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A Final Call for Summer Favorites

Caprese Stuffed Portabella

Summer is dwindling before our eyes, and before we know it, the school buses will be lined up outside and the leaves will be transform with a call for grills to be replaced with casserole dishes.  Yet, if you’ve checked the calendar, there is still a month of summer glory left, and just as with any great meal, it’s important to savor every moment (or bite).

Take a look at few of our favorite summer bites that will ensure that August brings the summer to a delicious end.

  • The Earth & Turf Burger – A summer highlight from Top Chef Richard Blais, this burger brings to life the ultimate blend of ground meat and finely chopped mushrooms for a 50/50 combo that is both tasty and a healthier twist on your summer burger. . Best of all, you can make Chef Blais’ burger from his Atlanta based Flip Burger Boutique in your own kitchen!
  • Surf and Turf Shrimp Portabella Fajitas – Nothing makes you feel like the ocean breezes are cooling you off like a spin on the classic Surf and Turf.  This dish replaces a portion of protein with hearty portabellas, to provide the flavor you love with a nutritional benefit to feel good about.
  • Grilled Caprese Portabella – Caprese is a summer classic, but put a new spin on this summer favorite with this version that tops a juicy portabella with all the fixings.

Of course, the fun never ends there. Be sure to check out our Pinterest boards for inspiration that will carry you through every season!

What’s on your cooking list before summer ends?

Celebrity Chef Richard Blais Blends Mushrooms With Meat For a Great Burger

Blais' Earth and Turf Burger

Summer is in full-gear and burgers off the grill can be found on plates all over town – from backyard BBQs to the hottest restaurants.  We wanted to add another “must eat” to your list. Behold: the Earth & Turf Burger by Chef Richard Blais that brings mushrooms front and center for a flavorful, satisfying burger. This standout burger is accompanied by Gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, pickles and mushroom ketchup and mayo – packing exceptional flavor between a brioche bun.

Plus, creating a burger with mushrooms and meat can cut calorie and fat intake while adding veggies and nutrients without sacrificing taste or hearty portion sizes. With mushrooms, you can have your burger and eat it too – all summer long.

Hey Atlanta! You can find the featured “Earth & Turf” burger on the menu at Flip Burger Boutique in Buckhead, Atlanta, GA until July 31. However, the burger can be a mainstay in your own kitchen with the full recipe here.

If you’re looking to master the grill, follow these additional easy tips and techniques to build a better burger this grilling season:

  • Perfect the patty: Finely chop any mushroom variety and combine with ground meat of choice for a moist burger packed with flavor.
  • Switch Up the Seasoning: Experiment with a combination of herbs and spices like rosemary and thyme to add another layer of savor.
  • Create New Condiments:  Take typical toppers like ketchup or barbecue sauce and stir in unexpected pairings like soy or hot sauces.
  • Bring on the Bun: Bring flair to the whole affair with different bread choices like brioche buns, pretzel rolls, English muffins or even sandwich wraps – be adventurous.

Additionally, our Pinterest board is full of burger ideas with mushrooms as a meat replacement, topper and blend for great summer burgers. Like Chef Blais, tell us how you’re transforming your meals with mushrooms this summer. Enter the ‘Swap It or Top It’ Recipe Contest for the chance to win $8,500 in prizes. Categories for entry include: Swapability, Best Topped Burger, and MyPlate Burger.