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Spice Up National Chili Month with Mushrooms

With a full-flavored blend of spices, a hearty bowl of  chili is hard to beat on crisp fall days. As nights get cooler and the search for a warm bowl of comfort begins, look to mushrooms to give your chili the boost of flavor you didn’t know was missing. Blending in mushrooms with ground meat in traditional chili recipes not only lowers calories, but also adds extra savory umami to accent the existing flavors in your favorite chili recipe. In honor of National Chili Month, we’ve rounded up our favorite recipes – perfect for cozying up to this fall:

  • Mexican Mushroom Chili with Beans and Barley – Paired with a fresh baguette and served piping hot, this hearty chili is a perfect dinner to cozy up to on a brisk night.
  • Chili Con Crimini – A perfect pairing for fall football, this Chili Con Crimini packs a mushroom-loving punch!
  •  Mushroom Chipotle Chili – a blended mushroom and meat base give this recipe heart without weighing it down. The spicy blend of poblano chilies and jalapenos make this recipe a go to if you’re looking for some heat.
  • Mushroom Chili – a classic take on a traditional chili recipe, this meaty, mushroom-filled recipe is best paired with crisp tortilla chips.

Still searching for inspiration? Chef Bill Briwa from the Culinary Institute of America and Bart Minor, President of the Mushroom Council give a classic chili recipe a makeover using a mixture of finely chopped mushrooms and meat as the base. More nutritious comfort food has never looked so good!

Sautéed Mushroom Asparagus Puffs

Paula from Bell’ Alimento shares a quick and delicious appetizer recipe that is sure to wow party guess at your next gathering.

These sautéed mushroom and asparagus puffs might just be your new favorite appetizer. They work for the simplest or the swankiest meal you could be serving. The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled if you’re serving a large party. It only takes one pan to pull these together and they come together in 30 minutes. How’s that for a multi-purpose appetizer.

You can use any variety of fresh mushrooms that you might have on hand. If you want to up the flavor sensation use a mixture of fresh mushrooms. It’s your party.

 

Sautéed Mushroom Asparagus Puffs

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

• 1 sheet puff pastry – thawed
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 1 shallot – minced
• 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms – sliced
• 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
• kosher salt/black pepper
• 1/4 cup dry white wine
• 1/2 bunch fresh asparagus – trimmed

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Using a pizza cutter (or the like) cut puff pastry into 6 equal portions. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone        mat. Set aside.
3. Into a sauté pan heat butter and shallot oven medium heat. Add mushrooms, thyme. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Using a slotted spoon, equally divide mushrooms between puff pastry portions.
5. To sauté pan add wine and asparagus. Cook until asparagus is tender. Equally divide asparagus been puff pastry portions.
6. Bake for approximately 20 minute OR until puff pastry is golden and cooked through.

Mushroom Chicken Alfredo Lasagna

Denise of Chez Us welcomes fall comfort favorites to the menu with this mushroom, chicken alfredo twist on classic lasagna.

While it is school season for most folks, it is conference season for us, which means lots of traveling and an extra work load besides Chez Us.  When it comes to times such as this, it feels like school season around here, and a healthy and hearty meal that can last us a few days is ideal.  Or one that can go from freezer to oven to table is a welcomed pleasure after a few days on the road.  This recipe for Mushroom Chicken Alfredo Lasagna is exactly that, hearty and comfortable food for the table.  And our bellies!

I wish I could take all the credit for coming up with this recipe; but, I have to give credit to one of my 18-year-old nephews for the genius idea with flavors.  We were recently vacationing together, and over a dinner of lasagna, he wondered out loud what it would be like made with an alfredo sauce, mushrooms and chicken.  I loved the idea so much that I tucked it away until we got home, and then got busy in the kitchen.

I used lots of cremini mushrooms for this recipe; in my opinion the more the merrier!  I tried the recipe two ways, once with only mushrooms, and this time around with ground chicken.  Both ways are great, so vegetarians you can enjoy this recipe as well.  I liked using half sliced and half minced mushrooms as it added more texture to the recipe, and we are all about texture with our food.  As well, the recipe works well with fresh lasagne noodles or the no boil ones, I prefer both of these options as I find that the pasta that is boiled adds more liquid to the finished dish.

All that is left to add to this meal is a salad, some warm bread and a few hungry people.  You guys are going to dig this recipe!

 

Mushroom Chicken Alfredo Lasagna

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 small cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken  ** vegetarians you can skip this, and add another pound of mushrooms for the filling.
  • 2 pounds cremini mushrooms, stem removed and dirt brushed off
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely minced
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 10 ounces grated parmesan
  • nutmeg to taste
  • lasagna noodles – either fresh or no boil ones

Directions:

  1. Using a food processor finely mince 1 pound of the mushrooms, and slice the other 1 pound into slices.  If you are vegetarian, then finely mince 2 pounds, and thinly slice 1 pound.  Then skip the cooking chicken part of this recipe.
  2. In a large frying pan add the olive oil and thinly sliced onion.  Place over medium heat, stir, lower heat to low.  Cook the onions until lightly caramelized, stirring very often.  This will take about 15 minutes – 20 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, stir and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Remove from the heat and place the mixture into a small bowl.
  5. Place the chicken into the same frying pan, using a wooden spoon break it up into small pieces.  Cook over low heat for 7 minutes.
  6. Add the minced mushrooms, stir, and cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Add the sliced mushrooms, stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the onion mixture, stir and cook for 1 minute.  Remove from the heat.
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Stir in the rosemary.  Set aside
  10. Place the butter and heavy cream into a large saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil.
  11. Remove from the heat and whisk in 1 cup of the parmesan cheese until melted and smooth.
  12. Add a generous pinch of nutmeg to taste.  Whisk.  Set aside.
  13. Lightly oil a baking dish with a little olive oil.  Pour about 1/4 cup of the alfredo sauce on the bottom.
  14. Layer with lasagna noodles, my pan fit four across the bottom.  Top with some of the chicken/mushroom mixture, then sprinkle some of the cheese over the top.
  15. Top with another layer of noodles, and repeat until you have reached the top of your baking dish, ending with a layer of noodles.  I had 3 layers, ending with noodles.
  16. Pour the alfredo sauce over the top, and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  17. Preheat oven to 350.  Bake 30 minutes or until bubbly and lightly golden.
  18. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  19. Serve.
  20. Eat.

 

5 Mushroom-Packed Make Ahead Meals for Back-to-School Season

By Phoebe Lapine of Feed Me Phoebe

Most people love the idea of cooking on Sunday for the week ahead. But usually the meals that come to mind resemble lasagna pan Tetris, with pieces of various shapes getting chiseled off throughout the week. It’s sometimes hard to think of healthy options beyond creamy, meaty casseroles.

Even though most of us aren’t lucky enough to be returning from summer camp, back-to-school season still marks a new beginning of sorts, as our schedules pick up again and we have to return to our daily rituals. While leaving the office at 1pm on Fridays during the summer to soak in the sun by the pool might have made cooking and entertaining a breeze, now that it’s back to business, we could all use a little help saving time in the kitchen with meals that are healthy to prepare – and mushrooms make it easy.

Here are some of my favorite mushroom-filled ideas for dishes you can make for the busy workweek ahead.

–Phoebe Lapine of Feed Me Phoebe

 

1. Mushroom Hot & Sour Soup – a great vegetarian, gluten-free spin on the Chinese takeout classic.

2. Wild Mushroom Risotto – a big batch of this hearty grain will keep you satisfied all week long. Simply add a little stock to reheat and enjoy the second time around.

3. Kale Salad with Cremini Mushrooms and Lemon Vinaigrette – kale is one of the few greens that can be pre-dressed and still last for a few days in the fridge without spoiling.

4. Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Romesco Sauce – portabellas can be grilled or baked at the beginning of the week and quickly thrown together in these sandwiches for a last minute lunchbox or dinner option.

5. Mushroom Tacos with Mexican Brown Rice – both the mushrooms and the rice are great make-ahead fillings to have in the fridge for an impromptu taco night.

 

Easy Chicken and Mushrooms

We’re all crazy busy. I know I can never have too many recipes that I can make in 30 minutes or less to help me get dinner on the table during the week. This is an easy everyday chicken and mushroom recipe that fits that bill. It is one that I’m sure you’ll be turning to time and time again.

Because we’re using chicken tenders the chicken cooks up in a flash. You could absolutely use a chicken thigh just know that it will have to cook much longer. The sauce is the kicker. Mushrooms swimming in a white wine and stock sauce with a squeeze of lemon to give it a little extra zing.

Add a side of fresh vegetables and you’re all set.

 

Easy Chicken and Mushrooms

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • kosher salt/pepper
  • 1 1/4 pound chicken breast tenders
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter – divided
  • 8 ounces small button mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • fresh parsley to garnish

Directions:

  1. Place flour into a shallow bowl. Season with salt/pepper. Lightly dredge chicken into flour covering both sides. Shake excess flour off. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet with oil and 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Brown chicken 3-5 minutes each side (depending on the thickness). Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add remaining butter to pan. Add mushrooms. Cook for approximately 5 minutes until slightly softened. Add wine, chicken broth and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Return chicken to pan. Reduce heat to low and cook until sauce thickens.
  5. Garnish with fresh parsley.