Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Mushrooms without a Picture

After watching a TV show on french fries, my older daughter begged for homemade fries. It didn’t take much for her to talk me into it. When I asked what else she would like to eat, Virginia answered “I can have only French fries, thank you!”.  If I was 8 years old, I am sure I would have asked for a “french fries” meal, but that would not be a nutritional lunch. I wanted to come up with an exciting meal for the entire family but my mind was going blank. I couldn’t think of anything creative beyond “french fries & steak”.

You are probably asking yourself  why I am talking so much about potatoes if this should be a post about a mushroom dish. Well, this is when the mushrooms came into the picture. After searching for side dishes ideas, it suddenly came to me. I could bake the baby Portabella mushrooms I had in the fridge. They would go great with steak, french fries and a nice salad. And I was corrected. These mushrooms paired so well with the rest of our meal that we ate them all before I could take a picture. I am sorry but I don’t have a single photo to show you.

Baked Mushroom Bites:

8z of fresh mushrooms (white or baby portabella)
½ cup of Italian breading
1 ¼ tablespoons of parmesan cheese, finely grated
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of paprika
2 egg whites
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 380F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, place parmesan cheese, breading, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix to combine. Clean mushrooms with a damp kitchen cloth without removing the steams. Leave them aside.

In a different bowl, lightly whisk egg whites. Dip each clean mushroom into the egg whites and then into breadcrumb mixture. Place mushrooms on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes or until crust is crisp and golden.

Cayenne Pepper dipping sauce:

1 cup of mayonnaise
1 small garlic clove, minced
¼ teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon of onion powder
1 tablespoon of fresh parsley, chopped
½ tablespoon of lemon juice (optional)

In a small bowl, stir all the ingredients together until well combined. Cover and keep it refrigerated overnight for flavor infusion. Serve it chilled.

This is a quick and tasty recipe is great for parties and for everyday meals!


  1. They sound amazing!

    How did you get the "Reactions" thing set at the bottom of your posts, I would love to add it to mine.


  2. Those sound tasty! My daughter might even eat them. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. I love mushrooms, will give your recipe a try (wonder if they'll last long enough for me to take a picture)!
    Angie x

  4. they do sound great, (and that is saying something since i don't even like cooked mushrooms!)

    and i tried to figure out the reactions too, i saw it once but i looked through my settings and i cant find it anymore!!

  5. sounds DELISH! just discovered your lovely blog on Etsy forums - sweet!! namaste, elsie

  6. Julie, I think the reaction bar is a gadget. I try to retrace my steps and I will let you know.

  7. I'm not big on mushrooms but this sounds good. I'm going to give it a try. Thanks.


  8. They sound fantastic - we love mushrooms, and this will make a welcome change! I'm from TwitterMoms (the follow group), and look forward to reading more of your delicious recipes!

    P.S. According to Blogger help, "Adding Reactions is done through the settings page of the Blog Post widget. From the Layout | Page Elements tab, simply click the 'Edit' link under the Blog Post widget and a settings window will pop up. The Configure Blog Post window will display a handful of options, and the Reactions feature is near the bottom of the list. To turn on Reactions just select the checkbox, and then you will be able to customize the feature by adding words of your choosing. Finally, you can choose the exact location of Reactions by dragging the widget at the bottom of the Configure Blog Post page."

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  9. I'll bet they were awesome. My grandmother used to make breading with a similar mixture. Rather than dipping the mushroom in the breading mixture, she stuffed mushroom caps with it. She would add a dab of olive oil on each one and bake till crispy. We all loved it!! I'm going to try it this way too!

  10. Donnamites, your grandmother mushroom recipe seems delicious too! Thank you for sharing!