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Savory Mushroom and Meat Hand Pies

Jennifer from Savory Simple redefines pie with a savory mushroom and meat version that is perfect for any time of the day. 

I’ve always been a fan of hand pies. Not only do they make a filling, tasty snack but they also work well as a party appetizer. These savory meat and mushroom hand pies can easily pull off either role with rave reviews. They will also stay fresh in refrigerator for several days after being prepared which is incredibly convenient on weekdays or before hosting a big event.

This is a very flexible recipe that allows the meat to mushroom ratio to be adjusted as needed and the meat can be omitted completely for a meatless version. To simplify the preparation I used store-bought pie dough (the kind that is pre-rolled for a 9-inch round dish) but feel free to substitute your favorite homemade pie dough recipe!

Savory Meat and Mushroom Hand Pies

Yields: approximately 20 3-inch hand pies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound (8 ounces) ground beef
  • 3/4 cup beef or chicken stock, preferably homemade (use low sodium if store-bought)
  • extra virgin olive oil as needed
  • 3/4 cup shallots, diced finely
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped portabella or button mushrooms
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, plus more as needed
  • 2 packages store-bought pie dough (4 rolls total)
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 egg, beaten with a splash of water

Directions:

  1. In a large pan or dutch oven, saute the beef over medium-low heat. When most of the fat has been released, drain the fat from the pan (a little bit leftover is fine) and allow the meat to begin browning. Once there’s a nice brown layer on the bottom of the pan, add 1/2 cup of stock to deglaze, and scrape up all of the browned bits on the bottom of the pan to incorporate into the meat. Place the ground beef in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the shallots and garlic to the pan with a pinch of salt and cook until translucent (a splash of olive oil can be added to the pan if needed). Use a spatula to scoop the shallots and onion on top of the ground beef in the separate bowl.
  3. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook on low heat until they release all of their water, and begin to brown. Once there is little remaining liquid from the mushrooms, add the ground beef mixture back to the pan along with the coriander, cumin, thyme, cinnamon, salt and remaining stock. Cook the mixture together for several minutes, stirring frequently. Once the stock has reduced and the mixture is thick, remove from the heat.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll out the pie dough so that it’s very thin. Use a 3 1/2 inch cookie cutter to create rounds (a different size may be used but filling quantities will need to be adjusted accordingly). Place half of the rounds on the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Scoop approximately 1 tablespoon of the meat filling into the center of each round and top with approximately 1 teaspoon of pine nuts. Place a second round on top of the filling and gently press down to cover the filling and remove any air pockets (it should look like a large ravioli). Use a fork to decoratively seal the edges by firmly pressing down around the perimeter. Poke the fork prongs once into the top of the hand pie to create a vent. Brush egg wash on top of the dough and sprinkle with a small amount of sea salt. Repeat this process with the remaining hand pies.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the dough it cooked and the top of the hand pies are golden and shiny from the egg wash. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. May be served warm or at room temperature.

Inside and Out Mushroom Burger

Paula from Bell’alimento created a burger perfect for every mushroom lover. With mushrooms in the patty and on top, you’ll wonder where this burger has been all of these years!

Inside Out Mushroom Burger

There aren’t many things better than a big fat juicy burger. They’re easy to make and pretty much a crowd pleaser. Not to mention the insane amount of variety you can add to them. The possibilities are endless. One of my favorite combos is a mushroom swiss burger. However, in preparation for grilling season I decided to go one step further and create an inside out mushroom burger. It’s double the mushrooms and double the cheese. You get both on the inside and the outside.

Mushroom and cheese lovers rejoice, your burger has arrived!

Inside Out Mushroom Burger
Paula Jones – bell’alimento
Yield 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • kosher salt/pepper
  • 8 ounces baby Portabella, divided
  • 4 ciliegini fresh mozzarella balls
  • vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 slices provolone or Swiss cheese
  • 4 slider buns – toasted

Directions:
1. Into a large bowl add beef. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Place 2 ounces of mushrooms into a food process and pulse until finely minced. Add minced mushrooms to beef. Mix until just combined.

3. Divide beef into 4 equal portions and form into patties. Press your thumb into each patty and insert 1 mozzarella ball. Cover cheese with beef and reform into patty. Continue until all 4 patties are complete. Brush sides lightly with vegetable oil. Set aside.

4. Slice remaining 6 ounces of mushrooms.

5. Place butter into a small pan and melt over medium heat. Add mushrooms, fresh thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until mushrooms have softened. Set aside.

6. WHILE mushrooms are sautéing, place a grill pan over medium-high heat. Add hamburger patties and cook 3-4 minutes until a nice crust has formed. Flip burgers and continue cooking for additional 3 minutes.

7. Add cheese slices and cover grill pan with lid to allow cheese to melt. Set patties aside to rest.

8. To assemble, top burgers with sautéed mushrooms and toasted slider buns.

 

Asian Mushroom Matzo Ball Soup

Amy from What Jew Wanna Eat puts a spin on this classic Passover staple with a bit of mushroom love.

Mushroom Matzo Ball Soup by What Jew Wanna Eat

Matzo ball soup is a traditional Passover dish made with a rich stock, tons of vegetables and hearty matzo dumplings. This Asian twist uses shitake mushrooms in the dumplings and soup, with fresh cilantro and a spicy kick from jalapeños. It’s still kosher for Passover thanks to a secret ingredient that mimics the flavor of soy sauce.

A fun addition to your Passover Seder, or a light lunch on its own, this dish can easily be vegetarian. I recommend homemade stock, but store bought works in a pinch! Feel free to leave out the jalapenos for the kids, and season to taste to amp up the flavor!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 10 cups stock
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup matzo meal
  • ¼ cup green onions, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup shitake mushrooms, minced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, minced, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup carrots, julienne
  • ½ cup shitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 jalapenos, sliced
  • 6 lime wedges

Instructions

  1. First, make your matzo balls. In a medium bowl, whisk ½ cup of stock with eggs. Then mix in matzo meal, green onions, minced shitake mushrooms, minced cilantro, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Since the dough will be sticky, refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
  2. When you are ready to cook, form matzo meal concoction into about 14 1-inch balls.
  3. Now, make your soup. Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil. Lower to a simmer and add matzo balls. Cover and cook for 20-30 minutes until matzo balls puff up and are cooked through.
  4. In a separate stockpot, add remaining broth, ginger, balsamic vinegar, carrots and mushrooms and simmer for 10-15 minutes until flavors meld and carrots and mushrooms are cooked. Add matzo balls to the soup and serve with jalapeno, cilantro, green onions and lime as garnish!

Blending is Trending in Dining Halls Across the Nation

From mushroom blended cheeseburgers to crimini mushroom meatballs, blending was trending at three of the nation’s top universities. Mushroom Council representatives witnessed firsthand students’ passion for mushrooms as they toured Yale University, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of North Texas.

Mushrooms Make the “Final Cut” at Yale

In February the Mushroom Council was proud to participate in the 6th Annual Yale University Final Cut Culinary Competition. The secret ingredient of the night? Mushrooms!
Yale Final Cut Recipe Contest Secret Ingredient - Mushrooms!

Teams of students from each of the 12 residential colleges battled in an Iron Chef style format, in which they had one hour to prepare an appetizer and main course dish using fresh mushrooms and Atlantic salmon. Recipes were assessed by a panel of esteemed judges on a variety of criteria including taste, presentation and creativity.

Yale Final Cut Recipe Contest Winning Mushroom Soup

While the colleges had an hour each to complete their meals, Yale students were able to browse through the vendors and sample various products. Mushroom offerings were plentiful; crimini mushrooms sautéed in butter, shiitake mushrooms glazed with teriyaki, and mushroom bean tacos, with cheese, spicy chipotle and a tangy cilantro lime sauce were just some of samples students had the opportunity to try.

Yale Final Cut Recipe Contest Winners 2014

It was a tight race to declare the winner, but it all came down to how the appetizer and main dish paired together as a complete meal. The $1,000 grand prize and the Copper Pot Trophy went to Berkeley College for their Thai Soup dish. Branford College came in second place with their Mushroom Risotto and Grilled Salmon with Caramelized Mushrooms and Brussels Sprouts, and Trumbull College came in third, with their Pesto Salmon with Couscous and Mushroom Crepe.

 

Mushroom Mania at the University of Massachusetts

Displays over flowing with mushrooms, mushroom blended burgers, crab cakes, meatballs and wraps, and a mock-growing room featuring crimini, oyster, and shiitake mushrooms were just some of the main highlights of the University of Massachusetts’ weeklong Mushroom Mania event.

Mushroom Mania Mock Growing Room at UMASS

During the week, Mushroom Mania “toured” around campus visiting 4 of UMass’ popular dining halls. On Monday students dining at Worcester were treated to Grilled Mushroom, and Chickpea Wraps and Crimini and Pork Meatballs. Tuesday at Berkshire featured a Portabella “Burger,” Mushroom Mac N Cheese, and a Mushroom Crostini. Wednesday brought all kinds of mushroom favorites to Franklin dining hall; a Baby Bella, Caramelized Onion & Swiss Panini, Mushroom, and Potato and Chorizo Tacos topped the menu.

Mushroom Mania Menu at UMASS

The final night of Mushroom Mania festivities left students dining at Hampshire happy and satisfied; Jamaican Jerk Mushroom Lettuce Wraps with Papaya Salsa, Barbecue Pulled Mushroom Slider with Blueberry and Cabbage Slaw, and the Classic Mushroom Blended Cheeseburger were served; all while students waited for celebrity guest, Chef Jehangir Mehta.

Chef Jehangir Mehta at UMASS Mushroom Mania

Chef Mehta, of The Next Iron Chef fame, spoke to students about the many benefits of blending mushrooms into classic meat dishes, while preparing a delicious Blended Portabella Angus Burger with Enoki Mushroom Fries.  Impressed by the mock growing room set up in the dining hall lobby, students came armed with questions, and seized the opportunity to start a discussion. Mushroom Council representatives, Steve Solomon and Brittany Stager, fielded questions and walked students through the types of mushrooms, how they are grown, and the nutritional attributes.

Chef Jehangir Mehta's Blended Burger at UMASS

The mushroom-centric week was rounded out with a special invite-only dinner hosted by Chef Jehangir Mehta at the University Club.

 

Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan Makes Guest Appearance at University of North Texas’ Mushroom Mania

Butternut Squash Soup, Charred Kale Caramelized Shiitake Naan Pizza, and Tandoori Portabella Burgers were just some of the offerings Chopped Judge and Food Network Superstar Chef Maneet Chauhan had planned for students during the University of North Texas’ Mushroom Mania promotion in early March.

Mushroom Mania at University of North Texas

Mushroom Mania brought fun and knowledge together at UNT’s Kerr Cafeteria. A mushroom-centric menu, an Iron-Chef style competition between campus chefs, a live cooking demonstration and sampling of Chef Maneet’s Tandoori Portabella burger had drawn students from every corner of the campus. Students were encouraged to try their hand at mushroom trivia in order to win a UNT Mushroom Mania t-shirt; a great way to engage them in conversation and allow them to ask questions. University North Texas Mushroom Burger

University North Texas Mushroom Naan Pizza

Beyond the excitement the menu and chef competition created, the Mushroom Council and UNT wanted to educate students on mushrooms as a sustainable and affordable food option that can be used to extend or replace meat in various dishes and add nutrition. Students were eager to learn about how mushrooms grow, what makes them a sustainable product, and just how beneficial they are to their health. The students and UNT faculty were beyond thrilled with Maneet’s appearance, toting Mushroom Mania as one of their best events.

Cheesy Sausage and Mushroom Pasta Skillet

Robyn from Add a Pinch shares a delicious family meal that takes less than 30 minutes from fridge to table.

Cheesy Sausage and Mushroom Pasta Skillet by Add a Pinch

Pasta recipes are always one of my family’s favorite dishes and thankfully this cheesy mushroom sausage pasta recipe couldn’t be simpler to make. This is a pasta recipe that no one would ever guess was so quick and easy from tasting it!

Easily adaptable to your family’s palate, you can turn up or dial down the amount of spice in this dish based on the sausage that you cook with.

Once you cook mushrooms and sausage together you won’t want to look back. Portabellas are a great pairing to add a bit of heartiness and umami to any meal. Plus, they add a serving of veggies.

I hope your family enjoys this dish as much as mine does!

Cheesy Mushroom Sausage Pasta Recipe

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 20 mins

Total time: 25 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 (12.8-ounce) package smoked sausage, sliced into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 pint portabella mushrooms, cut into quarters
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with peppers
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 10 ounces twirl, ribbon, or elbow pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh parsley, optional

Directions:

  1. Add olive oil and butter to a large, 12-inch skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add sausage and mushrooms and cook until sausage has just begun to turn brown, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, chicken stock and heavy cream.
  4. Add pasta and stir to make sure well-combined. Cover and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes.
  5. Stir in cheddar cheese, salt and pepper and fresh parsley and serve warm.