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Watch Live: ‘Shroom Cam

Watch Live: ‘Shroom Cam Sheds Light on Mysterious Mushroom Growing Process 

This National Mushroom Month, we’re opening the gates to one of our mushroom farms to show you the unique mushroom growing process through our ‘Shroom Cam!

Tune in throughout the month as our ‘Shroom Cam captures the fascinating way that mushrooms grow. Grown indoors? You bet. Doubling by size every day? You heard (saw!) it here first.

Grab some popcorn (or your favorite mushroom snack) and get comfortable as we settle in to watch our favorite fungi make their way from spore to store (or store ready, that is). Don’t miss out – ‘Shroom Cam Live will only be around for National Mushroom Month!

Live: ‘Shroom Cam

All of this action got your stomach rumbling? Whip up one of our favorites: Blended Cheeseburger Quesadillas.

Leave a comment below with your mushroom questions – or if you see something cool throughout the month!

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!

LIVE ‘Shroom Cam for Mushroom Month


This National Mushroom Month, we’re opening the gates to one of our mushroom farms to show you how mushrooms are grown. Visit ShroomCam.com to watch the mysterious mushroom growing process in action!

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.

Happy National Mushroom Month!

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Join the fun(gi) all National Mushroom Month long! ?

How do we love thee, our fungi? Let us count the ways:

1. You can always be relied on to make the most basic meals delicious – think early morning omelets, lunchtime pizzas and burgers, afternoon salads, or late night cheese-filled apps.

2. You are your own kingdom of healthy goodness – neither fruit nor vegetable, but featuring some of the best qualities of both. AND, you’re the only food in the produce section giving us vitamin D.

3. You’re gentle on the Earth – requiring less water and space to grow than most other foods.

4. You blend so well: finely chopped and then blended into proteins, you make burgers, tacos, meatloaf and other favorites more healthy, flavorful and sustainable.

5. Your umami is always an inspiration and an opportunity to discover and create new and exciting meals – think rice bowls, baked frittatas, crepes, and whatever else we can imagine.

You are the one, the only, the mushroom.

 

Mushroom Meal Matchups

Join in the fun(gi) this month in the first-ever “Mushroom Meal Matchups” bracket. We’re pitting 12 delicious mushroom dishes against one another for the title of the mighty, meaty and umami-est mushroom recipe of 2016!

Below find a few of our “best” recipes revealed this year. See all the contenders, vote for your favorite and enter to win prizes at mushroominfo.com/mushroom-meal-matchups.

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Best Bowl: Korean Rice Bowls
Also known as bibimbap (also known as “seconds, please!”).

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Best Brunch: Mushroom Crepes with Gruyere Béchamel Sauce
So good you’ll be eating it for brunch and brinner!

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Best Banh Mi: Shiitake Pork Burger
“The best burger I’ve ever tasted, and I’m not even kidding.” – Chef Billy Parisi

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Best Broccolini: Broccolini Mushroom Salad
The side dish that became the main dish.

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Best in Butter: Steak with Herb Sautéed Mushrooms
A pairing for the ages that only gets better with butter.

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Best Bite-Sized: Baked Mushroom Frittata Muffins
Little in size, BIG in flavor.

Mushroom Pâté

Denise of Chez Us shares a delicious vegetarian snack with us.

Appetizers are the hardest part of a meal for me to plan out.  Strange I know;  but, I do not like just to toss out some cheese and crackers.  I want the meal to be great from beginning to end.  This recipe for Mushroom Pâté is exactly that;  great and delicious.  Not to mention, a wonderful addition for your vegetarian guests.

Mock Mushroom Pate by Chez Us

While I enjoy a good Pâté, I am not terribly fond of liver, which seems like a contradiction.  That is why this vegetarian version is perfect for me. It is creamy as well as rich, and can be enjoyed on a Monday night at home or during a fancy dinner affair; I like to call it casually chic.  I guess you could say it is a favorite around our home.

This recipe for Mushroom Pate is made with cremini mushrooms as well as dried porcini. After sauteing the mushrooms with shallots and garlic until caramelized, I pureed the mixture until smooth. Typically, Pâté has brandy or cognac in it; I like to use bourbon for this recipe. To obtain the nice fatty top that is on Pâté, I poured melted ghee over the top before placing in the refrigerator for 24 hours.  Definitely let sit for 24 hours to marriage the rich flavors together.

Serve this pate with lots of water crackers as well as diced red onion, capers and cornichons.

Mock Mushroom Pate by Chez Us

Mushroom Pâté

Ingredients:

5 ounces dried porcini
2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons ghee plus some extra for topping the pate
1/3 cup shallots, chopped
1 large clove of garlic, chopped
1 pound cremini mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed, thin slices
1 large sprig of fresh thyme, leaves only
2 tablespoons bourbon or mushroom stock
1 tablespoon creme fraiche or sour cream – can omit if dairy free
salt, to taste
fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

Serving:

small pickles
capers
red onion, finely minced
water crackers

Method:

In a small bowl place the porcini with the hot water.  Let sit for 15 minutes.  Then drain well.

In a large frying pan melt the ghee.

Add the shallot to the ghee and cook until soft over low heat, about 3 – 5 minutes.

Add the cremini mushrooms and porcinis to the pan and continue cooking over low heat until caramelized and soft, stirring often.  This step will take about 15 – 20 minutes.

Stir in the garlic and thyme.  Cook for 3 minutes.

Add the bourbon or stock to the pan, then stir to deglaze the pan.

Set aside and let cool.

Place the mixture into the food processor and blend until very smooth.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add the creme fraiche or sour cream and blend again.

Place into a serving container.  Pour a small amount of melted ghee over the top of the pate.

Cover with a lid or wrap and place into the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving.

Serve. Eat.

Carl’s Jr. Introduces Its Latest Star… And You’ll Never Guess Who It Is!

What is hot enough, trendy enough, and tasty enough to compete with Carl’s Jr.’s former group of sultry spokespeople?

Mushrooms of course!

Mushrooms are making their debut on top of Carl’s Jr.’s newest burger, The Mushroom and Swiss All-Natural Burger. Naturally mushrooms are the perfect partner for this burger which features grass-fed, free-range beef, umami rich mushrooms, and melty Swiss cheese.

Mushrooms truly are ‘natural beauties,’ providing important nutrients, including B vitamins, vitamin D, selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin and more. No burger is complete without them!

Why not celebrate Mushroom Month by giving this delicious burger a try? But hurry, it will only be around for a limited time!