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A+ Back-to-School Mushroom Recipes

Recipes-Aug-BlogBack-to-school season is right around the corner, which means schedules are about to fill up with science projects, after-school sports, homework, band practice, carpooling and school dances. Is your head spinning yet? While life may seem chaotic and unpredictable, your meals don’t have to be. We’ve taken the guesswork out of meal planning and rounded up a collection of easy, healthy mushroom dishes the whole family will love! (No school-age kids at home? No problem. You’ll still enjoy these simple, yet delicious recipes!)

Tips:

  • Cut down time in the kitchen by purchasing pre-cut veggies.
  • Blend mushrooms with meat to make meals go further (plus boost flavor and nutrition).
  • Opt for meals you can make ahead and freeze – freeing up your time during the week!

Crimini Mushroom Nuggets

Zesty Crimini “Chicken” Nuggets
The next time kids ask for chicken nuggets, swap in these crispy, baked crimini nuggets (served with their favorite dipping sauce).

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Cheesy Beef Skillet
The Blend turns this one-skillet dinner into an umami-packed, delicious and quick meal idea for busy families.

Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese with Mushrooms

Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese with Mushrooms
A lunchtime favorite! Combine sweet, tangy barbeque pork with cheesy macaroni, then add roasted mushrooms for an umami-rich surprise!

Baked Sausage and Mushroom Frittata Muffins

Baked Sausage and Mushroom Frittata Muffins
Take-and-go blended breakfast muffins make hectic mornings manageable. Blend mushrooms with Italian sausage for a flavor-winning combo.

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No-Bake Hummus Stuffed Mushrooms
No-cook stuffed mushrooms are perfect for packing in a lunchbox or enjoying as an afterschool snack.

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Muffin Tin Meatloaves
These make-ahead, bite-sized blended mini meatloaves provide a fun way to eat dinner – plus a serving of vegetables!

WATCH: Mushroom Crepes with Gruyere Béchamel Sauce for Mother’s Day

Special thanks to Chez Uz for helping us cook up crepes for Mom this weekend. Rich and inviting, Mom won’t be able to resist the comfort that comes with each flavorful bite. 

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This recipe is inspired by a savory crepe recipe that we often enjoyed during my childhood.  The original recipe is made with sliced mushrooms, broccoli, and canned mushroom soup–a rich and comforting dish.  While my memory reminds me that it was a great recipe, I wanted this new version to be even better by using more mushrooms, and no broccoli or canned soup. Still rich in flavor, as well as inviting and comforting with each bite.

I doubled the amount of the mushrooms used in the original recipe by adding blended mushrooms with sliced mushrooms into the filling.  Blending in mushrooms is one of my favorite ways to incorporate more flavor and moisture into dishes.  For this recipe, I also decided not to use canned soup, and I made an easy Gruyere Béchamel sauce, which compliments mushrooms very well.

This recipe would be wonderful served during Mother’s Day brunch or as a light entree during dinner.

Recipe: Mushroom Crepes with Gruyere Béchamel Sauce

Serves:  4

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced yellow onion
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds cremini mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups packed spinach, washed and dried
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
  • kosher salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 8 crepes – your favorite recipe or they can be found pre-made at the grocery store
  • fresh thyme sprigs as garnish – optional

Directions: 

Place a large frying pan over medium-low heat and add the olive oil.  Once slightly warmed add the yellow onion.  Stir and cook until soft; about 3 minutes.

Add the garlic and dried thyme.  Stir again.  Lower heat to the lowest setting on your stove.

Place 3/4 of the mushrooms into a food processor and finely chop.

Slice the remaining 1/4 of the mushrooms.

Add the mushrooms to the onion/garlic mixture and cook, stirring often for 5 minutes over medium-low heat.

Add the spinach and cook just until wilted over medium-low heat. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the butter into a medium saucepan over low heat and melt.

Whisk in the flour, then slowly pour in the milk.  Stir over medium-low heat until slightly thickened.

Add the cheese, continue whisking until melted.  Season with salt and pepper.  Remove from the heat and set aside.

Place a crepe into a baking dish and fill with some of the mushroom filling, roll up, and then repeat.  You can place the crepes into individual baking dishes as I did in the video or a large baking dish.

Drizzle with some the Gruyere Béchamel sauce.

Optional: garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.

Bake for 15 – 25 minutes until the sauce is bubbly and lightly golden.

Serve.

Eat.

Baked Sausage and Mushroom Frittata Muffins

Incorporate The Blend into your morning – or brunch – routine starting with these baked sausage and mushroom frittata muffins from Aggie’s Kitchen.

Baked Sausage and Mushroom Frittata Muffins by Aggies Kitchen

I started making baked frittata muffins for my family about a year ago and we are officially hooked! They are so simple to put together and the variety of fillings are endless, making them even more appealing in my opinion. What I love about frittata muffins is that they are portion controlled, making them perfect for a light breakfast, snack or for offering at brunch where other foods will be served. A dozen of these savory Baked Sausage & Mushroom Frittata Muffins would round out a brunch menu quite nicely if you ask me. My favorite part of a brunch menu is the opportunity to try a little bit of several things, so these muffin-sized frittatas will fit right in.

Using The Blend concept, I was able to cut back on the amount of Italian sausage I used in this recipe with chopped mushrooms. Such a winning concept since you can basically please all the meat eaters in your group, yet know that what you are serving is a little bit more nutritious – without sacrificing texture or flavor. I used baby bella mushrooms in this recipe, but white button mushrooms would be great as well. Enjoy!

Baked Sausage and Mushroom Frittata Muffins

Ingredients:

2 fresh Italian chicken sausage links (about 1/3 pound), casings removed
8 0z whole baby bella mushrooms, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
2 handfuls fresh spinach leaves, chopped
9 eggs
1/4 cup whole milk
1 cup shredded mozzarella
cooking spray

Directions:

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan liberally with cooking spray.

In a large nonstick skillet, brown and crumble Italian chicken sausage. Add shallots and chopped mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add chopped spinach and cook for another 3-4 minutes until spinach is completely wilted. Turn off heat and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 9 eggs. Add milk and continue to whisk until eggs and milk are blended. Stir in mozzarella cheese.

Using a tablespoon, add sausage, mushroom and spinach mixture evenly into each muffin cup. Carefully pour egg mixture into each cup, using the spoon to gently lift the sausage mixture so that egg mixture reaches the bottom of cup.

Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes, then carefully run a knife around edges of egg muffins to separate from pan. Let cool for another 5 minutes then remove egg muffins completely from pan. Serve with fresh fruit and other brunch favorites!

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Brunching with Mushrooms

We all know that brunch isn’t just a meal, it’s a way of life. Whether sweet, savory, healthy or indulgent, brunch makes any weekend complete. Lucky for you, mushrooms have your back when it comes to brunch, no matter your style. Pair any of these drool-worthy dishes with a good cup of coffee (or mimosa!) and get this brunch party started.

For The Classic Breakfast Lover: Potato Breakfast Hash with Eggs & Mushrooms
Brunch with The Blend: Portabella mushrooms blend seamlessly with Italian sausage.

For the Comfort-food Seeker: Buttermilk Biscuits and Mushrooms Gravy from Sarcastic Cooking
A healthy dose of Southern charm and buttery goodness.

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For the Sweet Tooth: Portabella Waffles with Balsamic Syrup
Portabella waffles? We’re making it a thing.

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For the Person Who Lives to Brunch: Truffle Mushroom Eggs Benedict
Meaty mushrooms, rich eggs and flaky biscuits = winning.

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For the Health Nut: Egg Mushroom Kale Skillet from Add a Pinch
Boost your brunch with superfoods in a skillet.

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Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata

We all are usually plagued with leftovers for weeks after Thanksgiving, but don’t you fret Denise from Chez Us has a unique way to use up all that leftover stuffing!

The day after Thanksgiving, I want something easy to make as well as nourishing. Weeks that go into preparing for a turkey dinner feast can be exhausting, and I usually want to linger over coffee while enjoying the last few bites of the previous evening during breakfast. While I am not normally a leftover gal, I cannot get enough of the leftover stuffing or this Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata.

I love nothing more than a savory breakfast, and often at our house it involves mushrooms. I always have a stash in the fridge that usually ends up in some impromptu breakfast recipes such as a scramble, baked egg dish or even breakfast tacos. Last Thanksgiving when a bowl of leftover Thanksgiving stuffing presented itself to me, I immediately began working on a hearty breakfast strata to feed us leftover turkey guests. It was a hit with the family, and I have been waiting for a reason to make it again.

Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata by Chez Us

Post-Thanksgiving morning, I grabbed the stash of mushrooms that I had hidden in the back of the fridge and began working on my strata recipe. I wanted this recipe to be a sort of morning eggs with toast and bacon. So, I lightly cooked pancetta until lightly golden; then I added sliced mushrooms, and cooked until barely soft. I mixed leftover stuffing along with some minced parsley, half and half to add some moisture, and then I folded in the mushroom mixture. The strata is baked until lightly golden; then I cracked eggs over the top to create a baked egg strata.

This recipe has all the flavors of Thanksgiving with the kiss of morning eggs added to it. A great way to begin the day, while relishing in memories from Thanksgiving past. I have a feeling it will become a Thanksgiving tradition at our home, and hopefully yours.

Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata by Chez Us

Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata

Yield: serves 4

Ingredients:
4 cups leftover stuffing
1/4 cup half and half
4 ounce pancetta, diced
1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
1/3 cup Italian parsley, finely minced
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon butter

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 375.
2. Butter a glass baking dish.
3. Place the leftover stuffing into a large mixing bowl and drizzle the half and half over the top. Stir.
4. Cook the pancetta for 4 minutes over medium low heat.
5. Add the mushrooms, stir and cook for another 4 minutes over medium low heat.
6. Pour the mixture into the leftover stuff and stir in the parsley.
7. Pour the mixture into the glass baking dish.
8. Place into the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
9. Remove from the oven and crack the eggs over the top. Cover with foil and place back into the oven for another 10 – 15 minute until the eggs are set but still slightly soft.
10. Serve.
11. Eat.