Tuesday, October 1, 2013

having your mushroom and eating it too

Sometimes when my carnivore and I go out to eat (which is rare with two toddlers) I see things on the menu that aren't vegetarian, but that I kinda wish I could have. Sure sometimes they will substitute this or that, but it isn't right there on the menu. What if you don't eat meat but that mushroom swiss burger sounds good? Well, you can do what I do - go home and recreate your own version.

You will need:
2 tblsp olive oil
1/2 small red onion, sliced
1 clove of garlic, diced
1 large portabella mushroom cap
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 slices of swiss cheese
a few sprigs of fresh thyme (optional)

Place one tablespoon of the oil in a skillet and heat over a medium flame. Add in garlic and onion. Place the mushroom in the pan and drizzle with remaining oil. Season with salt and pepper. Let onions caramelize and mushroom soften, about five minutes. Top the mushroom with cheese slices. Scoop onions onto of cheese and let it melt slightly. Remove from skillet and garnish with fresh thyme.

The meaty mushroom is just as filling as a big burger. Paired with the creamy swiss cheese, caramelized onions, and woodsy thyme each bite is delicious. Maybe some one should put it on their menu. Until then I will stay at home and have my mushroom swiss burger and eat it too!


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