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Pot Roast with Balsamic Mushroom Gravy

Bring tradition back to the family dinner table with this rich and savory Pot Roast recipe from Paula of Bell’Alimento - featuring a hearty and meaty balsamic mushroom gravy!  

There’s nothing more comforting in the fall/winter than a nice home-cooked pot roast. It’s a hearty stick to your ribs kind of meal. You only have about 15 minutes of prep time and then your oven does the rest of the work. Low maintenance cooking. There’s absolutely nothing fussy about this meal.

We’ve bumped up the flavors by adding balsamic vinegar that makes the gravy zing. We’ve also added (you guessed it) mushrooms. They’re the perfect complement to the beef and gravy and will make you wonder why you’ve never added them before.

We like our pot roast served with mashed potatoes so we don’t add new potatoes to ours during the cooking process. IF you’d like to add new potatoes to yours, simply add them at the stage you add the carrots and mushrooms and adjust cooking time until potatoes are tender.

 

Pot Roast with Balsamic Mushroom Gravy

Yield: 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3.5 hours

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 pound chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable (or canola) oil
  • kosher salt/ground pepper
  • 1 large onion – chopped
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 pound carrots
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms – quartered
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Into a large French/Dutch oven heat oil over medium-high heat. Season beef with salt/pepper. Sear on all sides.
  3. Add onion and cook until softened. Add vinegar and reduce by half.
  4. Combine broth and Dijon and pour over beef. Add rosemary. Cover. Transfer to oven and cook for 3 hours OR until meat is tender.
  5. 30 minutes prior to finishing add carrots and mushrooms to French/Dutch oven. Season with salt/pepper.
  6. Remove beef, carrots and mushrooms. Transfer to serving dish.
  7. Place French/Dutch oven over medium heat. Add cornstarch and whisk to combine. Cook until mixture thickens and reduces to desired gravy consistency. Check for seasoning and add if necessary.

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tart

Jennifer of Savory Simple combines sweet, caramelized onions, decadent mushrooms and rich goat cheese in this delicious tart appetizer – perfect for holiday entertaining.  

Savory tarts are a perfect party appetizer that I especially love to serve around the holidays. People love them! This caramelized onion, mushroom and goat cheese tart is a favorite of mine because it can be mostly prepared in advance. The mushrooms and onions can be cooked up to 3 days before using so that on the day of the event, all you need to do is roll out the dough, assemble the tart and bake it. It takes very little time to come together and it’s always a crowd pleaser!

 

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tart

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large or 3 small yellow onions, sliced thin
  • 6 ounces mushrooms (I used baby bellas), coarsely chopped
  • 1 spring thyme
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on low in a large skillet. Have a measuring cup full of water on standby. Add the onions to the skillet along with a pinch of salt. Sweat the onions, stirring, until they begin to caramelize. Turn up the heat to medium-low. Once a brown glaze has formed on the bottom of the skillet, pour approximately 2 tablespoons of water into the pan to deglaze and use a spatula to scrape up the brown bits and stir them into the onions. Repeat this glazing and deglazing process until the onions have been thoroughly caramelized and taste bitter and only slightly sweet, approximately 25-35 minutes. Use more or less water as needed. Set the caramelized onions aside.
  2. Clean the skillet and place back on the stovetop. Add the mushrooms, thyme leaves and a pinch of salt. Heat the mushrooms over low heat until they begin to release water. Turn the heat up to medium-low and cook the mushrooms, stirring frequently, until the water has mostly evaporated. Add the balsamic vinegar and continue stirring for another 2 minutes. Set the mushrooms aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry sheet to approximately 9×10 inches. Use a fork to poke several holes throughout the dough (this will help prevent air bubbles). Spread the caramelized onions evenly on top of the dough, leaving a small border around the ends. Top with the mushrooms, followed by the goat cheese. Sprinkle the salt on top.
  5. Use a pastry brush to add egg wash to the border of the tart (it will give the dough some color). Place the tart in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the puff pastry is cooked through. Check the tart periodically while it’s cooking to make sure air bubbles are not forming. If one appears, carefully use the tip of a knife or fork to deflate the dough, then allow it to finish cooking.
  6. Allow to cool for several minutes, and then cut and serve.

Mushroom Breakfast Burritos

Denise from Chez Us starts the day off with a mushroom kick with these fluffy, savory mushroom breakfast burritos – featuring sautéed spinach, eggs and queso fresco.

During the week, I like to have some quick go to recipes for breakfast tucked away in my recipe box.  Not sure about you, but starting the day off with a nutritious as well as filling breakfast is the only way to get me through a busy morning.  This recipe for Mushroom Breakfast Burritos has become a go-to recipe which we have often been enjoying.

For this recipe, I used the blendability method when making this it.  I have to say I am becoming a huge fan this approach when cooking with mushrooms, as it is a great way to substitute mushrooms for meat.  As well, I imagine it would be the perfect way to get your kids to eat mushrooms without them even knowing (Lenny had no idea, he thought I crumbled up sausage).

I kept the seasoning quick and easy. In addition to the mushrooms, some yellow onion and our favorite taco seasoning, was all that was needed to give this burrito the wow factor. The great thing about the breakfast burrito is that you can take it with you, think of it as breakfast on the go. My only tip, be sure to not over stuff the tortilla with filling before wrapping it up, or it could explode on you as you are dashing out the door.

 

Mushroom Breakfast Burritos

serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 20 medium cremini mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced yellow onion
  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 3 ounces spinach
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • queso fresco
  • 4 burrito sized tortillas
  • favorite salsa

Directions:

  1. Place the mushrooms into a food processor and finely chop.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium sized frying pan over medium heat.  Add the onion, stir and cook until soft, about 3 minutes
  3. Add the mushrooms, and cook for 5 minutes over medium low heat.
  4. Stir in the taco seasoning, then add the spinach.  Cook until lightly wilted, about 1 minute.
  5. Place the mixture into a bowl and set aside.
  6. Wipe out the frying pan.
  7. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl.
  8. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in the frying pan that you used for cooking the mushrooms.
  9. Add the eggs, and cook until soft set.
  10. Heat the tortillas.
  11. Place a tortilla on a plate, add some of the mushroom mixture, the eggs and a sprinkle of queso fresco.
  12. Wrap up burrito style.
  13. If you are serving at home, just cut and plate, serving some salsa on the side.  If you will be    taking it with you, cut the burrito in half, wrap in some parchment paper, and eat on the go.

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.

Spaghetti with Mushroom Meatballs

Paula of Bell’Alimento brings umami-rich flavor to a dinner table classic with this signature spaghetti and mushroom blend meatball dish.

Spaghetti and meatballs make just about everyone happy (at least in our house). It’s a meal that’s simple and satisfying and ours comes together in just 20 minutes! We’ve added a little something special to our meatball recipe by blending in one of our favorite ingredients – mushrooms! Instead of having mushrooms in the tomato sauce, now they’re blended right into the meatball itself!

Our meatballs are baked not fried or cooked in the sauce itself. The recipe makes approx. 40 meatballs. While that may seem like a lot, they’re the perfect size. Not too big and not too small. It also means if you’re able to contain yourself and save some to make the perfect next day lunch – meatball subs!

 

Spaghetti with Mushroom Meatballs 

Yield: 40 meatballs

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces ground Italian sausage
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms – pulsed finely
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 recipe tomato sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Into a large bowl add: sausage, mushrooms, egg, panko, milk and oregano. Mix to combine. Mixture will seem wet.
  3. Using a small/medium size cookie scoop, portion out meat mixture onto a non-stick rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  5. Add meatballs to cooked tomato sauce.
  6. Serve over spaghetti (cooked according to package directions until al dente).