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Top Your Pizza Friday with Mushrooms

Friday is here and there’s no better way to start your weekend than with America’s favorite pie – pizza! Whether gooey and stuffed or flaky and flat the endless variety of combinations and flavors will have your whole family drooling for #PizzaFriday. Just as there are several ways to enjoy pizza, there are several uses of mushrooms making them the perfect addition to pizza night. Use them to personalize your family’s favorite pies while also creating a delicious and enjoyable weekend activity for the kids.

Whether it’s layering sliced, sautéed mushrooms over pressed dough, rich marinara and cheese or swapping the crust for meaty portabella caps topped with your favorite pizza dressings, there’s a mushroom pizza recipe for everyone that adds a healthy alternative to the menu along with explosive flavor! What mushroom pizza combo will you be starting your weekend off with this #PizzaFriday?

Mushroom Caramelized Onion & Blue Cheese Flatbread – Piled high with crimini mushrooms and topped off with fresh arugula, this scrumptious flatbread makes for a perfect start to your weekend.

Spinach and Mushroom Calzone – This calzone stuffed with hearty spinach, meaty mushrooms and gooey cheeses is savory, rich in flavor and filling.

Mushroom Breakfast Pizza – Pizza isn’t just for dinner – top pizza crust with fluffy eggs, crisp bacon and fresh mushrooms for a unique twist on breakfast.

Mushroom Lovers Pizza Dip – Turn a comforting dish into a mushroom rich dish that your whole family will crave.

Grilled Portabella Pizzas– Swapping portabellas for pizza crust in this fun pizza recipe makes it a fast and simple dinner solution with a healthier take on a family favorite.

Cheeseburger Pizza – Combine everyone’s two favorite takeout orders into one homemade meal with a seamless mushroom and beef blend.

 

Mushroom Blendability Was a Hit at the School Nutrition Annual Conference

Over the past year the mushroom industry, food service directors and meat processors have been hard at work hoping to bring blendability to the forefront. The outcome of these efforts were obvious at this year’s School Nutrition Conference, and Council Representative Kathleen Pries, was there to share all the benefits of blendability with knowledge seeking directors.

The energy, excitement and enthusiasm at the SNA ANC in Boston, Massachusetts last week was palpable. School food service directors from across the nation were eager to visit the Mushroom Council booth to learn about fresh mushrooms and blendability.

Located in the United Fresh Pavilion, the Mushroom Council had the opportunity to work with other likeminded exhibitors to bring school foodservice directors real solutions to increase fresh produce consumption in schools. The Fresh Produce Pavilion showcased a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables available to schools, as well as highlighted the produce industry’s commitment to helping schools meet the new fruit and vegetable requirements for school lunch/breakfast.  With the new “Smart Snacks in Schools” requirements going into effect, and continuing media attention on healthier school meals, it is more important than ever that the fresh produce industry be fully engaged with schools.

To demonstrate how meatless options can be just as tasty, and how blendability can enhance school meals, we sampled Spicy Mushroom Meatballs, Mushroom Blended Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties, and Meatless Portabella Cheesesteaks. Attendees were thrilled to hear student’s favorite meals can be made healthier without losing taste, volume or texture. But we weren’t the only ones showing off blendability, three additional companies showed mushroom blended products totaling 11 products on the show floor for school foodservice directors to sample and add to their menu.

The presence of mushroom blendability at this year’s School Nutrition Association Conference was especially important given the current debate on regulating nutrition requirements in the school lunch program.  Concepts like mushroom blendability demonstrate that districts can serve healthier versions of foods kids love without sacrificing taste or acceptance.  The acceptance with districts, processors and industry influencers of mushroom blendability is a huge opportunity to continue to improve student lunches.

We at the Mushroom Council are tremendously lucky to be included in the groundbreaking group of individuals and organizations that form the School Nutrition Association. We would like to thank everyone at the conference for a truly memorable week!

Oyster Mushroom Spring Rolls

Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen shares how to enjoy a cool yet zesty spring favorite during the summer using meaty, flavorful oyster mushrooms.

Mushroom Spring Rolls by A Cozy Kitchen

Spring rolls are the perfect thing to eat as the dog days of summer begin closing in on us. They’re light and fresh-tasting and require minimal cooking—it’s more an assembly-type recipe than anything else. I usually love to stuff spring rolls with seafood like shrimp or lobster but today I’m going with oyster mushrooms. They’re meaty and filling yet don’t weigh you down. The marinade consists of a bit of sugar, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil and a few dashes of chile oil for some flavor. I like to think the ginger adds nice spice, too. The mushrooms are cooked in the sauce, giving them really great flavor. The spring rolls are stuffed with a small handful of micro greens and thinly sliced carrot, resulting in a cool, tasty summer appetizer.

 

Ingredients:

Yields 6 Spring Rolls; Serves 4

 

Spring Rolls:

1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2-inch knob of ginger, grated
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon chile oil (optional)
1 garlic clove, minced
4-5 oyster mushrooms, sliced
6 round rice wrappers
Small handful of micro greens
1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced

 

Dipping sauce:

2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 garlic clove, minced
Pinch of sesame seeds

 

Directions:

1. In a small sauté pan, set over medium heat, add the sesame oil, ginger, soy sauce, light brown sugar, chile oil and garlic clove. Cook until the garlic clove has softened and the brown sugar has dissolved. Add the sliced oyster mushrooms and cook in the sauce until softened, about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and cover the pan while you get the other ingredients ready.

2. Fill a shallow, wide bowl with warm water. Dip 1 rice paper into the water for 10 seconds or so, rotating it so all parts of the sheet hit the water. Transfer the softened rice paper to a cutting board, laying it out flat. Place a few tablespoons of the sautéed mushrooms in the center. Top with a small handful of sliced carrots and micro greens.

3. Fold the bottom edge of the rice paper over the filling and then fold in the 2 sides, the top and then roll the entire wrapper tightly. Repeat with the rest of the spring rolls.

4. To make the dipping sauce, whisk all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Serve the spring rolls immediately with dipping sauce on the side.

 

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.