Posts Tagged ‘Mushroom Channel’

Kick Start Thanksgiving with Festive Mushroom Flavors

With the biggest food holiday of the year quickly approaching, it’s easy to get caught up in planning for the main event. Between thawing, prepping, and stuffing a turkey, accenting with a variety of side dishes and picking the perfect pie flavors for your family, a host’s holiday checklist is never-ending! Luckily, quick appetizers are a simple way to add a special touch to the holiday meal.

We’ve rounded up our favorite quick appetizers perfect for sharing with your guests before digging into the main event.  Holidays bring savory, decadent recipes to center stage and the umami-rich flavors in mushrooms make them a perfect way to prep your guests’ palate for Thanksgiving meal to come without adding intricate prep work to your schedule. Looking to save some time the day of? Whip up parts of the recipe ahead of time to make the day-of assembly of these recipes effortless:

  • Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms – bite sized and baked to perfection, these tasty bites are stuffed with an earthy blend of sausage and chopped portabellas
  • No-Bake Hummus Stuffed Mushrooms – coming together easily, the blend of flavors in this vegan and gluten-free appetizer are  sure to please any holiday guest
  • Mushroom Stuffed Pears with Gorgonzola – change up the traditional holiday flavors and put a twist on the ever-popular stuffed mushroom appetizer by stuffing fresh pears with a flavorful combo of gorgonzola and finely chopped mushrooms
  • Mushroom Pine Nut Pinwheels – puff pastry combined with a decadent mix of mushrooms, pine nuts and parmesan cheese make for an appetizer that can be made in advance and warmed in the oven before guests arrive
  • Caramelized Mushroom & Shallot Bruschetta – a spin on an Italian classic, ramp up a traditional passed appetizer with the bold flavor a combination goat cheese and mushrooms provide
  • Rosemary and Hazelnut Stuffed Mushrooms – a seasonal mix of rosemary, brie and toasty hazelnuts provide your party with a creamy, festive taste

What mushroom-filled recipe is your go to for a quick and savory appetizer?

 

Raise a Fork for National Pasta Day

Boil it, sauce it and serve it up – it’s National Pasta Day! With major flavor, fork twirling and fun, pasta continues to bring to tables around the world, we’d argue that one day is not enough to celebrate all the great pasta-bilities – especially when mushrooms are added to the pan!

The versatility of pasta, much like mushrooms, makes delicious family dinners, lunches and party sides a forkful away. Pair al dente spaghetti noodles with hearty meat and mushroom blend marinara, or top fun rotini with a classic creamy Alfredo and sautéed mushroom sauce. If the pasta urge strikes early, don’t wait until dinner to start your celebration – enjoy a chilled noodle salad with sliced mushrooms, onions and peppers and drizzled with a light vinaigrette for a satisfying lunch you can pack to-go.

Hold your forks high and celebrate National Pasta day with these sure-to-please pasta recipes featuring mushrooms!

Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms – This Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms is a perfect example on how to blend meat in mushrooms together in a classic recipe!

Fettuccine Profumate – This creamy, aromatic fettuccine recipe is full of mushroom flavor.

Cheesy Mushroom Sausage Pasta – Enjoy this delicious family pasta dish that takes less than 30 minutes from fridge to table!

Tri-Color Pasta and Portabella Salad – Meaty mushrooms bring satisfying flavor to the pasta salad – a light, quick and easy meal.

Gorgonzola & Port Macaroni Stuffed Portabellas – In this dish, the macaroni and cheese would not taste as good without the mushroom – the perfect untraditional touch to your National Pasta Day celebration.

Mushroom Chicken Alfredo Lasagna – This recipe is a healthy, hearty meal that can last a few days or can go from freezer to oven to table.

Easy Mushroom Ravioli with Four-Cheese Sauce – A quick filling that bursts with flavor comes together quickly with  won ton skins in place of pasta for homemade ravioli  bound to impress dinner guests.

 

Celebrity Chef Jehangir Mehta’s Blended Burgers Take Texas A&M by Storm

What’s better than a blended mushroom burger? How about a blended mushroom burger prepared by Food Network celebrity chef, Jehangir Mehta? Texas A&M Students were in for a treat earlier this week when Chef Mehta showcased blendability to a group of hungry students; and Council Representative, Brittany Stager, was there to witness all the excitement.

Students from all across campus made their way to Texas A&M’s Sbisa Dining Hall on Tuesday April 22nd to learn about mushrooms, take in a cooking demo by Food Network Chef Jehangir Mehta, and enjoy a delicious sample of blended mushroom burgers.  There was not a seat to spare in the audience, and even more students gathered around, as Chef Jehangir took the stage. Taking a minute to talk about the many benefits of mushrooms, the concept of blendability, and his true passion for nature’s hidden treasure, Jehangir had the students excited about the demo to come. Over 250 blended mushroom burgers were served to students with an overwhelming acceptance; some even came back for thirds!

Chef Jehangir’s appearance kicked off a larger mushroom event at Texas A&M University, as dining halls and cafeterias across the campus served up feature mushroom dishes. From a mushroom meatloaf served to the 2500 hungry cadets, to a 50/50 mushroom blended sausage, students enjoyed the week long mushroom festivities.

Even the University staff were energized about the event; “the promotion when very well! The students loved the Celebrity Chef. It was something different they never had on campus before,” says Texas A&M University Dietitian, Chanika Moses, “hopefully we can do something like this once a semester.”

The Council looks forward to continuing to work with Texas A&M to further educate students on the many benefit of mushrooms, the sustainable farming practices, and the nutritional advantages of blendability.

Eggs and Mushrooms: Your Perfect Morning Combo

As spring takes hold of the weather forecast, it also makes its way to the kitchen. Warmer weather and longer days mean starting your day by opting for a fresher take on the meal that keeps you going – breakfast! This weekend’s Easter holiday offers an opportunity to step away from the egg dye and celebrate eggs in combination with our favorite, tasty mushrooms.

Whether you’re rising before the sun and fueling for an egg hunt or savoring a bright Easter brunch, the combination of mushrooms and eggs fits perfectly into your Easter wake-up. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes featuring the tasty combo courtesy of the American Egg Board:

  • Tuscan Garden Breakfast Flatbread – dressed in a classic tomato pesto and overflowing with scrambled eggs, crimini mushrooms, artichokes, tomatoes, spinach, bacon and parmesan cheese, this decadent take on breakfast gives you something to look forward to in the morning.
  • Green Curry Egg Sandwich – start your day with a vegetarian twist on a lunch classic. This Green Curry Egg Sandwich boasts a mix of scrambled eggs, sweet peppers, mushrooms and onions sautéed in green curry sauce and stuffed in Naan bread with spicy radish sprouts.
  • Steakhouse Breakfast – for those seeking a hearty breakfast, look no further than the extra meaty combo of mushrooms, steak and a fried egg all served on Asiago Cheese Foccacia.
  • Huevos Rancheros with Portabella – mix up a weekend go-to by topping a roasted portabella cap with cumin scrambled eggs, served with avocado, Ranchero sauce and corn tortilla crumbles.
  • Breakfast Mash Up (Breakfast Poutine) – a new way to serve up a northern favorite, Breakfast Poutine features scrambled eggs atop French fries, sautéed mushrooms, cheese curds and turkey sausage crumbles also becomes a tasty take on brinner.

Now that the eggs are dyed and baskets prepared, which egg combo are you planning to try on Easter morning?

The Versatile Mushroom Strikes Again

Throughout 2014, we have been promoting “Mushroom Makeovers” which reinvent culinary favorites by adding flavorful and nutritious mushrooms to dishes. We would now like to introduce you to a different kind of Mushroom Makeover!

Mushrooms, which have long been used to add savory flavor and heartiness, have been popping up in unexpected ways. Foodies, restaurants and chefs have been putting mushrooms to the culinary test, creating a number of innovative uses for a classic ingredient. From dinner, to dessert, to your morning coffee, mushrooms have you covered. To celebrate this new era, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite newfound uses for mushrooms:

  • Making life a little sweeter – MytoTechnology researchers have discovered an all-natural fermentation process that uses mushrooms to remove bitter and acidic tastes from food ingredients such as chocolate and coffee. Mushroom mocha, anyone?
  • Playing a role in interior design – Former chef turned USF Professor Phillip Ross has engineered a technique combining mushrooms and woodchips to create a sustainable yet sturdy material that can easily form to any mold. Hailed as an alternative to plastic, mycotecture has the opportunity to make its way into a number of everyday products including car parts, furniture and clothing.
  • Taking a sweet role in traditional desserts – A rich and decadent Truffle Flan from Flanbouyant Eats is an interesting twist on dessert that puts the versatile mushroom to the test and helps expand savory flavor across every course of your meal.

Think you’re bold enough to try your hand at a new kind of mushroom recipe? Our Shiitake Mushroom Ice Cream with Chocolate-Covered Bacon Bits offers a new, make-at-home twist on dessert. Try it as part of a 3 course mushroom feast!