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Chop, Blend, Cook - Mushroom Blendibility
What is The Blend?

A simple cooking technique that takes traditional recipes to the next level in terms of health and taste. Finely chopping mushrooms so that they’re the consistency of ground meat, combining the two and using them together to complete classic recipes is a simple way to make meals delicious and nutritious.
Why do mushrooms work so well?

No other food can be used in so many ways, while bringing flavor and nutrition to the plate. Blending really plays on mushrooms’ compatibility with meat in terms of taste and texture (and visually, too – can you spot the mushrooms above?). Mushrooms deliver a savory, earthy taste because of their umami. They’re naturally low in calories, fat-free and cholesterol-free and provide important nutrients like vitamin D, B vitamins, antioxidants and potassium (9%).

Mixing mushrooms into the recipe brings another serving of vegetables to the plate and adds bulk and volume, generating more servings and stretching recipes into more portions.

What kind of mushrooms do I use?

Any mushroom variety will work – white button, crimini, portabella, shiitake – to bring flavor, moisture and nutrients to dishes. Creminis and portabellas lend rich flavor and a darker color making them an ideal match for ground beef dishes. White button mushrooms blend seamlessly with ground chicken, turkey and pork. Check out more mushroom varieties and flavor profiles.

Watch the video on how to select and store mushrooms >>
How do I chop my mushrooms?

The key is to have your mushrooms match the texture of the meat in your dish:

Find our Culinary Institue “Basic Blend” recipe here >>
Do I need to cook my mushrooms before adding them to the meat?

There are many different ways to bring mushrooms to your meals. Here are some suggestions – experiment to find what works best for you, your schedule and your culinary skills!

Watch the video on how to saute and roast mushrooms >>
How many mushrooms should I use?

The beauty of blending is that it’s completely customizable and works in any ratio – for a meatier dish, 50 percent mushrooms and 50 percent meat satisfies, or for even lighter fare with hearty texture, try 80 percent mushrooms and 20 percent meat. You can even swap mushrooms for meat completely for satisfying vegetarian fare. Just make sure that the amount of mushrooms and meat you use add up to the total amount of meat called for in the recipe. You can transform family favorites like burgers, meatballs, pasta sauce and tacos using any amount of mushrooms.

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