Deconstructed Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Finely chopped mushrooms look very similar to ground beef, so it blends in seamlessly and little watchful eyes are none the wiser. Not only is it a fantastic way to boost vitamin and mineral intake, such as Vitamin D, iron, and zinc, it helps add volume to dishes, extending the serving portions.

Recipe and photo courtesy of The Brunette Baker.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 25 mins. | Serves: 4

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef
1 punnet white mushrooms, chopped
¾ cup onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper
2 cups red, orange, yellow, OR green bell peppers, coarsely chopped
2 cups long grain white rice or brown rice, cooked
1 jar of your favourite spaghetti sauce
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare a 3-quart baking dish by lightly spraying with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, brown ground beef, mushrooms, and onion. Halfway into the cooking process, add in peppers and garlic. Once peppers are tender, drain excess fat. Return meat to the stove and add in worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in cooked rice and spaghetti sauce. Spoon mixture into prepared dish, top with cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or heated through.

Cranberry Stuffed Mushrooms

These cranberry stuffed mushrooms hold the perfect balance of tang, sweetness and richness. I think they make a wonderful and sophisticated appetizer for your holiday spread this December.

Recipe courtesy of Louisa from Living Lou.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 35 mins.

Ingredients

12 button mushrooms, stems removed
1/4 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
1 tbsp butter
olive oil for pan
1 medium sausage link
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tbsp white wine
1/4 cup goats cheese
1/4 tsp dried sage
3/4 tsp maple syrup
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp Parmesan

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Dice 6 of the mushroom stems, discarding the remaining 6.
  3. In a pan, melt butter over med-low heat. Add cranberries and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the mushroom stems and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan and allow to cool in bowl.
  4. In the same pan, turn up the heat to med-high and add a little olive oil to coat the pan. Next, add the garlic and sausage meat. Cook and crumble until sausage is fully cooked.
  5. Leaving the sausage meat in the pan, add the white wine, scraping up all the brown bits on the bottom.
  6. Turn off heat and add the cranberry and mushroom mixture back into the pan. Add in the goats cheese, sage and maple syrup. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Allow goats cheese to melt then stir together to combine all of the ingredients.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the mushrooms and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  8. After the 15 minutes, remove from oven and sprinkle with Parmesan. Return to oven and bake for another 5-7 minutes.

 

Cottage-Style Scalloped Potatoes with Mushrooms

Rustic was exactly what we had in mind when conceiving this recipe. Mushrooms just seem to work in hearty, creamy baked dishes, don’t they?

Recipe by Jennifer of Ricotta and Radishes.

Prep Time: 20 mins. | Cook Time: 2 hrs.

Ingredients

For the sauce:
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
For the potatoes and mushrooms:
1/2 Lb crimini or white button mushrooms
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
4 Russet potatoes, thinly sliced
1/2 cup shredded Jarlsberg cheese
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Frank’s Red Hot, to taste

Method

For the sauce:
1. Heat the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When the butter has melted and begins to bubble, whisk in the flour and stir vigorously until a paste forms.  Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until the flour is no longer ‘raw’ and has thinned out slightly.  Reduce the heat to low and add the milk, whisking until fully incorporated; season with the salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Simmer for 5 more minutes, cover and set aside.
For the potatoes and mushrooms:
1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F.  Heat oil in a small pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and onions and cook, stirring, until mushrooms are browned and onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
2. Arrange one third of the sliced potatoes in a single layer in the bottom of a large casserole dish. Sprinkle one third of the mushroom mixture overtop and pour about one third of the cream sauce evenly over the first layer. Repeat to form two more layers and top with the shredded cheese. Cover dish with foil, transfer to the oven and cook for 60 to 90 minutes, or until potatoes are fork-tender and the cheese is golden brown.

Chicken and Mushroom Enchiladas

A popular family favourite with a Mexican flare! Sliced Ontario Mushrooms add a robust meaty flavour that compliments the chicken in this flavourful dish. 

Recipe and photo are courtesy of Foodland Ontario.

Prep Time: 25 mins. | Cook Time: 40 mins. | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

2 Ontario Onions, chopped
2 cloves Ontario Garlic, minced
2 cups (500 mL) sliced Ontario Mushrooms
2 tbsp (25 m L) vegetable oil
2 tsp (10 mL) chili powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each dried oregano and salt
2 cups (500 mL) diced cooked Ontario Chicken
2 cups (500 mL) shredded Ontario Cheddar Cheese
1/3 cup (75 mL) low-fat Ontario Sour Cream
2 cups (500 mL) mild or medium taco sauce
10 medium flour tortillas

Method

1. In large skillet, cook onions, garlic and mushrooms in oil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder, oregano and salt; cook for 15 seconds. Remove from heat. Stir in chicken, 3/4 cup (175 mL) of cheese and sour cream; mix well.

 

2. Spread 3/4 cup (175 mL) of the taco sauce in 13 – x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish. Spread about 1/4 cup (50 mL) filling down centre of each tortilla; roll up, folding in ends. Place, seam side down, in dish. Spread remaining taco sauce over top; sprinkle with remaining cheese. (Recipe can be prepared to this point, covered and refrigerated for up to 8 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.)

 

3. Cover and bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until heated through.

Nutritional Information

Protein: 22.0 grams
Fat: 25.0 grams
Carbohydrates: 45.0 grams
Calories: 508
Fibre: 4.0 grams
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Cheddar Chive Mushroom Gougere

This Cheddar Chive Mushroom Gougere has fresh chives and grated cheddar cheese baked right into the puffed crust which surrounds a rich and creamy mushroom filling. Gougere is a classic French dish made with choux dough combined with cheese that rises high in the oven, baking into a savoury pastry.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Gwen of Devour & Conquer.

Prep Time: 20 mins. | Cook Time: 40 mins. | Serves: 8

Ingredients

Cheddar Chive Gougere Dough
1 cup flour
1 cup water
4 tablespoons butter
3 eggs
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Pinch of salt & pepper
2 tablespoons fresh chives
Creamy Mushroom Filling
1 pound Canadian mushrooms (button, crimini, portabella or oyster)
1 red onion
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt & 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh chives for garnish

Method

1. Preheat oven to 425 F degrees. Begin by prepping all ingredients – sift flour, grease a large pie plate, grate cheddar cheese, dice red onion, roughly chop mushrooms and fine chop chives. Set prepared ingredients aside.

 

2. To make the choux dough, add water and butter to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the flour all at once with a pinch of salt & pepper, and immediately begin vigorously and continuously stirring with a large spoon for approximately 3 minutes as you combine and cook the dough. Remove from the heat and place the hot dough into a mixing bowl or stand mixer. Stir a few more times to release heat, then let cool for 3 minutes.

 

3. In a stand mixer or using a hand beater or whisk, begin adding the eggs to the dough, one at a time, beating until smooth after each egg until the choux dough is smooth and shiny (add an additional egg if needed). Fold in the grated cheese and chopped fresh chives, and spoon the mixture into a large, greased pie plate, mounding the dough up along the sides and creating a well in the centre for the mushroom filling.

 

4. To make the mushroom filling, begin by sautéing the red onion and chopped mushrooms in a large frying pan with a tablespoon of canola oil and one teaspoon salt & pepper. Once soften, remove the mushroom/onion mixture and set aside. Melt the butter over medium heat in the same pan, then add the flour and stir for two minutes. Add the milk and whisk until the sauce begins to thicken, then add in the mushroom mixture and stir until the sauce is thick and smooth.

 

5. Spoon the mushroom filling into the centre of the dough “nest” and bake in the oven at 425 degrees for 35-45 minutes until the gougere is puffed high and golden brown, and the mushroom filling is set and caramelized on top.
Garnish with fresh chives and serve hot.