Sometimes I will just write down a list of ingredients and guess how much of each one is necessary to make a mouthwatering dish. Sometimes I am right. Sometimes I am way off-base. It was definitely the former when I dreamed up this dish. I was hooked at first bite (and made sure to have another person try it too . . . just to be sure it was that good. It was). When I tried this dish, I was worried it would be too much tang, without a balancing flavor. Boy, was I wrong on that — it was the perfect mix of sweet and savory. It’s definitely going to be making a repeat appearance in my kitchen soon . . .
So where did I come up with this? To be honest, the inspiration for mincing the fresh ginger came from watching Guy’s Big Bite on the Food Network. On an episode that I saw recently – in the wee hours of the morning – he talked about how often ginger is grated in recipes, but he was mincing it so that his would have a bit of the texture as well as the taste. I decided to try it too. Can you say yum? What an awesome idea.
Anyway, a few little suggestions. If you make this, prep all the ingredients before even heating the oil. That will make the cooking process speed by. These are tasty hot or cold and they last for quite a few days in the fridge. And since this recipe can be easily doubled or tripled . . . Oh, and presliced portobellas often come in six ounce packages … just FYI.
Asian Inspired Portobello Mushrooms
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic finely minced
- 1 inch piece of ginger minced
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp honey
- 6 oz portobello mushrooms sliced (about 2)
- In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring frequently, for 2-3 minutes, until just before the garlic begins to brown. Quickly whisk in the vinegar, soy sauce and honey.
- Add the portobello mushroom slices in a single layer. Cook, flipping occasionally, until soft and browned (from soaking in the sauce) - about 6-7 minutes.
These are a great entry for Sweetnicks‘ ARF/5-A-Day Tuesdays (mushrooms are a veggy, right?). Check out Cate’s site tonight for a roundup of great recipes from around the web.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. Her latest cookbook is The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook, published by Rockridge Press, which focuses on quick, easy, from-scratch cooking for busy people. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.