Posts Tagged ‘Portobello’

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.

Combat the Cold with Johnny Rockets’ New Portobello Chicken Sandwich

This time of year, the weather outside is frightful – but inside a Johnny Rockets? Delightful! (Thanks to the latest addition to its menu, the Portobello Chicken Sandwich.)

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Johnny Rockets is beating winter blues by offering the ultimate comfort—and quality—sandwich: all-natural, farm-raised, grilled chicken breast topped with juicy Portobello mushrooms, smoked Gouda cheese, fresh spring mix, Applewood smoked bacon and mayonnaise served on a brioche bun. A sizzling combination to warm you to the core!

Known for creating high quality, delicious and innovative foods, Johnny Rockets has us craving this new mouth-watering mushroom masterpiece. The sandwich is available for a limited time this winter, so fight the flurries and make your way to Johnny Rockets today!

Spring into The Blend

This unseasonably warm weather has had me thinking spring for weeks! I don’t know about you, but when the temperature starts to tick up, I can’t help but get into the mood for grilling. As luck would have it, this goad to grill gave me an excellent opportunity to experiment with the whole “swapability” notion of substituting a portion of a higher-calorie ingredient, like meat, with a portion of mushrooms instead. I’ve been tinkering with it in the kitchen and find it’s an easy way to get an extra serving of veggies on my plate and an extra tasty meal in my stomach.

After searching for mushroom recipes that could easily be made on the grill, I settled on this tasty little number… burgers, of course! I decided to put together a batch of meaty Mushroom Burger Wraps. The original recipe is made in a skillet, but when the weather is this beautiful, you have to hit the grill. I’m telling you, these bad boys are so tasty, you may not ever make a full beef burger again! Of course, for all you turkey fans out there, this is a delicious swap for you, too.

In addition to swapping mushrooms within the burger wraps, I also marinated some sliced portobellos in a balsamic vinaigrette and threw them on the grill alongside the burgers for a complete lean, mean dinner that had me thinking summery thoughts in the middle of March. Not too shabby!

Mushroom Burger Wraps (serves four)

 

 

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces white button mushrooms
  • 6 ounces cremini mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces 93% lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil or 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 4 2-ounce whole-wheat tortillas
  • freshly ground black pepper

Directions

1. Chop mushrooms into ¼-inch pieces.  Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat.  Add 2 teaspoons canola oil.  Place mushrooms in pan and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes.  Drain. Return mushrooms to pan and season with freshly ground black pepper.

2. In a large bowl, combine the mushrooms, ricotta cheese, ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, and basil. Form mixture into 4 burgers.

3. Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons canola oil. Cook burgers for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until done. (Or grill burgers.) Serve in tortilla.

Tips: These are delicious with caramelized onions, fresh tomato and cheddar cheese.

Mushroom Lasagna from Chez Us

Turn your Meatless Monday meal into a comfort food feast with this Mushroom Lasagna recipe from Denise of Chez Us!

I recently had the chance to tag along on a mushroom foraging excursion with an expert from Northern California.  It was fascinating what I learned about my favorite food!  Besides learning that mushrooms are primarily composed of water, I also learned that mushrooms shouldn’t be consumed raw since they contain chitin, a material that needs to be cooked in order to break down and become edible. Also, thanks to their high water content, you don’t need much cooking liquid when preparing mushrooms.

Luckily, mushrooms are also packed with nutrients and vitamins!  They are a great source of B vitamins, especially niacin and riboflavin and happen to be protein powerhouses.  I found it interesting that dried mushrooms have almost as much protein as a piece of veal. I could go on and on, but will save for that for another time!  I mean, you’re probably hungry by now, right?

This mushroom lasagna is my go-to recipe for vegetarian meals.  Since mushrooms are a great source of protein, this recipe is very filling.  I lightly saute a mixture of brown crimini, portobellos and shiitakes with a little olive oil. Thanks to their high water content, there’s no need to add more liquid! Here and there, I’ll add golden chanterelles and oyster mushrooms to the mushroom blend.  I love the meaty texture of the chanterelles mixed with delicate oyster mushrooms.

To balance all of the earthy goodness in this recipe, I use three cheeses: fresh mozzarella, mascarpone and ricotta. I also use an abundance of fresh herbs to round out the flavors. Yes, it is rather decadent, but it is so worth it!  Instead of a traditional red sauce, I use a creamy béchamel.  When béchamel bakes with the three cheeses it makes a delicious, creamy base that mixes perfectly with the earthy mushrooms and fresh herbs.

This recipe takes a bit of time to prepare, but it worth it.  When you take the bubbly lasagna out of the oven, your dinner guests are going to be WOWED from start to finish.   I’ll let you in on a little secret… we prefer this recipe over meat lasagna. It’s THAT good! Try it for yourself and let us know what you think.

Mushroom Lasagna

Mushroom Filling
Note: if omitting chanterelle and oyster mushrooms, use an additional 8 oz. of crimini, portobello, or  a blend of the two.

  • 1 lb. of crimini brown mushrooms
  • 1 lb. portobello mushrooms
  • 4 ounces oyster mushrooms (optional)
  • 4 ounces chanterelle mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 yellow onion, minced finely
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced finely
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

To make: In a dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-low, add the onion, stir and cook until soft, about 4 minutes.  Add the garlic, stir, and lower heat to low, cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add all of the mushrooms except the oyster mushrooms.  Stir the mixture and cook over low heat for 12 minutes.  Add the oyster mushrooms (if using), stir and turn off the heat.  Set aside

Cheese Filling

  • ricotta
  • mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup Italian parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh oregano, roughly chopped
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of kosher salt and black pepper

To make: In a large mixing bowl add all of the ingredients and stir with a spoon.  Set aside.

Béchamel

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper

To make: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat (about a 4) until melted.  Do not let the butter burn.  Add the flour and whisk until smooth.  Continue cooking over low heat until light and golden in color, about 5 minutes.  Add the milk to the butter mixture, slowly, whisking the entire time.  Raise the heat to a medium (about a 6), cook for 5 minutes, whisking the entire time.  Remove from the heat.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

Lasagna

  • 1pound fresh or dried lasagna noodles
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella

To make: Heat oven to 350.  Butter a large glass baking dish.  Ladle a spoonful of béchamel over the bottom of the dish and spread about.  Cover the bottom of the dish with some of the pasta.  Smooth a third of the cheese filling over the pasta, add a third of the mushroom mixture, and then ladle 1/3 of the béchamel over the top.  Tear a 1/3 of the mozzarella into small pieces and scatter over the béchamel.  Continue the process;  you should have three layers.  You will have three layers built up with cheese and mushrooms.   Cover the third layer with pasta and pour the remaining of the béchamel over the top of the pasta.  Sprinkle with mozzarella.  Bake for 50 – 60 minutes, until golden and bubbly.  Serve.  Eat.

Mushroom Ragout with Taleggio Polenta and Gremolata

Denise from Chez Us has a hearty vegetarian meal that is as comforting as it is easy to make! Read on to learn more about her delicious Mushroom Ragout with Taleggio Polenta and Gremolata recipe.

I love serving this Mushroom Ragout served with Taleggio Polenta and Gremolata when I’m craving a light but satisfying vegetarian meal. Cremini and portobello mushrooms are great “meaty” mushrooms and are a staple in our house.  I just happened to have some shiitake and oyster mushrooms on hand, so I added them to this recipe.  Really, this recipe features a medley of mushrooms, so feel free to add whatever types you like; just be sure to include a few of meaty types to fill it out.

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When choosing mushrooms at the market, I tend to prefer smaller and tighter mushrooms that have firm flesh.  Yes, I am that annoying person at the market picking through the mushroom bins.  When buying shiitake and oyster mushrooms, I like to find small ones that can be used whole in recipes, which saves time and makes the dish look great. Don’t buy a mushrooms with a slimy film over the top;  most likely they have been sitting in that bin a little too long.

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The seasoning for the simple mushroom ragout requires  a little shallot, olive oil and salt and pepper.  I wanted the ragout to be seasoned lightly to enhance the earthiness of the mushrooms. The tangy polenta and fresh gremolata really tie the flavors of this dish together.  Instead of incorporating olive oil into the gremolata, I like to drizzle a high quality olive oil over the top of this dish just prior to serving.

To make a complete meal serve this with a simple salad and warm bread. This recipe is comfort food taken up a notch!

Recipe:  Mushroom Ragout served with Taleggio Polenta and Gremolata
serves 4

  • 7 ounces crimini mushrooms
  • 2 ounces shiitake
  • 2 ounces portobello
  • 2 ounces oyster mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small shallot minced finely
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock
  • high quality olive oil

Gremolata

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, I like to use Meyer Lemons
  • 4 tablespoons italian parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled

Taleggio Polenta

  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup polenta
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces Taleggio cheese, rind removed and cubed

For mushroom ragout: Using a mushroom brush or a paper towel, gently clean the mushrooms.  Cut the end of the stem off, and then slice into medium sized slices.  Not too thin.  In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil, over medium heat.  Add the shallot, stir and cook until soft;  about 2 minutes.  Add the crimini and portobello mushroom, stir.  Over low heat, cook the mushrooms until lightly caramelized, about 7 minutes.  Add the shiitake and oyster mushrooms, stir and cook for an additional 5 minutes.  Add the stock, stir and cook for 5 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Remove from the heat.

For gremolata: Add ingredients to food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Set aside.

For Taleggio polenta: Heat stock in a saucepan over medium heat until just heated through. Add salt and gently whisk in polenta, stirring constantly to prevent lumps. Whisk in butter.  Turn the heat to a very low simmer.  Cook for 20 minutes until the polenta is creamy, stirring often to prevent sticking. Remove from the heat and whisk in the Taleggio until creamy.

To serve: In a medium sized bowl, add Taleggio polenta and top with the mushroom mixture and gremolata. Drizzle with  high quality olive oil and enjoy!