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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

 

Chef Spotlight: Michael Gottlieb, Wood’s Kitchen

Meet Michael Gottlieb, co-chef at Wood’s Kitchen in Bloomingdale, GA and one of five winners of the 2016 James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project. He is a part of our Chef Spotlight series, which offers a behind-the-kitchen look at the inspiration behind chef-created blended burgers.

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Born into a food family that’s been operating in Georgia since 1870, Chef Michael Gottlieb and his brother, Laurence Gottlieb are co-chefs at Wood’s Kitchen, a southern-rooted BBQ restaurant with Gullah and Cajun/Creole inspirations.

His motivation for participating in this year’s James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project? “It was an opportunity to bring something a little healthier to our menu and educate our customers how eating a touch healthier can still be fun!” They had a great experience right out if the gate and really loved how their community supported them and their blended burger from start to finish.

Their blended burger is a mouth-watering Worcestershire Glazed Double Mushroom Burger with Charred Vidalia Onions served on a Mushroom Salted Brioche Bun. The burger uses Hunter Cattle “Wood’s Blend” ground beef, a rich earthy local beef, and cremini mushrooms.

Michael and his brother enjoy cooking with mushrooms given the flavor and textures differ from variety to variety. “We love cooking with chanterelle, morels, and Hen of the Woods – but they are all so good it’s hard to pick a favorite.”

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Chef Spotlight: Chef Toni Elkhouri of Cedar’s Café

Meet Chef Toni Elkhouri of Cedar’s Café, one of five winners of the 2016 James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project. She is the first in a series of Chef Spotlights, which offer a behind-the-kitchen look at the inspiration behind chef-created blended burgers.

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“Food is not just something that keeps us alive, it literally encompasses our lives and memories.” This phrase is something that Chef Toni Elkhouri of Cedar’s Café lives by as she works everyday to keep her local community’s taste buds happy with her Lebanese cuisine.

Elkhouri co-owns her restaurant with her mom, Marlene Elkhouri, which they started more than 14 years ago. Their dishes are a mix of traditional Lebanese and “hodge-podge” Progressive-Mediterranean creations, which she develops largely based on preferred flavor profiles of her customers. She loves cooking with fresh ingredients and inventing new experiences for guests, so participating (not to mention being one of the five winners!) in this year’s James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project was a no brainer. For her, this win was one for her community, and she loved how her friends, family and customers came together to show how far the town of Melbourne, Florida has come in the culinary world.

Her winning blended burger? Ground beef blended with portobella, shiitake and cremini mushrooms, topped with pomegranate ketchup, banana pepper curry mustard, tahini remoulade, balsamic onion, goat cheese, bacon, spinach and avocado. Prior to the contest, she and her staff taste tested burgers from several nearby restaurants, making note of their favorite aspects of each burger. After putting their heads together, they reimagined the traditional hamburger and created a blended burger that her guests fell in love with. Shortly after its debut, she had lines of people eager to try it – some patrons coming in almost every single day to enjoy her blended burger. In the end, their 30 seat (48 if you count outside seating) restaurant made over 2,000 burgers in the 2 months.

Fun fact: Her favorite mushroom is Hen of the Woods (or Maitake). She loves this variety for its almost nutty flavor. For her, with a nice sauté it’s perfect atop hummus with pine nuts.

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Take Dinner to the Next Level with Marinated Mushrooms

This simple, yet flavorful marinated mushrooms recipe from bell’alimento will help take your mushrooms to the next level.  

If you’re strapped for time but want to put dinner on the table, turn to mushrooms! This recipe takes 5 minutes to prepare (and less to devour). Button mushrooms quickly absorb the flavors of olive oil, red wine vinegar and robust seasonings – allowing the dish to stand on its own or compliment your main course.

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5-minute Marinated Mushrooms:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
12 ounces button mushrooms – stems removed
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic – minced
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
kosher salt/black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh parsley – roughly chopped

Melt butter over medium heat into a sauté pan. Sauté mushrooms until just softened. Set aside.

In a jar add olive oil, vinegar, garlic, sugar, red pepper, Italian seasoning. Whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Whisk to combine.

Add mushrooms and parsley. Toss to coat.

Mushrooms 101: How to Clean & Prep Mushrooms

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Mushrooms grow low to the ground and while inspected and washed during harvest they may contain some residual dirt when sold in stores. For great-tasting mushrooms, it is important to buy them fresh and gently clean them to remove any soil while avoiding water saturation. Here are some tips for working with mushrooms.

Washing

Only wash mushrooms once you are ready to cook with them – avoid washing more than you need. Use a damp paper towel to wipe each mushroom, one at a time, to remove any dirt. You can also lightly rinse the mushrooms with cool water and pat dry with paper towels, but do not soak the mushrooms. Mushrooms are extremely absorbent and won’t brown nicely when cooked if they are saturated with water.
 

Prepping

After rinsing and cleaning the mushrooms, determine the size of the cut for your dish: large chop, medium chop, diced or minced. Slice or dice your mushrooms and set aside for cooking.
 

Additional Tips

  • If the stem is tough, trim it before using. For shiitakes, stems should be removed before use. For portabellas, gills may be removed upon preference, as they store a large amount of moisture. Many people prefer to keep the gills intact for more flavor.
  • Accidentally wash more mushrooms than you need? Sauté and put them in your freezer to use later in the week.

For more information or to learn about cooking tips visit www.mushroominfo.com/preparation-tips.