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Cozy up with Mushrooms

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 9, 2016 3:52:31 PM / by Erica Manfre

Erica Manfre


This holiday season is all about mushrooms!  Mushroom soup, mushroom appetizers, mushroom EVERYTHING!  Really.  You can add mushrooms to just about anything.  We put together some fun and easy ways to incorporate mushrooms into your holiday festivities to knock your guest's socks off.

First, doctor up your favorite cream of mushroom soup!  That's right, take any regular cream of mushroom soup and make it "WOW" your friends and family.

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CREAMY MUSHROOM SOUP WITH CREME FRAICHE 

INGREDIENTS

  • Your favorite cream of mushroom soup (homemade recipe HERE
  • Red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz. Monterey® Baby Bella Mushrooms, sliced
  • Creme Fraiche (homemade recipe HERE)
  • 1 tbl Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh thyme

PREPARATION

Heat up a sauce pan and add 1 tbl of extra virgin olive oil.  Add 8oz sliced Monterey Baby Bella Mushrooms.  Sautee until golden brown and set aside.  Add cream of mushroom soup into the same sauce pan and heat up.  Chop 3/4 of the sliced Monterey Baby Bella Musrhooms and stir into your soup with 1 tsp of chili flakes.  

Serve with a scoop of creme fraiche, chili flakes, thyme, and your remaining sliced Monterey Baby Bella Mushrooms on top.

CREAMY MUSHROOM PUFFED SHELLS 

Next, we used left over mushroom soup to make a  festive small bite appetizer. While the appetizer bakes, we put together a flour tree by placing parchment paper in the shape of Christmas tree, with a hollow center.  (Pic below) Try it!

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CREAMY MUSHROOM PUFFED SHELLS 

INGREDIENTS

  • Frozen puff pastry shells
  • Your favorite creamy mushroom soup
  • 8 oz. Monterey® Baby Bella Mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh rosemary - 2 sprigs
  • Sliced aged swiss cheese - cut into strips
  • A shot glass (it'll make sense in a minute)

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Arrange puff pastry shells on a lined cookie sheet.  Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.   

While pastry dough is cooking, heat your favorite mushroom soup on the stove.  You can even use the left over soup from the night before!  You only need about a cup or so.  

Slice Monterey® Baby Bella Mushrooms.  Add extra virgin olive oil to a warm sautee pan.  Add Monterey® Baby Bella Mushrooms and a couple pinches of fresh rosemary.  Sautee until golden brown.  Set aside.

Have a shot glass ready.  Remove the cooked shells from the oven.  Poke down the centers of the shells with the shot glass.  It'll create a resevior for the mushroom soup.  

To assemble: cross 2 strips of the sliced swiss into each of the pastry shells.  Scoop 2 tbl or so of mushroom soup into each shell.  Top with a sauteed slice of Monterey® Baby Bella Mushroom and a pinch of rosemary for garnish.  

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MUSHROOM WREATH WITH TOMATOES & BASIL

Last but not least,  we wanted to make a lighter appetizer that will also accomodate our vegan guests.  We made a mock caprese salad skewere, with Monterey® White Mushrooms instead of mozzarella cheese.

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MUSHROOM WREATH WITH TOMATOES & BASIL

INGREDIENTS

  • 16 oz. Monterey® White Mushrooms
  • 1 clamshell of cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • Toothpicks - I like the 3 inch ones for this, but the standard will work
  • 3 tbl extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic

PREPARATION

Clean and de-stem Monterey® White Mushrooms.  Rinse tomatoes.  Take the basil leaves off the stem.  Arrange the basil leaves on a round plate as a base.  

Assemble the skewers with Monterey® White Mushrooms and tomatoes.  Arrange on the plate to look like a wreath.  Put a small bowl or sauce dish in the middle and pour the extra virgin olive oil in.  Add  a splash of balsamic vinegar and chopped garlic.  That's it!  This is so easy and so good!

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Erica Manfre

Written by Erica Manfre

As a busy wife, mom and full time sales manager, Erica found herself craving the slower-paced life her grandmothers lived. Erica remembers cooking together, making arts and crafts, and walking in nature to look at all the “wonders.” That is what inspired her to start a blog. She is committed to living a slower paced life for her family and wants her daughter to know and love the simple pleasures in life.