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10 Simple Mushroom Additions

A recipe can sometimes seem perfect, and even when you follow the instructions to a science, you can be left thinking there’s a flavor, texture or spice that’s missing. Luckily, there is an easy and simple solution to this dilemma, which is always having mushrooms on hand. Whether it’s tossing them into a fajita mixture or dicing them into a meatball, mushrooms can be that flavorful, umami  ingredient that truly makes a dish shine.  Take a look at ten simple ways to take your recipes to the next level with mushrooms:

1) Sautéed mushrooms can last for a month in the freezer. Store in the freezer in small, proportioned storage bags, to keep on hand as an easy addition to pasta, burgers, pizza and more.

2) When you’re looking for a variety of flavors in one bite, stuffed mushrooms are the perfect go-to for an appetizer or light snack.

3) Mushrooms are a perfect pairing for an egg-based breakfast. From omelets, frittatas or breakfast burritos, they are a simple and easy addition to toss in at the spur of the moment.

4) If you want to add a hearty texture to your pasta sauce, diced mushrooms are the addition to your favorite recipe.

5) Risotto is a perfect comfort meal for any season, based on the variety of flavors you add from spring peas to fall squash. Luckily, mushrooms are a natural fit anytime of the year.

6) Prepare a vegetarian wrap for lunch with hummus, mushrooms and chickpeas and you’ll feel like you took a lunch break to the Mediterranean.

7) Mushrooms can put a savory twist on your baking routine as the filling for a Rustic Mushroom Tart.

8) Add a boost of flavor and nutrition to your quinoa with a handful of sautéed mushrooms.

9) Family favorites can get a dose of mushroom love, such as creamy and cheesy Baked Mushroom Mac and Cheese.

10) If you’re out of bread, portabella mushrooms can serve as a “meaty” and hearty replacement to a bun for your burger or sandwich, such as in this Portabella Halloumi Burger.

For more ideas, check out our full recipe database and discover mushrooms full potential in every meal.

Mushroom and Fontina Tartine

Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking prepares a Mushroom and Fontina Tartine that is so simple and delicious; you will instantly fall in love.

I’m obsessed with a lot of things. Avocados, cookies, cheese and mushrooms. My love affair with mushrooms started a few years back in culinary school and I have been obsessed ever since. They are just so flavorful, meaty and versatile and you can use them in just about anything.

Recently, because it’s been so darn cold here in LA (I know we are total wimps when it comes to weather – but I just can’t help it!) I’ve taken to roasted mushrooms. That way I can sit in front of the oven and warm up as the mushrooms are roasting.

Once the mushrooms are done roasting, you can use them in any variety of things… but one of my favorites is a cheesy tartine. I just take a few pieces of toast, give them a swipe of butter, let them toast up in the oven, and finish it off with a handful of shredded fontina cheese on top. After the cheese has melted, they get a hefty spoonful of the roasted mushroom mixture and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Does it get any easier than that? This is a quick and easy meal that everyone will enjoy! I’ve been known to serve it for brunch, lunch and/or dinner. It’s extremely versatile and you’re definitely going to love it!

Mushroom and Fontina Tartine

Mushroom and Fontina Tartine

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound assorted mushrooms (crimini, button, portobellos), cleaned and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices whole grain bread
  • 4 teaspoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cup shredded Fontina cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Arrange the mushrooms on a baking sheet. Scatter the fresh thyme on top of the mushrooms. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer the baking sheet into the oven and roast for 25 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, give the mushrooms a flip onto the other side and finish roasting for 5-10 minutes longer.
  4. Once the mushrooms have roasted, remove them from the oven and set aside.Place the 4 pieces of toast onto a new baking sheet and spread 1 teaspoon of butter on each piece of toast.
  5. Place the toast into the oven for 2 minutes just until the butter is melted.
  6. Remove the toast from the oven and evenly distribute the shredded cheese on top. Place the baking sheet back into the oven and bake for 3-4 minutes until the cheese is fully melted.
  7. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and top each piece of bread with a spoonful or two of the mushroom mixture. Sprinkle with extra salt and pepper if needed and serve immediately.

Valentine’s Day Meal Planning: Mushrooms on the Menu

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and you may be considering your romantic options for dining out or crafting that special meal at home. A homemade meal made with love is a simple and surefire way to show your sweetheart or the entire family just how much you care.

With so many sources of recipe inspiration from Pinterest to magazines, the best way to launch into a plan is a focus on one key ingredient, such as mushrooms.  Whether it’s breakfast, dinner or anything in between, there is always a place for mushrooms.  Get inspired with the recipes below, make a quick trip to the grocery store, and you’ll be set for a delicious Valentine’s feast at home.

Breakfast

There are few things better than waking up to a home cooked meal. Whether it’s the entire family gathered around the table or a breakfast in bed treat, an Egg White Frittata with Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Spinach and Goat Cheese is the perfect blend of loving ingredients to start the day off on the right foot.

Egg White Frittata with Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Spinach and Goat Cheese

Lunch

If you’ve ever seen Lady and The Tramp, then you know pasta is the meal of love.  Tossed with a few mushrooms, peas and a walnut tarragon pesto, it’s perfect for a mid-day picnic (even if it has to be indoors).

Farfalle with Walnut-Tarragon Pesto, Crimini Mushrooms and Peas

Dinner

If dinner is the main event, you can whip up a gourmet meal in no time with a Creamy Dreamy Mushroom Polenta that will make it appear like you spent hours in the kitchen.

 Creamy Polenta with Mushroom Sauce

The mushroom inspiration never ends here.  Take a look at our “Mushrooms for your Sweetheart” Pinterest board and start putting the grocery list together now.   If you would prefer dining out, you can still enjoy mushrooms on your plate! Check the dining out section of our website to see what restaurants are serving mushrooms in everything from pizza to lettuce wraps.

What are you whipping up this Valentine’s Day?

I Heart Mushrooms Breakfast Pizza

Brooke from Cheeky Kitchen puts an extra ounce of love into her morning routine with a mushroom rich breakfast pizza that will have you dreaming as soon as you hit the pillow.

I once had a friend tell me that he couldn’t wait to go to bed at night, because it meant he’d get a cup of coffee in the morning. He’d slide his feet into the sheets of his bed, then just breathe in the air, knowing that the next time he awoke, that same breath would suck in the smells of coffee.

Waking up in the morning is one of the finest wonders of this life, so long as there is something worth looking forward to. It’s easy to get in a rut with the mornings. Same breakfasts. Same routine. Is it any wonder some of us rue Mondays?

To inspire a little more love in your mornings, here is a recipe idea that will take your traditional breakfast blah’s over the top into La La Love Land! It’s a breakfast pizza, rich with mushrooms, bacon, and a perfectly soft-cooked egg, topped with creamy cheese.

Mushrooms are such a beautiful, satisfying way to start your day. They offer a savory, filling satisfaction to the morning meal, while pairing beautifully with all your favorite breakfast flavors. Mushrooms and bacon? Yes. Mushrooms and eggs? Yes. Mushrooms and cheese? Yes, yes, and double yes. Put them all together? We’ll take two and call you in the morning. Then, we’ll start it all over again!

If you’re looking for a deliciously wonderful way to go to bed with something to look forward to, put mushrooms on your menu! Better yet, put mushrooms on your breakfast pizza and start any day (and every day!) off right!

Dig in, bite big, and remember why you love the morning!

Mushrooms Breakfast Pizza by Cheeky Kitchen

I HEART MUSHROOMS Breakfast Pizza

This simple recipe is the perfect answer for breakfast on any morning! It’s quick, filling, and tastes delicious. Better yet, it’s fancy enough for a weekend brunch, or easy enough to toss together on those busy school mornings. If you’re looking for a fun twist on traditional breakfasts, try this recipe and prepare to gain a new favorite!

Makes 2 Pizzas

Ingredients:

  • 1 tube refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1/2 cup smoked mozzarella, swiss, or gouda cheese, grated
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons bacon bits
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped parsley or thyme

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unroll pizza dough and cut into two large heart shapes with a sharp knife. Discard remaining dough (or simple slice the dough into four pieces and double the pizza ingredients in this recipe to make four personal-sized pizzas). Roll the edges of the pizza up to make a crust.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together cheese, mayonnaise, and red onion. Spread the cheese mixture around the edges of each pizza, leaving an opening in the center of each heart. Crack an egg into the center space where there is no cheese. Sprinkle mushrooms and bacon bits around the edges of the pizza. Bake in preheated oven for 11-14 minutes, just until the whites of the eggs are cooked, but the yolks are still runny.
  3. Remove from oven. Cool slightly. Sprinkle fresh parsley on top to garnish. Serve and enjoy!

 

 

Fried Eggs, Mushroom and Kale Skillet

Jessica Fisher from Life as MOM cherishes breakfast time with her loved ones, especially when mushrooms are on the plate.

My family loves to eat, especially first – and second – breakfasts. Breakfast is a comfort food for many of us so it makes sense to have it twice. With the holidays right around the corner, and several sweet treats abound, it’s nice to know we’re starting the day in the right way.

We enjoy mushrooms with any meal, but particularly at breakfast. They add a smokiness and heartiness that goes perfectly with bacon and eggs. Luckily, mushrooms are always in season, but other veggies can be incorporated based on the time of year.

This breakfast will fill you up and leave you wanting more. Perhaps even at second breakfast. This recipe serves one generously. Feel free to double or triple the recipe provided you have a large enough pan. If a band of holiday guests arrives at your door, you’ll need a few more pans.

Fried Eggs, Mushroom and Kale Skillet

Fried Eggs Mushroom and Kale Skillet

Serves one

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sliced onion
  • 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 handfuls sliced kale
  • 2 eggs
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In a medium skillet, cook the onion, mushrooms, and bacon over medium heat for about 15 minutes. The bacon will start to crisp, the onions will turn clear and start to brown, and the mushrooms will lose their water and start to brown.
  2. Stir in the sliced kale and cover.Sauté for a minute or two.
  3. Make two small wells in the kale and crack the egg into the wells. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and cook for five to ten minutes on low, depending on how you like your eggs.