Whether you're a vegetarian, flexitarian, or just someone looking to eat a little less meat, you've probably noticed that mushrooms take center stage in many meatless recipes. Mushrooms—which aren't a veggie or a fruit, but a type of fungus—have a uniquely savory flavor known as umami, and a dense, meaty texture when cooked. That, of course, means that they're the perfect base for vegetarian versions of classic meat dishes: burgers, tacos, hot dogs, bolognese, even steak.
One thing to note: While they may taste like meat, mushrooms don't have even close to the same amount of protein (just 3 grams per cup). So just be sure to pair some of these recipes with a side of protein-for vegetarians, consider using tofu, tempeh, nuts, beans, eggs, or dairy.
With that in mind, go forth and make one of these 12 mushroom recipes the next time you're looking for a fun meatless meal. They definitely won't leave you wondering where the meat is, and each one is delicious in its own right.