Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

Mushroom Duxelle Crostini

Jennifer from Savory Simple shares a light, crunchy snack perfect for a night of patio entertaining with these Mushroom Duxelle Crostinis.

Mushroom Duxelle Crostini by Savory Simple

Summer is all about fun get togethers with friends and family. I don’t know about you but when I have company over for a casual gathering I want to keep things as simple as possible. I don’t want to make fancy food or have to run in and out of the kitchen. My preference is for finger food that is eye catching and has a lot of flavor in each bite. In my opinion, there is no better party appetizer than crostini.

This mushroom duxelle crostini is impressive and flavorful but so easy. If you want to make it in advance of a gathering, all you need to do is prepare the components separately and then build the crostini at the last second. Toast the baguette, chop the parsley, shave the gruyere and have them neatly lined up and ready to go. The mushroom duxelle mixture can be prepared up to three days in advance. There truly is no better party appetizer. Enjoy!

 

Mushroom Duxelle Crostini

Yield: 20-30 crostini

Ingredients:

  • 1 French baguette, sliced on the bias
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large portabella mushrooms (or 10 ounces mushroom of your choice), chopped finely
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup shallots (approximately 3 medium shallots), chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons port wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • gruyere cheese, shaved
  • fresh parsley, coarsely chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly brush the baguette slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Toast the baguette until slightly golden and crunchy, 7-10 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to a large skillet over low heat. Add the chopped mushrooms and salt. Allow the mushrooms to sweat, stirring frequently, until their liquid has released. As the liquid fills the pan, slowly turn the heat up to medium and continue stirring until it has mostly evaporated, approximately 5 minutes. Move the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Turn the heat back to medium low. In the same skillet, add an additional 1/2 tablespoon olive oil along with the shallots and garlic. Cook for several minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture is fragrant. Add the mushrooms back to the skillet along with the port wine and lemon juice. Sauté the mixture for another 5 minutes, or until there’s very little liquid left in the pan.
  4. Top each crostini with shaved gruyere and a dollop of the mushroom mixture. Top with fresh parsley and serve.

 

T.G.I.F. – Add Mushrooms to Your Weekend Entertaining

With all the hustle and bustle of the week – from morning meetings to camp carpools – the weekends make way for rest and relaxation amid warm temperatures, cozy patios and, most delicious of all – outdoor cuisine! Weekends are the perfect time to take a break and gather family and friends in the yard for fun conversation, cool drinks and light, summer appetizers. The versatility of mushrooms makes them easy to blend in your outdoor menu no matter what your bite-size fix may be.

Stuff meaty, baby portabellas with your favorite creamy summer dip for a pop-able treat – or revamp a classic bruschetta recipe by topping it with a savory sautéed mushroom medley to add some crunch to the evening. No matter the approach, mushrooms make for great guests at any summer gathering – Here are a few quick and easy recipes sure to be a weekend hit:

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms – combine two classic holiday appetizers into one delicious bite with these stuffed portabellas.

Mushroom Pine Nut Pinwheels – Always a hit with a crowd, they are a cinch to make in advance – these Pinwheels hit all the right notes for amazing summer appetizers.

Mushroom Bruschetta – Spicy sautéed mushrooms and melted cheese bruschetta can transform casual dining fare to backyard summer must-haves.

Crimini and Pork Meatballs – Everyone loves a meatball, but give them a healthy twist with this juicy mushroom, ground meat blend.

Mushroom Stuffed Pears with Gorgonzola – Turn stuffed mushrooms inside out, and stuff pears with a savory blend of mushrooms spiked with creamy gorgonzola.

Shaved Vegetable Pizza – Enjoy mushrooms, red onions and zucchini sliced thin and roasted on flatbread beneath a layer of three melted cheeses!

Which bite-size recipes will you be whipping up for your summer party?

Oyster Mushroom Spring Rolls

Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen shares how to enjoy a cool yet zesty spring favorite during the summer using meaty, flavorful oyster mushrooms.

Mushroom Spring Rolls by A Cozy Kitchen

Spring rolls are the perfect thing to eat as the dog days of summer begin closing in on us. They’re light and fresh-tasting and require minimal cooking—it’s more an assembly-type recipe than anything else. I usually love to stuff spring rolls with seafood like shrimp or lobster but today I’m going with oyster mushrooms. They’re meaty and filling yet don’t weigh you down. The marinade consists of a bit of sugar, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil and a few dashes of chile oil for some flavor. I like to think the ginger adds nice spice, too. The mushrooms are cooked in the sauce, giving them really great flavor. The spring rolls are stuffed with a small handful of micro greens and thinly sliced carrot, resulting in a cool, tasty summer appetizer.

 

Ingredients:

Yields 6 Spring Rolls; Serves 4

 

Spring Rolls:

1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2-inch knob of ginger, grated
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon chile oil (optional)
1 garlic clove, minced
4-5 oyster mushrooms, sliced
6 round rice wrappers
Small handful of micro greens
1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced

 

Dipping sauce:

2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 garlic clove, minced
Pinch of sesame seeds

 

Directions:

1. In a small sauté pan, set over medium heat, add the sesame oil, ginger, soy sauce, light brown sugar, chile oil and garlic clove. Cook until the garlic clove has softened and the brown sugar has dissolved. Add the sliced oyster mushrooms and cook in the sauce until softened, about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and cover the pan while you get the other ingredients ready.

2. Fill a shallow, wide bowl with warm water. Dip 1 rice paper into the water for 10 seconds or so, rotating it so all parts of the sheet hit the water. Transfer the softened rice paper to a cutting board, laying it out flat. Place a few tablespoons of the sautéed mushrooms in the center. Top with a small handful of sliced carrots and micro greens.

3. Fold the bottom edge of the rice paper over the filling and then fold in the 2 sides, the top and then roll the entire wrapper tightly. Repeat with the rest of the spring rolls.

4. To make the dipping sauce, whisk all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Serve the spring rolls immediately with dipping sauce on the side.

 

Mushroom and Avocado Toast

Gaby of What’s Gaby Cooking shares a cool, refreshing burst of summer flavors with this tasty mushroom and avocado artisan toast.   

Avocado Mushroom Toast by What's Gaby Cooking

People always ask me if I want to open a restaurant and I never really know how to answer them. Some days I’m not interested at all. Other times I think having a cute little breakfast/lunch café would be the sweetest thing on the planet. And I would only serve grilled cheese, various kinds of panini’s and artisan toast!  In fact, this Mushroom and Avocado Toast would be on the menu for sure!

Right? Wouldn’t that be fun? Everyone could come hang out with me for breakfast, coffee, lunch and eat some really awesome food. There could be an entire toast bar where you get to create your own artisan toast, kinda like chipotle, but for toast! Genius. It’s happening.

Mushroom and Avocado Toast would most definitely be a best seller. I mean, who wouldn’t want an open faced sandwich that’s light toasted, topped with fanned avocado, piled high with caramelized mushrooms, sprinkled with aged cheese and then finished with a few micro greens. Sounds like a winner to me!

So until my cute little toast café opens, let’s all just make these at home more often and enjoy it in the comfort of our couch!

 

Mushroom and Avocado Toast

Makes 4

Ingredients:

4 pieces whole grain bread, sliced into 1 inch thick pieces

1 avocado,

1 pint baby bella mushrooms, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons olive oil

kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

grated aged cheddar

micro greens

 

Directions:

1. Toast the bread for a few minutes until crisp.

2.Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin and slice it into thin slices. Take ¼ of the avocado and fan it out, and then place it on top of the toast. Repeat for the remaining avocado and toast.

3. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the sliced baby bellas and sauté for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Pile the sautéed mushrooms on top of the fanned avocado.  Sprinkle the mushrooms with the grated cheese and top with micro greens. Season with extra salt and pepper as needed and serve immediately.

Grilled Portabella, Andouille and Sweet Potato Tacos

Jennifer of Savory Simple shares a mouthwatering combination of flavors with this Grilled Portabella, Andouille and Sweet Potato Tacos recipe perfect for grilling season.

Grilled Portabella Tacos by Savory Simple

Grilling season is finally upon us! Grilling outdoors is one of my absolute favorite things about warm weather months. I can sear ingredients without setting off the smoke alarm and it’s also a great excuse to have friends over for dinner and drinks on the back porch. It’s what spring and summer are all about.

I love making grilled tacos. The charred ingredients add so much flavor and even if the filling is prepared in advance, corn tortillas can be thrown on the grill just before serving to heat things up. This recipe for grilled portabella, andouille and sweet potato tacos are spicy, sweet and a perfect way to enjoy the summer season.

Grilled Portabella, Andouille and Sweet Potato Tacos

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yields: 8 tacos

Ingredients:

  • 2 large portabella mushroom caps, wiped clean
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced in 1/4 inch thick pieces
  • 2 cooked smoked andouille sausage links
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice from one lime
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 corn tortillas

Optional toppings:

  • diced jalapeños
  • cotija cheese
  • pico de gallo

Directions:

  1. Scrape the gills from the inside of the portabella caps and discard. Place the mushrooms, sweet potatoes and sausage links in a large reseal bag along with the olive oil. Toss to coat.
  2. Heat a grill to medium, approximately 350 degrees F. Place the mushrooms, sweet potatoes and sausage on the grill and cover. Cook for 5 minutes, then flip everything and cook for another 5 minutes. Check one of the sweet potato slices to make sure they’re cooked through.
  3. Once the ingredients have cooled, dice everything evenly and toss with the lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Before serving, heat the corn tortillas on the grill for approximately 30 seconds (use high heat if grill marks are desired).
  5. Add the filling to each taco and serve with optional toppings.