Twink's Treats: Magic Mushroom
Mushrooms. That’s what’s for dinner tonight! They are so versatile – low calorie, and you can eat them raw or cooked. Wine enhances the flavor, and one of the best ways to eat them are simply sautéed with a little butter and a lot of red wine.
They are an excellent source of the B vitamins, potassium, and phosphorus. They aren’t classified as either a fruit or vegetable, but defined as the “fleshy, fruity body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil”. Please don’t let the word “fungus” scare you off – they are perfectly edible when bought in a grocery or market. Mushrooms are featured in many cuisines, particularly Asian, but we’ve become big fans here in the South. They are great substitutes for meat in several dishes.
One of my new favorite mushroom dishes is a pasta dish with mushrooms. I simply call it “Mushroom Pasta”. I have served it as a main dish for a “Meatless Monday” dinner and as a side dish with chicken and steak for guests. Regardless, it is great – creamy, rich, and satisfying. Here’s my version:
Twink’s Mushroom Pasta – About 4-6 servings
1 package of fettuccine noodles
5 tablespoons butter
About ½ cup of red wine
2 8-ounce packages of mushrooms, preferably “Baby Bella”, sliced in half
½ cup chopped onion or shallots
1 t. salt
½ - 1 t. pepper (to taste)
2 T. all-purpose flour
Juice of ½ lemon
½ package of cream cheese (about 4 ounces)
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
Chopped fresh parsley
Cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, sauté mushrooms in a large skillet with 2 tablespoons butter, onion or shallot and wine until mushrooms are lightly browned and wine is absorbed. Add flour and remaining butter, and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, salt, pepper and lemon juice, bring to boil, and whisk constantly for about 4 minutes. Add cream cheese, stir until cheese melts. Stir in sour cream. Add drained pasta and stir to coat. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, parmesan cheese –and enjoy!!
Until next time – be kinder than necessary, and pray before you overthink!! -Twink