Feature Friday: Creamy French Mushroom Soup Video

Mushrooms Canada has another delicious new cooking video up on our YouTube Channel called French Mushroom Soup. This easy to make, creamy soup is rich in mushroom flavour, and makes the perfect starter for a dinner party. A splash of white wine adds a nice contrast that will leave your guests wondering how long you slaved away in the kitchen on this one.

French Mushroom Soup
Preparation Time: 10 mins. Cooking Time: 30 mins.

Subtle herbs compliment the rich mushroom flavour in this decadent soup. It makes a perfect starter to a luncheon or dinner party.

Ingredients
1/4 cup butter 50 mL
1 lb. fresh Mushrooms, thinly sliced 500 g
1/3 cup flour 75 mL
6 cups chicken broth 1.5 L
1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves 2 mL
1 bay leaf 1
1/4 cup chopped green onions 50 mL
2 large egg yolks 2
1/2 cup whipping cream 125 mL
White pepper to taste
2 tbsp minced parsley 25 mL

Method
In large heavy soup pot, melt butter over medium heat; sauté mushrooms for 5-6 minutes or until mixture from mushrooms has evaporated; sprinkle flour over mushrooms and cook 1 minute. Gradually stir in broth; bring to boil, stirring constantly. Add thyme, bay leaf and green onions; reduce heat and cover. Simmer 15- 20 minutes. Remove bay leaf. In small bowl whisk egg yolks with cream; stir 1cup (250 mL) hot broth into cream mixture and then return all to saucepan. Heat over low heat until hot about 5 minutes; add pepper to taste. Serve sprinkled with parsley.

Makes 8 servings

NOTE: If table cream is substituted and allowed to boil it will curdle.

Variation: Add ¼ cup(50 mL) medium sherry.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving) Calories: 162, Sodium: 739 mg, Protein: 3.8 g, Fat: 12.6 g, Carbohydrates: 7.4 g, Dietary Fibre: 1.1 g

If this sounds right, you might also like:
Fresh Mushroom and Squash Bisque
Mushroom Soup Au Gratin
Cream of Mushroom Soup

– Brittany

Feature Friday: Kid Friendly Recipes Just in Time for March Break

It’s that time of year again! March Break; a whole week off, the perfect time to spend with family on vacation or perhaps just at home. Mushrooms Canada and The Cap Crew have some great ways to keep the kids busy this March Break with some fun activities and great recipes.

Get the kids involved in the dinner making process with this great recipe for Stuffed Pizza Pockets. Watch the Stuffed Pizza Pockets Video to see how truly easy it is.

Stuffed Pizza Pockets
Preparation Time: 30 mins. Cooking Time: 15 mins.

A larger version of this Italian recipe is often called a calzone. Vary the fillings to your families liking and you will win raves at the table.

Ingredients
5-6 medium fresh white Mushrooms
(about 3 oz/90g pre-sliced)
1/2 cup diced green pepper 125 mL
1/4 cup pre-cooked bacon pieces or pepperoni 50 mL
1/2 cup pizza or spaghetti sauce 125 mL
3/4 cup pre-shredded mozzarella or Italian cheese blend 175 mL
1 pkg (10 oz/283 g) refrigerated pizza dough 1
1 tbsp milk 15 mL
1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese 15 mL

Method

    1. Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel or mushroom brush. On the cutting board with the sharp knife trim bottom of stems; coarsely chop the mushrooms to fill 1¼ cups (300 mL).
    2. Place the mushrooms, diced green pepper, bacon, pizza sauce and cheese in the bowl; stir to mix well. Preheat oven to 425ºF (220ºC).
    3. On a lightly floured counter or cutting board unroll the pizza dough according to package directions. Roll or press out to 12”(30 cm) x10” (25 cm) rectangle. With sharp knife cut into 4 equal pieces.
    4. Using a pastry brush moisten edges of each piece of dough with water. Mound ¼ of mixture onto half of each piece of dough leaving a ½”(1 cm) border. Pull and stretch the other half of dough over the filling and press edges firmly together.
    5. Lightly spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray and place pizza pockets about 2”(5 cm) apart on it. With the tines of a fork press edges firmly again to seal and prick a few holes in the top to allow steam to escape.
    6. Brush top of pockets with milk and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  1. Place baking sheet in middle of oven and bake for 13 –15 min until lightly browned and crisp on top.
  2. Using oven mitts remove baking sheet from oven and place on cooling rack for 5 minutes.
  3. With sharp knife cut in half diagonally to serve if desired.

Makes 4 pizza pockets

Tip: If rolling dough on a cutting board, place a damp dishcloth under the board to prevent it from moving around.

Variations: Substitute broccoli for green pepper and ham for bacon.

And to keep the kids busy while the pizza pockets are baking, you can give them our New Cap Crew Colouring Contest.

If you make this recipe with the kids we would love for you to share your experiences, stories and photos, so feel free to drop us a line (or photo) in the comments section.

Have a great weekend, and a wonderful March Break!

– Brittany

Nikki of Conestoga College Presents: Vegetarian Mushroom Stroganoff

This year, Mushrooms Canada is taking part in a 5 week Student Placement Program with a local college. This gives one lucky student the opportunity to work along side me in my daily efforts to plan and implement our marketing strategies. So let’s get to know her a little bit.

I am excited to welcome Mushrooms Canada’s very first Guest Blogger, Nikki from Conestoga College.

Hello everyone my name is Nikki. I am a student at Conestoga College and I am just starting my 5 week Work Study Placement at Mushrooms Canada. I chose Mushrooms Canada because of two reasons: (1) I love mushrooms, (2) I am interested in Agricultural marketing. During my placement I am looking forward to seeing cooking video production, taking part in company discussion and using my creative skills to design new mushroom materials. I know that I will learn a lot about advertising & marketing in the agricultural sector from Brittany and am really excited about his opportunity. Thanks for having me as a trainee and I will keep you posted on how everything is going during my 5 weeks!

I have always liked mushrooms with dip, but since I don’t do the grocery shopping they don’t come around very often. I never really knew how to cook them, except sautéing them and add them to pasta, but Brittany has introduced me to all the delicious recipes they have on www.mushrooms.ca, and I can’t wait to make some of them! I am going to start using mushrooms in my everyday cooking because I just found out that they are surprisingly good for you; low cal, low fat and tons of vitamins, and hey, this gal’s gotta watch her weight 😉

NikkiVegetarian Mushroom Stroganoff

Ingredients
8 oz whole fresh mixed Mushrooms 250 g
(white, crimini, portabella or shiitake)
2 tbsp vegetable oil 25 mL
1/2 cup sliced onion 125 mL
2 cloves garlic, minced 2
1 1/2 tsp minced fresh thyme (1/2 tsp/2 mL dried) 7 mL
1/2 tsp minced fresh rosemary (1/8 tsp/0.5 mL dried) 2 mL
1/2 cup Each vegetable broth and sherry 125 mL
1/2 cup low fat sour cream 125 mL
1 tsp Each cornstarch, Dijon mustard and tomato paste* 5 mL
1 tbsp minced chives (optional) 15 mL

Method
Quarter the white and crimini mushrooms; remove stems from shiitake mushrooms. Slice shiitake and portabella mushrooms. In large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Sauté mushrooms, onion, garlic, thyme and rosemary for about 3-4 minutes or until softened. Add vegetable broth and sherry; bring to boil and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Meanwhile mix sour cream, cornstarch, mustard and tomato paste until smooth. Add to mushroom mixture, stirring constantly. Bring to boil stirring constantly and boil for 1-2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve over cooked noodles, rice or mashed potatoes. Garnish with chives if desired.

Makes 2 main course servings or 4 side dish servings .

*For convenience purchase tomato paste in a tube.

Recipe Adapted from Fleming Colleges’ entry into the Make it with Mushrooms Student Chef Challenge Fall 2007. Recipe received second place.

Other Recipe Suggestion
Fettuccine Carbonara
Asian Mushrooms and Vegetables with Noodles
Easy Mushroom Ravioli with Four Cheese Sauce

Serve Stuffed Mushrooms at your Super Bowl Party


Take your super bowl party to a whole new level this year by serving some meaty, juicy stuffed mushrooms.

Super Bowl mayhem is starting to arrive. Everyone’s talking about. It’s on TV, radio, websites and blogs, and with only 3 days, 8 hours and 23 minutes until game time, it’s not to late to start planning your Super Bowl party snacks.

For me, the Super Bowl is not so much about football, but the great foods I get to serve to all my guests. This year, the number one appetizer on my list is Stuffed Mushrooms. Easy to make and easy to eat, your guests will be blown away by these delicious treats.

This recipe is simple to prepare, and packs a lot of Italian flavours. The filling can be made up to a day ahead and refrigerated. Assemble the mushrooms early in the day, before your guests arrive, then just pop them in the oven right before you are ready to serve.

Italian-Stuffed-Mushrooms_WEBItalian Stuffed Mushrooms

16 large white or crimini Mushrooms 16
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs 125 mL
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 50 mL
2 finely minced, garlic cloves 2
4 finely chopped, pitted black olives 4
2 tbsp finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil 25 mL
2 tbsp finely chopped marinated artichoke hearts 25 mL
2 tbsp finely chopped green or sweet onion 25 mL
2 tbsp light mayonnaise 25 mL
1/2 tsp dried oregano or basil 2 mL
1/4 cup olive oil 50 mL
1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese 45 mL

Remove the stems from the mushrooms and finely chop. In a medium bowl, combine chopped stems, bread crumbs, mozzarella cheese, garlic, olives, tomatoes, artichokes, onion, mayonnaise and oregano; mix well. Brush oil on outside of mushroom caps. Spoon filling evenly into caps, mounding as necessary and place in shallow baking pan. Sprinkle Parmesan on top. Bake in 425°F (220°C) oven for 15-20 minutes or until mushrooms are heated through.

Looking for some more Super Bowl mushroom recipes? Try:

King Oyster Tomato Pizza

Herb Crusted Mushrooms

What about you? What great mushroom recipes are you serving? Leave me a link so I can check them out!

– Brittany

Behind the Scenes at Mushrooms Canada: Cooking Videos

Welcome to Behind the Scenes at Mushrooms Canada! I will be hosting this ongoing special, giving you a peek at what goes on Behind the Scenes here at Mushrooms Canada.

This first edition of Behind the Scenes will take you into the world of shooting a mushroom cooking video. On we go!

Despite the bitter cold weather this morning, the cooking team and DailyWebTV.com arrived bright and early at the Hamilton Spectator “Go Cooking Kitchen” to film our latest set of Mushrooms Canada Cooking Videos. After six or seven trips back and forth from the car (in the freezing cold) we had all the supplies and gear inside, ready to be set up.

A lot goes into the set-up of this pretty simple kitchen. After only 1 hour the crew has set up three HD cameras, some very bright lights, and dressed the set to make it look more homey. You would be surprised what a little greenery, colourful bowls and a pepper grinder can do!

IMG_1335_WEBOnto the cooking! The agenda was pretty full with three great mushroom recipes; Grilled Mushroom, Cheese and Spinach Panini, Fragrant Thai Curry Dinner, and Mushroom, Walnut, and Barley Pilaf.

First up, the Panini.
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Clare and Meriel got straight to work on this one, managing to finish in just a few takes. And it’s a good thing to, because it was breakfast time, and we were starving! There’s nothing like a warm mushroom panini in the morning! While the camera crew and I stuffed our faces, Clare and Meriel set-up for the next video, Fragrant Thai Curry Dinner.
Fragrant-Thai-Curry-DinnerIf you haven’t tried this recipe, I would highly suggest you do, it is fantastic! By the end of the shoot the room was filled with the aromatic sense of mushrooms and curry, yum!

As always, when we are nearing the end of the day, a slight sense of panic always comes over the crew, “Are we going to have enough time to shoot the last video?” Luckily with some cooking video magic, and some sleight-of-hand thanks to Clare, we were able to “cook” the mushroom pilaf recipe in only 7 minutes.

IMG_1370_WEBSo what’s our secret? It’s simple, bringing in a cooked version of the recipe and quickly switching it out for the uncooked. And with some simple camera magic, we have a fully cooked Mushroom, Walnut, and Barley Pilaf in 7 minutes flat. It’s a good thing to, we finished up the video with only 5 minutes to spare, just enough time to enjoy a bowl of fresh pilaf!

IMG_1366_WEBCurious to see how the videos turned out? Well stay tuned, because the finished cooking videos will be posted shortly!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoying this edition of Behind the Scenes at Mushrooms Canada.

– Brittany