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T.G.I.F. – Add Mushrooms to Your Weekend Entertaining

With all the hustle and bustle of the week – from morning meetings to camp carpools – the weekends make way for rest and relaxation amid warm temperatures, cozy patios and, most delicious of all – outdoor cuisine! Weekends are the perfect time to take a break and gather family and friends in the yard for fun conversation, cool drinks and light, summer appetizers. The versatility of mushrooms makes them easy to blend in your outdoor menu no matter what your bite-size fix may be.

Stuff meaty, baby portabellas with your favorite creamy summer dip for a pop-able treat – or revamp a classic bruschetta recipe by topping it with a savory sautéed mushroom medley to add some crunch to the evening. No matter the approach, mushrooms make for great guests at any summer gathering – Here are a few quick and easy recipes sure to be a weekend hit:

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms – combine two classic holiday appetizers into one delicious bite with these stuffed portabellas.

Mushroom Pine Nut Pinwheels – Always a hit with a crowd, they are a cinch to make in advance – these Pinwheels hit all the right notes for amazing summer appetizers.

Mushroom Bruschetta – Spicy sautéed mushrooms and melted cheese bruschetta can transform casual dining fare to backyard summer must-haves.

Crimini and Pork Meatballs – Everyone loves a meatball, but give them a healthy twist with this juicy mushroom, ground meat blend.

Mushroom Stuffed Pears with Gorgonzola – Turn stuffed mushrooms inside out, and stuff pears with a savory blend of mushrooms spiked with creamy gorgonzola.

Shaved Vegetable Pizza – Enjoy mushrooms, red onions and zucchini sliced thin and roasted on flatbread beneath a layer of three melted cheeses!

Which bite-size recipes will you be whipping up for your summer party?

Teriyaki Portabella Mushroom Kabobs

Denise from Chez Us  combines tangy teriyaki sauce, sweet, juicy pineapples and meaty mushrooms in this delicious meatless kabob recipe – perfect for an afternoon of backyard entertaining.

Teriyaki Mushroom Kabobs by Chez Us

Time to fire up that grill as I am about to share a killer portabella kabob recipe with you.  I have been taking advantage of grilling season this summer, and one of my favorite things to make are these tasty kabobs, as they are loaded with flavor.  Not to mention they are an ease to make.  You are going to love it.

Portabella mushrooms are my go-to meat replacement when making kabobs, as they are hearty, and they give each recipe an excellent earthy flavor that is great when grilled. I have made a few versions of portabella mushroom kabobs but am totally digging this new recipe, as it screams summer.  You could substitute cremini mushrooms, but I find the size and the hearty texture of the portabellas to hold up better when grilling.  Just make sure you cut them into large chunks as they will shrink down when grilling.

I was inspired to make this recipe while I was thumbing around looking at tropical destinations, and thought WOW mushrooms and pineapple would be killer together.  Guess what, I was completely right, and this recipe definitely took me to a sandy beach.  Smokey mushrooms, sweet pineapple and crispy onions are great when mixed with a slightly spicy and nutty teriyaki.

A couple tips when making these great kabobs.  You can make the teriyaki sauce a few days before as it will keep for up to a month; if you have any leftovers.  I always use metal skewers when making kabobs as they will not burst into flame when grilling.  If you are using bamboo or wooden ones, be sure to soak them for at least 20 minutes before skewing your ingredients to prevent that unwanted fire.  Finally, serve these outrageous kabobs over a bed of wild rice pilaf to make a complete summer meal.

Happy Summer!

 

Teriyaki Portabella Mushroom Kabobs

* teriyaki sauce inspired by Bon Appetit
** makes 6 kabobs

Tools:

  • grill
  • skewers

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1 cup mirin
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 4 large portabella mushrooms
  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • 1 large red onion
  • olive oil

Directions:

  1. To make the teriyaki sauce:
  2. Place the brown sugar, mirin and soy sauce in a small saucepan and place over medium heat, and stir to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Reduce the heat and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.  This will take 40 – 50 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat, stir in the sesame oil, and then let cool.
  5. Core the pineapple and onion into even sized cubes.
  6. Using a paper towel or mushroom brush remove any dirt from the mushrooms.  Remove the stem, and then cut into quarters.
  7. Evenly skewer the mushrooms, pineapple and onions.
  8. Preheat the grill to 400.
  9. Lightly spray or drizzle olive oil on each skewer, then place on the grill.
  10. Baste with some of the teriyaki sauce.
  11. Grill until lightly browned, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  12. Turn over the kabob, baste with more teriyaki and grill another 3 – 5 minutes until the mushrooms and onions are cooked throughout and the pineapple is caramelized.
  13. Serve.
  14. Eat.

Grilled Steak, Mushroom and Onion Kebabs

Paula of Bell’Alimento creates a juicy combination of flavors with these Grilled Steak, Mushroom and Onion Kebabs that are perfect for grilling season.

Steak and Mushroom Kebabs by Bell'Alimento

Grilling season is upon us. I for one couldn’t be happier. There’s something about the smell of ALL the things grilling away on a grill (or grill pan in this case – but feel free to use your grill). Kebabs are always a big hit whether you’re serving them up as an appetizer or the main course. After all, who doesn’t love food on sticks? The possibilities and pairings are only limited to your imagination.

These kebabs pack a flavorful punch by marinating the steak in a mixture of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard and fresh rosemary. You can even make the marinade the night before (or the morning of) and then it ONLY takes about 15 minutes to pull the meal together.

Be sure to soak your skewers well before grilling. You want them waterlogged so they don’t go up in flames.

 

Grilled Steak Mushroom and Onion Kebabs

Yield: 12 Kebabs

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

 

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons olive oil

6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

kosher salt

pepper

1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary

18 ounces steak – cut into 24 cubes

8 ounces baby bella mushrooms – halved

1 large Vidalia onion – sliced into 12 wedges

 

Directions:

  1. Whisk oil, vinegar, mustard and rosemary into a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add steak to bowl, mix to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and transfer to refrigerator to marinate for a minimum of 1 hour.
  3. Soak 12 skewers in water.
  4. To assemble skewers: Add 1 piece of steak, 1 mushroom and onion wedge. Continue by adding the same. Continue until all 12 skewers are complete.
  5. Heat a non-stick grill pan over medium – high heat. Add skewers (careful not to crowd the pan, do this in batches). Cook for approximately 2-3 minutes and then flip skewers. Continue cooking for additional 2 minutes.
  6. Transfer to serving plate. Garnish with fresh rosemary if desired.

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?

Seven-Minute Spring Ramen Bowl

Brooke from Cheeky Kitchen shares an updated veggie-filled version of a college staple, without losing the college budget. 

 Seven-Minute Spring Mushroom Ramen Bowl by Cheeky Kitchen

Are you on the search for something quick, fresh, and healthy? We’ve got you covered! This quick and simple ramen bowl uses budget-friendly packets of premade ramen, tosses them with on-sale, in-season veggies (Bonus tip: mushrooms are always in season), and serves itself up quick, for just about $1 per bowl. Now, that is one dinner you need in your life every day!

I’ve been delighted (and slightly obsessed) with the mealtime wonder that is packet of ramen. Like a blank canvas, it’s the perfect way to start tons of quick meals, and the best part is…it costs just pennies per serving!

If you’ve always thought of ramen as a cheap college eat, it’s time to rethink this affordable, accessible mealtime starter! This easy recipe will have you happily slurping down noodles and perfectly steamed mushrooms, asparagus, and a simple poached egg in just seven minutes!

Seven-Minute Spring Ramen Bowl

Start with premade Udon noodles or packets of ramen. Both options will yield a bowl of warm, light soup in seven minutes flat.

Serves 2.

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet ramen, chicken flavored
  • ½ cup asparagus spears, cut to 3” length
  • 1 ½ cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 ½  tablespoon sesame, avocado, or olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon scallions
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro

Directions:
1. In a medium pot, cook ramen according to package directions. One minute before ramen is done, toss asparagus spears in to the pot. Transfer to two bowls. Add mushrooms and oil to the pot. Turn stove burner to medium-high heat. Spread mushrooms flat on the bottom of the pot, sprinkle with lemon pepper, and cook until golden brown. Transfer mushrooms to soup bowl.

2. Add 2 cups of water to pot. Bring to a boil. Add vinegar to boiling water, then gently crack one egg on each side of the pot. Immediately turn off burner, but leave the pot on the hot burner.

3. Use a fork to gently pull the eggs whites toward the center of your egg, giving it a nice round shape. Allow eggs to sit in hot water for 4 minutes, then use a large slotted spoon to gently remove and place one egg on top of each ramen bowl. Garnish bowls with chopped scallions and cilantro. Serve immediately and enjoy!