Get Festive this Holiday Season with these 5 Mushroom-Friendly Recipes

Posted by Monterey Mushrooms on Dec 20, 2019 10:39:15 AM
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You’re probably going to need a dish for at least one holiday party or will be looking for something tasty to serve when you invite family and friends over this December. 

Look no further. 

We’ve got five mushroom-friendly recipes to get festive this holiday season, with mouthwatering meals and nibblers alike:

1. Lamb & Mushroom Blended Meatballs with Spiced Cucumber Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Lamb and Mushroom Blended Meatballs with Cucumber Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Meatballs are a fun side to pop on your plate at parties or to add to many meals to enhance your protein intake. Lamb in particular is a mighty source of protein, and contains all nine essential amino acids your body needs for growth and maintenance. When blended with fresh mushrooms, these meatballs are nutritious mouthful. Enjoy the aromatic mint and parsley, pine nutty undertones and let’s not forget the creamy yogurt cucumber dip.

Thank you to The Mushroom Council for this flavorful holiday recipe.


12 oz ground lamb

4 oz white button mushrooms, finely chopped

¼ cup cooked long grain rice, cooled

¼ cup pine nuts

¼ cup chopped yellow onion

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tbsp chopped fresh mint

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 tsp fine ground sea salt

¼ tsp ground black pepper

Cucumber Yogurt Dipping Sauce

½ cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt

1 small Persian cucumber, chopped (about 5 inches long)

1 tbsp chopped yellow onion

¼ tsp fine ground sea salt

¼ tsp cumin

¼ tsp coriander

Pinch ground cinnamon

Head over to our blog to print the full recipe.

2. Mushroom Gravy


What’s a spread without a little gravy? Top your favorite meat, mashed potatoes, even your vegetables with a drippy coating of this mushroom-based gravy. The Baby Bella’s special umami profile give this topping a meat-like taste, adding a robust mouthfeel over traditional gravy. A few spoons of herbs, minced garlic and smooth butter complement this already incredible flavor. But what really makes this gravy is the touch of coconut aminos— adding just a hint of sweetness. 


1 tbsp butter* (*or substitute ghee for lactose-free gravy)

2 tsp minced garlic

16 oz sliced Baby Bella mushrooms

4 tbsp butter*

4 tbsp gluten-free flour (1:1 all purpose flour)

2 cups broth, from chicken or turkey

2 tsp coconut aminos

2 tsp fresh thyme

2 tsp fresh sage

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

3-4 tbsp of water, for desired consistency (more if you like a thinner gravy)

Did you know this recipe is gluten-free? Pin the directions here.

3. Chicken & Mushroom Soup, To-Go


The winter is the perfect time to enjoy steamy, warm soup. Make this big batch of chicken and mushroom soup in bulk and jar it to slurp all week long. Diced carrots, onions, celery and savory Cremini mushrooms pair excellently with soft chicken cubes. Take in the aroma of poultry and broth while heating up every bowl. You can even freeze some for later for a toasty treat over the New Year.


1 tbsp coconut oil
8 oz boneless chicken cubed (purchase a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken to save time or cook your own thighs or breasts)

Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp butter
3 or 4 cloves garlic
8 oz Cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 diced onion
3 carrots peeled and diced
2 stalks celery diced
½ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp rosemary
1/8 cup arrowroot or almond flour
4 cups chicken broth
Optional: ½ cup heavy cream
Fresh parsley and cheddar cheese for garnishing

Get jarring instructions here.

Any of these six delicious mushroom soups are festive favorites to make this holiday. Explore all your options to see which peaks your interest. 

4. Creamy Mushroom Puffed Shells


Instead baking the usual buttered rolls this holiday, try something a little different. In this mushroom recipe, you use a shot glass to shape a hole into your biscuit (think pigs in a blanket, except you don’t push all the way through the bread). This rivet in the roll makes the perfect bowl for creamy mushroom soup. Paired with a little Swiss and fresh rosemary, and they’re a flakey yet milky treat with any dinner.


8 oz Baby Bella mushrooms, sliced

Frozen puff pastry shells

Your favorite creamy mushroom soup

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

2 sprigs fresh rosemary 

Sliced aged Swiss cheese, cut into strips

A shot glass

Make a whole batch and enjoy these toasted biscuits all week long. Print the recipe here.

5. Blended Green Bean Casserole


Green bean casserole is a real crowd-pleaser around the holidays. This fresh take on the casserole doesn't use canned green beans, but instead chooses those straight from the produce department. Mixed with chopped mushrooms, this veggie dish is packed with more nutrients than traditional canned recipes. Sprinkle your favorite cheese or additional fixings like bacon or almonds— and you’ve got a familiar yet unique comfort food for any get together. 


8 oz Baby Bella or White mushrooms, sliced or finely diced

4 cups fresh green beans, broccoli and/or asparagus, cut to bite size

1 tbsp water

(1) 10-1/2 oz can cream of mushroom soup

3/4 cup milk

1/8 tsp black pepper

1-1/3 cups crispy fried onions (split 2/3 cup + 2/3 cup)

1/2 cup grated cheese (Jack, Swiss or Cheddar)

Optional:  8 oz can sliced water chestnuts (drained), 1/3 cup bacon crumbles, 1/2 cup sliced almonds (toasted)

Find out bake time on the Monterey Mushrooms’ blog.

Craving More Holiday Recipes?

These five recipes are only a few of the many delicious ideas we have for adding mushrooms to your favorite holiday meals.

Download our Holiday Cookbook for other scrumptious ideas like Baby Bellas with figs, honey and brie— and more.

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