Preparing mushrooms--tips

  • goodguy_914

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    Sep 07, 2010 5:38 PM GMT
    I was out this weekend and I had some amazing marinated mushrooms and I was wondering if anyone had tips or recipes for preparing mushrooms? I think the way that the mushroom was prepared was marinated (it tasted like balsamic vinegar marinade or something) and then grilled. I think that the mushroom was a portabella. It was in a veggie sandwich and it was very good.

    I am trying to improve my diet and I'm looking for a wider variety of vegetables and the like to include in my every day foods. I'm getting tired of just lettuce and broccoli as my veggies. My goal is to eat at least one dinner a week that is vegetarian, but would love ideas for low cal, flavorful veggie side dishes too!

    Also, I'm not quite clear on how to prepare the portabella mushrooms--do you leave the "gills" on them?

    THANKS guys!!
  • delthespaz

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    Sep 07, 2010 10:09 PM GMT
    My favorite preparation is taking oyster mushrooms and separating them out. Toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper. I cook it into my convection toaster oven at 400 until brown. It ends up being crispy and the umami flavor makes it taste like bacon!!!

    Portobello... leave the gills on.
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Sep 07, 2010 10:11 PM GMT
    I love to grill them and then dip them into a garlic sauce that I make MMMMMMMMM *drools*
  • delthespaz

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    Sep 07, 2010 10:12 PM GMT
    Space_Cowboy_89 saidI love to grill them and then dip them into a garlic sauce that I make MMMMMMMMM *drools*

    What's in the garlic sauce other than garlic?
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Sep 07, 2010 11:18 PM GMT
    With portobello mushrooms, you can leave the "gills" on them, just remove the stem as that is a very tough part of the 'shroom.

    I have brushed them (both sides) with a little extra virgin olive oil and grilled them. Don't be afraid to get good grill marks on either side as you want them cooked through. The taste is good and meaty--a great meat subsitute.

    On days when you want to add some meat with the mushrooms, you can stuff them anyway you like with crabmeat, cooked ground beef with cheese, or whatever you have on hand.
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    Sep 07, 2010 11:42 PM GMT
    I love mushrooms. But I'm no cook. My partner stuffs whole mushrooms, minus the stem, with just about everything you can imagine, then bakes them. Crab meat, ground sausage, spinach paste, the list is endless. Just Google stuffed mushroom recipes and you'll find limitless ideas. can also help you.

    For myself, I eat fresh mushrooms raw as a snack. Rinse & munch. I also include whole mushrooms as one of the 12 or so food items I set out for BBQs, when I invite our friends to make their own shish-kabobs on skewers and do the grilling themselves. I set out olive oil, balsamic vinegar and various dips to treat the mushrooms and other items as they wish to taste.
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  • EricLA

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    Sep 07, 2010 11:53 PM GMT
    I have a different way of preparing mushroom tips. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
  • goodguy_914

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    Sep 08, 2010 6:10 PM GMT
    Hey guys,
    Thanks for the suggestions I am definitely going to have to try them out. I love stuffed mushrooms and will be happy to be making them at home.