Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

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?

Top Ten Reasons to Enjoy Mushrooms This Holiday Season

Mushroom Meatballs

Sugar and spice, and everything nice tops the list of holiday essentials, but we’re certain that mushrooms are the true hero of the holiday season. From small bites to a full feast, mushrooms are the perfect ingredient for every occasion. If you’re not convinced take a look at our top ten reasons to enjoy mushrooms for the holidays.

1) They’re always in season. From the Fourth of July to New Year’s Eve, mushrooms are always fresh and available.

2) Your guests will never know they are eating a “healthy” meatball appetizer when you replace a portion of ground meat with finely chopped mushrooms. Try these Crimini and Pork meatballs from our featured recipe tab.  (Pictured Above)

3) They are a natural source of Vitamin D, a perfect way to get your daily dose as the sun sets early.

4) From the hearty portabella to the savory shiitake, there is always a variety to choose from. Check out our Variety Pinterest board to learn more!

5) Stuffed mushrooms are always a crowd favorite. You can even combine two appetizers in one with Spinach Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms.

6) Portabella mushrooms make a great canvas for leftovers. Try these Portabella Pizettes that combine a variety of holiday flavors.

7) Not a lot of time to spend in the kitchen before guests arrive? These No-Bake Hummus Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect appetizer to whip up in minutes.

8) This Mushroom Lasagna from What’s Gaby Cooking will have guests talking for days after the party.

9) There is never a shortage of mushroom recipes. We have more than 1,000 recipe ideas on our Pinterest boards.

10) They are healthy, versatile and delicious. What more do you need?

Happy Holidays!


A Mushroom (Pinterest) Gathering

Mushroom Holiday Pin Party

Before the ovens start to preheat, friends and family start to gather and you savor that first bite, the holiday menu has to be planned.  In between decorating, school events for the kids and shopping it can be a challenge to carve out time for discovering recipe ideas. This season the Mushroom Council decided to put that time on the calendar for you and we’re bringing the recipes directly to your Pinterest feed with #AMushroomGathering Pin Party.

From stuffed mushrooms to savory entrees, we’re dedicating an entire hour to mushroom recipes that are perfect for any party. The best part about this party is that you are ALL INVITED.  Simply be on Pinterest at 7PM CT on Tuesday, December 10th and follow along with the Mushroom Channel, A Spicy Perspective and The Little Kitchen as we share mushroom recipes for #AMushroomGathering. One lucky participant will even walk away with a Mushroom Apron and a $25 American Express gift card.

The hour will be broken into four categories to suit all of your holiday planning needs.  What does that leave you to do between now and Tuesday? Start following our Mushroom Gathering Pinterest board and create a mushroom board of your own to repin all of the delicious recipes to!

See you there!

Pin Party Schedule:

Holiday Pin Party Mushroom Appetizers

Holiday Pin Party Stuffed Mushrooms

Holiday Pin Party Mushroom Side Dishes

Holiday Pin Party Mushroom Entrees

Top Mushroom Pins for The Holidays

Grilled Caprese Portabella

As the saying goes, we eat with our eyes before taking the first bite, which makes it no surprise that Pinterest and recipes are a match made in heaven.   When it comes to the versatile mushroom, there is no shortage of mushroom creativity from appetizers to entrees.

With more than 1,500 pins on the Mushroom Channel Pinterest account we’ve collected quite a few favorites, but we’re dedicating this blog post to the recipes YOU like the most.  Based on likes and repins, we compiled a list of our most popular pins.

Discovering the perfect appetizer for a holiday party or a healthy dish to keep in mind for your New Year’s resolutions can be a challenge, but we hope our list below makes your holiday planning that much simpler ( and delicious).

Be sure to check out our Friday blog post for a preview of our first-ever Mushroom Pin Party taking place on Tuesday, December 10th 7PM CT with co-hosts The Little Kitchen and A Spicy Perspective . Join the Pin Party and share your favorite mushroom creations using the hashtag #AMushroomGathering.

Happy Cooking!

Top Mushroom Channel Pins:

1)      Grilled Caprese Portabella

2)      Spicy Mushroom Miso Ramen

3)      Mushroom Fontina Tartine

4)      Tortellini with Mushrooms, Zucchini and Bell Pepper

5)      Brie and Cranberry Stuffed Mushrooms

6)      Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

7)      Simple Sautéed Mushrooms

8)      Easy Parmesan Mushroom Melts

9)      Campfire Mushrooms

10)   Marinated Grilled Mushrooms

10 Tips To Eat More Mushrooms

Elaine Magee, MPH, RD shares 10 tips to incorporate mushrooms into your favorite dishes.

Sauteed Mushroom Skillet

The holiday season is all about indulgence and there is always a delicious bite within reach.  No one wants to give up the food they love, and the good news is that you don’t have to. By adding mushrooms to the dishes you already love, you’re adding a delicious boost of nutrients that will leave you satisfied without the guilt.

Take a look at ten simple ideas that will inspire you to purchase mushrooms today!

  1. Make a baked potato bar for a fun dinner. Add sautéed mushrooms to the bar line-up along with chopped green onions,  chili made with lean meat or chopped tomato, cheese, light sour cream, etc.…
  2. Every time you enjoy eggs—when making an omelet, scrambled eggs or frittata—make it a new habit to include super nutritious produce (sliced mushrooms, dark leafy greens like kale or spinach, and red pepper or tomatoes). NOTE: Change things up during the weekend and have breakfast for dinner! Mushrooms will help make it satisfying and nutritious.
  3.  Pump up the nutrition on any of your burgers (be it black bean, turkey or beef burgers) by topping them with sautéed mushrooms at home or when ordering at restaurants. You can also blend finely chopped mushrooms directly into the burger patty as a replacement for a portion of the ground meat.
  4. For those meals when you want to go meatless, feature a meaty mushroom instead. Portabella mushroom caps (whole, sliced or chopped) can take the place of meat on a bun, in a pasta dish, on a pizza crust, in a casserole or a bowl of chili.
  5. Take your grown up grilled cheese to a new level in flavor and nutrition by adding sautéed mushrooms or sliced marinated or grilled portabellas.
  6. When you barbeque or grill kabobs, no matter what the featured protein (shrimp, beef, chicken or pork), help your taste buds, wallet and health by making sure to add a couple of white button or crimini mushrooms to every kabob. You will make about four kabobs more for every pound of meat.
  7. Have a bag of sliced mushrooms ready to go in your crisper for your side or entrée green salads.
  8. Add mushrooms to your favorite Mexican or Italian dishes (spaghetti, lasagna, enchiladas, tamales, burritos, or quesadillas) in addition to or instead of some of the meat.
  9. When you unpack your groceries, just take 5 minutes to sauté the sliced mushrooms you just bought in a nonstick frying pan with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and season with minced garlic or garlic powder, black pepper and any desired herbs. Then keep them covered in the refrigerator to use in all sorts of dishes over the next few days.
  10. Boost the flavor and nutrition of any soup or stew (homemade or canned) by adding sautéed mushrooms. Canned soups can usually use a little something something in the nutrition and flavor department, so add some mushrooms when you are warming it up and improve both!