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Mushrooms

Thu Feb 8, 2018

Herbed-crusted Grilled Mushrooms

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Herb Crusted Grilled Mushrooms

Mushrooms are such a great side for steak—they're heartiness stands up well against filling steak and their woodsy and earthy quality is a great compliment to intense beefiness. The only problem is that one too many times (once is really too often here), my wife and I have ordered the mushroom in steakhouses only be disappointed with sour, mushy canned mushrooms swimming in a pool of butter and not much else. So when cooking a couple steaks at home recently, I wondered if I were to make some shrooms worthy to sit alongside grilled beef, what would they be? The answer were these herb-crusted grilled mushrooms.

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Thu Sep 21, 2017

Barbecue Portobello Burgers

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Barbecue Portobello Burgers

After scoring a win with barbecue tofu—which just further went to prove that most anything can be made better with barbecue—I decided to take a chance on a repeat vegetarian success, but this time using portobello mushrooms. I've always been told, but have never quite been sold on the idea that portobellos are "meaty," which really just speaks to their heartiness more than flavor or texture in my opinion. That notion though led me to treat these mushrooms as "burgers," and one of my favorite burger topping combinations is grilled onions, cheddar, and barbecue sauce, so that was exactly how I served these up.

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Tue Sep 30, 2014

Cremini Mushrooms Stuffed with Basil and Parmesan Mayo

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Revenge of the Meatwads

Right now I'm suffering from a lack of vacation. Sure I've done a few long weekend outings and had time off with the family, but nothing really where I've been able to get away and remove myself from the world in a way that my brain seems to require at least once a year. I have something on the books to look forward to, but right now that can't soon enough and I've found myself reminiscing on vacations of yore to remember the feeling of escape that I'm in eager anticipation of right now. My last real getaway was to Spain over a year and half ago, and as part of my looking back, I've been awash in the fondness of all that I ate there. Mostly those meals were tapas, and I surprisingly found my favorite dishes were those that included only a few ingredients, but they came together in such a way that their centerpiece was heightened to a type of deliciousness I hadn't quite experienced before.

One example of that were these unassuming grilled mushroom caps stuffed with a green mayo that had a great herbal and garlicky flavor. I tried to recreate something similar after I got home, and am proud to say that even if these cremini mushrooms stuffed with basil and parmesan mayo are not a 100% direct copy, they're every bit as incredible as their inspiration.

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Tue Dec 24, 2013

Grilled Crab and Fontina Stuffed Mushrooms

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Crab and Fontina

I know Christmas hasn't even passed yet, but I'm already looking ahead to New Years. While my attention at Christmas wanders to grand mains that command a presence at the center of the table, New Years is all about the finger foods. Keeping up the excess and richness of the season, I like to go a little bigger in scope on New Years than my everyday wings or peppers—although there's always room for those as well. When considering a stuffed mushroom that might be suitable for the celebration, the standard cheese and breadcrumb mixture didn't seem take things far enough. So I went in search for some inspiration and came across these crab and Fontina stuffed mushrooms and thought they were the answer I was looking for, so I gave the recipe a try.

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Tue Sep 3, 2013

Balsamic Marinated Portobello Burgers

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Marinated Portobello Burger

This weekend at the Meatwave I'm going to take another shot at something I've failed at numerous times in the past—veggie burgers. Being a self-described "meatmaster," I pay fairly little attention to the needs to my crazy friends who've never heard of the food chain. It's probably because of this that I have never stopped long enough to consider what would make a grilled veggie burger recipe work, and didn't care enough to put the effort into finding out. During my last veggie burger failure, I took an easy way out and picked up a sack of giant portobello mushrooms to turn into "burgers." Intended for the folks who have yet to graduate from Bovine University, I even surprised myself in concurring that these are some pretty damn tasty sandwiches.

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