Posts Tagged ‘Mushrooms’

Cheesy Mushroom Tart

Paula of bell’alimento shares a cheesy mushroom tart just in time for warm weather!

Tarts are easy and elegant and come together lickety split. They’re incredibly versatile. You can enjoy them for brunches, light lunches or even dinner. They’re even elegant enough to serve for party appetizers. Add mushrooms to the mix and what’s not to love?

Cheesy Mushroom Tart 1

I like to keep a few boxes of puff pastry in my freezer at all times. They’re perfect for both sweet and savory recipes and have saved me more times than I care to admit. To make this tart, you’ll start off by forming the thawed pastry sheet onto your tart pan. If you don’t happen to have a rectangular pan, you can absolutely you a small round pan. No pans at all? No worries, just cut the pastry into squares and freehand this.

A simple saute of mushrooms (any fresh variety will work beautifully) with a few fabulous ingredients and a mixture of cheeses and your filling is ready to be smoothed into the tart crust. Pop that beauty into the oven for a few minutes and then enjoy a slice (or two)!

Ingredients:
1 puff pastry crust – thawed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 onion – minced
2 cloves garlic – minced
8 ounces mushrooms – sliced, divided
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1/4 cup white wine
kosher salt/pepper
4 ounces cream cheese – room temperature
4 ounces mascarpone – room temperature

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Spray a rectangular tart pan with non-stick cooking spray. Unroll pastry and form to fit pan. Using the tines of a fork poke holes throughout. Bake for 10 minutes.

3. WHILE crust is baking, into a large skillet heat butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened. Add 7 ounces of mushrooms, thyme and wine. Continue cooking until mushrooms have softened. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Add cheeses to mixture and stir until combined. Check for seasoning. Adjust if necessary.

5. Pour cheese mixture into crust and spread evenly. Top with reserved mushrooms. Bake for additional 10-15 minutes until golden.

6. Let tart cool and then cut into slices. Garnish with additional thyme if desired.

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Mushroom Burgers: The Top Trend to Watch in 2015

The humble burger is making its way to the top of trends lists everywhere, but not without the addition of mushrooms. Council Representative, Kathleen Preis, gives us an inside look at the hottest restaurant trend that is sweeping the nation: mushroom burgers.

We all know it; burgers are limitless and are very adaptable, just like mushrooms. So it’s no wonder why they are making their way onto top 10 lists everywhere. Celebrity Chef and Industry Expert Mareya Ibrahim recently said, “In 2015, expect to see more mushroom blends on menus and in products.” Burger Business even suggested restaurants and burger bars will begin creating better non-meat burgers, just like Crabtree’s Kittle House Inn in Chappaqua, N.Y. did, introducing a Mushroom, Quinoa, Chickpea, and Corn burger to their menu.

Beyond flavor, there are plenty of reasons to blend or top burgers with mushrooms. Adding mushrooms to veggie burgers boosts the meatiness of the dish. Blending mushrooms into a ground beef burger yields larger patties while offering potential sodium, fat and calorie reduction. This simple, yet revolutionary way of serving healthier meals without comprising on flavor is catching on.

Give mushroom burgers a try! You can find some of our favorites at the following restaurants:

Checkers and Rally’s
Primetime Steakhouse Double
“The Primetime Steakhouse Double features two beef patties, a slice of Swiss cheese, grilled mushrooms, onions, and an Au Jus mayo, on a toasted Kaiser bun.”

Applebee’s
Mushroom Swiss “Smash” Burger
“Portobello & button mushrooms, smoky mayo & Swiss cheese”


Max and Erma’s
Turkey Avocado Swiss Burger
“Topped with sautéed mushrooms, Swiss, Avocado & Ranch dressing. The name says it all.”

Coco’s Bakery
Smoked, Gouda Mushroom Burger
“Sautéed mushrooms, smoked Gouda cheese, caramelized onions, crisp lettuce, fresh tomatoes, and mayo.”

Smash Burger
Truffle & Swiss Burger with Organic Arugula and Mushrooms

“This delicious twist on our Truffle Mushroom Swiss burger now creates a synergy of flavors with the Organic Arugula and a perfectly balanced burger packed with flavor. Also available on our grilled chicken sandwiches!”

 

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!

Fill Your National Taco Day with Mushrooms

Simmer the meat, grab the spices and prepare your taste buds for a zesty assortment of flavors – tomorrow is National Taco Day! A celebration of deliciousness is in order as we pay homage to a classic Mexican staple that has for many years added spice to kitchens all over the world.

From the vibrant colors and flavors added by fresh ingredients to the piping hot meat (and mushrooms!) that stuff the shells, tacos have always made it easy to add extra personality, fun and deliciousness to dinner time! The variety of ways to enjoy this beloved handheld dish are endless – and so are the ways in which you can add mushrooms to the mix. Blend minced mushrooms with your choice of ground meat and seasonings for a taco stuffing that explodes with flavor. Or slice them thin and sauté them to have as a meaty taco topping.

Whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner – there is a mushroom, taco combo that will excite your taste buds and help extend your Taco Day celebration. We’ve collected some of our favorite mushroom taco recipes to help you enjoy the staple dish all day long.

Sausage and Mushroom Brinner Tacos – Blend sautéed mushrooms and sausage for a “Brinner” taco perfect for a late-night craving – or throw in an egg for a tasty breakfast.

Taco Salad – The mixture of flavors and textures in this delicious contradiction meal will make each bite just a little different than the last.

Taco Stuffed Baked Potato – Enjoy a big Do-It-Yourself baked potato taco toppings bar, including a mushroom based meatless taco filling!

Mediterranean Crimini Mushroom Tacos with Tahini Sauce – The tahini sauce is a perfect complement to lend creamy deliciousness to these satisfying, umami rich mushroom tacos.

Grilled Portabella, Andouille and Sweet Potato Tacos – Take on the mouthwatering combination of flavors in this Grilled Portabella, Andouille and Sweet Potato Tacos recipe.

 

 

Mushrooms Make Back to School Time Trendy

Summer is quickly coming to an end and “back to school” time is in full swing. While the kids might be thinking about the latest trends in clothing and back to school gear, you might be thinking about what they’ll be eating for lunch. Council Representative, Kathleen Preis, tells us how the simple mushroom is making lunch menus across the country not only tasty this school year, but trendy.

Spicy Meatballs. Philly Cheese “Steak” Sandwiches. Chili con Carne. Sounds like the menu at a gourmet restaurant, while in reality this is what your kids could be dining on this school year. That’s right; all these trendy foods have made their way to school lunch trays across the nation, all because of mushrooms.

School Foodservice Directors everywhere have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the new blending concept – blending finely chopped mushrooms with ground meat – and have created healthier and trendier menu items for their school lunch programs.  “Mushrooms are on trend – the coolest thing to eat… We need to be on trend, we need to be serving those foods and meals that have a trendy buzz about them,” says Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, an award-winning child nutrition expert. And those buzz worthy, trendy menu items will have kids gobbling up their serving of vegetables!

So when your kids come home from school this year saying how much they loved that turkey burger with cheese and bacon, don’t fret; thanks to The Blend you can be sure they ate their veggies as well!