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WATCH: Get Your Grill on with Billy Parisi’s Shiitake Pork Burger

Infuse umami in your grill game and make Billy Parisi’s Shiitake Pork Burger, complete with shiitake mushrooms and banh mi slaw served on a brioche bun.

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“I know you won’t believe me after saying this, but this Shiitake Pork Burger with Banh Mi Slaw on Brioche Bun may be the best burger I’ve ever tasted, and I’m not even kidding.  I always say that simplicity is elegant and the subtle flavors in the banh mi slaw compliment the shiitake pork burger with soy-balsamic glaze so perfectly.  The burger is refreshingly light and so loaded with delicious umami flavor that I literally did not put it down one time while eating it.

So how did I make this tasty burger you ask?  It all starts with the amazing umami flavor in the shiitake mushrooms and then blending them in a food processor until it’s the consistency of a duxelle, or finely chopped.  Yes, the stems are just fine to process as well.  From there add it to a bowl with the ground pork, onion, ginger, garlic and salt and pepper and you’ve got one tasty burger.  To add on to that umami flavor from the shiitake mushrooms, pork also inherently has it, and the soy and balsamic glaze is a double punch of umami to finish off this burger.

The banh mi coleslaw is a recipe that originates from the original banh mi sandwich from Vietnam, which seriously has like 9,000 ingredients in it.  While this slaw does have a few things going on, it’s absolutely delicious on top of this burger, or eaten by itself.  It has a perfect blend of sweetness from the honey, saltiness, tart and spice making for the perfect marriage between it and the umami burger.

This burger is a winner, and I will DEFINITELY be making it again sometime in the near future.  Please find me on social and let me know if you make it, I’d love to know what you think!”

Shiitake Pork Burger with Banh Mi Slaw on Brioche Bun

Yields 6 burgers

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 2/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

For the Coleslaw:

  • 2 cups of shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup of shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup of matchstick carrots
  • ½ sliced red bell pepper
  • ½ sliced cucumber
  • 1 sliced jalapeño, seeds removed
  • 2 to 3 sliced radishes
  • 1 cup of fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup of rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • ¼ cup of sesame oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

For the Burger:

  • 2 cups of packed shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 pounds of ground pork
  • ½ small diced sweet onion
  • 1 teaspoon of finely grated ginger
  • 3 cloves of finely grated garlic
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 6 toasted brioche buns

Directions

  1. Preheat the grill to high heat.
  2. Glaze: Add the ingredients into a medium size pot and cook over medium-low heat until it becomes thick, about 10 minutes. Remove and let stand.
  3. Slaw: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until completely combined. Keep cool before serving.
  4. Burgers: Add the shiitake mushrooms to a food processor and process on high speed until they are finely chopped.
  5. Combine the mushrooms into a large size bowl along with the pork, onion, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper and mix together. Form 6 patties.
  6. Place the pork burgers on the grill on high heat and cook them for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, or until dark grill marks are formed and they are cooked throughout.
  7. To plate: Place the grilled burger on top of the toasted bottom brioche bun. Glaze the burger with the soy-balsamic glaze and top off with a heaping scoop of banh mi slaw followed up with the toasted brioche bun top.

 

Savor Summertime with a Marinated Mushroom and Chickpea Salad

Savor the flavors of summer with a savory marinated mushroom and chickpea salad, courtesy of Aggie’s Kitchen

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“Summer is in full swing and I am enjoying everything that comes along with the season like beach days, fresh produce and of course, plenty of cookouts and picnics with family and friends. This refreshing and light Marinated Mushroom and Chickpea Salad is a great side dish for your next cookout or picnic, it can easily be made ahead with a few simple ingredients. It’s a tasty vegetarian or vegan option, if you are looking for something meatless to add to the menu.

Did you know that mushrooms stand out as a quality source of Vitamin D? Get that extra punch of vitamin D this summer with this flavorful mushroom salad.”

Marinated Mushroom and Chickpea Salad

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

8 oz baby portabella mushrooms*, cleaned and cut into quarters

2 roasted red peppers, cut into small pieces

1 – 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/3 cup red wine or sherry vinegar

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced

small pinch red pepper flakes, to taste

2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley and/or fresh oregano

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine mushrooms with chickpeas and roasted red peppers in a large mixing bowl.

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine sherry vinegar with olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. Bring to a low boil and turn off heat. Pour vinaigrette over mushrooms, chickpeas and red peppers and gently stir.

Let sit for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally so that ingredients absorb dressing. Add freshly chopped herbs and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Stir before serving (to distribute the dressing).

*UV exposed baby portabella mushrooms

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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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Steak with Herb Sauteed Mushrooms

If you’re planning a romantic dinner for two this month,  you can’t go wrong with this classic steak and mushroom dish from Bell’alimento

Steak and Sauteed Mushrooms by Bellalimento

Steak and mushrooms go hand in hand in my opinion, personally I don’t have one without the other. It’s very easy to make a delicious steakhouse steak with a side of sauteed mushrooms at home for a fraction of the cost of what you’d spend at a restaurant. 

You start out with button mushrooms. I like to shave off the stem so that it’s flush with the caps. You can absolutely remove the stem if you prefer or leave it on completely. Then they’re sauteed simply in a few tablespoons of herb butter. That’s all there is to it. You can buy herb butter already prepared or make your own.

Cook your steaks while the mushrooms are sauteing. Remember to let the steak rest before serving/slicing. Top the steaks with the mushrooms and don’t forget the butter in the pan.

Steak with Herb Sauteed Mushrooms

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons herb butter
6 ounces button mushrooms – whole
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 fillets
kosher salt/black pepper

Directions:
Melt herb butter in a small-medium saute pan. Add mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms have softened. Stirring as necessary.

WHILE mushrooms are cooking, melt butter in cast iron skillet. Season fillets with salt and pepper. Cook fillets over medium heat until seared on both sides. Continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 145 for medium.

The USDA recommends steaks and roasts be cooked to 145°F (medium) and then rested for at least 3 minutes.

Evenly distribute sauteed mushrooms over fillets.

Steak and Sauteed Mushrooms by Bellalimento

Risotto with Crispy Mushrooms

Nothing warms your belly and fills you up like a bowl of rich and creamy mushroom risotto. This risotto by Bell’alimento is brimming with crispy mushrooms and is just what you need on a cold winter day.

Risotto is the perfect fall/winter dish. It will warm you from head to toe with its creamy goodness. It’s strong enough to be the main course or it’s a spectacular supporting side dish. Mushroom risotto is a classic. It’s typically made by mixing in the mushrooms during the stirring process, but we’ve taken the liberty of shaking things up a bit by crisping (browning) sliced Portobello mushrooms in a bath of sautéed butter first and then adding it to the top of the finished risotto. I think this gives it even more mushroom flavor, which of course is the goal.

Creamy Mushroom Risotto by Bellalimento

You can use a chicken stock or go with a vegetable (or mushroom stock) to make it vegetarian. IF you’re lucky enough to have any leftovers, you can always make Arancini!

Risotto with Crispy Mushrooms

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
16 ounces fresh mushrooms – sliced
kosher salt/black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion – minced
2 cups arborio rice
6 cups vegetable/chicken stock
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Directions:
1. Into a saute pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until crispy around edges. Stirring as necessary. Set aside.

2. Into a large sauce pan and oil and heat over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add rice, stir continually until rice changes color ever so slightly and is coated well with oil. Stir constantly so you do not let your onions or rice burn.

3. Reduce heat to low, add in about 1/2 cup of stock and stir continually. Season with salt. Once stock has reduced add another ladle of stock. Continue this process until your risotto is al dente {approx 30 minutes}

4. Remove from heat, check for seasoning, adjust if necessary. Stir in Parmigiano Reggiano.

5. Top risotto with crispy mushrooms and garnish with fried sage leaves if desired.