frying pan, but let it all evaporate. This way you do not lose any of the great mushroom flavors. If you have plenty of mushrooms fried, you can split the fried mushrooms for different dishes.

Same ingredients cooked.
Same ingredients cooked.

When preparing a pie, you can cook onions and zucchini together with the mushrooms, and season with black or white pepper.

I usually favor organic ingredients when cooking, but for mushroom pies I often use the ready raw dough that you can find in the supermarket freezer. This is for simplicity and practicality: After wondering around in the forest I’m usually tired and hungry and want to enjoy food quickly. If you want to bake the pie dough yourself, it will of course be the best choice and you can use any recipe for a salty pie dough. You could do the pie dough before going to the forest and leave it to fridge to wait for your return.

Pie before cooking in the oven.
Pie before cooking in the oven.

If you use the ready-made pie dough, let it melt while you prepare the mushrooms. Once you have fried the mushrooms, let them cool down for a moment, so that when you add eggs they don’t start to cook immediately (unless you want a pie filled with mushroom scrambled eggs 🙂 ).

For the filling, I usually use 1 dl organic cream, 50 g of Finnish cold smoked reindeer meat, 2 organic eggs and 150 g of grated cheese (e.g. Finnish Polar cheese tastes good). I mix these with the mushrooms & zucchini & onions, and spread evenly on the pie dough. Bake about half an hour in the middle level of oven, in 200 degrees Celsius.

Yes you got it right, this is no diet pie recipe, this is for indulging and enjoying the harvest from the forest!

The bliss of enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of mushroom pie after hiking in the forest!
The bliss of enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of mushroom pie after hiking in the forest!

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