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Stab, skewer and stack your summer ‘shrooms

Your backyard barbecues just got a whole lot tastier thanks to these summer mushroom recipes.

It’s time to go fork free: this summer, we are all about putting mushrooms on a stick! Kabobs are the perfect appetizer or entrée for summer entertaining. Hosting a backyard bbq? Set out skewers and let guests mix-and-match their grillables by layering flavorful mushrooms, fresh veggies and marinated meats.

Meat lovers know that steak and mushrooms pair deliciously, but try a “lighter” take by blending mushrooms with beef for a delicious blended kefta kabob. Peppers, onions and tomatoes are also tried-and-true stackables, but try this new flavor combo: teriyaki-basted portabellas with pineapple. Whatever you stack, make sure mushrooms are in the mix!

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Don’t forget to vote for your favorite blended burger as a part of The James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project going on now through July 31st. {VOTE}

Summer Mushroom Recipes

Steak, Potato and Mushroom Kebabs

Steak, Potato and Mushroom Kabobs
Keep it classic with marinated steak, mushroom and potato kabobs. White buttons are the perfect variety for the skewer as they hold up well on the grill and take on the flavor of the marinade.

Teriyaki Portabella Mushroom Kabobs

Teriyaki Portabella Mushroom Kabobs
Combine tangy teriyaki sauce, sweet, juicy pineapples and meaty mushrooms in this delicious meatless kabob recipe – perfect for an afternoon of backyard entertaining.

Blended Beef-Mushroom Kefta Kebob

Easy Mushroom Kefta Kabob
Embrace your inner blenditarian this summer with Middle Eastern keftas that combine juicy minced beef with crimini mushrooms.

Grilled Mushroom Kabobs
Stack up your skewer with fresh mushrooms and other summertime veggies for a meat-free kabob packed with flavor.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Mushrooms

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Mushrooms
Beat the heat and step away from the stovetop. Slow cooked, bbq-marinated mushrooms make summer apps a breeze: set out toothpicks and let guests grab and go!

Japanese Chicken Pork Mushroom Blended Meatballs Ponzu Glaze

Japanese Blended Meatballs with Ponzu Glaze
These chicken-pork-mushroom blended meatballs are perfect for a crowd. Serve with a caramelized ponzu glaze for some seriously savory bites!

The Blended Burger Project is Back!

The Mushroom Council and James Beard Foundation have teamed up for the third annual Blended Burger Project.

The Blended Burger Project is back and better than ever! The challenge launches Memorial Day and runs through July 31. During that time, diners can visit hundreds of restaurants taking part to create a more delicious, nutritious and sustainable burger. Each chef/restaurant will create and serve their unique spin on a blended burger: at least 25 percent finely chopped mushrooms blended with meat.

New this Year: Each time you vote for your favorite blended burger you’ll be entered to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to New York City!

Here’s how to take part in the Blended Burger Project:

1. Find and visit a participating restaurant near you and order the featured blended burger
2. Vote for your favorite burger online
3. Promote the #BlendedBurgerProject and your favorite burger through social channels

One randomly selected voter will win – so vote and vote often!

Chefs from the five restaurants with the most online votes will also win a trip to New York City to cook at the historic James Beard House.

Join us this summer for a delicious battle of blended burgers. Find a participating restaurant near you and let the burger eating begin!

Chefs and diners can learn more about participating at jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject.

Move over, McWhopper, there’s a new burger in town 🍔

Calling carnivores and vegetarians alike, we’ve got burger recipes for everyone. 

The Big Mac, the Whopper, the… Blended Burger? That’s right! This National Burger Month, we’re stepping into the ring and upping the burger game: more nutrients, more juiciness, more umami. How you ask? Simply by replacing 25 percent or more of the ground meat with finely chopped mushrooms (same texture, better flavor!). Not into meat? Not a problem. We at the Mushroom Channel have been known to make a mighty fine vegetarian burger or two.

And speaking of burgers… the Blended Burger Project™ is back and better than ever. Put your burger-eating pants on, because starting Memorial Day it’s up to you to vote for the best blended burger of them all. What’s in it for you (besides the deep satisfaction that comes with every bite)? Not only will you be helping a chef’s dreams come true (the five chefs with the most votes will win a trip to cook at the James Beard House in NYC), but NEW this year, every time you vote you’ll be entered to win an-expense paid trip for two to NYC!

If you love burgers and winning, follow these easy steps:

  • Encourage your favorite chefs to participate – all restaurant sizes welcome (signup link)
  • Visit participating restaurants in your area and order the blended burger (May 29-July 31)
  • VOTE for your favorite burger: jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject/vote
  • Promote the #BlendedBurgerProject hashtag and your favorite burger through social channels (because it’s nice to spread the love)

Burger Recipes for National Burger Month:

Blended Bison and Mushroom Burger Recipe

Blended Bison and Mushroom Burgers
Blending mushrooms with lean meats, such as bison, is the trick to keeping burgers juicy and tender. Serve these burgers bun free for a protein-packed meal.

Grilled Portobello Burgers Recipe

Grilled Portobello Burgers with Garlic Mayo
Marinated in homemade barbecue spice mix, these vegetarian portobello burgers are loaded with sweet grilled red onions and savory garlic-chive mayo. Best paired with backyard bbqs.

Italian Turkey Sausage Burger Recipe

Italian Turkey Sausage Sliders
There’s a lot to love about these tiny turkey sausage sliders. Blended with whole baby portabellas and paired with peppers, these bite-sized burgers will satisfy the biggest cravings.

Italian Style Shiitake Pecan Burger Recipe

Italian Style Shiitake Pecan Burger
Here’s one to get a little nuts about: toasted pecans, shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions and sun-dried tomatoes come together to bring this veggie burger to full flavor.

Shiitake Pork Burger Recipe

Shiitake Pork Burger with Banh Mi Slaw
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes…and in this case, loaded with banh mi slaw. Pork and shiitake mushrooms blend together for an umami-packed flavor experience like you’ve never had before.

Mushroom Haloumi Burgers Recipe

Mushroom Haloumi Burgers
No meat, no bun, no problem! Stack portabella mushroom caps with char-grilled peppers, a thick slice of seared haloumi cheese and caramelized onions.

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2016 JBF Food Conference Opening Reception: Event Recap

The kick off to the 2016 JBF Food Conference was held Sunday, October 16th at the historic James Beard House in New York City.

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It was a deluge of Blended Burgers! The opening reception for the James Beard Foundation’s 2016 Food Conference featured the five winners of this year’s Blended Burger Project™ cooking their burgers for attendees.

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The more than 150 reception attendees – including leaders in the healthy and sustainable food movement, elected officials, fellow chefs, and media — feasted on slider versions of each of the chef’s winning recipes. The chefs’ restaurants were the top five recipients of the more than 2 million consumer votes submitted in this year’s competition that featured 350 restaurants menuing their takes on The Blend.

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Honored chefs (and their burgers):

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Michael and Laurence Gottlieb, The Wood’s Kitchen, Bloomingdale, Ga. served up a Worcestershire-glazed double mushroom burger with charred Vidalia onion on a mushroom-salted brioche bun.

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Logan Guleff, Logan’s Underground Supper Club, Memphis, Tenn. presented “The Mushroom Monster”: equal parts portobella mushrooms and ground beef, then seasoned with its own Legends seasoning blend. The burger was topped with fontina cheese, lettuce, tomato and bacon and served with a mini-milkshake.

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Toni Elkhouri, Cedar’s Café, Melbourne, Fla. featured ground beef blended with portobella, shiitake and cremini mushrooms, topped with pomegranate ketchup, banana pepper curry mustard, tahini remoulade, balsamic onion, goat cheese, bacon, spinach and avocado.

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Adrian Cruz, The Orchard Lounge, McAllen, Texas created a shiitake, chorizo and beef blend patty, topped with homemade strawberry fig jam, chipotle aioli, pickled cucumber, butter lettuce, a fried egg, bacon, tomato and string mushrooms.

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Eric Kinniburgh and Jon Lemon, Bareburger, New York City (LaGuardia Place location) topped their wild boar and sweet tamari mushroom blended burger with picked red onion, crispy mustard greens and a Sriracha vinaigrette.

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2016 Blended Burger Project Winning Chefs (L-R: Laurence Gottlieb, The Wood’s Kitchen; Jon Lemon, Bareburger; Toni Elkhouri, Cedar’s Café; Eric Kinniburgh, Bareburger; Michael Gottlieb, The Wood’s Kitchen; Logan Guleff, Logan’s Underground Supper Club; Adrian Cruz, The Orchard Lounge)

Photo Credit: Kent Miller courtesy of the James Beard Foundation.

Mexican Mushroom Meatball Soup for the Win!

Jump start soup season with a delicious blenditarian Mushroom Meatball Mexican Soup from Chez Us.

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One of the most exciting things about switching seasons from summer to fall is that it is officially soup season!  The weather is beginning to cool off, I start to unpack big wooly sweaters and blankets for the house, and comfort food – particularly soup – creeps into my mind.  We eat a lot of soup around our house once the temperatures cool off, and nothings say comfort like a big bowl of this Mexican Meatball Soup.

This recipe is not lacking in flavor or mushrooms.  Blended meatballs are made with a mixture of ground beef, pork and finely chopped mushrooms using The Blend, and then flavored with our favorite dried taco seasoning.  The broth is loaded with more mushrooms as well as heat from jalapeños.  Simmering the meatballs in the broth not only cooks them but adds so much more flavor.  All that is left is some garnish of fresh cilantro, avocado, and cheese.

Save an extra bowl for yourself to enjoy the next day at lunch, as this soup gets better over night!

 

Mexican Meatball Soup Recipe

Serves 6 – 8

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound of cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup panko
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite powdered taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/2 jalapeño, no seeds and finely chopped
  • 1/2 pound of sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed out
  • 1 14.5 ounce can kidney beans
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  • a large avocado, cut into dice
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese, crumbled
  • cilantro, garnish
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper

How To:

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef, pork and chopped mushrooms, along with the panko, egg and taco seasoning. Mix well.
  • Form into medium-sized meatballs and set aside.
  • Place a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil and onion.  Stir and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, jalapeño and sliced mushrooms, stir and cook over medium-low heat for 7 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, stock, corn and kidney beans and stir.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, and gently place the meatballs into the hot broth.  Cover with a lid and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat, then tear the 1/2 bunch of cilantro into the soup.  Stir.
  • Place soup into a serving bowl, top with some cheese, avocado and cilantro.  Squeeze a wedge of lime into the soup.
  • Serve.
  • Eat.