The needs of grocery shoppers are seemingly always evolving, and now more than ever, they want to know where and how their food is produced and what impact it has on the environment. This is commonly referred to as “sustainable eating,” and its popularity is growing among shoppers.
Plant-based diets are a tenet of sustainable eating and mushrooms are often included as part of the movement. Known for their inherent umami flavor and nutrition properties, mushrooms are recognized for their unique growing process and need for minimal natural resources used during production, which makes mushrooms both healthy on the plate and gentle on the planet.
In addition, mushrooms are a versatile ingredient, and with so many fresh varieties to choose from, it’s simple to incorporate them into most meals. Three Mushroom and Garlic Grilled Pizza can satisfy the entire family, while favorites like Sauteed Mushroom and Sun-Dried Tomato Avocado Toast may hit the spot morning, noon and night, and quick sides such as Roasted Mushroom and Wheat Berry Salad can be an easy addition to dinner plates.
For more information on mushroom sustainability as well as additional recipes, visit mushroomcouncil.com.
Three Mushroom and Garlic Grilled Pizza
Recipe courtesy of the Mushroom Council
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 garlic cloves, minced
5 basil leaves, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¾ cup half-and-half
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced
3 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
3 ounces white button mushrooms, sliced
1 ounce dry white wine or chicken stock
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
pizza dough (14 inches)
nonstick cooking spray
4 ounces whole milk mozzarella cheese, chopped
shaved Parmesan, for garnish
basil leaves, for garnish
Heat grill to medium-high heat, about 425°F.
To make sauce: In medium skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Whisk in garlic and basil; cook
1 minute. Sprinkle in flour while quickly whisking to
Reduce heat to medium. Slowly pour in half-and-half while continuing to whisk until there are no clumps. Increase heat slightly to bring to simmer. Stir as mixture thickens into sauce, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper; set aside.
In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add mushrooms and cook until they begin to turn tender, about 2 minutes. Carefully pour in wine or stock and continue cooking until liquid evaporates, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with salt.
Stretch dough to make 14-inch pizza. Brush grill grates generously with olive oil. Place dough on grill and let cook about 3 minutes, until underside is browned and dough removes easily from grill. While removing dough from grill, flip it onto baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray so cooked side is up.
Spread sauce over pizza and evenly cover in mushrooms. Add mozzarella cheese.