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Meaty Mushrooms Star in Wiz Kid’s Philly

Wiz Kid is the brainchild of Rich Landau, chef and owner of trendy restaurants V Street and Vedge in Philadelphia. We recently had the chance to sit down and chat with Chef Rich about his new fast-casual restaurant and his star “crowd stunner” menu item: the Wiz Kid Philly. The best part? He swapped traditional steak for juicy, meaty mushrooms.

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What inspired you to open a fast-casual restaurant?

“People don’t have time for fancy, white tablecloth, hour-long lunches anymore. In fact, some might be lucky to even have a half hour for lunch these days. Fast casual is being defined as the new American cuisine, because people want something that is healthy, delicious and fair priced, that they can take on the go.”

Why did you decide to swap mushrooms for meat in the Wiz Kid Philly?

“We wanted to use something that is completely fresh and whole. There aren’t many, if any, other vegetables that can mimic the taste of meat quite like mushrooms. When treated right, mushrooms are delicious, meaty and smoky. Portabellas are one of the best food products – they’re a real ‘knife & fork’ food. A knife won’t glide through any other food like it does through a portabella.”

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What is your favorite mushroom variety?

“While portabellas are great to have on hand because of their versatility, my favorite variety is the maitake. They’re the next big thing. They have a very distinct ‘mushroomy’ flavor – which is a good thing! They’re just a beautiful mushroom. I love the difference in texture and the variety of flavor. When grilled, the tops get crunchy, crackly and caramelized, while the base stays thick and meaty.”

What is your go-to mushroom dish?

“Right now, probably the Philly from Wiz Kid. It’s just such a crowd stunner, and it’s great to see peoples’ reactions when they try it. They wonder why they have been eating meat all this time when they could be eating mushrooms!”

What has been the reaction to Wiz Kid so far?

“So far, the reaction has been stellar. I’ve had the sandwich recipe in my back pocket for a few years now, and I finally had the opportunity to showcase it. We’re super thrilled about it.”

If you live in Philly, we encourage you to try the famous Wiz Kid Philly for yourself, check out Wiz Kid’s satellite location in Whole Foods, and stay tuned for Wiz Kid’s 19th street location – opening soon!

Savor the Flavors of the Season with Billy Parisi’s Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash

If you’re looking for a festive and seasonal appetizer for your holiday feasts, try Chef Billy Parisi’s Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash – simple and loaded with flavor. 

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I often say I love summer produce the best with its abundance of vine fruits and vegetables, until I sink my teeth into root winter vegetables like this acorn squash – stuffed with sausage and mushrooms.  Whether it’s that delicious savory nutty flavor from fall squashes or the heartiness of root vegetables, there’s something about winter produce that really has helped me appreciate the season.  Regardless of which seasonal produce you prefer, there is no doubt that mushrooms can help enhance the flavor.  The best part about this recipe is that you could use shiitake mushrooms, portabella mushrooms or buttons, like I did, and it will still be delicious due to mushrooms’ versatility.

Stuffing acorn squashes is nothing new, but changing up the stuffing to your desire is.  I’ve seen meat sauces with meatballs, ground turkey, you name it!  I wanted to create something that represented fall with tons of balanced flavor.  The combo I came up with is Italian sausage, apples, brown rice, finely minced button mushrooms, bread crumbs and herbs.  You’ve got salty from the sausage, savory from the herbs, a little sweet and tart from the apples and, of course, umami from the mushrooms.  Not to mention all of that goodness is stuffed up in an acorn squash half and baked in a brown sage butter sauce.

When finely mincing the mushrooms, you can either do it with a knife or put them in a food processor and process until they are to the minced consistency.  I prefer the latter, as it saves a ton of time so you can focus on everything else.  Once the mushrooms are finely minced, mix them in a bowl with the other ingredients.  Now before you stuff up the squash, be sure to scoop out the seeds and season the inside with salt and pepper.

Once they were stuffed up, I added a few more panko crumbs to the top and then off to the oven.  While they were baking, I cooked some butter in a small pot until the milk fats were cooked off and turned the butter slightly brown, making brown butter.  Browning butter makes for a really tasty nutty flavor which I thought would be perfect to drizzle on top of the stuffed squash.  Once the butter is brown, I seasoned it with salt and pepper and added in some fresh chopped sage.  Super delicious!!  This Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash with Brown Sage Butter is as simple as it gets and is absolutely loaded with flavor!!

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Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash with Brown Sage Butter Recipe

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pint domestic mushrooms, brushed free of any dirt
1 pound loose Italian sausage
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 peeled and small diced Granny Smith apple
1 peeled and small diced Fuji apple
¾ cup panko bread crumbs + more to top off
3 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
4 acorn squash cut in half, seeds removed and seasoned
1 stick unsalted butter
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Procedures

1. Preheat the oven to 375°.

2. Using a knife or food processor, finely mince the mushrooms to match the consistency of the sausage.

3. Add the mushrooms to a bowl and mix with the sausage, rice, apples, ¾ cup of panko bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon of sage, 1 teaspoon of thyme, salt and pepper until combined.

4. Place the squash skin side down on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and season the inside with salt and pepper. Evenly divide the sausage-mushroom mixture and stuff it into the center of the acorn squash. Sprinkle on remaining bread crumbs and bake in the oven at 375° for 30 to 35 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned and the sausage is cooked through out.

5. In a small pot, add the butter and cook over low heat until the milk fat solids are cooked and the butter begins to turn light brown. Remove from the heat, season with salt, pepper and remaining sage and drizzle it over the cooked stuffed squash. Enjoy!

WATCH: Portabella Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Impress guests this summer with a grilled Portabella Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce.

It’s National Grilling Month and that means mushrooms on the grill! This simple yet flavor-packed recipe is ready in minutes and is sure to be a hit at any of your backyard bbqs. Just skewer and grill portabella strips, then dip and savor the flavor of homemade spicy peanut sauce.

Find the full Portabella Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce recipe here.

VIDEO: Grilled Mushroom Cobb Salad Recipe

Sometimes basics are best. Get your greens—and a healthy serving of mushrooms—in this crave-worthy Grilled Mushroom Cobb Salad topped with meaty portabella mushrooms.

Do we have you convinced? Find the full recipe here.

Combat the Cold with Johnny Rockets’ New Portobello Chicken Sandwich

This time of year, the weather outside is frightful – but inside a Johnny Rockets? Delightful! (Thanks to the latest addition to its menu, the Portobello Chicken Sandwich.)

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Johnny Rockets is beating winter blues by offering the ultimate comfort—and quality—sandwich: all-natural, farm-raised, grilled chicken breast topped with juicy Portobello mushrooms, smoked Gouda cheese, fresh spring mix, Applewood smoked bacon and mayonnaise served on a brioche bun. A sizzling combination to warm you to the core!

Known for creating high quality, delicious and innovative foods, Johnny Rockets has us craving this new mouth-watering mushroom masterpiece. The sandwich is available for a limited time this winter, so fight the flurries and make your way to Johnny Rockets today!