Caramelized Balsamic Crimini Mushrooms


by JEAN ENERSEN / KING 5 HealthLink

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Posted on March 8, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 11 at 3:22 PM

It's not a plant or an animal, but it should be part of your regular diet. Packed with vitamins and minerals, mushrooms are members of the fungus family and also enjoy super food status. Siona Sammartino from Bastyr University prepares Caramelized Balsamic Crimini Mushrooms for your Healthy Dish.

Caramelized Balsamic Crimini’s
Growing up in an Italian family, baby portabella mushrooms frequented our table. Caramelizing the onions adds a complex sweetness that pairs well with the robust mushroom flavor.  You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make this Healthy dish.  Enjoy!  

Preparation time: 15-20 minutes

Yield:  approximately 1 cup


2 tablespoon organic extra-virgin olive oil, divided

½ medium yellow onion, diced

Pinch of sea salt

2 cups crimini (baby bella) mushrooms, trimmed and sliced

1/8 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste

2-3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1-2 teaspoons of fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley

Heat a 10 or 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat for about a minute.

Add half the oil and let it spread and coat the bottom of the pan. Add onions and caramelize until soft and golden for about 10 minutes, stirring only occasionally. Add salt halfway through cooking time.  Remove from pan and set aside.  

Add remaining oil and mushrooms, toss to coat and sauté until golden for about 5-8 minutes, only stirring occasionally.  Once the edges of the mushrooms have become golden brown, stir in salt.  Sauté for an additional 2 minutes and then add your caramelized onions, blend together with the mushrooms to reheat.  Turn off heat, and add vinegar and herbs.  Serve as a side dish or use as a topping for whole grains, salad, eggs, fish, legumes and meat.  

Copyright 2010, S. Sammartino, Original recipe