Culinary Inspiration

Looking for a match made in culinary heaven? How about the amazing power-pair that is walnuts and mushrooms? Both are probably staples in your grocery rotation, but you might not have thought to make this dynamic duo the star of your favorite meals.

If you enjoy walnuts and mushrooms on their own, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much they complement each other when paired. Just imagine the rich, earthy flavors of each combined with the soft mushroom texture and crunch of walnuts. Are you with us now?

What makes walnuts and mushrooms the perfect pairing?

There are many reasons why walnuts and mushrooms are an excellent match for all kinds of palates and dietary needs. Here are four of our favorite reasons for trying one of our walnut and mushroom recipes:

  1. Terrific texture – Mushrooms and walnuts play very well off one another in terms of texture. Mushrooms have a nice, soft bounce, while walnuts add a crunch to any dish.
  2. Nutrition benefits – Both mushrooms and walnuts are sources of fiber of protein. For example, one ounce of walnuts offers 2 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. In addition, walnuts are the only nut with a significant source of plant-based omega-3 alpha linoleic acid, or ALA (2.5 grams/ounce). Research specific to ALA and its contribution to health benefits continues to grow.
  3. Rich flavor – Walnuts and mushrooms enrich recipes individually, but they also complement more creative and intense flavor pairings and spices.
  4. Meat alternatives – We love that walnuts and mushrooms are plant-based products, that when combined have a heartiness that can be a wonderful substitute in recipes that traditionally use meat. This mushroom and walnut “meatball” recipe is a terrific option for vegans and vegetarians, as well as anyone looking to reduce reliance on meat in their diet.
Stuffed Portobello Mushroom
Mushroom Ravioli with Walnuts

Recipes for All Occasions

We’ve all had the experience of buying a long list of ingredients to use in a specific recipe, only to have the unused portion go to waste shortly after. With the versatility of walnuts and mushrooms, they won’t likely suffer the same fate. There is a mushroom and walnut recipe for any meal or occasion—from big holiday dinners to a quick snack.

AppetizerStuffed Portobello Mushrooms: This dish offers such a smooth and savory flavor profile. Serve as an appetizer, side or main course at your next brunch!

SoupCalifornia Walnut and Mushroom Soup: With a total time of 25 minutes, this is a terrific lunch option or start to any dinner. Thanks to walnuts, this soup has a rich, creamy flavor without any of the dairy.

Side Biscuits With Roasted Walnut and Mushroom Gravy: Treat yourself to a hearty alternative to the typical bland breakfast options. Or couple this recipe with an equally delicious main course for an unforgettable meal. As this recipe serves 12, you have the option of easily modifying the ingredients to serve this dish as a side or meal.

Main dishMushroom Ravioli With Walnut Sauce: Give this rich and creamy pasta a nutty spin. Mushroom pasta is already an anytime favorite in many households. The simple addition of walnuts provides an exceptional textural benefit in the form of a smooth yet satisfying crunch. Serve this recipe anytime you’re looking to impress guests.

Are walnuts and mushrooms the next great food power pairing? Test it for yourself! Each offers immense nutritional value and flavor, and a unique, rich taste when combined. Start with one of these recipes or get creative with your own.

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