Nicky Byrne turns his hand to Irish ‘shrooms
The former Westlife star and 2fm DJ lends his support to Irish mushroom farmers and shares his favourite summer mushroom recipe.
Westlife star and 2FM radio DJ Nicky Byrne is the new face of a campaign encouraging Irish people to bash more home-grown mushrooms into their cooking.
The father of three lends his culinary skills to the ‘Just Add Mushrooms’ campaign, which aims to support mushroom farmers throughout the country.
Nicky revealed that his many years with Westlife spurred on a lifetime commitment to healthy eating which he hopes to pass on to his young family.
“Being on tour with Westlife taught me the importance of a healthy balanced diet, which is something I’ve tried to pass on to my children. It can be hard to get them to eat vegetables sometimes, but mushrooms are very popular in our household, the kids just love them.
“I try to get the whole family involved when I cook with mushrooms, and now that the weather is getting warmer I’ll be trying out some of our favourite BBQ recipes,” he said.
Nicky's Marinated mushroom kebabs
• 450g closed cup mushrooms, trimmed & wiped
• 500g chicken breast , diced
• 3 mixed peppers, cut into large cubes
• 75ml olive oil
• 45ml balsamic vinegar
• 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley (optional)
• Salt & freshly ground black pepper
Mix marinade ingredients together in a large bowl.
Add mushrooms, chicken and peppers and stir until well coated.
Cover and leave to marinate for at least 30 minutes,stirring occasionally.
Thread onto 8 skewers alternating the mushrooms,chicken and peppers.
Cook on a sheet of foil on a medium hot barbecue ( or under the grill )for about 6-7 minutes on each side.