Posts Tagged ‘baby bella’

Mushroom Avocado Toast

An open faced sandwich, light toasted, topped with fanned avocado, piled high with caramelized mushrooms, sprinkled with aged cheese and then finished with a few micro greens. Sounds like a winner to me!

Yield: 4


4 pieces whole grain bread, sliced into 1 inch thick pieces
1 avocado
1 pint baby bella mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
grated aged cheddar micro greens


Toast the bread for a few minutes until crisp.

Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin and slice it into thin slices. Take ¼ of the avocado and fan it out, and then place it on top of the toast. Repeat for the remaining avocado and toast.

In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the sliced baby bellas and sauté for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper.

Pile the sautéed mushrooms on top of the fanned avocado. Sprinkle the mushrooms with the grated cheese and top with micro greens. Season with extra salt and pepper as needed and serve immediately.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with “Baby Bella” Bacon Bits

This recipe is unique since the bacon bits are actually crimini mushroom slices, slow-roasted until crisped, and spiced just right. The dish may just be the talk of the dinner table.

Yield: Makes 6 servings (3/4 cup each)


1 1/2 pounds medium Brussels sprouts, trimmed, and halved lengthwise
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, or to taste
1 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
1 recipe Baby Bella Bacon Bits (see below)


Preheat the oven to 425°F. Toss together the Brussels sprouts, oil, vinegar, pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet and arrange in a single layer, cut side up.
Roast until well caramelized and just tender on the inside, about 25 minutes, flipping over Brussels sprouts halfway through the roasting process. If desired, sprinkle with additional extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt.
Transfer to a serving platter or bowl, sprinkle with the Baby Bella Bacon Bits, and serve immediately.

Baby Bella Bacon Bits

Yield: Makes 1/2 cup


2 teaspoons turbinado (raw) sugar
1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
8 ounces crimini (baby bella) mushrooms, stems removed*, thinly sliced (1/8-inch thick)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


Preheat the oven to 275°F. Stir together the sugar, salt, paprika, chili powder, and garlic powder in a small bowl.
Add the mushrooms to a medium bowl, drizzle with the oil, and toss to fully coat. Sprinkle with the seasoning mixture and toss to fully coat. Arrange in a single layer on a large nonstick baking sheet.
Roast until reduced in size by about 50 percent and deeply caramelized, about 1 hour 15 minutes. There’s no need to stir or flip over during roasting. Scrape up mushrooms with a spatula to make sure they’re not sticking to the pan; rearrange in a single layer; turn off oven; and return to the warm oven for 45 minutes, to allow to crisp.
Remove from the oven and cool the baby bella bacon bits on the pan on a rack to allow to further crisp, at least 15 minutes, and serve. If desired, prepare and store in the refrigerator overnight; bring to room temperature before serving.

*Save mushroom stems for other cooking purpose.

Mushroom, Potato and Chorizo Tacos

Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking shares a blended chorizo and mushroom taco recipe that will add the necessary spice to your summer nights!


2 medium red-skin potatoes cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 1 1/2 cups)
6 ounces Mexican chorizo sausage, casing removed
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
10 ounces baby bella or cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
12 soft corn tortillas

Cotija Cheese


  1. In a medium pot, add potatoes and cover with water about 1 inch above the potatoes. Place the pot on a burner on high and boil until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain, and set aside.
  2. In a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, combine the chorizo and onion. Sauté, stirring very frequently, until sausage is cooked through and onion is soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for about 5-7 minutes more until the mushrooms have cooked down.
  4. Add the potatoes and stir to combine. Let the entire mixture cook for about 5 minutes more until the potatoes are just golden brown.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and set aside.
  6. Wrap tortillas in a warm, damp kitchen towel, put them on a microwave-safe plate dish, and warm them in the microwave for 4 minutes.
  7. Top each tortilla with the mushroom, potato chorizo mixture and any desired toppings and serve immediately.

Balsamic Beef & Mushroom Kebabs

Erin Chase from $5 Dinners shares a recipe for a blended meat and veggie kebab that’s perfect for a night of summer entertaining.


About 1 pound stew beef or beef roast cut into kebab chunks
8 oz. whole baby bella mushrooms, washed
2 small zucchini, cut into kebab chunks
1 large red onion, cut into kebab chunks
Salt and pepper
About ¼ cup balsamic vinegar


  1. Add the beef pieces, whole mushrooms, zucchini chunks and red onion chunks onto metal or wooden skewers. Season with salt and pepper, and then drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the top.
  2. Let marinate in the fridge for at least an hour, rotating the kebabs about every 15 minutes so each side has time to soak up some of the balsamic vinegar.
  3. Grill for 10 to 15 minutes, rotating every few minutes. Cook time may vary, depending on the size of the beef pieces. Grill until the beef is cooked through.
  4. Serve Balsamic Beef & Mushroom Kebabs with a side of French bread.

Mushroom Bhuna

Brooke from Cheeky Kitchen shares an Indian inspired mushroom dish that will make you feel like you took the entire family on a global adventure at the dinner table.


2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 purple onion, diced
1/2 poblano pepper, finely chopped
3 ounces white mushrooms
3 ounces baby bella mushrooms
1 (15 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 lemon, freshly squeezed
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, basil, and/or mint, chopped


In a large, deep skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
Add garlic, onion, and pepper. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add mushrooms, tomatoes, garam masala, lemon juice, sugar, and salt.
Bring to a boil, then turn down to simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the tomato sauce is thickened and mushrooms are tender.
Sprinkle with fresh cilantro, basil and/or mint. Serve immediately.

Pairing Suggestions

This simple, savory mushroom side-dish is perfect when paired with your favorite curry chicken or coconut shrimp recipe, and a side of white wine.

Mushroom and Peppers Grill-Fry

Grilled mushrooms turn this easy recipe into a light and delightful meal.

Servings: 4

Serving Size: 2 cups prepared


8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
1 yellow pepper, seeded and cut into chunks
1 red pepper, seeded and cut into chunks
1 red onion, cut into chunks
3 garlic cloves, crushed
½ cup soy sauce
3 Tablespoons canola oil
½ pound cooked pasta noodles, such as spaghetti, thin spaghetti or angel hair
1 bunch green onions, sliced

Special Equipment

Grill basket for vegetables


Toss the baby bella mushrooms, broccoli florets, yellow and red pepper chunks and red onion chunks in a bowl. Mix in the crushed garlic cloves, soy sauce and canola oil.

Let sit in the marinade for at least 30 minutes. Season with a little pepper before tossing in the basket on the grill.

Cook the pasta noodles as directed and drain.

Drain the marinade and save it for the noodles. Toss the marinated vegetables in a grill basket over medium heat over the grill. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes, tossing every few minutes, or until broccoli turns bright green and peppers begin to soften.

Meanwhile, soak the cooked noodles in the soy sauce marinade until vegetables are done cooking. Drain the marinade off the noodles and toss them with the cooked vegetables. Sprinkle the sliced green onions over the top.

Serve Mushroom and Vegetable Grill-Fry over noodles of your choice.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 400; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 2040mg; Protein: 15g; Total Carbohydrate: 59g; Dietary Fiber: 6g

Creamy Polenta with Mushroom Sauce

A combination of both white button and baby bellas are cooked simply and quickly and then place a top the polenta.  It’s stick to your ribs good. Have a small cup for lunch or a big bowl for dinner.


1 cups polenta
5 cups vegetable stock
¼ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 ounces button mushrooms – stems removed, quartered
8 ounces baby bella mushrooms – stems removed, quartered
2 cloves garlic – minced
2 tablespoons roughly chopped flat leaf Italian parsley


  1. In a heavy bottom sauce pan bring stock to a boil. Add salt. Gradually and slowly whisk in polenta. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking until polenta thickens. Stir with a wooden spoon as necessary. Once the polenta is cooked through, stir in Parmigiano.
  2. While the polenta is cooking, heat oil over medium-heat in a medium sauté pan. When pan is hot add in the mushrooms and cook until done. Add garlic and parsley. Stir to combine.
  3. Transfer polenta to serving dish, and top with the mushroom mixture.
  4. Serve immediately.

Tri-Mushroom Flatbread

“There’s nothing quite like a thin and crispy crust topped with mushrooms, lots of garlic, and manchego cheese. Oh, and with a little spinach tossed on for good measure.”

Serves 3


For Dough:
1 1/2 Cup warm water (about 110 degrees)
3/4 T rapid rise yeast
3/4 T salt
1/2 T sugar
1/8 C extra virgin olive oil
3 1/4 Cup unbleached all-purpose flour

For Flatbread:
1 1/2 T olive oil
1 T minced garlic
2 oz. manchego cheese, shaved
3.5 oz. shiitake mushrooms, sliced
3.5 oz. portabella mushrooms, sliced
3 oz. baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 C baby spinach


1. To make the dough, combine water, yeast, sugar, and extra-virgin olive oil in a large bowl and let sit for two minutes. Stir in the flour and salt with a wooden spoon, just until combined. Cover the bowl, place it in a warm area, and let it rise for about 2 hours. This recipe makes enough dough for two flatbreads and will stay fresh in your fridge for about 5 days.
2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F°. In a small bowl, combine olive oil and minced garlic and let sit.
3. Using half the dough, roll out into a large, thin round on a floured baking sheet. Brush oil and garlic mixture all over dough round.
4. Layer half the cheese over dough. Top with spinach leaves and mushrooms. Then place the rest of the cheese over the top.
5. Bake for 13-18 minutes, until dough is starting to turn golden and cheese is melted.

Cherry Portabella-Stuffed Pork Chops

Shaina Olmanson from Food for My Family transforms a comforting fall casserole into an ideal summer dish, filled with sweet summer cherries and hearty mushrooms.

Yield: 4 pork chops


4 thick-cut pork chops
1 ½ cups cooked wild rice
6 ounces baby portabella mushrooms
24 ripe cherries, pitted and chopped
½ red onion, chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary, chopped
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt


Use a sharp knife to cut a pocket into the pork chops, and make the pocket as big as possible without cutting through the backside. In a medium bowl, mix together wild rice, mushrooms, cherries, red onion, rosemary, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spoon the stuffing into each chop, trying to get them as full as possible. Place any leftover stuffing into a foil pouch and seal.

Preheat your grill to high and clean the grate. Apply a coating of olive oil or non-stick grilling spray. Place the chops and the foil pouch on the grill, close the lid and allow to cook for about three minutes. Flip the chops and grill for another three minutes.

Turn the heat down to medium, flip, and cook each side for an additional three minutes. Your cooking time will vary considerably depending on the thickness of the chops and the heat of your grill.

When they’re done, remove them to a foil lined plate and cover. Let the pork chops rest for at least five minutes. Serve with leftover stuffing from the pouch.

Mushroom Quinoa Casserole

Erin from $5 Dinners shares a delicious spin on quinoa with a comforting Mushroom Quinoa Casserole the entire family will love.

Serves 8-10


1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
Salt and pepper
3 cup cooked quinoa
8 oz. small curd cottage cheese
2 eggs, beaten in a small bowl
1 cup shredded Parmesan – Asiago cheese blend


1. Prepare quinoa according to package directions, and set aside.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Add the olive oil to a small skillet and sauté the chopped onion, chopped mushrooms and crushed garlic cloves for 4 to 6 minutes, or until onions are translucent.
4. Add the cooked quinoa to a 9×13 inch glass baking dish. Gently stir in the sautéed mushrooms and onions. Fold in the cottage cheese and beaten eggs. Top with the Parmesan – Asiago cheese blend.
5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until cheese has begun to turn golden on top. Serve warm.

Mushroom, Basil and Goat Cheese Lasagna Roll-Ups (Foodservice portion)

This vegetarian mushroom lasagna recipe boasts big flavor from meaty sautéed cremini mushrooms, basil and goat cheese.

Yield: 18 servings

Serving size: 1 roll up


  • 18 dry lasagna noodles (about 1 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound sliced baby portabella mushrooms
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pints ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions, drain and rinse to cool.  Spray shallow hotel pan with cooking spray or oil.

2. Meanwhile, in a large heavy skillet, heat olive oil.  Sauté onions, garlic and mushrooms 5 minutes.

3. In a bowl, blend together ricotta, goat cheese, egg, basil, oregano, pepper and salt.

4. Working with one noodle at a time, spread with about 3 tablespoons of cheese mixture and then about 3 tablespoons mushroom mixture.  Roll up noodle, place in prepared pan seam side down.  Fill pan 3 by 6 roll ups.  Once all rolls are filled, top with remaining ricotta mixture.

5. Cover and bake 45 minutes.  Uncover and top with mozzarella.  Return to oven 5 to 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and beginning to brown.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 250; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 50mg; Sodium: 310mg; Protein: 17g; Carbohydrates: 22g; Dietary Fiber: 4g

Family portion

Fettucine Profumate (Foodservice portion)

This creamy, aromatic fettuccine recipe is chock full of mushroom flavor.

Yield: 20 servings

Serving size: 1 cup of pasta with 3/4 cup vegetables


  • 2 1/2 pounds dry fettuccine nests
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup truffle or olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds Baby Bella (Cremini) Mushrooms – roughly chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and minced
  • 5 stalks celery, minced
  • 2 onions, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 ounces grappa or brandy
  • 3 tablespoons fresh flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons of water
  • 2 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 cups grated Parmigiano Reggiano


1. Cook the pasta as package directs.

2. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan or rondeau heat butter and truffle oil over medium heat.  When melted add the mushrooms, carrot, celery, onion, garlic and parsley. Stir to combine. Cook until onions begin to turn translucent and vegetables begin to soften, just a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Remove pan from heat and pour the grappa in.  Mix well and carefully return to heat to avoid flaming the alcohol, and cook until grappa has evaporated.

4. Add broth lower heat slightly and allow to simmer for approx 10 minutes, stirring as necessary. Add the cornstarch mixture, cream, and Parmigiano.  Reduce heat to lowest setting and allow to simmer for approx 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

5. Add drained pasta to the sauce; toss well to combine. Transfer to pan for service. Garnish with additional Parmigiano if desired and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 430; Total Fat: 22g; Saturated Fat: 10g; Cholesterol: 55mg; Sodium: 190mg; Protein: 12g; Carbohydrates: 48g; Dietary Fiber: 2g

Family portion