Posts Tagged ‘thanksgiving recipes’

Mushroom Sage Focaccia from Stetted

This warm loaf of love is being shared with you courtesy of Megan of the beautiful Austin food blog Stetted. If you’re looking for a fresh take on the breaking of bread this Thanksgiving, Shiitake Sage Foccacia is a simple, delicious idea for you!

I’ve often said that I am a breadatarian. I could never give up carbs, because bread is just too darn delicious. Comforting and convenient, it’s hard to resist a warm slice of fresh bread. When in England at 15, our small group would buy small boules to snack on as we toured small villages. Granted, this was partially due to thrift and picky taste buds, but looking back on it I realize that we were enchanted by the idea of a shop devoted solely to bread.

These days bakeries aren’t so few, but now I’ve moved on to the enchantment of baking my own bread, and my family happily imbibes my offerings. My current obsession is throwing all sorts of different ingredients into dough and seeing what happens. One of the best vehicles for this is foccacia, a versatile bread that can take on anything, from meat to grapes.

With the holidays upon us one of my favorite flavors has been taking center stage: sage. This odiferous herb pairs wonderfully with a number of ingredients, and mushrooms are a great example. I chose shiitake mushrooms to help create this savory focaccia, sauteing them for a few minutes with shallot and sage to really bring out the flavors before adding them to the top of the unbaked dough. Once baked, the flavor permeates through the bread, making it a lovely accompaniment to soup, salad, pasta, or grilled meats.

Mushroom Sage Focaccia

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon diced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped sage

Mix together flours, yeast, and salt in a large bowl or stand mixer. Slowly add 1 tablespoon olive oil and the water while stirring the dry ingredients. Once the dough comes mostly together in a large ball, work it together with your hands, then turn out onto a floured surface. Knead dough to form a smooth ball, then place in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk; about two hours.

Punch down dough and turn out onto a floured surface. Roll out dough into a large circle or rectangle and let rest.

Meanwhile, heat a small saucepan over medium. Add ½ tablespoon olive oil and heat through. Add the mushrooms, shallot, and sage, and saute until the mushrooms are softened and fragrant, about 5 minutes.

Make indentations in the dough using your fingers, then drizzle remaining olive oil over the top. Scatter mushroom mixture over the dough, then sprinkle on remaining salt.

Bake at 375 degrees on a pizza stone or greased baking sheet for 35-45 minutes, until golden brown.

Preparing for the (Flexitarian) Feast

Two weeks from today, many of this country’s citizens will still be recovering from what is traditionally the heaviest feast day of the American calendar year- Thanksgiving. Now I could never knock a holiday built around food (let’s be honest, most holidays are built around food so far as I’m concerned) but the Mushroom Channel would love to help you avoid that overstuffed food hangover that sets the stage for the kind of winter layer we can’t pull off like a wool sweater once the heat kicks on.

Mushrooms are a key ingredient to filling your feast with a lot of beloved fall flavors, minus the big time calories. For the next two weeks, we’ll be highlighting a few recipes per post that would make for a meal the whole family can enjoy- including the vegans or vegetarians at the table (or in the kitchen, for that matter).

The goal is simple: providing options so that no one feels like they need to skip their favorite dishes to keep from feeling like they swallowed Plymouth rock for days afterward. Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving dish you think we should feature? Leave us a link in the comments!

Leek Pear and Chanterelle starter from Happy Yolks

Sauteed Mushrooms with Caramelized Shallots side from Eating Well

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Stir Fry from the New York Times Eating Well blog

Wordless Wednesday: Panko Crusted Green Bean Casserole from A Southern Fairytale

The holidays are all but here and we’re loving this slimmed down version of classic green bean casserole- particularly because it’s stuffed full of fresh mushrooms to soak up all that great flavor! Great addition to the Thanksgiving recipe box from A Southern Fairytale.