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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?

 

Mushrooms – Your Burger’s Perfect Partner

An American favorite, burgers have always been a go to for any outdoor party due to the ease with which they are customized to all tastes and dietary preferences. As you’re firing up the grill this Memorial Day weekend for cookouts with family and friends, make sure you have some extra “fun guys” at the party. Mushrooms are the perfect partner for your favorite burgers. Whether you’re blending, swapping or topping a grilled-to-perfection patty, mushrooms are a game changer for the grill. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite takes on this classic to help you spice up the start to summer:

  • Inside Out Mushroom Burger – blending finely chopped mushrooms with ground beef in the patty makes for a juicy and decadent burger, and better yet, stretches your meat portions so you can serve more hungry mouths
  • Classic Cheeseburger– for a lighter approach, swap out a portion of the meat for finely chopped mushrooms to reduce calorie, fat and sodium intake without compromising flavor
  • Mini Mushroom Burgers – kid-friendly and perfect for tiny hands, adorable portabella burgers are small on size, but big on savory taste
  • Portabella and Halloumi “Burgers” – a gluten-free twist on a staple, using meaty portabellas as buns cuts the wheat and ramps up flavor
  • Grilled Portobello Burger with Sundried Tomato Aioli – the savory aioli that tops this burger adds a special touch to a meatless dish
  • Grilled Mushroom and Peach Sliders – juicy summer peaches add a new flavor to a portabella burger, resulting in a delightful pairing of sweet and savory

What is your favorite way to personalize your burger?

Get Grilling with Mushrooms

We’re mid-way through National Barbecue month, but grilling season is just starting to sizzle! No matter if you’re firing up the coals for a breakfast fix or a backyard dinner, mushrooms are a tasty and nutritious addition to the grill! The versatility of mushrooms serves up a variety of recipes to enjoy during grilling season and makes for a great pairing with your favorite spring dishes any time of day.

Cherry and Portabella Stuffed Pork Chops

Blend the meaty texture and distinct flavor of mushrooms with your ground meat to put a new spin on your favorite burgers or grill mushrooms whole – toss them in a bit of oil and your favorite seasonings to have them stand alone as a tasty side-dish! The possibilities for throwing mushrooms in your every-day grilling mix are endless – and delicious! Here are a few recipes you can use to get grilling with mushrooms whether morning, noon or night:

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

A Bouquet of Mushrooms for Mother’s Day

Mushrooms On Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and for so many reasons it’s hard to fit everything moms do into a one day celebration. Since mom is always saying to eat your veggies, we’re pretty certain that nothing would please her more than being served a home cooked meal (made by someone else), with the versatile mushroom as a star ingredient.  With so many meal options that lend themselves to a handful of mushrooms you can easily spoil mom all weekend long.

Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or a trained foodie, we have a recipe that will put a smile on your mom’s face, as well as everyone else around the table.

  • Savory Mushroom Meat Hand Pies – Put a spin on “pie” for your celebration with a savory version that blends together mushrooms and meat. Plus, with pre-made pie crust this dish can be whipped up in no time at all.
  • Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms – When you can’t decide what to share as an appetizer, combine two into one dish. Spinach artichoke stuffed mushrooms are the perfect bite-sized treat.
  • Mushroom, Potato and Chorizo Tacos – From breakfast to dinner, a bit of chorizo blended with mushrooms’ natural umami qualities will hit just the right spice.
  • Caramelized Mushroom Shallot Bruschetta – Simple and elegant is the name of the game with this bruschetta dish that will make you look like a top chef in your mom’s eyes.
  • Spaghetti Bolognese – Nothing says “wow” more than a homemade pasta sauce. This recipe puts a spin on the classic meat sauce by replacing a portion of ground beef with finely chopped sautéed mushrooms.

The celebration of mom doesn’t have to end here. We also have a full Pinterest board of recipes for mom. So skip the flowers this year and wow mom with a bouquet of mushrooms!

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!