Posts Tagged ‘appetizers’

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. 

Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash Overhead

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!!

Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash Cut Open

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!

Summer Entertaining Made Easy with Mushrooms

Summer Entertaining Made Easy with Mushrooms

Summer is here! Beat the heat (or add to it!) with delicious mushroom dishes that are perfect for all of your summer activities. Whether in a salad for a picnic, blended into appetizers at backyard parties or sautéed over the fire while camping, mushrooms add that delicious umami flavor (plus an extra serving of veggies to the plate). No matter how you serve them, mushrooms are the perfect addition to all of your summer spreads.

The Blended Burger Project is back! Head on over to the Blended Burger Project to find your local blended burger.

Campfire Mushrooms

Campfire Mushrooms
Take your mushrooms camping! Cooking over a campfire gives mushrooms a deep smoky flavor.

Mushroom Gazpacho

Mushroom and Pea Gazpacho
This sweet and healthy gazpacho soup is made with spring peas and mushrooms to create a refreshingly cold snack on hot summer days.

Mushroom Sausage Polenta Bruschetta

Mushroom and Sausage Polenta Bruschetta
White button mushrooms, lightly spiced Italian sausage, pine nuts and fresh rosemary make for delicious flavor combination atop polenta.

Mushroom-Mango-Salad

Mushroom Mango Salad
Bring summer to your plate with mangos, avocados and mushrooms mixed in a sweet chili sauce.

Mushroom Egg Salad

Mushroom Egg Salad
The classic egg salad gets a face lift with the addition of crispy sautéed mushrooms and shallots.

Surf & Turf Shrimp Portabella Fajitas

Surf & Turf Shrimp Portabella Fajitas
Bring a sizzle to your summer nights with Surf and Turf Shrimp and Portabella Fajitas.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Chef Billy Parisi is back to share his umami-rich cream of mushroom soup recipe; sure to please during the Thanksgiving season!

Creamy Of Mushroom Soup By Chef Billy Parisi

As soon as the weather even hints that cold is on the way, I’m making soup especially a Cream of Mushroom Soup! This year in Chicago though we’ve been incredibly spoiled with this 60° weather we’ve been having. It’s crazy to think that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and it’s still nice out. Regardless, I’ll take it, but that still doesn’t mean I haven’t been whipping up some delicious soups!

Creamy Of Mushroom Soup By Chef Billy Parisi

I love to get it out of the norm when it comes to cooking traditions especially things like thanksgiving. I mean I have been eating turkey for 34 years of my life and I’m over it, no offense. I want prime rib, roasted potatoes, cheese cake, just something that is different. In fact I think planning a coursed meal should be in store for your Turkey Day! Start with a small appetizer, then a soup, salad, entrée, and finally dessert.

I’ll give you a quick lesson on soup. It’s the most important course in any meal because so often it is the first and heck if you can’t get soup right what makes anyone think you know how to cook an entrée? Soup requires time, love, and lots of browning in fat. Mushrooms for example make for the perfect hearty soup. Combine then with bacon, cream, garlic and parsley and you’ve got a simple delicious soup that will for sure be a favorite at your Turkey Day Table!

Creamy Of Mushroom Soup By Chef Billy Parisi

Since I know bacon and mushrooms go so well together I decided I would render some bacon fat and roast off some onions, celery, garlic and mushrooms in the fat so that it can infuse all that delicious pork flavor. From there I deglazed with white wine, see the gif below, and then added in some chicken stock and simmered on low for an hour.

To me soups are all about toppings so some garlic and Parmesan sourdough croutons were a must for this soup. Here’s how easy they are to make. Toss some sourdough cubes in a bowl with some melted butter, fresh chopped garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 20 minutes on 375°, boom croutons!

Creamy Of Mushroom Soup By Chef Billy Parisi

For the soup itself I used a combination of baby portabellas, button mushrooms, shitake mushrooms and oyster mushrooms. I saved a few extra, seared them over high heat in olive oil and then used them as a garnish. I’m tellin’ you when it comes to soup it’s all about the toppings!

Creamy Of Mushroom Soup By Chef Billy Parisi

Can you imagine how psyched your guests would be if they came to a coursed Thanksgiving Day meal and you started it off with a delicious cream of mushroom soup loaded with umami flavors and roasted vegetables? I mean I’d be impressed.

The day after Thanksgiving is such a great day filled with leftovers and football and there is nothing, I mean nothing more comforting and therapeutic than eating soup on days like that, and this Cream of Mushroom Soup is perfect for it!

Creamy Of Mushroom Soup By Chef Billy Parisi

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Yield: Makes 1 gallon

Ingredients:
8 slices of chopped bacon
1 small diced yellow onion
6 small diced stalks of celery
4 finely minced cloves of garlic
1 pint of button mushrooms
1 pint of baby portabella mushrooms
1 cup of shitake mushroom caps
1 cups of oyster mushrooms, stems removed
¼ cup of flour
1 cup of chardonnay
64 ounces of chicken stock
2 cups of heavy cream
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
Kosher salt and cracked pepper to taste
Fresh thyme leaves for garnish
shredded Parmesan for garnish

Procedures:
1. In a large pot on high heat render the bacon fat until the bacon lardons become crispy.
2. Remove the bacon and add in the onions, celery and garlic and saute for 8 to 10 minutes over medium-high heat or until lightly browned.
3. Next, add in the mushrooms are cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until the mushrooms are browned.
4. Sprinkle in and stir in the flour until it has been completely mixed in.
5. Deglaze with the white wine and cook until it is almost gone.
6. Add in the chicken stock and bring it to a boil and until it becomes thick.
7. Puree the mushroom soup until smooth with a hand blender or a regular blender.
8. Return the pureed soup to the pot and finish with the heavy cream, parsley, salt and pepper.
9. Garnish with croutons, crispy bacon lardons, fresh thyme and Parmesan.

The Best of the Holidays with Mushrooms

The holidays are coming to close and we can’t believe how many delicious dishes we had the pleasure of trying! To celebrate the close of 2014, we are excited to share of recap of our favorite holiday recipes from this holiday season.

Sauteed Mushroom and Brie Puff Pastry Bites 
Paula of Bell’amimento gives us a delicious appetizer, Sautéed Mushroom and Brie Puff Pastry Bites, to share at our gatherings this holiday season.

Brie and Cranberry Stuffed Mushroom Bites
Stuffed mushrooms are always a popular item on the appetizer table and the cranberries are easy to come by, too. Just swipe a few from the sauce you’re serving alongside your holiday turkey, and they will serve as a reminder of what’s to come.

Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms
Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen makes holiday brunch easy and filling with this supersized stuffed mushroom recipe using portabella caps and a meaty chopped mushroom filling!

Creamy Tetrazzini With Mushroom-Turkey Meatballs
Mushroom-turkey meatballs lend flavor and textural nuance to creamy tetrazzini.

Garlic-Bacon Mushroom Bites
Brooke of Cheeky Kitchen adds a pop of flavor to your next holiday party with this delicious, bite-size Garlic-Bacon Mushrooms recipe.

Your New Favorite Craving: Garlic-Bacon Mushroom Bites

Brooke of Cheeky Kitchen adds a pop of flavor to your next holiday party with this delicious, bite-size Garlic-Bacon Mushrooms recipe. 

You’ve had sausage-stuffed mushrooms and veggie stuffed mushrooms. Stuffing stuffed mushrooms and parmesan stuffed mushrooms. All delicious options, you may have thought (as I did) that I’d seen and tasted all there was to see and taste of stuffed mushrooms.

I was wrong. Like, so very wrong.

Because the best durned stuffed mushroom recipe ever has never been discovered…until now.

These Garlic-Bacon Mushroom Bites are so scrumptious, so savory, and so simply delicious that I nearly melted into a puddle of paprika-spiked butter, even as I slid that very combo into my happy mouth.

Never has a mushroom recipe been easier or more delicious than this here delight. Perfect for parties. Perfect for feeding a crowd of people you love. Perfect for adding some mushroom love to any table, this recipe is a must-make, must-try, will-crave dish that everyone will love.

 

Garlic-Bacon Mushroom Bites

Serves 24

Ingredients:

  • 24 large cremini mushrooms
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely chopped
  • 4 thick slices peppered bacon, cooked and finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Pull the stems from each of the mushrooms.
  2. Wash and gently dry with a clean paper towel.
  3. Dip mushrooms in melted butter, then place mushrooms round-side up on a parchment-lined baking sheet (or in a large parchment-lined skillet or baking dish). Arrange the mushrooms so they’re not touching.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes in the preheated oven until mushrooms are tender and dark brown.
  5. Flip each mushroom so the bottom side is up.
  6. In a stand mixer, beat together cream cheese, egg, garlic, and bacon. Beat until smooth.
  7. Spoon into the center of each mushroom. Drizzle with butter and sprinkle with paprika.
  8. Bake for an additional 10-12 minutes, or until the center mixture melts and begins to bubble lightly around the edges. Cool slightly before serving.
  9. Garnish with chopped green onions.