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SPOTTED: Mushrooms on the Menu this Summer

Warm weather, cool breezes and longer days – summer creates the perfect scene for enjoying delicious cuisine while out on the town. Whether you’re looking for a quick weekday bite or have a knack for culinary exploration, mushrooms are sure to be on a menu near you. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite places guaranteed to help you get your mushroom fix and beat the heat in the kitchen:

Maggiano’s – throughout July, Maggiano’s is running a “buy one get one free” promotion allowing guests to pick one tasty entrée to enjoy at the restaurant and one to take home for later. Between their Famous Rigatoni D boasting chicken, flavorful mushrooms and caramelized onions, and savory Mushroom Ravioli served with alfredo sauce, our guess is the most difficult choice will be which to enjoy now and which to enjoy later!

Seasons52 – Feed your burger craving with the Signature Burger at Seasons52. Slashing the calories and amping up flavor by blending mushrooms into the patty, this Angus beef and mushroom duxelle blended burger is classically topped with butter lettuce, roasted tomatoes and house-made pickles making for a perfect summer lunch.

Olive Garden – complemented with endless breadsticks, mushroom-lovers can expect the best as they head to Olive Garden to enjoy two signature entrees. Guests can choose from Mezzaluna Ravioli with Mushroom Alfredo, featured as part of the restaurant’s Alfredo Fest, or keep it classic with Ravioli Di Portabello topped with creamy smoked cheese and sun-dried tomato sauce.

Ruby Tuesday – break out of the status quo with the Shrimp Po’ Boy Flatbread from Ruby Tuesday. This dish offers a decadent mix of fried popcorn shrimp; Parmesan cream sauce; and a spicy blend of green peppers, onions, mushrooms, bacon, and Andouille sausage; and is topped with a creamy chipotle sauce.

Which of these mushroom dishes will you be trying on your next night out?

Food Network Celebrity Chef, Jehangir Mehta, Shares His Favorite Burger Recipe

Summer is the perfect time to fire up the barbecue and grill up some homemade burgers. Whether they are blended, topped or meatless, summer is the burgers time to shine. Council Representative Brittany Stager, recently sat down with Celebrity Chef, Jehangir Mehta, and asked him to share his favorite burger recipe just in time for summer.

It should be no surprise that the Mushroom Council loves Chef Jehangir Mehta. After watching his rise to fame on the hit Food Network Show, The Next Iron Chef, and his battle against Chef Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef America, Chef Jehangir Mehta has quickly become the chef to watch. Chef’s eclectic style of cooking is apparent when dining in his restaurants. Pulling inspiration for his menus from his travels, life experiences, and own flavor preferences, Chef Mehta creates and serves unique and unforgettable dishes. As the spokesperson for the National  Foundation for Celiac Awareness, Chef is also very conscious of dietary restrictions such as celiac disease, and menus several items that are gluten-free.

With copious amounts of mushrooms on his menus (at Me and You, Graffiti and Mehtaphor) and his passion for blendability, it’s obvious Chef Mehta knows the benefits of mushrooms. From their flavor enhancing capabilities, to their ability to blend perfectly with any ground meat, fresh mushrooms are one of Chef’s kitchen staples.

I had the opportunity to travel with Chef Mehta to several colleges and universities this year, including UMass, Texas A&M and the University of Washington, and witness him demo over 1,000 of his famous Graffiti burgers. These burgers sure do draw a crowd. Ground angus beef is blended with finely chopped portabella, white button and king mushrooms, and mixed with some not so typical burger seasons such as ground turmeric, ground coriander, and lemongrass powder. The flavor rich patty is then grilled and served atop a fresh, buttery brioche bun. A side of golden enoki fries top off the dish, served with Chef’s famous mushroom ketchup.

Chef was kind enough to share his famous recipe with us, making it easy for us to enjoy this flavorful burger at home this summer.

Chef Jehangir Mehta’s Mushroom Blended “Graffiti” Burger
Makes 24 sliders, or 6–8 burgers depending on size

Ingredients
1 lb Angus ground beef
5 tbsp Portobello mushrooms (2.5 oz)
5 tbsp King Trumpet mushrooms (2.5 oz)
2 tbsp Button mushrooms (1 oz)
2 tbsp Onion, diced (1 oz)
1 tbsp Tomato, diced (.5 oz)
2 tsp Cilantro, chopped (15 leaves)
½ tsp Ginger, chopped
½ tsp Garlic, minced
1/2 of one Thai bird chile, chopped (about 11/2 tsp)

Spices (1/3 tsp each)
Tumeric, dry ground
Onion powder
Tomato powder*
Coriander, ground
Chile powder
Lemongrass powder*

Finely chop mushrooms or grind in food processor to roughly the same consistency of the ground beef. Blend all the ingredients together by hand and form whatever size burgers you choose. Set in the fridge for at least 4 hours before cooking. Salt lightly on both sides. Grill to desired doneness. Serve without bread or on a brioche bun.

Enoki Fries
1 (3.5 oz ) bag Enoki mushrooms, trimmed 2 “ from base

Batter Ingredients
1 cup Chickpea flour*
1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp Fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tsp Tumeric, dry ground
1 tsp Chili flakes
1 tsp Cumin seeds, crushed (use the back of a small pan on a hard surface)
1/2 cup Water

Mix all the batter ingredients very well, taste for salt. Dip the enoki in little clusters to coat them in the batter and deep fry at 365˚-375˚ till crisp. Serve immediately.
*can be found at natural food stores, Whole Foods, PCC Natural Markets or online.
Chef Jehangir Mehta is also taking part in “Broadway Bites” this summer at Greeley Square Park, located at the intersection of 33rd Street and Broadway in New York. The pop-up market brings together New York City’s most popular chefs, small culinary businesses and artisan producers, setting them up with outdoor kitchens in the heart of Midtown.

Chef Mehta will be offering a mushrooms-centric menu including Pork & Portabella Dumplings and the and mushroom blended Graffiti Burger, topped with pickled onions and shiitake mushrooms, and accompanied by garlic fries.

The event runs daily from June 3rd to August 1st, from 11 am to 9 pm. If you are in the area you should definitely give Chef’s Graffiti Burger a try!

Family Dining Made Simple with Mushrooms

Every family, across the country, always has the same discussion at some point and it starts with, “Where should we go out to eat?” With every member of the family having different preferences, it can turn into hours before you even pack in the car to head out. This year we decided to work with a few bloggers to help us identify restaurants that are perfect for any occasion, and of course, are not afraid of tossing a few mushrooms into their meals.

From date night to family burger night, take a look at our round-up of dining experiences that will take care of the guess work on your next night out.

Date Night

Lifestyle Blogger ‘Waiting on Martha’ loves to enjoy a night out with her husband, but finding a place that suits her vegetarian diet and his carnivore taste buds can occasionally be a challenge.  Seasons 52 is a perfect setting for a romantic evening out, and a menu easily adaptable based on dietary needs. Mandy ordered the Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Flatbread without steak, and loved it so much she decided to create an inspired recipe to make at home.

Family Burger Night

When the burger craving hits, look no further than your neighborhood Five Guys. With topping options galore, including Mushrooms, it’s the perfect place to satisfy a craving. Susie from We Are Not Martha went there on a Friday night with only one topping in mind – extra mushrooms. However, with grilled onions, jalapeno peppers and relish, the topping combinations are endless.

Pizza and More

California Pizza Kitchen might have pizza in the headline, but the menu goes far beyond that. While it can provide you way more than an ordinary cheese pizza, with an entire menu filled with appetizers, salads, pasta and more, it’s the perfect place for a week night or weekend. Alison from Ingredients, Inc. went with her kids where they all enjoyed a mushroom pizza on gluten-free crust. However, if you’re looking for something a little lighter their Mushroom and Spinach flatbread is just the ticket.

Now that we’ve narrowed down your options where are you heading to dinner tonight?

 

Dining Out for The Holidays: Mushrooms on the Menu

Fresh Crimini Mushrooms

The holidays are all about being in the kitchen, but sometimes it’s more fun to use the kitchen for socializing rather than cooking. In between holiday shopping, festivities and decorating, we all want a moment to relax, sit and savor a meal that was prepared for us.  With mushrooms trending at restaurants across the country, you might be tempted to try a dish at all one – or more – of the restaurants below.

  • Applebee’s – One look at their new Marsala Mushroom Sirloin featured on their Spirited Cuisine Menu and you’ll be ready to order.
  • Au Bon Pain – It’s easy to forget breakfast during the holidays, but Au Bon Pain’s new Mushroom and Egg White Frittata Breakfast Sandwich provides the perfect option for a healthy breakfast on-the-go.
  • Maggiano’s – Enjoy a double dose of mushrooms with a decadent Stuffed Mushroom appetizer and a creamy Mushroom Ravioli entrée.
  • Panera Bread – There are few things as comforting as a bowl of soup, and Panera’s new Country Mushroom Soup with Truffle hits the perfect note of flavor with every spoonful.
  • Outback Steakhouse – If you’re at a table with mushroom lovers, you might want to order two of their Crab Stuffed Mushrooms for an appetizer because they will easily steal the show.

We’re always keeping an eye out for the latest mushroom trends so keep an eye on our dining page to see if your favorite restaurant adds a bit of mushroom flair to their menu.

Happy Holidays!

Where to Dine this Fall

We all love to eat seasonally, but sometimes we prefer someone else doing the prep. Luckily, restaurants are always staying on top of seasonal trends with classic and inventive fall comfort dishes.  Even better, since mushrooms are always in season they blend into a variety of dishes this fall, from hearty stroganoff to veggie- loaded omelettes.

Campfire Sauteed Mushrooms

Take a look at a few highlighted dishes below and discover more on our Dining Out section and the “Mushrooms on the Menu” Pinterest board.

  • Marie CallendersFrom a hearty beef stroganoff loaded with fresh mushrooms in a demi-glace red wine beef sauce to a creamy Artichoke and Mushroom Chicken entrée, this is your spot for fall comfort just like mom used to make.
  • Noodles and CompanyYou can find mushrooms in a variety of dishes from Fettuccine to Pesto, but their new Thai Hot Pot  and Alfredo Mont Amore top the list for fall classics.
    • Thai Hot Pot: Blends shiitake mushrooms with pulled pork and chicken into a bed of rice noodles and a curry broth.
    • Afredo Mont Amore: Four-cheese pasta with roasted mushrooms, parmesan chicken, grape tomatoes and spinach.
  • California Pizza KitchenPizza might be in their name, but this fall it’s all about the flatbread here. Their new Shaved Mushroom flatbread brings together cremini mushrooms with sautéed spinach on a thin and crispy crust.
  • Denny’sWhether you’re here for breakfast, brinner or late-night dining, their Fit Fare Veggie omelette is just the ticket for a meal you can feel good about. If you’re feeling creative you can also build your own.
  • Cheesecake FactorySummer might be over, but a good burger is always in season. Put a healthy spin on it by enjoying a leaner blended turkey and mushroom burger, which is a staple on their Skinnylicious menu.
  • Olive GardenChoosing between soup or salad won’t be a tough choice once you try a bite of their new Potato and Porcini Mushroom Soup.

Where are you dining this weekend?