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Snuggle up to Chicken ‘n’ Dumplings with Mushrooms this Winter

Snuggle up to comfort food this season with a hearty Chicken ‘n’ Dumplings with Mushrooms! Thanks, Paula of bell’alimento for the recipe and inspiration.

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Chicken and dumplings is classic Southern comfort food that’s perfect to consume all winter long. This one starts by sautéing bacon until crispy. Anything that starts out with bacon is going to be good in my book. Next, we’ll fry the chicken (we’re using dark meat which is more flavorful than white meat) in the bacon grease.

We’re building levels of flavor here: onions, garlic, fresh herbs and white wine join the party. Into the hot tub of comfort, we’ll add chicken stock and simmer until the chicken is falling off the bones.

Typically, you don’t find mushrooms in chicken and dumplings, and I’m not sure why. To change this, we’ve used a mix of fresh mushrooms for extra flavor. You can, as always, use your favorite fresh mushrooms. I would recommend sautéing the mushrooms by themselves, and then add them to the pot after the dumplings come in.

You might also think about adding yeast rolls to sop up the thick flavorful sauce. This is one dish that will be in our regular rotation this winter and I hope it will be in yours too!

Chicken ‘n’ Dumplings with Mushrooms Recipe

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
6 ounces thick bacon – diced
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2.5 pounds chicken legs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 medium onion – minced
2 cloves garlic – minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
6 sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
8 cups chicken broth
frozen flat dumplings
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
12 ounces mixed mushrooms

Directions:
In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.

WHILE bacon is cooking, season chicken with salt and pepper.

Place flour into a shallow bowl. Dredge chicken in flour making sure it’s lightly coated on all sides.

Place chicken into Dutch oven and cook for approximately 20-25 minutes until golden and crispy, turning as necessary. Transfer to a plate. Set aside.

In Dutch oven, add onion and garlic. Sauté until softened, stirring as necessary. Add wine to deglaze and cook until reduced by half.

Return chicken to Dutch oven. Add thyme, bay leaves, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce and cook for 1 hour or until chicken is tender and falling off bone.

Five minutes prior to end of cook time, in a sauté pan add butter and heat over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook until softened.

WHILE mushrooms are cooking, add desired amount of frozen dumplings to Dutch oven and stir.

Prior to serving, add mushrooms and bacon to Dutch oven. Check for seasoning and adjust if necessary.

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.

Good Gravy! Mushroom Gravy Recipes to Warm the Soul

It’s all about mushroom gravy recipes this holiday season.

As the weather cools and leaves begin to fall, we’ve got holiday feasts on our minds. This year, it’s all about the gravy, and mushrooms are the (not so) secret ingredient. Along with providing an extra dose of nutrients, mushrooms’ natural umami adds a savory punch without the extra sodium. Check out the recipes below to learn how to incorporate mushrooms in both main courses and gravy recipes this holiday season.

Go full veggie with this indulgent Mushroom Veggie Gravy.

Buttermilk Biscuits and Mushroom Gravy Recipes

Bulk up dishes like warm buttermilk biscuits with this hearty, meatless gravy recipe.

Mushroom Blended Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy Recipes

True to American tradition, this savory mushroom gravy sauce is the perfect complement to blended meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

Biscuits and Beef Mushroom Gravy Recipes

Baby Bella mushrooms shine in this Mushroom Beef Gravy recipe. Tip: for perfect consistency slice the caps finely and put the stems into a food processor.

Whether you’re looking for a new gravy recipe to add to your Thanksgiving spread or are serving biscuits and gravy to hungry house guests the next morning, these recipes will do the trick. Let us know your favorite way to eat gravy in the comments below!

3 “Souper” Ways to Include Mushrooms this Season

Elevate soup season with fresh, umami-rich mushroom soups.

Warm up these cooler days with fresh mushrooms. Whether you’re cooking a weeknight dinner or prepping for a holiday party, incorporating umami-rich mushrooms into your favorite comfort foods is the perfect way to sneak in an extra serving of vegetables – and a boost of flavor – this season.

Adding vitamin D into our diets this time of year is essential to coping with shorter days and longer nights. Thankfully, mushrooms, such as maitake are packed with vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium and maintain bone strength.

Check out three of our favorite and “souper” versatile recipes fit for the season:

Vegetarian? Toss your favorite mushrooms into this Creamy Mushroom & 3 Bean Soup. The protein and fiber from the beans will keep you full and focused for hours.

Creamy Three Bean Mushroom Soups

Recipe Courtesy of Dine and Dish

Fall Cream of Mushroom Soup: Take this comfort classic up a notch by adding fresh button, baby portabella, shiitake and oyster mushrooms into the mix.

Creamy Mushrooms Soups

Recipe courtesy of Chef Billy Parisi

Whip up a batch of this rich, non-dairy Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup for dinner and savor the flavor of sweet parsnips and herbaceous thyme.

Roasted Parsnip Mushroom Soups

Recipe courtesy of Chez Us

 

Embrace Fall with Family-Friendly Comfort Classics

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November is officially here, meaning fall is in full swing and the holidays are just around the corner. With the longer nights, crisp days and cloudy skies, all we want to do is curl up with a cozy blanket, watch football and indulge in some serious comfort food. From vibrant stuffed winter squash and hearty casseroles to flavorful stroganoff and salisbury steak, we’ve rounded up our favorite soul-warming mushroom dishes to get you through the month. What are your family’s favorite comfort foods?

Tips for convenient meals:

  • Stock your freezer with your favorite ground meats, and use throughout the winter when you need dinner in a pinch.
  • Take advantage of in-season produce by adding nutrient-rich squash, yams, turnips and kale to your meal plan.
  • Turn hearty leftovers into breakfast the next day. Warm up veggies and meats then throw into an omelet or frittata, and top with your favorite cheese!

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Easy Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy
Blended with umami-rich mushrooms, this Salisbury Steak is an indulgence you can feel good about.

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Mushroom, Apple and Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash
This autumnal dish is perfect for a November Meatless Monday.

Blenditarian Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole
This Tater Tot Casserole is made with ground turkey and mushrooms for a lighter spin on a comfort classic.

Blenditarian Beef Stroganoff

Quick Mushroom Beef Stroganoff Skillet
This quick stroganoff dish proves that comfort food doesn’t have to take hours to prepare.

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Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata
Looking for a fun(gi) way to utilize Thanksgiving leftovers? This strata will do the trick.

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Blended Shepherd’s Pie
Mmmm. It doesn’t get better than steaming Shephard’s Pie on a chilly fall evening.