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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.

Risotto with Crispy Mushrooms

Nothing warms your belly and fills you up like a bowl of rich and creamy mushroom risotto. This risotto by Bell’alimento is brimming with crispy mushrooms and is just what you need on a cold winter day.

Risotto is the perfect fall/winter dish. It will warm you from head to toe with its creamy goodness. It’s strong enough to be the main course or it’s a spectacular supporting side dish. Mushroom risotto is a classic. It’s typically made by mixing in the mushrooms during the stirring process, but we’ve taken the liberty of shaking things up a bit by crisping (browning) sliced Portobello mushrooms in a bath of sautéed butter first and then adding it to the top of the finished risotto. I think this gives it even more mushroom flavor, which of course is the goal.

Creamy Mushroom Risotto by Bellalimento

You can use a chicken stock or go with a vegetable (or mushroom stock) to make it vegetarian. IF you’re lucky enough to have any leftovers, you can always make Arancini!

Risotto with Crispy Mushrooms

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
16 ounces fresh mushrooms – sliced
kosher salt/black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion – minced
2 cups arborio rice
6 cups vegetable/chicken stock
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Directions:
1. Into a saute pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until crispy around edges. Stirring as necessary. Set aside.

2. Into a large sauce pan and oil and heat over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add rice, stir continually until rice changes color ever so slightly and is coated well with oil. Stir constantly so you do not let your onions or rice burn.

3. Reduce heat to low, add in about 1/2 cup of stock and stir continually. Season with salt. Once stock has reduced add another ladle of stock. Continue this process until your risotto is al dente {approx 30 minutes}

4. Remove from heat, check for seasoning, adjust if necessary. Stir in Parmigiano Reggiano.

5. Top risotto with crispy mushrooms and garnish with fried sage leaves if desired.

Savory Baked Brie with Crispy Mushrooms

We don’t know anyone who doesn’t appreciate a round of melty brie cheese smothered in fragrant mushrooms! Paula from Bell’alimento shows us how to pull together this crowd favorite.

If you’re looking for the perfect appetizer for your Thanksgiving feast (or any holiday party for that matter) look no further. This savory baked brie topped with crispy mushrooms served over toasted baguette slices is just what you’re looking for. It’s unexpected and amazing. Even better? It’s super simple to pull together.

Savory Baked Brie with Crispy Portabellas by Bellalimento

You’ll want to be sure to take the brie out of the refrigerator and set it on the counter about 30 minutes BEFORE you’re ready to bake it. Then you’ll simply saute sliced portabella mushrooms with a mixture of butter, onions, garlic and herbs until they’re brown and crispy. Nothing bad about that combo right?

All that’s left is to pop the brie into the oven and bake it until it begins to soften enough so that once you top it with it’s brown tiara of crispy mushrooms it will ooze out onto the platter when you cut into it. You can even toast the baguette at the same time you’re baking the brie! Happy Entertaining!

Savory Baked Brie with Crispy Mushrooms

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon minced onion
1 clove garlic – minced
6 ounces sliced portabella mushrooms
kosher salt/pepper
1 teaspoon freshly chopped rosemary
8 ounces brie
toasted baguette – sliced

Directions:
NOTE: Take brie out of refrigerator and place on counter approximately 30 minutes PRIOR to baking.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Into a small saute pan heat butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for approximately 1 minute. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper and rosemary. Stir and cook until mushrooms begin to brown (crisp). Take off of heat.

Place brie onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until warmed through and softened.

To serve: Place brie onto serving platter. Top with mushrooms and serve with toasted baguette slices.

Vegetable Noodle Bowl with Mushrooms

Paula of bell’alimento shares her take on noodles with mushrooms.

The bulk of my college diet consisted of ramen noodles. I was on a strict budget and they definitely fit the bill. Although I still appreciate a good deal, my taste palette has changed just a bit since then. When I want something fast and filling I gravitate towards these Noodle Bowls.
Vegetable Mushroom Noodle Bowl
This recipe comes together in less than 15 minutes and is packed full of veggies and our favorite, mushrooms! To save time, I like to use a pre-package bag of broccoli slaw for this recipe. The combo is made up of red cabbage, broccoli and carrots.

You’re also going to toss the seasoning packet that comes with the ramen noodles. We’re going to add our our sauce mixture that in my humble opinion, is much tastier and better for you.

Vegetable Noodle Bowl with Mushrooms
A quick mix of sauce, set the noodles to boil and a saute later and you’ve got yourself an inexpensive and filling lunch or light dinner!

Yield: 4
Cook Time: 10  – 15 minutes
Prep Time:  5  minutes

Ingredients:
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1 clove garlic – minced
2 teaspoons sesame oil
3 packages Ramen noodles (discard seasoning packets)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 onion – minced
4 – 6 ounces fresh mushrooms – sliced
6 ounces broccoli slaw (carrot, broccoli and cabbage mixture)
green onion – sliced thinly for garnish, optional

Directions:
Into a small bowl whisk together: soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, ginger, garlic and sesame oil. Set aside.

Cook ramen according to package directions (note: do not use included seasoning packet). Drain.

WHILE ramen is cooking, into a large saute pan heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute until softened. Add mushrooms and cook until just softened. Add broccoli slaw and cook until softened. Stirring as necessary.

Add sauce to pan and toss to combine. Add cooked ramen, toss to combine.

Garnish with green onion.

Pesto Portobello Pizzas

Paula of bell’alimento shares a perfect pesto portobello pizza recipe with a lighter side.

When you’re wanting a “lighter” pizza option this one will fit that bill perfectly. Our personal pesto portobello pizzas are the perfect portion for a light lunch or even can be served as an hors de vors for all your summer entertaining.

Portobello Pizzas Paula of bell’alimento

We start by gently removing the mushroom gills by scraping them with a spoon. To keep our shrooms from getting soggy we like to bake ours upside down on a muffin tin so that it collects the liquid and makes it much easier to discard.

Then we’ll use our favorite pesto add the cheese and cherry tomatoes and bake until golden and bubbly.

Easy peasy gluten free portobello pizza perfection.

Portobello Pizzas by Paula of bell’alimento

Pesto Portobello Pizzas

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients:
2 large portobello mushrooms – cleaned and gills removed
2 teaspoons pesto
1/2 -3/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
3-4 cherry tomatoes – halved
kosher salt/pepper
fresh basil leaves

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to broil.

2. Place mushroom caps upside down on a muffin pan. Bake for 5-10 minutes until mushrooms have just begun to soften. Discard liquid.

2. Equally divide pesto between mushroom caps. Using a silicone brush, spread pesto on inside of mushroom caps.

3. Equally divide cheese between mushroom caps.

4. Equally divide tomatoes between mushroom caps. Arrange on top of cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Turn oven to broil. Return mushrooms to oven and bake for additional 5 minutes OR until cheese has melted.

6. Garnish with fresh basil.