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Lighten the Holiday Table with Mushrooms for Good Nutrition Month

From juicy, roasted turkey to candied sweet potato soufflé, the delicious dishes of the holidays make it hard to believe November is Good Nutrition Month! But celebrating doesn’t require resisting the urge to fill your bellies – adding mushrooms to those staple family dishes you love adds flavor and nutritional value that everyone around the table can be thankful for.

Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium, yet they provide amazing umami flavor and can blend in with nearly any dish, making them the perfect addition to the holiday dinner table. Add mushrooms to grandma’s famous stuffing or mom’s one-of-a-kind turkey gravy.

Try a few of these mushroom dishes to help your family add rich flavor and nutrients to the menu this holiday season in celebration of Good Nutrition Month:

Sweet Potato Pancakes with Balsamic Maple Mushrooms – Savory sautéed mushrooms top mashed sweet potato pancakes for a delicious breakfast, brunch or dinner.

Baked Mushroom Mac ‘n’ Cheese – Good as a holiday side dish, this mac ‘N’ cheese bursts with flavor and adds vegetables to a family favorite.

Prime Rib Portabella with Pan-Fried Brussels and Pomegranate – This “meaty” portabella creates a festive mushroom entrée that is perfect for a holiday feast.

Mushroom Stuffing with Mushroom Gravy – This mushroom-packed stuffing recipe adds vegetables and bold flavors to a holiday staple.

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Denise from Chez Us shows us how to easily make bite-sized appetizers for your next soiree with these delicious sausage-stuffed mushrooms – baked to perfection and ideal for holiday entertaining.

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I am always on the lookout for quick but elegant appetizers to serve when entertaining or if impromptu guests stop by for some pre-holiday bubbles. One of my favorite ingredients that I always have on hand is a stash of mushrooms, as they can mingle during breakfast all the way through dinner. This recipe for sausage stuffed mushrooms does exactly that; mingles well in the kitchen and with my guests.

I am a big fan of simple, fast and delicious appetizers that can be made at moment’s notice.  Using The Blend method makes this recipe very approachable, and it makes a great go to appetizer recipe to have on hand.  I simply add sausage along with the chopped portabellas to help “beef” up the filling.  The earthiness of the portabella mushroom goes well with either a mild or spicy Italian sausage.  I prefer to use a mild sausage, but go crazy if you dare.

These stuffed mushrooms are loaded with mushroom goodness, and the fresh rosemary (which I think is the perfect holiday herb) and fontina cheese pairs really well with the earthy mushrooms as well as the sausage.  Light enough to enjoy before dinner or as a light meal on a busy night during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

 

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • 16 medium sized cremini (brown) mushrooms, slightly firm
  • 2 small portabella mushrooms
  • 1 italian sausage, mild or spicy, casing removed and crumbled into small pieces
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, minced
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated fontina cheese
  • extra rosemary and cheese for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400.
  2. Using a paper towel or mushroom brush clean the mushrooms.
  3. Remove the stems from the mushrooms, and lightly scoop a small amount from each cremini mushroom.  Set the cremini mushrooms onto a baking sheet.
  4. Cut the portabella mushroom into pieces then place in the food processor.  Chop until it resembles ground meat.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  6. Add the onion and garlic, stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Stir in the chopped mushrooms, and cook for 2 minutes.  Then crumble in the sausage, stir and cook for 2 minutes over low heat.  No need to cook the meat all the way through as it will continue to cook in the oven.  Using a tablespoon remove any oil that has collected in the pan.
  8. Place the mixture into a large mixing bowl.
  9. Add the panko, rosemary, salt to taste, and the fontina cheese.  Stir to mix well.
  10. Lightly stuff each mushroom with the mixture, then drizzle with a little olive oil.
  11. Slide into the oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.  The mushrooms are done when lightly golden and slightly soft.
  12. Remove from the oven, and place the mushrooms on a serving platter.  Sprinkle with some grated cheese and minced rosemary as a garnish.
  13. Serve.
  14. Eat.

 

Pot Roast with Balsamic Mushroom Gravy

Bring tradition back to the family dinner table with this rich and savory Pot Roast recipe from Paula of Bell’Alimento – featuring a hearty and meaty balsamic mushroom gravy!  

There’s nothing more comforting in the fall/winter than a nice home-cooked pot roast. It’s a hearty stick to your ribs kind of meal. You only have about 15 minutes of prep time and then your oven does the rest of the work. Low maintenance cooking. There’s absolutely nothing fussy about this meal.

We’ve bumped up the flavors by adding balsamic vinegar that makes the gravy zing. We’ve also added (you guessed it) mushrooms. They’re the perfect complement to the beef and gravy and will make you wonder why you’ve never added them before.

We like our pot roast served with mashed potatoes so we don’t add new potatoes to ours during the cooking process. IF you’d like to add new potatoes to yours, simply add them at the stage you add the carrots and mushrooms and adjust cooking time until potatoes are tender.

 

Pot Roast with Balsamic Mushroom Gravy

Yield: 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3.5 hours

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 pound chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable (or canola) oil
  • kosher salt/ground pepper
  • 1 large onion – chopped
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 pound carrots
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms – quartered
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Into a large French/Dutch oven heat oil over medium-high heat. Season beef with salt/pepper. Sear on all sides.
  3. Add onion and cook until softened. Add vinegar and reduce by half.
  4. Combine broth and Dijon and pour over beef. Add rosemary. Cover. Transfer to oven and cook for 3 hours OR until meat is tender.
  5. 30 minutes prior to finishing add carrots and mushrooms to French/Dutch oven. Season with salt/pepper.
  6. Remove beef, carrots and mushrooms. Transfer to serving dish.
  7. Place French/Dutch oven over medium heat. Add cornstarch and whisk to combine. Cook until mixture thickens and reduces to desired gravy consistency. Check for seasoning and add if necessary.

Spaghetti Bolognese Made Simple with Task & Tool

With temperatures dropping and days getting shorter, the crisp air of fall calls for cozying up with flavorful bowls of comfort. While intricate meals are perfect for special nights, the richest flavors can also be found in simple ingredients. An appreciation of the simplicity of both recipes and ingredients is at the core of Task & Tool, who share visual recipes that help you create great meals from beginning to end effortlessly. When we came across the Task and Tool blog, we were immediately smitten with the beauty with which the team illustrates the beauty of cooking, making it easy to follow along with the flow of the recipe.

We’re thrilled to have been able to be among the first collaborators on the site and we love their visual take on this Spaghetti Bolognese from our friends at Mushrooms Canada! Blended with mushrooms for a full and hearty taste, this satisfying sauce comes together beautifully with simple ingredients that come together in a sauce with a triple hit of umami with ground meat, mushrooms and tomato sauce. As an added bonus, the sauce keeps in the freezer for up to a month, making it the perfect prep-ahead dinner to keep on hand for busy weeknights!

Check out the rest of the Task and Tool’s illustrated recipes on their website. From simple favorites such as apple pie and cookies, to a robust paella – they all warrant a try!

Raise a Fork for National Pasta Day

Boil it, sauce it and serve it up – it’s National Pasta Day! With major flavor, fork twirling and fun, pasta continues to bring to tables around the world, we’d argue that one day is not enough to celebrate all the great pasta-bilities – especially when mushrooms are added to the pan!

The versatility of pasta, much like mushrooms, makes delicious family dinners, lunches and party sides a forkful away. Pair al dente spaghetti noodles with hearty meat and mushroom blend marinara, or top fun rotini with a classic creamy Alfredo and sautéed mushroom sauce. If the pasta urge strikes early, don’t wait until dinner to start your celebration – enjoy a chilled noodle salad with sliced mushrooms, onions and peppers and drizzled with a light vinaigrette for a satisfying lunch you can pack to-go.

Hold your forks high and celebrate National Pasta day with these sure-to-please pasta recipes featuring mushrooms!

Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms – This Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms is a perfect example on how to blend meat in mushrooms together in a classic recipe!

Fettuccine Profumate – This creamy, aromatic fettuccine recipe is full of mushroom flavor.

Cheesy Mushroom Sausage Pasta – Enjoy this delicious family pasta dish that takes less than 30 minutes from fridge to table!

Tri-Color Pasta and Portabella Salad – Meaty mushrooms bring satisfying flavor to the pasta salad – a light, quick and easy meal.

Gorgonzola & Port Macaroni Stuffed Portabellas – In this dish, the macaroni and cheese would not taste as good without the mushroom – the perfect untraditional touch to your National Pasta Day celebration.

Mushroom Chicken Alfredo Lasagna – This recipe is a healthy, hearty meal that can last a few days or can go from freezer to oven to table.

Easy Mushroom Ravioli with Four-Cheese Sauce – A quick filling that bursts with flavor comes together quickly with  won ton skins in place of pasta for homemade ravioli  bound to impress dinner guests.