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June 15, 2009

Better Bites: Balsamic Mushrooms

Better Bites: Balsamic Mushrooms

First off let me say again (as you can see!) things are a little different around here this morning! I finally got around to the redesign. I'm very happy with everything so far and things seem to be going smoothly!

Also I'm still in search of Maryland food bloggers. As you can see I've added a section on my blog roll to compile a list of those of us here in Maryland that blog about food. So if you are a Maryland food blogger or know one let me know! Also if you see something a little wonky around the site let me know that too!

On a totally different note I will be doing a cross post entry for Allie's Answers tomorrow about the importance of eating local when possible with a great recipe with ingredients straight from my CSA! I'll be joining Allie and Courtney once a month or so to blog a little green food so stay tunned....You won't want to miss that!

Now let's talk some mushrooms!

As I've mentioned before I like to substitute mushrooms for meat. They are a hearty, yet healthy alternative that are fun to play around with. This version pairs the mushrooms with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and onions to give you a savory combination that is just perfect when you want something satisfying, yet want to give the meat a rest.

What You'll Need:
2-3 large portobello mushroom caps, cut into slices
Extra virgin olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Dried onions
Coarse sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Brush a baking dish with a little olive oil or spray with non-stick spray. Place mushrooms in baking dish and drizzle with olive oil (roughly 1-2 tablespoons) and balsamic vinegar (about 2-3 tablespoons). Next sprinkle with onions, sea salt and black pepper.

Better Bites: Balsamic Mushrooms: Ready to Bake

Bake for 25-30 minutes until mushrooms are tender. Serve immediately.

Notes: Leftover mushrooms make a great topping for baked potatoes, rice or pasta. You could use fresh chopped onion if you liked, but I had some dried onions I wanted to try.

Posted by Dianne at June 15, 2009 9:13 AM

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Those look delicious! Great idea and so simple! Yum!

Posted by: Jamie at June 15, 2009 10:23 AM

Posted by: Shannon at June 15, 2009 11:48 AM

Thanks Jamie! This is fast becoming a favorite go to in a hurry meal for me!

Thanks Shannon...I added Grown in Frederick yesterday. :o)

Any other MD food blogs out there? Anyone! ;oP

Posted by: Dianne at June 15, 2009 12:11 PM

Fabulous recipe idea! I love marinating mine in a balsamic vinaigrette and grilling them on the BBQ! It's like eating a thick juicy steak!
Never tried a leftover on a baked potato (but then again I never have any leftover mushrooms), I will have to give that a try. Thanks for sharing!
- Brittany

Posted by: Mushrooms Canada at June 15, 2009 1:42 PM

I really need to get a grill! That sounds fabulous!

Posted by: Dianne at June 15, 2009 8:46 PM

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