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Mushroom Beef Burgers

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Makes: 6 Burger Patties | Total Time: 25 Minutes

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I love cooking with essential oils, especially when access to fresh, home grown herbs isn’t always easy (like here in Wisconsin where the winters can drag on for up to six months). Using essential oils in cooking instead of fresh herbs has more than health benefits; a bottle won’t go bad for months, which will save you money.

When I first came up with this recipe, it was summer and we were living in our first house in the city. I wanted easy, healthy food to cook at home, and this homemade burger recipe is exactly that – it’s an easy meal (under 30 minutes) so you can get outside and enjoy the lovely weather already!

Although these healthy hamburger patties grill well, they can be made in a skillet just as easily. Char broiling? Reduce the cook time by half and go from there. (You don’t want hockey pucks). If you like your burgers greasy like I do, douse them in some more olive oil while they finish up in the skillet. (Make sure to turn your range hood on because olive oil can get smoky.)

Now as the story goes (and it goes this way a lot more often than I would like it to), when this recipe was born I had a bunch of mixed mushrooms that needed to be used up. Yeah… I admit it… I kind of forgot about them and they weren’t looking too happy from their place shoved way back in the crisper drawer of my fridge.



Old mushrooms work great for this beef and mushroom burger recipe, though; they kind of ‘hide out’ in the meat.

Imagine that – mushrooms working behind the scenes will bring you the best flavors ever, and they’ll be happy-dancing now because they won’t go to waste.

How nice!

I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of burgers sans bun. Feel free to use buns if you want, but plating these mushroom beef burgers with all the summer-like trimmings feels a little classier to me. These awesome hamburger patties are meaty and filling, so you won’t even miss the bun. Just scatter some arugula on a plate instead, top with a couple of burger patties, add a dollop of mayo and drizzle with sriracha. Lay some sliced red onion on the side and ta-dah! 

Easy gourmet burgers are now yours to serve.

But… why should the goodness be limited to summer? 

The answer is, it shouldn’t. I have been making these burgers all year round because they are soooooooo easy to make. I make them for our date night dinners at home… not only can they dress fancy (gravy is the little black dress for burgers), but less time in the kitchen means more time with Mark. When we’re snuggling in during the winter months, I’ll make these burgers but instead of arugula, mayo, sriracha and crisp red onion, I lay a patty over a generous helping of mashed potatoes, drizzle it with mushroom or beef gravy, lay on a another patty, drizzle on some more gravy, then sprinkle with fresh parsley (yes, dried works too.) 

When it comes right down to it. you can dress these babies up however you want. I imagine they would pair well with ketchup and mustard (take ’em out to the ball game), or maybe creamed horseradish (dance party!), or even just a radish (walks on the beach)…

Once you’ve gotten to the meat of the matter, the rest is gravy!

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This recipe uses essential oils.

If you want to use the actual ingredients instead, please refer to the easy-to-use Essential Oil Conversion Chart.

Helpful Recipe How-To Photos:

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Heat olive oil in skillet until it just begins to smoke.
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Add the hamburger patties.

Making The Perfect Hamburger Patty
For the best hamburgers, press them as they cook to prevent shrinking.

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The Mushroom Beef Burgers are done!


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Mushroom Beef Burgers Recipe

Mushroom Beef Burgers

These mushroom beef burgers become healthy hamburger patties when you’re cooking with essential oils. This healthy burger dinner can be dressed two ways; lighten it up for summer or add a gourmet touch for a date night dinner. Both can be fast easy meals for tonight.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course burgers, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Burgers

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon cola
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil divided
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms of your choice
  • ¼ cup (1 small) yellow onion finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • baby arugula for serving summertime
  • mayonnaise for serving summertime
  • sliced red onion for serving summertime
  • sriracha for serving summertime
  • mashed potatoes for serving wintertime
  • chopped fresh parsley for serving wintertime

Instructions
 

  • Combine the heavy cream, cola and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl or measuring cup. Whisk the essential oils into 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil and whisk to thoroughly combine, then whisk the oils into the cream mixture. Set aside.
  • Add the mushrooms, onion, salt and pepper to a large bowl and mix together. Next, add the cream mixture and mix just enough to combine. Finally, add the ground beef and use your hands to combine everything together until it is just mixed. Do not over mix! 
  • Cut a sheet of waxed paper into 7 squares that are each about 7 inches long. Place one sheet on a plate and set aside.
  • Divide the meat mixture into 6 equal parts. Take one part and form it into a ball; it should be about the size of a baseball. Carefully flatten the meatball into a round patty and place it on the plate prepared with the waxed paper. Use your fingers and the palm of your hand to finish shaping the patty. When done, it should be about 5 inches in diameter and between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick. Lay another sheet of waxed paper over the patty and repeat with the remaining pieces of meat mixture, ending with a sheet of waxed paper on top. The hamburgers can be chilled in the refrigerator for up to a day. If you decide to make them ahead, place them in a ziplock bag with the waxed paper in place and keep the sealed bag flat until you are ready to use them.
  • When you are ready to cook the burgers, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil a large cast iron skillet over high until just beginning to smoke, then lower the heat to medium-high. Place as many burgers as you can fit comfortably into the skillet and place a second, smaller cast iron skillet over the burgers to keep them flat while they cook. A grill press works well, too, but I find that using a 12-inch skillet over a 13-inch one covers all the burgers at the same time – so efficient! Check the burgers after 2 minutes and if the tops are still very pink, continue to cook for another minute or two, or until the edges are brown. Flip the burgers, place the skillet on top of them, and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until done to your liking. Two minutes on each side will give a medium-rare burger, 3 minutes medium-well. Keep your oven mitts handy because you will want to keep an eye on them as they cook. Don't worry if the skillet has a lot of moisture in the bottom, this is just the excess cream getting pressed out. It is what makes the burgers so soft and juicy as they cook in this flavor-infused liquid.
  • There are two ways I like to serve these hamburgers: the summer way and the winter way! To serve them up summer-like, prepare plates by dressing them with a layer of baby arugula. Place a burger (or two) on top of the arugula, add a dollop of mayonnaise on the burger, and drizzle everything with sriracha. Garnish with slices of red onion. To serve these burgers winter-like, spoon mashed potatoes into the center of the plates, place a burger (or two) on top of the potatoes, and top it all with brown or mushroom gravy.
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Herbed Chèvre with Mushrooms in Phyllo Pouches

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Serves: 6 | Total Time: 50 Minutes

I first developed this recipe about 6 years ago. Mark and I were dating, and I wanted to treat him to one of my fancy appetizer recipes. He was kind enough to chop the mushrooms for me, and it did take quite a while. I was a beginner at working with phyllo dough as well, so that added even more time.

After a couple of hours, the phyllo appetizers were done.

I have come a long way since then!

To hasten up the chopping process, using the large holes on the grater attachment of a food processor shreds the mushrooms in a couple of minutes. As far as working with the phyllo dough… that just comes with practice. In time, you can get the process of preparing the phyllo cup appetizers down to just 10 minutes, but don’t rush this step if you are new to phyllo dough.

These mushroom and goat cheese appetizers are very filling, so if you serve them as an appetizer, two per person should be plenty. Mark and I sometimes have these as our entree – six of these phyllo dough appetizers makes a filling meal.

I like to serve these mushroom purses with a good red wine that has notes of cinnamon and clove over juicy berry flavors. My recommendation? Los Hermanos Manzanos Tempranillo – 2018.


Herbed Chèvre with Mushrooms in Phyllo Pouches

Total Time: 50 Minutes

Prep: 20 Minutes / Cook: 30 Minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh marjoram leaves
  • 4 cups finely chopped assorted mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 7 ounces phyllo dough
  • chopped fresh chives, for garnish

RECIPE DIRECTIONS:

1. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the garlic until lightly browned, one minute. Add the herbs and continue to heat, stirring constantly, for another minute. Add the mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms give up their juices and the pan dries out, about 10 more minutes.

2. While the mushrooms are cooking, heat the remaining stick of butter (8 tablespoons) in a small saucepan over medium heat. When melted, whisk in the Chinese five spice. Reduce heat to low to keep warm.

3. When the mushrooms are finished cooking, remove the skillet from the heat and allow to cool slightly, about 3 minutes. Add the goat cheese and using a wooden spatula, break it up and mix it into the warm mushroom mixture until thoroughly combined and creamy. Set the mushroom mixture aside.

Phyllo Dough Appetizer With Mushrooms and Goat Cheese.

4. Prepare the phyllo dough by removing it from the package and laying it flat. Cover the dough sheets with a tea towel that has been dampened with water and wrung well. (Phyllo dough dries out fast and once dry, it cannot be worked with. Keeping the dough covered with the damp cloth will prevent it from drying out.) 

5. Very carefully peel away one sheet of phyllo dough and place it on a flat surface. Dip a pastry brush into the melted butter with the Chinese five spice, tap against the side of the pan to remove excess butter. With light, quick stokes, brush the melted butter onto the phyllo dough sheet. (The best way to do this without ripping or wrinkling the dough is to hold one side of the sheet down with your fingers while brushing it in a direction away from your fingers. If this is your first time working with phyllo dough, this may take some getting used to. Just take your time, you’ll get the hang of it!) You don’t need a lot of butter for this step, just enough to moisten the sheet. When the first sheet is completely brushed with butter, carefully remove a new sheet of phyllo dough and place it directly over the one just brushed. Repeat this process until you have four sheets stacked, but do not brush butter onto the fourth (top) sheet. 

6. Cut the stacked dough into four squares that measure about 3 by 4 inches. Repeat step four until you have 12 of the smaller squares. Place the squares into the cups of an un-greased muffin tin.

Mushroom Purses With Phyllo Dough

7. Fill each square with the mushroom mixture so that they are about half full. There should be about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons in each cup. Once all of the cups are full, lightly pinch the dough together to form a ‘purse’. Leave a small opening on the top for steam to escape. You don’t want to press the dough together too tightly, just enough to nearly cover the mushroom mixture but so that the dough is still somewhat loose.

8. Dip the pastry brush into the melted butter. Tap off the excess, then lightly dab the tops of the purses. It is ok if the dough layers separate a bit, in fact, you want this. This will create a lighter, flakier end result. You only want enough butter on the purses so that they brown while baking, you don’t need very much – too much and the dough will become soggy.

9. Drain the remaining melted butter through a stainer into a ramekin, discard the residue. Keep the butter warm by placing it on top of the oven as the mushroom purses bake.

10. Bake the purses for 15 minutes at 325 degrees F or until the tops are golden brown. When done, remove the pan from the oven and let the purses cool for a few minutes so that you can safely handle them. Carefully lift them from the muffin tin with a teaspoon and transfer them onto a serving platter. Be careful that you don’t break them! Sprinkle with sliced fresh chives and serve with the ramekin of the strained spiced butter.

Phyllo Dough Appetizer With Mushrooms and Goat Cheese.
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Phyllo Appetizer Recipe

Herbed Chèvre with Mushrooms in Phyllo Pouches

Looking for fancy appetizer recipes? Impress your dinner guests with this phyllo dough appetizer recipe that includes mushrooms, goat cheese, and herbs. Make it in under an hour!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French, Gourmet
Servings 6 people
Calories 410 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter divided
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh marjoram leaves
  • 4 cups finely chopped assorted mushrooms
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ tetaspoon Chinese five spice
  • 4 ounces goat cheese (chèvre)
  • 7 ounces phyllo dough
  • chopped fresh chives for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the garlic until lightly browned, one minute. Add the herbs and continue to heat, stirring constantly, for another minute. Add the mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms give up their juices and the pan dries out, about 10 more minutes.
  • While the mushrooms are cooking, heat the remaining stick of butter (8 tablespoons) in a small saucepan over medium heat. When melted, whisk in the Chinese five spice. Reduce heat to low to keep warm.
  • When the mushrooms are finished cooking, remove the skillet from the heat and allow to cool slightly, about 3 minutes. Add the goat cheese and using a wooden spatula, break it up and mix it into the warm mushroom mixture until thoroughly combined and creamy. Set the mushroom mixture aside.
  • Prepare the phyllo dough by removing it from the package and laying it flat. Cover the dough sheets with a tea towel that has been dampened with water and wrung well. (Phyllo dough dries out fast and once dry, it cannot be worked with. Keeping the dough covered with the damp cloth will prevent it from drying out.) 
  • Very carefully peel away one sheet of phyllo dough and place it on a flat surface. Dip a pastry brush into the melted butter with the Chinese five spice, tap against the side of the pan to remove excess butter. With light, quick stokes, brush the melted butter onto the phyllo dough sheet. (The best way to do this without ripping or wrinkling the dough is to hold one side of the sheet down with your fingers while brushing it in a direction away from your fingers. If this is your first time working with phyllo dough, this may take some getting used to. Just take your time, you’ll get the hang of it!) You don’t need a lot of butter for this step, just enough to moisten the sheet. When the first sheet is completely brushed with butter, carefully remove a new sheet of phyllo dough and place it directly over the one just brushed. Repeat this process until you have four sheets stacked, but do not brush butter onto the fourth (top) sheet. 
  • Cut the stacked dough into four squares that measure about 3 by 4 inches. Repeat step four until you have 12 of the smaller squares. Place the squares into the cups of an un-greased muffin tin.
  • Fill each square with the mushroom mixture so that they are about half full. There should be about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons in each cup. Once all of the cups are full, lightly pinch the dough together to form a ‘purse’. Leave a small opening on the top for steam to escape. You don’t want to press the dough together too tightly, just enough to nearly cover the mushroom mixture but so that the dough is still somewhat loose.
  • Dip the pastry brush into the melted butter. Tap off the excess, then lightly dab the tops of the purses. It is ok if the dough layers separate a bit, in fact, you want this. This will create a lighter, flakier end result. You only want enough butter on the purses so that they brown while baking, you don’t need very much – too much and the dough will become soggy.
  • Drain the remaining melted butter through a stainer into a ramekin, discard the residue. Keep the butter warm by placing it on top of the oven as the mushroom purses bake.
  • Bake the purses for 15 minutes at 325 degrees F or until the tops are golden brown. When done, remove the pan from the oven and let the purses cool for a few minutes so that you can safely handle them. Carefully lift them from the muffin tin with a teaspoon and transfer them onto a serving platter. Be careful that you don’t break them! Sprinkle with sliced fresh chives and serve with the ramekin of the strained spiced butter.
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Deep Fried Beef Burritos

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Serves: 4 | Total Time: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

Sometimes I am in the mood for a nice, comforting ground beef recipe. Then again I can be in the mood for a good ol’ fashioned Mexican ground beef burrito complete with hot sauce and cilantro.

If I am in the mood for both and can’t decide, however, what can I do?

I make these Mexican-American fusion ground beef burritos, of course. There are no borders in this dinner!

I used goat cheese white cheddar on these burritos because, although it melts, it won’t get as ooey-gooey as regular cheddar. It stays in place and forms a nice cap of tart, cheddar goodness on top of the crispy-crunchy deep-fried burritos. It’s all about texture, folks!

Spicy marinara, sriracha, and cilantro take a trip south of the border. Baby bell peppers and mushrooms in a creamy ground beef stuffing lend the traditional American comfort food experience. 

Get out the cowboy hats and sombreros… whoever said dinner at home couldn’t be fun?


Deep Fried Beef Burritos

Total Time: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

Prep: 30 Minutes / Cook: 45 Minutes / Rest: 10 Minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, seeded and very finely chopped
  • 6 baby bell peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 lb. mixed mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 1 cup Homemade Chunky Marinara Sauce
  • 8 ounces white goat cheese cheddar, shredded
  • sriracha, for garnish
  • chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

RECIPE DIRECTIONS:

1. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine the first 9 ingredients. Mix on medium speed until blended together and the meat is smooth. If you don’t have a stand mixer, don’t worry. Just get in there with your hands and mix it up; this will work just as well!

2. In a large skillet over medium high, heat the tablespoon sunflower oil. Spread the meat mixture into the skillet like a large pancake, right up to the edges of the skillet. Cook until the meat begins to brown, about 5 minutes, then using a spatula, chop it into large chunks and flip them over. Keep pressing on the meat until it cooks almost through, another 5 minutes. Remove meat to a bowl and crumble it up a little more. Allow to cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Add the ricotta to the meat mixture, season with salt and pepper, and mix well.

3. Preheat oven to 350F. 

4. To make the burritos, spoon about 1 cup of the meat mixture onto one tortilla and shape it so that it resembles a log, keeping the ends away from the edges of the tortilla about 2 inches. Fold the sides of the tortilla closest to the meat over onto the meat. Beginning with one of the unfolded ends, roll the tortilla into a log, enclosing the meat. Secure with a toothpick by threading it through the seam of the tortilla, like you would a needle in fabric. Repeat with the other three tortillas. You may have some of the meat mixture left over; freeze it for another use. Keep in mind that overstuffing your tortilla will not end well!

5. Add enough canola oil to a large pot so that it comes up the sides about 2 inches. Heat the oil over medium high until it is just beginning to smoke. Add two burritos to the hot oil and fry for 2 minutes until browned, then carefully flip them over and fry another two minutes. Remove to a cooling rack that has been placed over paper towels. Repeat with the other two burritos (or freeze them for another time).

6. Once the burritos are cool enough to handle, remove the toothpicks. They should hold their shape nicely now. Place the burritos seam side up on a baking sheet that has been lined with foil and fitted with a drain rack. Spoon 1/4 cup marinara sauce over each burrito. Next, divide the cheese into four portions and put each portion over the marinara on each burrito. Yes, it will seem like it is piled high, but that is what you want. Bake the burritos for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted and beginning to brown around the edges.

7. Serve on plates. Drizzle some sriracha over the burritos, then sprinkle with chopped cilantro.


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Deep Fried Beef Burritos

Deep Fried Beef Burritos

The colorful spices of Mexico get deep fried the American way to bring you this Tex-Mex inspired dish. There are no borders with this dinner! Try something different tonight and bring traditional ground beef burritos to a whole new level.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Rest 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 960 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 tomato seeded and very finely chopped
  • 6 baby bell peppers seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 pound mixed mushrooms finely chopped
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seed
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 1 cup Homemade Chunky Marinara Sauce
  • 8 ounces white goat cheese cheddar shredded
  • sriracha for garnish
  • chopped fresh cilantro for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine the first 9 ingredients. Mix on medium speed until blended together and the meat is smooth. If you don’t have a stand mixer, don’t worry. Just get in there with your hands and mix it up; this will work just as well!
  • In a large skillet over medium high, heat the tablespoon sunflower oil. Spread the meat mixture into the skillet like a large pancake, right up to the edges of the skillet. Cook until the meat begins to brown, about 5 minutes, then using a spatula, chop it into large chunks and flip them over. Keep pressing on the meat until it cooks almost through, another 5 minutes. Remove meat to a bowl and crumble it up a little more. Allow to cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Add the ricotta to the meat mixture, season with salt and pepper, and mix well.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  • To make the burritos, spoon about 1 cup of the meat mixture onto one tortilla and shape it so that it resembles a log, keeping the ends away from the edges of the tortilla about 2 inches. Fold the sides of the tortilla closest to the meat over onto the meat. Beginning with one of the unfolded ends, roll the tortilla into a log, enclosing the meat. Secure with a toothpick by threading it through the seam of the tortilla, like you would a needle in fabric. Repeat with the other three tortillas. You may have some of the meat mixture left over; freeze it for another use. Keep in mind that overstuffing your tortilla will not end well!
  • Add enough canola oil to a large pot so that it comes up the sides about 2 inches. Heat the oil over medium high until it is just beginning to smoke. Add two burritos to the hot oil and fry for 2 minutes until browned, then carefully flip them over and fry another two minutes. Remove to a cooling rack that has been placed over paper towels. Repeat with the other two burritos (or freeze them for another time).
  • Once the burritos are cool enough to handle, remove the toothpicks. They should hold their shape nicely now. Place the burritos seam side up on a baking sheet that has been lined with foil and fitted with a drain rack. Spoon 1/4 cup marinara sauce over each burrito. Next, divide the cheese into four portions and put each portion over the marinara on each burrito. Yes, it will seem like it is piled high, but that is what you want. Bake the burritos for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted and beginning to brown around the edges.
  • Serve on plates. Drizzle some sriracha over the burritos, then sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

Notes

For the juiciest meat, don’t drain off the fat after cooking the meat mixture together in the skillet. When you allow the cheese and veggies to pick up the extra fat, the result is a tender and juicy filling that is loaded with flavor.
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Creamy Herb and Prosciutto Stuffed Mushrooms

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Serves: 4 | Total Time: 50 Minutes

I just love these prosciutto stuffed mushrooms. They are so savory and creamy and to be honest, every time I make them, I just have them for my whole meal!

These stuffed mushrooms make a great appetizer, too. If you are hosting a party and want to lesson the workload in the kitchen the day of the event, remove the stems from the mushrooms a day in advance. You can also whip up the filling and keep it covered in the fridge overnight. Then the next day, all you need to do is stuff ’em and bake ’em!

I use button mushrooms because they are relatively easy to get, but feel free to use shiitake or portobello, whatever you prefer. If you do use a larger mushroom, add a few minutes of bake time to the recipe and keep checking them every couple of minutes. When the tops begin to brown, they are done!

Serve these at your next dinner party, and your keto-dieting friends will love you forever.


Creamy Herb and Prosciutto Stuffed Mushrooms

Total Time: 50 Minutes

(Prep: 30 Minutes / Cook: 20 Minutes )

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb. button mushrooms, stems and gills removed
  • 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz. mascarpone, softened
  • 3 oz. prosciutto, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • shallot, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

RECIPE DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese, mascarpone, prosciutto, parsley, salt and pepper until well combined.

Cheesy Prosciutto Stuffed Mushrooms Appetizer

3. Heat the butter in a small skillet over medium heat until just melted. Add the shallot and sauté, stirring frequently, until translucent but not browned, about 2 minutes.


4. Transfer the hot shallots from the skillet to the bowl with the cream cheese mixture and stir vigorously until smooth.


5. Spoon the cream cheese filling into the mushrooms. Arrange the filled mushrooms on a parchment-lined baking sheet so that the stuffed side is facing up. Drizzle with olive oil.


6. Bake mushrooms for 18 minutes, or until the cream cheese mixture begins to brown. Cool for a minute or two before serving.

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Stuffed Mushrooms Keto Recipe

Creamy Herb and Prosciutto Stuffed Mushrooms

These keto stuffed mushrooms make a great appetizer, or have 'em as an entree. They're filled with prosciutto, herbs, and a savory blend of creamy cheeses – you'll never believe you're on a diet!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound button mushrooms stems and gills removed
  • 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 ounces mascarpone softened
  • 3 ounces prosciutto finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese, mascarpone, prosciutto, parsley, salt and pepper until well combined.
  • Heat the butter in a small skillet over medium heat until just melted. Add the shallot and sauté, stirring frequently, until translucent but not browned, about 2 minutes.
  • Transfer the hot shallots from the skillet to the bowl with the cream cheese mixture and stir vigorously until smooth.
  • Spoon the cream cheese filling into the mushrooms. Arrange the filled mushrooms on a parchment-lined baking sheet so that the stuffed side is facing up. Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Bake mushrooms for 18 minutes, or until the cream cheese mixture begins to brown. Cool for a minute or two before serving.
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Pasta in Truffle Oil with Mushrooms and Spinach

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Serves: 6 | Total Time: 30 Minutes


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I have always been inspired by gourmet food, and although going out to a fancy restaurant can be fun in it’s own right (how can you beat the softly playing piano in the background?) it isn’t always practical.

I am probably speaking for most of us who are on some kind of a budget and can’t spend upwards of $500 on a date night meal. I can bet that most of us don’t even want to spend over $100!

The thing is, I love the fine dining experience, (and I assume you do too or you wouldn’t be reading this blog post). There is no reason why we should have to miss out just because money is tight. This is where gourmet home cooked meals come in handy, and they don’t have to be intimidating. In fact, most of them are easier than you think!

Let me explain just how I came to know this…


Good Pasta Dishes To Make
Pasta in Truffle Oil with Mushrooms and Spinach. A good pasta dish to make for a quick and easy date night dinner.

I’ve spent a good number of years working in high-end restaurants and I have not regretted a single day. There is something magical about stepping out of a clamoring kitchen with all it’s bright lights and busyness into a dimly-lit dining room humming with soft spoken voices and the gentle clink of silverware on china. 

Now, I’ve never had a problem with being able to transition from perspiring server all buttoned up in a tuxedo to polished expert on what wine to pair with sautéed foie gras drizzled with beurre blanc – all in the span of 30 seconds (the time it takes to hustle from kitchen to dining room).

That was the fun part!


Quick and Easy Date Night Dinner
I just love angel hair pasta dishes. They are so delicate, and so easy to make!

The part I didn’t like was not being able to have the full experience for myself…. simply because I couldn’t afford it. And I’ll admit that I do enjoy being on the other side of the fence.

I mean, who wouldn’t?

In my opinion, it is worth a few hundred dollars every once in a while to sit at a candlelit table under some historic crystal light fixture while a server fawns over you (and they will at those high-end establishments, trust me!). I get to indulge in a gourmet dish I’ve most likely never had before while quietly sipping wine with my husband. Although I am a chef at heart, it is nice to have the cooking done for me sometimes (and the cleaning up, for that matter, too).

But let’s be realistic, dining out at such places is usually reserved for special… (ah-hem)… very special occasions. As in, once every 15 years or something like that.


Best Vegetarian Pasta
The best vegetarian pasta dishes have lots of flavor. Using truffles sparingly with other mushrooms will complement the lighter herb and vegetable flavors, not overpower them.

This is why I taught myself how to cook gourmet meals at home. Taking everything I ever learned from reading food magazines and working with some of the finest chefs I’ve ever met, I tinkered with tried and true recipes until I was gutsy enough to start creating my own.

This recipe is one of my first successful attempts at gourmet home cooking. The truffles are not necessary if you use truffle infused olive oil, and the flavored olive oil is a whole lot cheaper, so use it if you are on a budget. If you can get actual truffles, do use them, just in moderation because they have a very strong flavor. There really isn’t anything else on the planet that will ever come close to mimicking the flavor of truffles, so you need to get your hands of some if you want to make this recipe. Here are some resources to help you out:

Now, as far as the ambience – I don’t have a recipe for that. But since this quick and easy gourmet dinner only takes 30 minutes to make, you’ll have plenty of time to iron that table linen and dust off the china…

… or not. You can simply just close your eyes and let the flavors whisk you away…


Gourmet Pasta Dishes
The key to good gourmet pasta dishes is lots of texture; here we have starchy noodles, juicy mushroom bits, and silky spinach – all topped off with a crispy, fried sage leaf.

Watch how to make this easy date night dinner:


Mushroom Spinach Pasta With Truffle Oil

Pasta in Truffle Oil with Mushrooms and Spinach

Christy Boston’s Kitchen
If you are looking for quick and easy date night dinners to make at home, you’ll love this mushroom and spinach pasta with angel hair spaghetti. It only takes 30 minutes, so you'll have plenty of time to watch that movie.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French, Gourmet, Italian
Servings 6 people
Calories 420 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces angel hair pasta uncooked
  • 3 tablespoons black truffle olive oil divided, OR
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil plus 1/2 teaspoon minced truffles
  • 3 tablespoons plain olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 cups mixed mushrooms, such as maitake, trumpet, and portobello torn into 1-inch pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 5 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon sage leaves finely chopped, plus more whole leaves for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves finely chopped
  • shaved parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions
 

  • Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Drain, reserving the pasta liquid. Set both aside. If using plain olive oil with minced truffles, now would be the time to whisk the two together. (The truffles will sink to the bottom, so when it comes time to use the oil in the recipe, give it a good whisk while adding to the skillet to stir them up again.)
  • While the pasta cooks, heat 2 tablespoons of the truffle olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for about a minute until sizzling, stirring frequently. Next, throw in the garlic and heat for another minute, stirring continuously to prevent charring. Add the mushrooms to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Stir occasionally for 5-8 minutes or until the mushrooms have given up their juices and are beginning to brown. Scrape the vegetables into a bowl and set aside.
  • Using the same skillet, heat the 3rd tablespoon truffle olive oil. Reduce the heat to medium and add the spinach. Toss frequently in the skillet until wilted, about a minute. Transfer to the bowl with the mushrooms and allow to cool slightly.
  • Add the drained pasta back into the pot it was prepared in and turn the heat on to low. Season with salt and pepper, then add a ladle of the pasta liquid back in along with one tablespoon plain olive oil to prevent the pasta from getting sticky. Stir until warmed through and the pasta is glossy.
  • Heat the 2 remaining tablespoons plain olive oil in a small skillet over medium high. When the oil is hot enough that a bead of water jumps off it, add the whole sages leaves. Fry them until they begin to darken, about a minute, then carefully flip them. Continue to fry for another minute or so until the leaves are just starting to brown, then remove them promptly to a paper towel. Set aside. The leaves will brown very quickly, so it is important to remove them as soon as you see any browning. This way, they will be crispy – but still green and pretty.
  • Return the vegetables to the skillet, then add the pasta and toss to combine over medium heat. Throw in the chopped herbs and give it all a final toss, adding more olive oil if the pasta begins to dry out.
  • Serve immediately. Garnish with a final drizzle of olive oil, shaved parmesan cheese, and the fried sage leaves. If you used minced truffles, you can add a small dollop on top for effect, but if you do this, do it sparingly because the flavor of truffles is very strong and you don't want it to overpower the flavors of the herbs. Add a grind of black pepper and you're done!

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