Archive for May, 2014

Celebrity Chef, Jehangir Mehta, Helps the University of Washington Celebrate Mushroom May-nia

What happens when you bring an iron chef to the University of Washington? May-nia ensues! Students at University of Washington were eager and excited to meet Chef Jehangir Mehta during a weeklong “Mushroom May-nia” event, and Council Representative Brittany Stager was there to capture the enthusiasm.

Enoki, king trumpet, shiitake and beech; just some of the types of mushrooms students at the University of Washington had the opportunity to enjoy during last week’s “Mushroom May-nia” event.

Several of the school’s dining halls served a rotating menu of mushroom dishes all week. Everything from roasted chicken with mushroom sauce to pulled portabella mushrooms and smoked tofu in a steam bun. A free sampling at the university’s highly trafficked “Market” caught the attention of hundreds of students, who lined up to try the simple sautéed white button mushrooms.

Mid-week, Mushroom May-nia excitement grew as students were ready to welcome Food Network celebrity Chef, Jehangir Mehta for a prestigious private dinner and live cooking demos. On Wednesday night Chef Mehta prepared a special dinner for a table of 20 guests including the University’s President, Michael Young, and several students who were nominated by their peers for the exemplary leadership skills.

The 4 course mushroom menu was a work of art; starting with a Mushroom & Scallop Tartar, a Black Cod, Seared Duck Breast over Zucchini and Enoki “Noodles,” followed by a mushroom infused Chocolate Panna Cotta. With every course, Chef Mehta addressed the guests, explaining his inspiration behind each dish. From health and flavour, to family and personal experience, Chef’s passion for mushrooms was truly apparent.

Thursday’s demo brought 100 hungry students to UW’s “Chef’s Table” at Local Point Dining Hall to see Chef cook his famous Graffiti Slider Burger; a blend of portabella mushrooms, king mushrooms, and angus beef. Students in the audience couldn’t believe how much flavor the blended burger had, some even exclaiming “I never would have guessed there were mushrooms in it!”

The Blend concept is one that has been highly accepted in schools, colleges, and universities, and as Chef Mehta found out, sure knows how to draw a crowd!

Family Dining Made Simple with Mushrooms

Every family, across the country, always has the same discussion at some point and it starts with, “Where should we go out to eat?” With every member of the family having different preferences, it can turn into hours before you even pack in the car to head out. This year we decided to work with a few bloggers to help us identify restaurants that are perfect for any occasion, and of course, are not afraid of tossing a few mushrooms into their meals.

From date night to family burger night, take a look at our round-up of dining experiences that will take care of the guess work on your next night out.

Date Night

Lifestyle Blogger ‘Waiting on Martha’ loves to enjoy a night out with her husband, but finding a place that suits her vegetarian diet and his carnivore taste buds can occasionally be a challenge.  Seasons 52 is a perfect setting for a romantic evening out, and a menu easily adaptable based on dietary needs. Mandy ordered the Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Flatbread without steak, and loved it so much she decided to create an inspired recipe to make at home.

Family Burger Night

When the burger craving hits, look no further than your neighborhood Five Guys. With topping options galore, including Mushrooms, it’s the perfect place to satisfy a craving. Susie from We Are Not Martha went there on a Friday night with only one topping in mind – extra mushrooms. However, with grilled onions, jalapeno peppers and relish, the topping combinations are endless.

Pizza and More

California Pizza Kitchen might have pizza in the headline, but the menu goes far beyond that. While it can provide you way more than an ordinary cheese pizza, with an entire menu filled with appetizers, salads, pasta and more, it’s the perfect place for a week night or weekend. Alison from Ingredients, Inc. went with her kids where they all enjoyed a mushroom pizza on gluten-free crust. However, if you’re looking for something a little lighter their Mushroom and Spinach flatbread is just the ticket.

Now that we’ve narrowed down your options where are you heading to dinner tonight?

 

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?

Grilled Portabella, Andouille and Sweet Potato Tacos

Jennifer of Savory Simple shares a mouthwatering combination of flavors with this Grilled Portabella, Andouille and Sweet Potato Tacos recipe perfect for grilling season.

Grilled Portabella Tacos by Savory Simple

Grilling season is finally upon us! Grilling outdoors is one of my absolute favorite things about warm weather months. I can sear ingredients without setting off the smoke alarm and it’s also a great excuse to have friends over for dinner and drinks on the back porch. It’s what spring and summer are all about.

I love making grilled tacos. The charred ingredients add so much flavor and even if the filling is prepared in advance, corn tortillas can be thrown on the grill just before serving to heat things up. This recipe for grilled portabella, andouille and sweet potato tacos are spicy, sweet and a perfect way to enjoy the summer season.

Grilled Portabella, Andouille and Sweet Potato Tacos

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yields: 8 tacos

Ingredients:

  • 2 large portabella mushroom caps, wiped clean
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced in 1/4 inch thick pieces
  • 2 cooked smoked andouille sausage links
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice from one lime
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 corn tortillas

Optional toppings:

  • diced jalapeños
  • cotija cheese
  • pico de gallo

Directions:

  1. Scrape the gills from the inside of the portabella caps and discard. Place the mushrooms, sweet potatoes and sausage links in a large reseal bag along with the olive oil. Toss to coat.
  2. Heat a grill to medium, approximately 350 degrees F. Place the mushrooms, sweet potatoes and sausage on the grill and cover. Cook for 5 minutes, then flip everything and cook for another 5 minutes. Check one of the sweet potato slices to make sure they’re cooked through.
  3. Once the ingredients have cooled, dice everything evenly and toss with the lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Before serving, heat the corn tortillas on the grill for approximately 30 seconds (use high heat if grill marks are desired).
  5. Add the filling to each taco and serve with optional toppings.

 

Get Grilling with Mushrooms

We’re mid-way through National Barbecue month, but grilling season is just starting to sizzle! No matter if you’re firing up the coals for a breakfast fix or a backyard dinner, mushrooms are a tasty and nutritious addition to the grill! The versatility of mushrooms serves up a variety of recipes to enjoy during grilling season and makes for a great pairing with your favorite spring dishes any time of day.

Cherry and Portabella Stuffed Pork Chops

Blend the meaty texture and distinct flavor of mushrooms with your ground meat to put a new spin on your favorite burgers or grill mushrooms whole – toss them in a bit of oil and your favorite seasonings to have them stand alone as a tasty side-dish! The possibilities for throwing mushrooms in your every-day grilling mix are endless – and delicious! Here are a few recipes you can use to get grilling with mushrooms whether morning, noon or night:

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner