I was really fussy about vegetables when I was younger, but I’ve always loved mushrooms- particularly smothered in garlic butter! They are something that I always have in for quick and easy meals because they last so well, are great value and are so versatile.
I’m really excited about this recipe, as not only does it combine 3 of my very favourite things- garlic mushrooms, pizza and pasty, but it’s such a cost-effective, easy and healthy picnic idea! Once the nice weather starts we tend to need picnic lunches every weekend as we head to the beach or up onto Dartmoor and I really struggle to find something that I can eat that is healthy, but that I am still going to really enjoy- plus an option that the whole family will eat so that I’m not feeling envious of everyone else’s lunch!
Mushrooms are the perfect vegetable for anyone who is slimming, as they are full of dietary fibre, and therefore work really well to keep you feeling full up. The also have no fat, hardly any calories, and a low Glycaemic Index! In terms of health benefits for the whole family, they are a natural source of folic acid, vitamin B5 (which helps the body convert food into fuel to produce energy, and also helps the body to use fats and proteins), they are also one of the highest antioxidant foods in the world! Mushrooms are also a great source of protein, which means that they are a fantastic meat substitute. You can read all about the health benefits of mushrooms by clicking here (for the Just Add Mushrooms website)
These pasties are super-easy to make- I have used a ready made wholemeal bread mix, although you can make your own if you prefer. They freeze well, so if you make a batch you can have them in the freezer ready to go when you need them! You can either re-heat them or eat them cold- they are delicious both ways. They are really filling- as both the mushrooms and wholemeal pastry are high in fibre which keeps you fuller for longer.
I used portobello mushrooms in this recipe, as I just love the taste, but I have also tried them with chestnut mushrooms which work perfectly too.
If you are following Slimming World, the great news is that 1 pasty is only 1/2 a syn if you use the bread mix as your Healthy Extra B (both Asda and Aldi mixes are- you can check on the Slimming World app), and the cheese from your Healthy Extra A allowance! Even if you aren’t using your healthy extras, these are only 8.5 syns each!
Here’s the recipe:
Serves: 6 Prep time: 20 minutes Syns (Slimming World): 0.5 (using HEB Bread and part HEA cheese), or 8.5.
1/2 of a 500g bag wholemeal bread mix (250g)
4 portobello mushrooms, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp oregano
1 tbsp tomato puree
60g cheese, grated
Salt and pepper
1 egg, beaten
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Make up half of the 500g packet of wholemeal bread mix into a dough (so add half of the amount of water outlined in the instructions)
2. Once you have formed the dough, knead for a couple of minutes (you do not need to now follow the packet instructions as you will be making this up differently)
3. Divide the dough into 6 pieces, and roll into balls. (you may need some flour on your hands to do this to prevent sticking). Set aside while you prepare the filling.
4. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, then add the finely chopped mushroom and stir fry on a medium heat for about 2 minutes.
5. Add in the garlic and oregano and stir fry for another 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper.
6. Now, take one of your balls of dough, and use the heel of your hand and your fingertips to squash it down into a circle (approx 12cm across)
7. Using a teaspoon, spread a little tomato puree (apprx 1/4 tsp) around the middle of the circle
8. Spoon in about 1.5 tbsp of the mushroom mix into the middle, and then sprinkle over some cheese (approx 10g per pasty)
9. You now need to fold over the top of the pasty, to form a semi-circle, and seal the filling inside. Use your fingers to press along the curved edge. You can create a crimped look by turning over a little bit of the edge and then pressing down on it.
10. Use a pastry brush to egg-wash the top of the pasty. Repeat until you have made all 6.
11. Pop onto a pizza tray or baking tray and cook at 180c for about 20 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
Delicious served warm or cold.
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Disclosure: I have been commissioned by The Mushroom Bureau to create and share this recipe. All views and images are my own.