Archive for September, 2011

Mr. Food Celebrates Mushroom Month!

Our friend and fellow fun-guy Mr. Food recently traveled to the Mushroom Capital of the World, Kennett Square, PA., to celebrate National Mushroom Month. After a couple days in town soaking up local inspiration, he whipped up two new easy-to-make mushroom recipes: Mushroom Lovers’ Chicken and Overstuffed Portabellas. Try your hand at them this month, and tell us what you think!

Also, check out Mr. Food’s blog detailing his mushroom-centric travels. Have you got any trips on the books for National Mushroom Month?

The Mushroom Masters Begins! Breakfast Battle by Shutterbean

The Mushroom Masters is back and we are kicking off National Mushroom Month and our month-long Tastespotting partnership with the most important meal of the day- all of them breakfast!

Team USA is  serving bruschetta for breakfast courtesy of Shutterbean in Week 1- we must really like you guys. If you are inspired by this especially tasty toast, if you’re feeling especially patriotic or both, please do click through to vote for the US and Tracy from Shutterbean over on Tastespotting this week.

A little bit about Tracy:

Tracy Benjamin is obsessed with good food and great photography, both of which are equally evident on her fun and colorful blog, Shutterbean. Completely self-taught, Tracy loves the intimacy and nurturing quality of sharing delicious meals with loved ones. As a busy working mom, she has made it her mission to serve up tasty, home cooked meals, without having to slave for hours in the kitchen.

And what you’ve all been waiting for… the recipe:

Caramelized Mushroom & Shallot Bruschetta

Makes 20-22 bruschette

For the caramelized shallots
-3 medium shallots, thinly sliced in rings (about 1 cup)
-1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
-1 teaspoon light brown sugar

For the mushrooms
-1 ½ cups crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced
-1 ½ cups white button mushrooms, thinly sliced
-3 tablespoons salted butter
-3 tablespoons dry sherry
-kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper
-red pepper flakes
-4-5 sprigs fresh thyme

For the crostini
-1 sourdough baguette, cut into ½ slices on the diagonal (about 20-22 total)
-1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
-1 clove garlic
-4 oz. goat cheese, at room temperature
-aged balsamic vinegar

To make the caramelized shallots, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and add shallots. Saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of water and 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and continue to cook until shallots are browned and caramelized, about 10 minutes. Set shallots aside in a small bowl.

Heat 3 tablespoons butter in the same saucepan. Add the mushrooms and cook on medium- high heat to soften, stirring occasionally. After about 8 minutes, add sherry, salt, black pepper, a pinch of red pepper flakes and 3 sprigs thyme. Continue to cook for another 5-7 minutes, or until mushrooms are slightly caramelized and soft. Add the shallots to the mushroom mixture and set aside.

To make the crostini, put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 350°F. Put bread slices on a baking sheet and brush slices with oil on both sides. Season lightly with salt and pepper, then bake until pale golden, about 10-15 minutes. If you are grilling the crostini, heat over medium high heat and grill each side for 3-4 minutes. When crostini are cool to touch, rub a clove of garlic on the top of each crostini.

To assemble bruschette, spread 1 tablespoon of goat cheese on top, spoon the slightly warm mushroom mixture on top of goat cheese. Repeat until all crostini are topped. Plate the bruschette and sprinkle tops with reserved thyme leaves, a pinch of salt, and drizzle each bruschetta lightly with aged balsamic vinegar.

Rustic Mushroom Tart from Bell'Alimento

We are just so happy to be kicking off Mushroom Month with another beautiful post from Mushroom Channel contributor Paula of the positively bella Italian food blog Bell’Alimento. We think this would be the perfect addition to Labor Day brunch. Enjoy the long weekend!

This is a simple savory mushroom tart that you can put together quickly. It’s stunning as an appetizer when sliced and served with wine or is hearty enough as a full meal.  It starts off with a flaky layer of crust and then you taste the creamy béchamel which leads way to the scrumptiously sautéed herbed mushrooms

Feel free to substitute puffed pastry dough for the pie crust if you like even more flakiness.  To up the mushroom ante you can even mix in a variety of mushrooms.

Rustic Mushroom Tart
Serves: 4 – Prep Time: 10 minutes – Start – Finish Time:  40 minutes


Ingredients:
1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ onion – minced
8 ounces button mushrooms – sliced
salt/pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 refrigerated pie crust
¼ cup prepared béchamel sauce {see below}
1 egg – beaten


Directions:
1. Add olive oil to a medium sauté pan. Heat  over medium –high.  Add onion and sauté until softened. Add mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and cook until mushrooms are tender. Add thyme. Set aside.

2. Place pie crust onto a rimmed cookie sheet that has been lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Place béchamel sauce into center of pie crust. Top with mushrooms.

3. Carefully fold pie crust so that it overlaps mushrooms but does not enclose.  Brush top of pie crust with beaten egg.

4. Bake for approximately 30 minutes OR until crust is golden.

Béchamel Sauce:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/4 cups milk – heated
pinch of salt
Into a small sauce pan add butter and melt over medium heat. Add flour and stir with a wooden spoon. Cook for approximately two minutes, stirring constantly. Add heated milk and whisk to combine. Continue cooking until mixture has thickened. 

Time to Celebrate National Mushroom Month!

It’s the most wonderful time of year- September is National Mushroom Month! September is the perfect time for mushroom fans to let their friendly fungi flag fly and we’ve got all kinds of delicious ideas for flavorful feasting.

Some things to watch out for during mushroom month are:

  • Mushroom Masters: A Tournament of Taste – the second annual international competition of food bloggers kicks off on Tuesday, September 6. Tune into the Channel to see amazing recipes and photos from four fantastic food bloggers representing the USA. Please support these patriotic plates by voting for Shutterbean, La Fuji Mama, Savory Sweet Life and Elana’s Pantry on Tastespotting this month!
  • Mr. Food Mushroom Recipes – Fellow fun-guy Mr. Food created two new mushroom recipes just for us! The nationally syndicated show airs on September 7 & 8, and we’ll share the full recipes with you!
  • 30 Days of #MushroomMonth Tweets – We’ve cooked up 30 reasons for you to celebrate National Mushroom Month to the fullest, every day!
  • Fun on Facebook– Come check out fun with photos, recipes,interesting facts and delicious meal ideas.
  • Mushrooms all Month – Cook with mushrooms every day, every way! Take recipes and inspiration from our phenomenal contributing bloggers, the Mr. Food test kitchen, and the Council’s collection.