Pot Roast with Balsamic Mushroom Gravy

Bring tradition back to the family dinner table with this rich and savory Pot Roast recipe from Paula of Bell’Alimento - featuring a hearty and meaty balsamic mushroom gravy!  

There’s nothing more comforting in the fall/winter than a nice home-cooked pot roast. It’s a hearty stick to your ribs kind of meal. You only have about 15 minutes of prep time and then your oven does the rest of the work. Low maintenance cooking. There’s absolutely nothing fussy about this meal.

We’ve bumped up the flavors by adding balsamic vinegar that makes the gravy zing. We’ve also added (you guessed it) mushrooms. They’re the perfect complement to the beef and gravy and will make you wonder why you’ve never added them before.

We like our pot roast served with mashed potatoes so we don’t add new potatoes to ours during the cooking process. IF you’d like to add new potatoes to yours, simply add them at the stage you add the carrots and mushrooms and adjust cooking time until potatoes are tender.

 

Pot Roast with Balsamic Mushroom Gravy

Yield: 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3.5 hours

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 pound chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable (or canola) oil
  • kosher salt/ground pepper
  • 1 large onion – chopped
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 pound carrots
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms – quartered
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Into a large French/Dutch oven heat oil over medium-high heat. Season beef with salt/pepper. Sear on all sides.
  3. Add onion and cook until softened. Add vinegar and reduce by half.
  4. Combine broth and Dijon and pour over beef. Add rosemary. Cover. Transfer to oven and cook for 3 hours OR until meat is tender.
  5. 30 minutes prior to finishing add carrots and mushrooms to French/Dutch oven. Season with salt/pepper.
  6. Remove beef, carrots and mushrooms. Transfer to serving dish.
  7. Place French/Dutch oven over medium heat. Add cornstarch and whisk to combine. Cook until mixture thickens and reduces to desired gravy consistency. Check for seasoning and add if necessary.

Spaghetti Bolognese Made Simple with Task & Tool

With temperatures dropping and days getting shorter, the crisp air of fall calls for cozying up with flavorful bowls of comfort. While intricate meals are perfect for special nights, the richest flavors can also be found in simple ingredients. An appreciation of the simplicity of both recipes and ingredients is at the core of Task & Tool, who share visual recipes that help you create great meals from beginning to end effortlessly. When we came across the Task and Tool blog, we were immediately smitten with the beauty with which the team illustrates the beauty of cooking, making it easy to follow along with the flow of the recipe.

We’re thrilled to have been able to be among the first collaborators on the site and we love their visual take on this Spaghetti Bolognese from our friends at Mushrooms Canada! Blended with mushrooms for a full and hearty taste, this satisfying sauce comes together beautifully with simple ingredients that come together in a sauce with a triple hit of umami with ground meat, mushrooms and tomato sauce. As an added bonus, the sauce keeps in the freezer for up to a month, making it the perfect prep-ahead dinner to keep on hand for busy weeknights!

Check out the rest of the Task and Tool’s illustrated recipes on their website. From simple favorites such as apple pie and cookies, to a robust paella – they all warrant a try!

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tart

Jennifer of Savory Simple combines sweet, caramelized onions, decadent mushrooms and rich goat cheese in this delicious tart appetizer – perfect for holiday entertaining.  

Savory tarts are a perfect party appetizer that I especially love to serve around the holidays. People love them! This caramelized onion, mushroom and goat cheese tart is a favorite of mine because it can be mostly prepared in advance. The mushrooms and onions can be cooked up to 3 days before using so that on the day of the event, all you need to do is roll out the dough, assemble the tart and bake it. It takes very little time to come together and it’s always a crowd pleaser!

 

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tart

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large or 3 small yellow onions, sliced thin
  • 6 ounces mushrooms (I used baby bellas), coarsely chopped
  • 1 spring thyme
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on low in a large skillet. Have a measuring cup full of water on standby. Add the onions to the skillet along with a pinch of salt. Sweat the onions, stirring, until they begin to caramelize. Turn up the heat to medium-low. Once a brown glaze has formed on the bottom of the skillet, pour approximately 2 tablespoons of water into the pan to deglaze and use a spatula to scrape up the brown bits and stir them into the onions. Repeat this glazing and deglazing process until the onions have been thoroughly caramelized and taste bitter and only slightly sweet, approximately 25-35 minutes. Use more or less water as needed. Set the caramelized onions aside.
  2. Clean the skillet and place back on the stovetop. Add the mushrooms, thyme leaves and a pinch of salt. Heat the mushrooms over low heat until they begin to release water. Turn the heat up to medium-low and cook the mushrooms, stirring frequently, until the water has mostly evaporated. Add the balsamic vinegar and continue stirring for another 2 minutes. Set the mushrooms aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry sheet to approximately 9×10 inches. Use a fork to poke several holes throughout the dough (this will help prevent air bubbles). Spread the caramelized onions evenly on top of the dough, leaving a small border around the ends. Top with the mushrooms, followed by the goat cheese. Sprinkle the salt on top.
  5. Use a pastry brush to add egg wash to the border of the tart (it will give the dough some color). Place the tart in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the puff pastry is cooked through. Check the tart periodically while it’s cooking to make sure air bubbles are not forming. If one appears, carefully use the tip of a knife or fork to deflate the dough, then allow it to finish cooking.
  6. Allow to cool for several minutes, and then cut and serve.

Raise a Fork for National Pasta Day

Boil it, sauce it and serve it up – it’s National Pasta Day! With major flavor, fork twirling and fun, pasta continues to bring to tables around the world, we’d argue that one day is not enough to celebrate all the great pasta-bilities – especially when mushrooms are added to the pan!

The versatility of pasta, much like mushrooms, makes delicious family dinners, lunches and party sides a forkful away. Pair al dente spaghetti noodles with hearty meat and mushroom blend marinara, or top fun rotini with a classic creamy Alfredo and sautéed mushroom sauce. If the pasta urge strikes early, don’t wait until dinner to start your celebration – enjoy a chilled noodle salad with sliced mushrooms, onions and peppers and drizzled with a light vinaigrette for a satisfying lunch you can pack to-go.

Hold your forks high and celebrate National Pasta day with these sure-to-please pasta recipes featuring mushrooms!

Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms – This Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms is a perfect example on how to blend meat in mushrooms together in a classic recipe!

Fettuccine Profumate – This creamy, aromatic fettuccine recipe is full of mushroom flavor.

Cheesy Mushroom Sausage Pasta – Enjoy this delicious family pasta dish that takes less than 30 minutes from fridge to table!

Tri-Color Pasta and Portabella Salad – Meaty mushrooms bring satisfying flavor to the pasta salad – a light, quick and easy meal.

Gorgonzola & Port Macaroni Stuffed Portabellas – In this dish, the macaroni and cheese would not taste as good without the mushroom – the perfect untraditional touch to your National Pasta Day celebration.

Mushroom Chicken Alfredo Lasagna – This recipe is a healthy, hearty meal that can last a few days or can go from freezer to oven to table.

Easy Mushroom Ravioli with Four-Cheese Sauce – A quick filling that bursts with flavor comes together quickly with  won ton skins in place of pasta for homemade ravioli  bound to impress dinner guests.

 

Mushroom Breakfast Burritos

Denise from Chez Us starts the day off with a mushroom kick with these fluffy, savory mushroom breakfast burritos – featuring sautéed spinach, eggs and queso fresco.

During the week, I like to have some quick go to recipes for breakfast tucked away in my recipe box.  Not sure about you, but starting the day off with a nutritious as well as filling breakfast is the only way to get me through a busy morning.  This recipe for Mushroom Breakfast Burritos has become a go-to recipe which we have often been enjoying.

For this recipe, I used the blendability method when making this it.  I have to say I am becoming a huge fan this approach when cooking with mushrooms, as it is a great way to substitute mushrooms for meat.  As well, I imagine it would be the perfect way to get your kids to eat mushrooms without them even knowing (Lenny had no idea, he thought I crumbled up sausage).

I kept the seasoning quick and easy. In addition to the mushrooms, some yellow onion and our favorite taco seasoning, was all that was needed to give this burrito the wow factor. The great thing about the breakfast burrito is that you can take it with you, think of it as breakfast on the go. My only tip, be sure to not over stuff the tortilla with filling before wrapping it up, or it could explode on you as you are dashing out the door.

 

Mushroom Breakfast Burritos

serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 20 medium cremini mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced yellow onion
  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 3 ounces spinach
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • queso fresco
  • 4 burrito sized tortillas
  • favorite salsa

Directions:

  1. Place the mushrooms into a food processor and finely chop.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium sized frying pan over medium heat.  Add the onion, stir and cook until soft, about 3 minutes
  3. Add the mushrooms, and cook for 5 minutes over medium low heat.
  4. Stir in the taco seasoning, then add the spinach.  Cook until lightly wilted, about 1 minute.
  5. Place the mixture into a bowl and set aside.
  6. Wipe out the frying pan.
  7. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl.
  8. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in the frying pan that you used for cooking the mushrooms.
  9. Add the eggs, and cook until soft set.
  10. Heat the tortillas.
  11. Place a tortilla on a plate, add some of the mushroom mixture, the eggs and a sprinkle of queso fresco.
  12. Wrap up burrito style.
  13. If you are serving at home, just cut and plate, serving some salsa on the side.  If you will be    taking it with you, cut the burrito in half, wrap in some parchment paper, and eat on the go.