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Keep Warm with Winter Mushroom Recipes

Try any one of these winter mushroom recipes to warm up this winter!

Winter has arrived and there’s a chill in the air! Hearty and healthy mushrooms can warm you up on the coldest days. Sautéing or roasting your favorite fungi will bring out the naturally savory and deliciously warm umami flavor. From vegetarian appetizers to brothy soups, blended stews to a hearty pie, mushrooms elevate all the classic winter meals. Survive the dark, dreary days by inviting friends and family over to enjoy scrumptious ‘shrooms next to a crackling fire.

New Year’s Resolution Challenge: Can You Do Better?

As the clock strikes midnight on December 31, what resolution will you be making? Is it to do better for your health? Perhaps it’s to do better by our planet? Or maybe you want to master a skill, like cooking, and be a better cook. Whatever your reason for wanting to do better, know that you’re not alone. There’s an entire community of people pledging to do better called blenditarians: people who believe that the mighty mushroom has meaty powers to make meals more delicious, nutritious and sustainable!

Care to do better? Take the pledge and join the growing blenditarian movement!

Winter Mushroom Recipes

Use the mix of mushroom and blended recipes below to keep you warm all winter long.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Mushrooms

Slow Cooker Barbecue Mushrooms
Serve barbecue mushrooms as a meat-free app at parties this month. Slow cooked in a simple homemade sauce, they are satisfying and savory.

Mexican Mushroom Meatball Soup

Mexican Mushroom Meatball Soup
Jump start soup season with a deliciously savory blenditarian soup that will warm you up from the inside out.

Savory Baked Brie with Crispy Mushrooms

Savory Baked Brie with Crispy Mushrooms
We always say yes please to cheese! Combine melty brie cheese and crispy mushrooms for the perfect winter cheese plate.

Shepherd’s Pie with Mushrooms, Stout and Potatoes

Shepherd’s Pie with Mushrooms, Stout, Potatoes
Sit down with family and friends for a homecooked meal that’s hearty and packed with flavor. Dinner is served.

Shiitake Mushroom Ramen To Go

Shiitake Mushroom Ramen To-Go
Create a comforting lunch to-go with ramen in a jar! Earthy shiitake mushrooms and noodles in a rich broth will brighten your day.

Mushroom Chipotle Chili

Mushroom Chipotle Chili
When in doubt, go the chili route. Blend mushrooms and beef for your base, then top with sour cream, cheese and onions.

Add Mushrooms to Your Holiday Menu

Bring family and friends together this year with these holiday recipes with mushrooms 

The holidays are right around the corner and that means holiday parties! From Friendsgiving potlucks to sit-down Christmas feasts, there is so much cooking to be done this season. Let mushrooms help! When preparing your holiday spread, add mushrooms to the menu. Mushrooms are flavorful, hearty, versatile and nutritious – making them a fantastic addition to menus of all kind.

Going full-vegetarian this year? Hearty mushrooms are satisfying and packed with umami – making them the perfect replacement for meat. Looking to impress holiday guests? Blend chopped mushrooms into traditional meat dishes (we’re looking at you, stuffing) for a “wow” factor that will have everyone asking for your secret (it’s called ‘The Blend’!).

Whatever you’re making, mushrooms can help make your holiday menu one to remember.

Holiday Recipes with Mushrooms

Mushroom Gravy

Mushroom Gravy
Complement everything from Thanksgiving tofurky to Christmas ham with this veggie mushroom gravy.

Blended Sausage and Mushroom Stuffing

Sausage & Mushroom Stuffing
Blend Italian sausage, shiitake mushrooms and diced veggies for a savory stuffing that’s anything but a side dish.

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tart

Onion, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tart
Combine caramelized onions, decadent mushrooms and rich goat cheese in this delicious (and simple!) tart hors d’oeuvre.

Blended Mushroom Chicken Parmesan Hand Pies

Mushroom Chicken Parmesan Hand Pies
Extra pie crust on hand? Use it to make these flaky hand pie appetizers – stuffed with a blend of lean ground chicken and chopped mushrooms.

Mushrooms with Long Grain and Wild Rice

Mushrooms with Long Grain and Wild Rice
Looking for a holiday side dish that’s quick and easy to pull together? Buttery mushroom and wild rice is sure to please!

Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash
Get your holiday feast on: blended sausage and mushroom stuffed acorn squash topped with brown sage butter.

WATCH: How to Make Steak, Potato and Mushroom Kebabs Video

Fire up the grill and get the summer started with these mouthwatering steak, potato and mushroom kebabs!

Just in time for Father’s Day, we’re sharing the ultimate grilling trio: steak, potato and mushroom kebabs. This weekend, treat dear old dad to a meal on the grill that’s both delicious and loaded with nutritious mushrooms.

Watch the video below for the ultimate Dad’s Day grill out meal.

 

These kebabs come together in no time: simply marinate steak cubes in a savory olive oil-vinegar salad dressing, then stack on skewers with earthy potatoes and meaty mushrooms.

Learn more about why mushrooms make an excellent choice for Dad – and all men – during June, Men’s Health Month.

Steak, Potato and Mushroom Kebabs

Recipe Courtesy of Bell a’linmento

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.