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A Sandwich for Every Occasion

From school lunch to dessert, a sandwich can take on many forms. A comforting grilled cheese is an essential classic, but when it comes to creating a decadent sandwich the possibilities are truly endless.  When you have a handful of mushrooms on hand, and you’re lacking a recipe to toss them into, we guarantee there is a simple sandwich solution from breakfast to dinner.

The beauty of creating a sandwich with mushrooms is that they can serve a variety of roles.  They can replace the meat altogether for a vegetarian option or replace a portion of meat creating a mushroom/meat blend that provides the best of both worlds.  Finally, you can get a double dose of mushrooms by replacing the bread altogether with two hearty portabellas.

Get started with some of our favorite combinations below, and get creative in the kitchen with your own sandwich creations.

  • Mushroom and Fontina Tartine – This tasty open-faced melt can be whipped up with a few basic ingredients that combine to create an amazing flavor.
  • Portabella and Halloumi Burgers – Summer might feel far away, but this Portabella and Halloumi “burger” is the perfect recipe to enjoy the taste of the season in the middle of winter.
  • Mushroom-Meatball Subs – Mushroom and meat blend together to create a better-for-you version in this meatball sub.
  • Butter Roasted Mushroom Sandwich –   Roasted mushrooms are full of flavor all on their own, but when you place them between two slices of bread with creamy cheese, you’re in for one gourmet bite.
  • Grilled Philly Cheese Mushroom Sandwich  - This classic regional treat gets a mushroom makeover with “meaty” portabellas as the filling.

Find more mushroom inspiration in our full recipe database!

A Healthy Dose of Winter Comfort with Mushrooms

Stir Fry

A strong winter blast across the country continues to drive many of us into hibernation mode and straight into the kitchen. It’s widely assumed that comfort food is automatically associated with heavy, calorie laden meals, such as a hearty casserole, a creamy soup or gooey mac and cheese. Of course, there is nothing wrong with the occasional indulgence, but with spring break looming around the corner there is still a voice in the back of our head to stay true to our healthy resolutions.  Luckily, a mushroom meal makeover is all you need to enjoy the comfort food you crave, with all of the nutritious benefits.

Take a look at some of our recipe highlights below, allowing you to have a bite of comfort without the guilt.

  • Pan Roasted Mushrooms with Scrambled Eggs – Nothing says winter comfort quite like a weekend breakfast during the work week. Toss this recipe for Pan Roasted mushrooms into your favorite egg creation for a hearty breakfast that will keep you energized for the day ahead.
  • Mushroom Meatball Sub – A meatball sub is often viewed as an indulgent treat, but when you replace a portion of meat with finely chopped mushrooms, it can quickly become a meal for any day of the week.
  • Mushroom Quinoa Casserole – Quinoa is a staple for a variety of meals, but a Quinoa Casserole is the perfect recipe for family dinner and a perfect meal for the gluten-free friends in your life.
  • Mushroom Parmesan Melt – Everyone loves a warm panini, but this open faced melt provides the same warm and toasty goodness in a healthier form.

The ideas don’t have to stop here! Take a look at our “Healthy Dose of Comfort” and “Mushroom Meal Makeover” Pinterest boards for more suggestions from across the web.

2014: The Year of the Mushroom

Kennett Square Mushroom Drop New Years

On Tuesday night, we all counted down the end of 2013 and cheered the start of a new beginning for 2014. While every city put their own twist on New Year’s celebrations, few pulled off an event quite like Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Instead of a ball drop in Times Square, Kennett Square nodded to their home town roots with a “Great Mushroom Drop” that lowered as 2013 came to a close.  The event featured a lighted steel mushroom at 8’ wide, 7 1/2′ tall, and approximately 600 pounds, which took an estimated 800 feet of LED lights to sparkle above the city.  Kathi Lafferty, Owner of The Mushroom Cap and the coordinator of The Annual Mushroom Festival, was on-site to capture the experience first-hand. 

Kathi described the event for us as, “A chilly, festive, starry night with a crowd of happy faces listening to music, waiting for the moment – just wanting to say they were there – being a part of making history!” For Kathi the mushroom was more than a fun event to ring in the New Year. She stated, “It’s not just a metal mushroom to me.  It really is a symbol of what this industry is all about - hard work, food and giving back to the community.”

Even those who didn’t have the chance to attend could follow along with the tweets that were streaming in from the event.  Check out a few of our favorites below:

Mushroom Drop Tweets

We loved seeing the excitement that came from the 2013 Mushroom Drop, but it’s the final tweet that makes us proud of what a wonderful year 2013 was for mushrooms.  From the launch of “Trend to Blend” to school lunches and even restaurant mushroom menu highlights, we’re grateful for all of the mushroom love that we received the past year. However, the mushroom story never ends, and we have plenty of new recipes, tips and partnerships in store for 2014 to keep mushrooms a leading driver for good health and delicious meals.  We look forward to connecting with our mushroom fans from all over the country to make 2014 the best year mushrooms has ever seen.

Stay tuned as we kick off 2014 – what we’re dubbing “The Year of the Mushroom.”

Mushrooms Toast 2013 and Look Forward to 2014

Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

You’ve heard of the big shiny ball drop in Time Square every New Year’s Eve, but you’ve probably never heard of the… Mushroom Drop.  Mushrooms are always fresh and seasonal in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, the mushroom growing capital of the world, but this New Year’s Eve the mighty mushroom is taking on a whole new role.

As the clock strikes midnight this New Year’s Eve in Kennett Square, a magnificent mushroom weighing in at over 700 pounds will glide to the ground to kick off the new year. If you live nearby, you can find the details here to join in on the fun! If you’re not going to be near Kennett Square this holiday, be sure to stay tuned for highlights and photos right here on The Mushroom Channel.

No matter where you are on New Year’s Eve you can be sure to have one final indulgence before the resolutions begin with our tasty recipe ideas below!

Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Gooey Kennett Mushroom Macaroni and Cheese

Mushroom Burger with Fried Egg and Truffle Oil via Daily Meal

Blue Cheese Guacamole Stuffed Mushrooms with Buffalo Sauce via Half Baked Harvest

Cheers to a wonderful 2014!

Resolve to Involve Mushrooms

Mushroom New Year

As the New Year approaches, living a healthier lifestyle tops the list of resolutions for many. Resolving to live a healthier lifestyle doesn’t mean giving up your favorite foods. Rather, making strides towards these goals can be as simple as resolving to include mushrooms in a variety of recipes this year.  Swapping or blending mushrooms into dishes you already love gives a new twist to your family’s favorite recipes.

Filled with everything from decadent party platters to burgers that keep grill-lovers on their toes, 2013 has been the year of the mushroom. To celebrate, we’re counting down to 2014 with a countdown of this year’s top “Mushroom Moments”:

What was your favorite mushroom moment of 2013?