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6 Varieties, Recipes and Fungi Facts to Celebrate Mushroom Month

It’s our favorite month of the year: Mushroom Month! To celebrate, here are a few fungi facts to remember why we have “mushroom” in our hearts for nature’s hidden treasure:

  • Mushrooms are full of umami – the fifth basic taste after sweet, salty, bitter and sour. Umami is derived from the Japanese word meaning “delicious.”
  • From crunchy enoki to meaty portobellos, mushroom varieties offer a range of flavors and textures.
  • Mushrooms are the only source of vitamin D in the produce aisle. One serving of UV-exposed crimini mushrooms can provide you with 1086 IU of vitamin D.
  • All mushrooms deliver beneficial nutrients such as copper, selenium and B vitamins, but did you know that different mushroom varieties offer different health benefits?
  • Mushrooms are gentle on the planet: Up to one million pounds of mushrooms can be grown on just one acre of land.
  • Mushrooms + Meat = The Blend – one of the easiest ways you can make your favorite meals more delicious, nutritious and sustainable.

What’s your favorite mushroom variety and recipe? The six recipes below each feature a different variety – try them all this Mushroom Month!

LIVE ‘Shroom Cam for Mushroom Month


This National Mushroom Month, we’re opening the gates to one of our mushroom farms to show you how mushrooms are grown. Visit ShroomCam.com to watch the mysterious mushroom growing process in action!

6 Recipes for Mushroom Month

Olive and Feta Stuffed Mushrooms

Olive and Feta Stuffed Mushrooms
Use white button mushrooms, hummus and olives to create umami-packed stuffed mushrooms.

Mexican Mushroom Meatball Soup

Mexican Mushroom Meatball Soup
Blend crimini mushrooms with beef and pork to create savory meatballs in this hearty, full-bodied Mexican-inspired soup.

Grilled Portobello Burger

Grilled Portobello Burgers
Portobello mushroom burgers are marinated in a homemade barbecue spice mix and grilled until tender.

Beef and Maitake Mushroom Meatball Burger with Tomato Butter Sauce

Beef and Maitake Mushroom Meatball Burger
This blended burger combines maitake mushrooms with ground beef and bacon, smothered in buttery tomato sauce.

Enoki Miso Soup

Enoki Miso Noodle Soup
Keep it simple and delicious with this no-fuss, 6-ingredient enoki mushroom and noodle soup.

Beef, Shiitake and Snow Pea Stir Fry

Beef, Shiitake and Snow Pea Stir Fry
Dinner is served with this easy Asian stir-fry that combines shiitakes, steak and snow peas.

Upgrade Your Picnic Table with Mushrooms

Make ‘shroom for mushrooms at your picnic table this summer! From meaty main courses to savory sides, mushrooms’ inherent umami adds a punch of flavor to all of your favorite summertime recipes. Upgrade a classic potato salad by mixing in tender white button mushrooms, or make your burgers even better by blending your favorite mushroom variety with your favorite protein.

Did you know that mushrooms are the only non-animal food source of vitamin D? After soaking up some rays (UV-B) post-harvest, the portabella variety delivers 94% of your daily value of Vitamin D. That’s in one serving! They also are an excellent source of selenium (22%DV) and contain 9% potassium. Bonus: mushrooms are low in fat and calories – helping you maintain a healthy diet all summer long.

Use the summertime mushroom recipes below to begin planning your next backyard bbq!

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Summertime Mushroom Recipes

Mushroom and Chive Potato Salad
Add a twist to your usual picnic side dishes! This mayo-free potato salad is dressed in a mustard and chive vinaigrette and filled with tender mushrooms.

Blended Bison and Mushroom Burgers
Watching your waistline? This burger blends lean bison with low calorie white button mushrooms. Swap the bun for a lettuce wrap to make it carb-free!

Marinated Mushroom 7-Layer Salad
Savor the flavors of summer produce by combining crisp veggies and meaty mushrooms for a refreshing and tangy twist on a classic.

Veal Mushroom Slider
The sliders may be bite-sized, but they’re bursting with flavor! Blend finely chopped mushrooms with ground veal and simple seasons, then top with rich caramelized onions and more mushrooms.

Grilled Portobello Burgers with Garlic Mayo
These vegetarian portobello burgers are loaded with sweet grilled red onions and savory garlic-chive mayo. Cook them on the grill to add a delicious bit of char.

Blenditarian Bacon Honey Bourbon Chicken Meatballs

Bacon Honey Bourbon Chicken Meatballs
You had us at bacon. Turn up the sweetness on your summer appetizers with chicken, bacon and button mushroom blended meatballs.

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.

Meatball Stuffed Mushrooms

Looking for a fun way to boost your comfort-food meals with power-packed nutrients?  Brooke from Cheeky Kitchen cooked up scrumptious meatballs baked into mushrooms and marinara, with a gooey mozzarella, for a truly filling dinner everyone will love!

Meatball Stuffed Mushrooms by Cheeky Kitchen

The season of comfort food is upon us! Time to pull out the same-old classics. You know, the dishes that make you feel instantly at home. Chicken Pot Pie, Beef Stew, Spaghetti and Meatballs. Only, this year, how about we give comfort food season a healthy twist? It’s easy to swap out calories and add in decadent flavor with the addition of mushrooms to any meal! Half the meat, double up on mushrooms, and suddenly you’ve got a dish as filling as the original–without all the fat!

Here’s one of our favorite ways to make a mealtime favorite healthy, without losing out on the comfort food fun. Cooking meatballs inside of mushrooms, instead of serving them on pasta, makes for a delicious dish that satisfies any time of the year, but especially during those autumn months when you’re craving warmth! Try it tonight! It’s quick, simple, and so good!

Meatball Stuffed Mushrooms

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can crushed fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 16 baby bella mushroom caps
  • 16 meatballs
  • 16 1″-square slices of mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a shallow baking dish, add the tomatoes, garlic, basil, salt, and sugar. Stir to mix.
  3. Place the mushroom caps on top of the tomato sauce. Place meatballs inside the mushroom caps. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from oven and top each meatball with mozzarella.
  5. Drizzle olive oil over the mushrooms and meatballs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Return to oven and bake for 10-15 minutes more, until the cheese melts and turns a light golden brown. Remove from oven, serve, and enjoy!

Mushroom-Meatball Subs

Erin Chase from $5 Dinners stretches two meals from one with her recipe for mushroom meatballs that the entire family loves.

Our family loves meatballs. We love them with pasta and we love them on subs. And these mushroom-meatballs are a perfect way to stretch your regular meatball recipe just a little further.

Here’s what I suggest doing with these mushroom meatballs.

  1. Make the subs as directed in the recipe below.
  2. Save the extra meatballs (because there will be extras, unless you plan on serving a crowd!) and freeze them to use later with your favorite pasta noodle.

This recipe will make 14-15 large meatballs, or 26-30 smaller mini meatballs. Since you’ll only need 8 meatballs for the sandwiches (for a family of 4), plan to repurpose the leftovers with pasta…or you could take them for lunch the next day too.

We devoured the mushroom-meatball subs, and we hope you will too!

Mushroom Meatballs

Mushroom- Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Yield – Makes 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. white mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (omit if using seasoned bread crumbs)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup spaghetti sauce
  • 4 sub or bollillo rolls
  • 4 slices cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped mushrooms, ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, Italian seasoning, garlic salt and pepper. Mix well and then form into meatballs. Place the meatballs into a glass baking dish, and then top with a spoonful of spaghetti sauce on each meatball.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until meatballs cook through. Note that cooking time will vary depending on size of the meatballs. If making mini-meatballs, cook for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, split open the rolls or bread lengthwise and scoop out the bread from the bottom half, so the meatballs can rest inside the bottom piece of the roll.  Break a slice of cheese in half, and then place on top of the meatball. Microwave for 30 seconds, or put in the oven for a few minutes to allow the cheese to melt.
  5. Serve Mushroom-Meatball Subs with side of favorite fresh fruit and chips.