Make it with Mushrooms: Long Weekend Grilling

Here's hoping that the weather warms up for this weekend and we can spend our holiday in the sun! We're in the habit of being a positive group here at Mushrooms Canada, so we've pulled together some of our grilled favourites.

When it comes to grilling, mushrooms are delicious as appetizers, sides and especially entrees! Try some of our suggestions, or check out our full library of delicious mushroom recipes to create your own menu for the long weekend. Happy grilling!




What's on your menu this holiday weekend?

Guest Post: Beef and Mushroom Meatball Sliders by Living Lou

We've got a familiar guest in our kitchen today! We're welcoming Louisa of Living Lou back to our kitchen to share her first Blend & Extend recipe. Combining mushrooms and ground beef gives this party favourite a healthy twist. 

I’m all about celebrating the summer with burgers and sliders. Up until last summer, I never really understood the point of sliders because if I want a burger, I want a juicy burger that’s the size of my face. But in a strange twist of fate at the last minute I decided to host a Canada Day barbecue. By the time I made it to the grocery store, all that were left were slider buns. Cue the panic. Without any other option, I ended up making sliders for the first time for a hungry group of 20-somethings, and they were gobbled up within minutes. This grocery store panic ended up being more of a blessing in disguise because now I’m all about sliders, meatball sliders to be exact.

I wanted to lighten up my favourite meatball sliders and using the Blend and Extend method is the perfect way to do this. Who would’ve thought that finely chopped mushrooms would blend in seamlessly with ground beef? It’s quite the revelation and something that I’ve been using in all sorts of recipes in my kitchen. Not only does it add volume, vitamins and minerals to dishes, it makes eating beef more affordable.

Sliders are great for feeding a crowd and are especially kid friendly. These sliders are a little on the spicy side, but you can definitely omit the red pepper flakes if you want to keep things on the mild side.

Beef and Mushroom Meatball Sliders 
(makes 12)

4 oz white button mushrooms
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb lean ground beef 
1/3 cup bread crumbs
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 egg
2 tbsp +1/4 cup barbecue sauce
½ tsp red pepper flakes (can omit)

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a baking sheet with olive oil.
2. In a food processor, process mushrooms and garlic.
3. In a large bowl, combine mushroom mixture with beef, bread crumbs, parsley, egg, 2 tbsp barbecue sauce and red pepper flakes.
4. Using a standard ice cream scoop, scoop mixture into 12 even meatballs.
5. Brush with remaining ¼ cup of barbecue sauce.
6. Bake in oven for 35-45 minutes or until fully cooked.


Wow, this recipe sounds and looks fantastic! Knowing that these are a healthy version, I may be tempted to eat all 12 to myself. I can't wait to prepare these for my next get together. A big thank you to Louisa for sharing such an affordable, kid-friendly recipe!!

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Blend & Extend Appetizer Contest: Beef Mushroom Endive Taco Boats by The Primal Desire

Have you heard about our contest leading into this year's Food Blogger of Canada Conference? We're encouraging all FBC Members to create an original appetizer recipe using the Blend & Extend concept. You can read more about the contest details HERE.

Bloggers are getting competitive and more and more submissions are filling my inbox. We've got another great entry to share with you! Raj of The Primal Desire used the Blend & Extend idea to make these impressive little taco boats! They're perfect for entertaining.

Beef Mushroom Endive Taco Boats by The Primal Desire

This is a recipe for the Blend and Extend strategy – adding finely chopped mushrooms to ground beef to add more vegetables to your plate, extending portions and adding volume to meals. That works for me because I normally dice up a whack of veg and mix it into my GB.

2 lbs ground beef
6 large white or brown mushrooms (finely chopped)
1 red onion (finely chopped - ¼ cup put aside for salsa)
1 red chilli pepper (finely diced)
2 cloves garlic
3 heaping Tbsp taco seasoning (homemade or Paleo variety)
4-6 endives (leaves separated from base - see video above)
1 cup cherry tomatoes (finely chopped)
2-3 Tbsp ghee or grass-fed butter
½ - 1 can black olives (chopped)
shredded aged cheddar or crumbled blue cheese (if lacto-paleo)

Pineapple Salsa
1½ cups pineapple (about ½ a pineapple - finely chopped - choosing & cutting pineapples)
¼ cup red onion (finely diced - from above)
1-2 Tbsp cilantro (diced)
1 avocado (cubed, salted and coated in lime juice)

Pineapple Avocado Salsa (make this in advance so that flavors can blend):
1. Mix ¼ cup finely chopped red onion with pineapple, cilantro, and avocado.
2. Place in fridge until needed.
Endive Boats:
1. In a large frying pan or pot, melt ghee or butter over medium heat.
2. Add remaining onions and mushrooms, cooking until soft.
3. Add chilli, garlic and beef, stirring well to break up ground beef.
4. Once browned, mix in taco seasoning and olives.
5. Fill each endive leaf with ground beef/mushroom mixture.
6. If using cheese, sprinkle each endive.
7. Serve with pineapple salsa and cherry tomatoes to be spooned on top.

This is great with aged cheddar or even blue cheese if you eat lacto-paleo. If not, it's still a really nice balance of flavors to share with everyone!

I’m Raj.  To say that I love food would be a severe understatement.  Food is everything!  It is nourishment.  It’s fun.  It’s creative.  It’s health.   It’s social.  It’s spiritual.  It’s a reason to get out of bed in the morning (or afternoon.  …or in the middle of the night).  It’s enjoyment.  It’s comfort. Food is love!

Being a pharmacist, healthy lifestyle habits are incredibly important to me -because I sure don’t want to be taking medications if I can prevent it!!!  My time in healthcare has emphasized how crucial it is for us human beings to make smart healthy decisions, and food- well like I said: food is everything.

Follow along with Raj at The Primal Desire, as well as on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.  


Join the competition for your chance to win an “Appetizer Spotlight” at the Blend & Extend table at the FBC conference in October.