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post #1 of 15
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Hello everyone, I was wondering if you can help me on what would be the best substitute for mushrooms. I have no issue with it, but unfortunately I have a picky family and they just won't eat it. Any ideas? Thanks!
post #2 of 15

There is not much in the way of a substitute that i can think of, Mushrooms are mostly the star of a dish, if it is something in a long line of ingredients in a recipe leave them out, they won't be noticed.

post #3 of 15

It depends on the dish.  What are you making?  

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post #4 of 15

Powder some dried mushrooms. Gives you flavor without the texture, which is what many find offputting.

 

Go to an asian grocer and you can get dried mushrooms cheaply. Pop them in a cheap coffee grinder, grind to powder. keeps well, boosts flavor in soups, stews, sauces... Works in a beef rub well too.

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post #5 of 15

A neat idea phatch. Very fine brunoisse (like in duxelles) also masks the mushrooms. Also using oyster sauce, some people say miso. I say use truffles oil. Better than nothing.

 

That's for mushrooms taste. For mushroom textureTofu. Seitan (vegan meat). Eggplant. Roasted and confit garlic. Water chestnuts.

 

Mixing taste and textures recommendations, there's a very remote chance to replicate mushrooms. The question is: Why? Isn't it better to slowly change family eating habits?

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post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Nothing specific really. I was just wondering of any substitution for picky eaters.
post #7 of 15

The only answer I have for picky eaters is to deny them any food. lol

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post #8 of 15

This is getting interesting. I mean: posts that ask for pork or mushrooms or onion, you name it, 'substitutions'. At first instance I was reluctant; now I take it as a defy. The whole idea to fake a texture and a taste is pretty intriguing and worth the try. What's behind a taste? What molecules, ingredients, elements, procedures define a taste, a texture, a looking?


Edited by Ordo - 8/25/13 at 7:35am
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post #9 of 15

Aw, don't be so hard on picky eaters, Koukou.  The disgust reflex is pretty easily evoked and learned.  I remember as a kid finding beans disgusting - all i could think of were larvae - the kind you find under a rock, white, fat and curved.  I have friends who still retch when they find some foods they were forced to eat as kids.  I like mushrooms (not porcini) but i can see how the squeaky/slimy texture might be gross for some. 

 

I read an interesting thing recently - young babies who are starting solids will usually eat pracrtically anything if they can pick it up in their hands, but then  when they begin crawling around a few months later, restrict their tastes to very few familiar things.  The explanation was that when kids can get around on their own, the instinct to only eat the familiar was a protection against picking up poisoned stuff. 

 

anyway, the disgust response is a necessary protection for humans, so be kind to those picky eaters. 

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post #10 of 15

I'm not that hard on picky eaters.  Everyone has likes and dislikes.  But when someone's likes affect every meal that is presented to them it IS a problem.  My Mother tried to please everyone and she'd end up making 3 different meals sometimes.  At the time I thought it was great but she did us no favors at all.  My 2yr old will eat anything but should he grow up to be picky I wouldn't entertain it at all.  I would never force him to eat food, but I have no problem sending him to bed hungry.  Everyone is entitled to likes and dislikes and I'm fine with that.  My hubby for example doesn't like creamy things, it's not a bummer for me because I can just make something for me once in a while and he'll even eat it and not complain but I don't make too many creamy things for this reason.  I know k-girl your tolerance for picky eaters is high, I'm just different that's all.

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post #11 of 15

I got sent to bed hungry, A LOT as a child!  But not because I’m a picky eater, I have come to the realization that my Mother’s food was HORRID and I refused to eat it, plain and simple. 

I make foods that make my dear husband as well as myself, HAPPY

We've formed our own food memories.

If that means that I have to make a few adjustments in the preparation, so be it. 

The smile on my DH’s face is all I strive for, and of course delicious food!

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The smile on my DH’s face is all I strive for, and of course delicious food!

 

My greatest reward in cooking these days is watching Karen slick up every last drop of gravy, every last grain of rice, crumb of bread, every last bit of pasta and sauce -whatever.  She doesn't need to say a thing to make me happy.

 

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...  She doesn't need to say a thing to make me happy.

 

mjb.

 

RIGHT ON!

post #14 of 15

If you can't eat whats in the dish , order something else.   Beef Strogonoff  hold the mushrooms and the onion or shallot  PLEASE? give me a break

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Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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post #15 of 15
Hunger makes the best sauce. leave them in.
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