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Score with Game Day Mushroom Recipes

Touchdown: Score Big With Your Team With Delicious Game Day Mushroom Recipes

No game day is complete without a full spread of delicious snacks. As you cheer on your favorite football team this season, switch up your standard spread and add some of these creative mushroom dishes to the menu. Mushrooms’ inherent umami flavor and nutritious profile make them a great addition to your go-to game day bites.

Replace meat for mushrooms to create delectable vegetarian dishes, or blend mushrooms with meat to enhance savory flavors. Below are winning mushroom recipes that are guaranteed to score your points are your tailgate or homegate parties.

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Game Day Mushroom Recipes

Garlic Bacon Mushroom Bites

Garlic-Bacon Mushroom Bites
These mushroom bites cooked in melted, paprika-spiked butter are so scrumptious, so savory and so simply delicious.

Blended Beef and Crimini Queso

Blended Beef and Crimini Queso
This queso is a winning recipe. Mix a blend of savory beef, meaty mushrooms and creamy cheese, and then serve it warm with tortilla chips for dipping.

Mushroom and Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos

Mushroom and Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos
Pumpkin spice lattes? How about mushroom spiced jalapenos! Ooey, gooey and delicious.

Italian Turkey Sausage Sliders

Italian Turkey Sausage Sliders
Score major points at your next gathering with bite-sized Italian-style blended sliders.

Loaded Veggie Nachos

Loaded Veggie Nachos
Gear up for a guilt-free game-winning snack: nachos with mushrooms, avocados, tomatoes, pepper and a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Bacon Honey Bourbon Chicken Meatballs

Bacon Honey Bourbon Chicken Meatballs
These meatballs simmer in an out-of-this-world honey bourbon barbecue sauce. Perfect as an appetizer or to serve on sandwiches.

6 Varieties, Recipes and Fungi Facts to Celebrate Mushroom Month

It’s our favorite month of the year: Mushroom Month! To celebrate, here are a few fungi facts to remember why we have “mushroom” in our hearts for nature’s hidden treasure:

  • Mushrooms are full of umami – the fifth basic taste after sweet, salty, bitter and sour. Umami is derived from the Japanese word meaning “delicious.”
  • From crunchy enoki to meaty portobellos, mushroom varieties offer a range of flavors and textures.
  • Mushrooms are the only source of vitamin D in the produce aisle. One serving of UV-exposed crimini mushrooms can provide you with 1086 IU of vitamin D.
  • All mushrooms deliver beneficial nutrients such as copper, selenium and B vitamins, but did you know that different mushroom varieties offer different health benefits?
  • Mushrooms are gentle on the planet: Up to one million pounds of mushrooms can be grown on just one acre of land.
  • Mushrooms + Meat = The Blend – one of the easiest ways you can make your favorite meals more delicious, nutritious and sustainable.

What’s your favorite mushroom variety and recipe? The six recipes below each feature a different variety – try them all this Mushroom Month!

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6 Recipes for Mushroom Month

Olive and Feta Stuffed Mushrooms

Olive and Feta Stuffed Mushrooms
Use white button mushrooms, hummus and olives to create umami-packed stuffed mushrooms.

Mexican Mushroom Meatball Soup

Mexican Mushroom Meatball Soup
Blend crimini mushrooms with beef and pork to create savory meatballs in this hearty, full-bodied Mexican-inspired soup.

Grilled Portobello Burger

Grilled Portobello Burgers
Portobello mushroom burgers are marinated in a homemade barbecue spice mix and grilled until tender.

Beef and Maitake Mushroom Meatball Burger with Tomato Butter Sauce

Beef and Maitake Mushroom Meatball Burger
This blended burger combines maitake mushrooms with ground beef and bacon, smothered in buttery tomato sauce.

Enoki Miso Soup

Enoki Miso Noodle Soup
Keep it simple and delicious with this no-fuss, 6-ingredient enoki mushroom and noodle soup.

Beef, Shiitake and Snow Pea Stir Fry

Beef, Shiitake and Snow Pea Stir Fry
Dinner is served with this easy Asian stir-fry that combines shiitakes, steak and snow peas.

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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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!

Savor the Flavors of the Season with Billy Parisi’s Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash

If you’re looking for a festive and seasonal appetizer for your holiday feasts, try Chef Billy Parisi’s Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash – simple and loaded with flavor. 

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I often say I love summer produce the best with its abundance of vine fruits and vegetables, until I sink my teeth into root winter vegetables like this acorn squash – stuffed with sausage and mushrooms.  Whether it’s that delicious savory nutty flavor from fall squashes or the heartiness of root vegetables, there’s something about winter produce that really has helped me appreciate the season.  Regardless of which seasonal produce you prefer, there is no doubt that mushrooms can help enhance the flavor.  The best part about this recipe is that you could use shiitake mushrooms, portabella mushrooms or buttons, like I did, and it will still be delicious due to mushrooms’ versatility.

Stuffing acorn squashes is nothing new, but changing up the stuffing to your desire is.  I’ve seen meat sauces with meatballs, ground turkey, you name it!  I wanted to create something that represented fall with tons of balanced flavor.  The combo I came up with is Italian sausage, apples, brown rice, finely minced button mushrooms, bread crumbs and herbs.  You’ve got salty from the sausage, savory from the herbs, a little sweet and tart from the apples and, of course, umami from the mushrooms.  Not to mention all of that goodness is stuffed up in an acorn squash half and baked in a brown sage butter sauce.

When finely mincing the mushrooms, you can either do it with a knife or put them in a food processor and process until they are to the minced consistency.  I prefer the latter, as it saves a ton of time so you can focus on everything else.  Once the mushrooms are finely minced, mix them in a bowl with the other ingredients.  Now before you stuff up the squash, be sure to scoop out the seeds and season the inside with salt and pepper.

Once they were stuffed up, I added a few more panko crumbs to the top and then off to the oven.  While they were baking, I cooked some butter in a small pot until the milk fats were cooked off and turned the butter slightly brown, making brown butter.  Browning butter makes for a really tasty nutty flavor which I thought would be perfect to drizzle on top of the stuffed squash.  Once the butter is brown, I seasoned it with salt and pepper and added in some fresh chopped sage.  Super delicious!!  This Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash with Brown Sage Butter is as simple as it gets and is absolutely loaded with flavor!!

Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash Cut Open

Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash with Brown Sage Butter Recipe

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pint domestic mushrooms, brushed free of any dirt
1 pound loose Italian sausage
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 peeled and small diced Granny Smith apple
1 peeled and small diced Fuji apple
¾ cup panko bread crumbs + more to top off
3 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
4 acorn squash cut in half, seeds removed and seasoned
1 stick unsalted butter
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Procedures

1. Preheat the oven to 375°.

2. Using a knife or food processor, finely mince the mushrooms to match the consistency of the sausage.

3. Add the mushrooms to a bowl and mix with the sausage, rice, apples, ¾ cup of panko bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon of sage, 1 teaspoon of thyme, salt and pepper until combined.

4. Place the squash skin side down on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and season the inside with salt and pepper. Evenly divide the sausage-mushroom mixture and stuff it into the center of the acorn squash. Sprinkle on remaining bread crumbs and bake in the oven at 375° for 30 to 35 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned and the sausage is cooked through out.

5. In a small pot, add the butter and cook over low heat until the milk fat solids are cooked and the butter begins to turn light brown. Remove from the heat, season with salt, pepper and remaining sage and drizzle it over the cooked stuffed squash. Enjoy!

Set the Holiday Table with Mushrooms

From appetizers to dinner to breakfast, set the holiday table with mushrooms this year.

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It’s that time of year: There’s a crisp chill in the air, streets are decked with lights and your calendar is booked with holiday get-togethers. Whether you’re prepping for a five-course meal or just bringing a dish to pass, don’t forget to add mushrooms to the menu. Need an appetizer? Try our Acorn Squash Stuffed with Sausage and Mushrooms. Planning an office potluck? Opt for Blended Meatballs. Make the holidays easy with our fool-proof, crowd-pleasing, mushroom-centric dishes.

Tips for the hostess:

Food prep the day(s) before. Bake the pies, chop the veggies and assemble your ingredients ahead of time. You’ll be amazed at how much stress this will save you the day of.

Cover your bases. Be sure to include a few meat-free options such as Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup or Baked Brie with Crispy Mushrooms in your holiday spread.

Make it a team effort. Recruit your friend to bring the fruit salad and purchase the rolls from the bakery down the street. No need to do it all on your own!

Mushroom Recipes for the Holiday Menu

Vegetarian Mushroom Gravy

Mushroom Gravy
This umami-rich gravy is so tasty, even meat-lovers will want to cover their entire plate with it.

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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Sausage and Mushrooms
Seasonal flavors burst in this acorn squash stuffed with mushrooms, sausage, apples and sage, then baked in a brown sugar butter.

Vegetable Frittata

Vegetable Frittata
Packed with colorful veggies and goat cheese, this easy breakfast will give you energy to power through Christmas morning.

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Blended Meatballs
Throw together this crowd-pleasing appetizer with basic pantry ingredients that you already have on hand.

Mushroom Stuffing with Mushroom Gravy

Vegetarian Stuffing with Mushroom Gravy
Give your guests the gift of “yum” by giving this decedent stuffing-gravy combo a spot on your holiday table.

Italian Sausage Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms

Italian Sausage Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms
Hosting a NYE party? These bacon-wrapped mushrooms are sophisticated yet SO easy to make.