Behind the Scenes at Mushrooms Canada: Blogger Battle Cooking Segment

We’re back giving you a sneak peak, taking a look behind the curtain here at Mushrooms Canada!
 
Our team was on the road bright and early this past week, headed to shoot a television segment!! We spent our day at Toronto’s Monogram Design Centre & Cooking Studio, in a beautifully bright kitchen.

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Blend & Extend: Global News BC

The Blend & Extend method is catching on! Blending finely chopped mushrooms with ground beef is an easy and delicious way to make your classic beef dishes healthier. Not to mention, finely chopped mushrooms blend so seamlessly with ground beef, that your picky eaters never need to know the difference…

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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