Did you know September is National Mushroom Month? Use the occasion to incorporate more mushrooms into your diet and try out new types of recipes. There are numerous ways to integrate mushrooms into your favorite meals, or even focus entire dishes around them. With all the great characteristics of this unique food, even your pickiest eaters will love the meals you create with them!
Here are some more reasons to love mushrooms:
Mushrooms are super versatile.
Whether you enjoy them raw or cooked, they are great in salads, soups, stir fry, sauces, toppings, or even blended together with meat to add extra flavor and texture. They also tend to be fairly absorbent, especially when sautéed, allowing them to take on the flavors of the other ingredients with which they’re being cooked. This is part of what makes them great for sauces and toppings.
There are many different types.
Cremini, portobello, morel, shiitake, oyster, button, porcini…the list of edible mushroom varieties goes on. Try alternating between different types of mushrooms in your cooking, or combining a few types together, to vary the taste and consistency of your dish. You may even find a new favorite you weren’t familiar with before.
They can enhance the taste and texture of many dishes.
Mushrooms have a great “umami” taste which adds an almost “meatiness” to dishes, making them a great substitute for—or addition to—meats like ground beef. Additionally, cooked mushrooms are usually soft with just a bit of bite, which adds a nice textural complement to many recipes, almost mimicking the texture of some meats.
Mushrooms have many health benefits.
According to mushroominfo.com ,”mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, and very low in sodium, yet they provide important nutrients, including selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D and more.”
This recipe incorporates equal parts mushrooms and ground beef into slider-sized patties using a technique called The Blend, which is defined as “seamlessly blending finely chopped mushrooms with meat for flavor, nutrition and sustainability.” For more information on adjusting the consistency of The Blend, please visit http://blenditarian.com/resources/the-blend-scale.
These blended meatball sliders, seasoned with onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, basil, and parmesan are topped with warm marinara sauce, melty Italian cheese, and roasted peppers and served atop toasted Martin’s Party Potato Rolls.
Check out the full recipe at https://selfproclaimedfoodie.com/mushroom-meatball-sliders and try your hand at being a “blenditarian!”
To learn more about the Mushroom Council and pledge to be a Blenditarian, please visit http://blenditarian.com.
This cheesy, savory dip made with sautéed mushrooms, crispy bacon, cream cheese, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning makes a great party dip or appetizer. Serve with toasted Martin’s Potato Bread “crackers.”
Get the recipe at: https://potatorolls.com/recipes/smoky-bacon-mushroom-dip.
These flavorful burgers are topped with a classic marsala sauce made with pancetta, cremini mushrooms, garlic, shallot, marsala wine, and butter, then finished off with some provolone cheese and served on Martin’s Sandwich Potato Rolls. For a fun twist on a classic dish, try using ground chicken or turkey for the burger patties.
Get the recipe at: https://potatorolls.com/recipes/marsala-burgers
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