Archive for December, 2014

Warm up from Winter’s Chill with Tomatoes and Mushrooms

Winter is here and the cold is setting in, but have no fear – mushrooms are here to help add warmth and savor to your meals. One of our favorite parts of winter cooking is celebrating the savory flavors of tomatoes when cooked with mushrooms. The hearty zest of tomatoes combined with the versatility of mushrooms ensure your meals are bold and comforting to keep you warm and cozy even on the coldest day.

Whether you are looking to make a quick meal, or planning for the week, mushrooms can be added to a variety of tomato based dishes that are sure to impress your friends, family and stomach. Let the happy marriage of mushrooms and tomatoes keep you warm and full this winter with one of these delicious dishes:

Mushroom Chipotle Chili: Let this delicious recipe simmer to perfection and experience the flavor burst that comes from the blend of mushrooms and meat.

Spaghetti with Mushroom Meatballs: Spaghetti and meatballs makes just about everyone happy. It’s a meal that’s simple and satisfying and comes together in just 20 minutes. We’ve added a little something special to our meatball recipe by blending in one of our favorite ingredients – mushrooms!

Mushroom Bolognese: A vegetarian twist on the classic meat filled Bolognese recipe. Thick and hearty, even your biggest carnivore will love this sauce. This is a great way to get more veggies into your meals.

Mushroom Ravioli With Tomato Dipping Sauce: Mushroom ravioli make a beautiful presentation for an appetizer, yet are hearty enough to make a full meal.

Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen makes holiday brunch easy and filling with this supersized stuffed mushroom recipe using portabella caps and a meaty chopped mushroom filling!

During the month of December, it’s all about the appetizers…and cookies. Cookies are important, too. But today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite larger format appetizers that could almost double as an entree: the stuffed portabella mushroom. It’s a little meta, I’d say, mushroom on mushroom! Think of it like the mushroom version of the turducken.

These larger portabella mushrooms are stuffed with a mixture of diced white button mushrooms, seasonings like bread crumbs, red pepper flakes, Gruyere cheese and fresh Italian parsley. It’s the ideal mixture you’d want in any stuffed mushroom recipe, actually. They take under 30 minutes to whip up. And they can even be prepped ahead of time and assembled just before guests arrive, making them the ideal appetizer for your holiday season.

 

Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

Yields 4

Ingredients:

  • 10 white button mushrooms, diced (will equal to about 2 1/4 cups)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 2 tablespoons creme fraiche (or sour cream)
  • Parsley salad
  • 1 small Italian parsley
  • 1/2 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 portabella mushrooms

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil.
  1. In a large bowl mix together the diced white button mushrooms, garlic, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, Gruyere cheese and creme fraiche. Flip the portabella mushrooms so they face stem side up. Scoop a few tablespoons of filling into each portabella; feel free to pile it high! Top each portabella with a sprinkling of salt and few pinches of extra bread crumbs. Transfer to the oven to bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are browned and the portabellas are tender when poked with a knife.
  1. Meanwhile, mix together the Italian parsley, shallots, lemon juice and olive oil. Top each baked portabella mushroom with a scoop of the Italian parsley salad and serve.

 

‘Tis the Season for Mushrooms

The most wonderful time of the year is here – homes are decked with beautiful displays of lights, holiday tunes float through the air, and family and friends are gathering near. With the holidays and New Year nearly upon us, the merriment of the season is in full swing – and so are the holiday parties! Whether bringing a sharable dish to a nearby soiree or prepping for your own jolly celebration, giving the gift of mushrooms this holiday season is easy, delicious and joyous to all!

The versatility of mushrooms makes them an absolute go-to for preparing holiday party menus – they blend seamlessly into spreads no matter the style of celebration. Make stuff mushroom caps with a savory sausage and portabella blend for a festive and formal cocktail party with friends. Or prep easy and delicious mushroom blend pasta sauces for a savory spaghetti or lasagna dish perfect for an intimate Christmas dinner with family. Let the mushrooms inspire your holiday cooking with one of these delicious dishes:

Mushroom Duxelle Crostini – Impressive holiday guest with this flavorful appetizer – beautifully presented yet easy to make.

Spicy Moroccan Mushroom Meatballs with Harrisa Aioli – Serve up vibrant flavor with these poppable treats – savory, meaty mushroom texture with the perfect amount of kick from Moroccan spices.

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms – Make easy, bite-sized appetizers with these delicious sausage-stuffed mushrooms – baked to perfection and ideal for holiday entertaining.

Mushroom Chicken Alfredo Lasagna – This effortless, hearty lasagna recipe can be served for an intimate dinner with family or for a casual holiday gathering with friends.

Creamy Tetrazzini With Mushroom-Turkey Meatballs – Mushroom-turkey meatballs lend flavor and textural nuance to creamy tetrazzini – a shareable, filling dish the whole family will enjoy!