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Crimini! - labradors - 05-11-2011

One of the two big supermarkets in the area has been carrying crimini mushrooms ("baby portobellos" for those who have bought into the marketing) for a while, but the price has been VERY high.

Today, however, I had to take a package of them to the scanner AND ask an employee in the produce department, since they had been marked on sale from $4.76 per eight-ounce package down to $1.19!

Well, the numbers were correct, so I scooped up four packages (i.e. two pounds) of the beauties! Now I just need to decide what to make with them. Soup or stuffed came to mind immediately, as did Wellingtons (but I don't have everything else for those), but I'm still pondering. For now, I'm off to my favourite mushroom-recipe site for some other ideas.

Re: Crimini! - cjs - 05-11-2011

Fast, tasty, easy, tasty, cheap and did I mention tasty - stuff them with some spicy sausage that's cooked up with cream cheese. KISS

Re: Crimini! - Gourmet_Mom - 05-11-2011

WOW! What a great deal! I can't wait to hear what you decide on. I know it will be great!

Re: Crimini! - BarbaraS - 05-11-2011

Butter, butter, and butter.

Okay, maybe a little red wine... some Maggi - remember that? Some garlic...


Re: Crimini! - labradors - 05-11-2011


Fast, tasty, easy, tasty, cheap and did I mention tasty - stuff them with some spicy sausage that's cooked up with cream cheese. KISS

Even easier (and, in my opinion, tastier) is to chop the stems for filling using the Julia Child recipe.

Here's a recipe from the site I mentioned earlier. It's not specifically for criminis, but they certainly could be used. Not sure if I'll choose this one this time, but this is definitely going onto my to-make list. Note that some measurements may seem a bit unusual, since I converted them from metric.

Hoisin Mushroom and Chicken Meatloaves
Makes 40 Mini-Muffin Loaves

  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 11 Oz. Cup mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 3/4-inch Piece Ginger, peeled, grated
  • 4 Green onions, finely chopped
  • 21 Oz. Ground chicken breast
  • 2 Tbsp. Hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Tomato sauce
  • 1 Egg, lightly whisked
  • 2 Cups Fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 Cup Cilantro, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F, fan forced.
  2. Grease 12-hole mini muffin tray.
  3. Heat a large frying pan over high heat.
  4. Add oil and mushrooms and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the ginger and cook 30 seconds.
  6. Add green onions.
  7. Transfer to a large bowl.
  8. Set aside to cool.
  9. Add the chicken, hoisin sauce, tomato sauce, egg, breadcrumbs and coriander to the mushroom mixture.
  10. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Mix well.
  12. Press mixture into muffin holes so they are full.
  13. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until firm in the centre.
  14. Let stand in the pan for 5 minutes before turning onto a rack.
  15. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  16. Serve warm with extra hoisin sauce.

Re: Crimini! - Gourmet_Mom - 05-11-2011

MMMMM! That DOES sound good! Thanks for sharing....feel free to share more.

Re: Crimini! - labradors - 05-11-2011

Now you know why I love that site so much.

Re: Crimini! - foodfiend - 05-11-2011

Shoot, shoot, shoot... I was waiting for these to go on sale at the store because there was a recipe I wanted to try but now I can't remember what it was! I'll try to give it a heavy ponder this evening... yeesh...

Re: Crimini! - labradors - 05-11-2011

LOL! Yes. Please post it here, if/when you remember it. I still haven't made any final decisions.

Re: Crimini! - DFen911 - 05-12-2011

I love them sauteed in a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper and 1 clove of finely minced garlic. Once they start to release a bit of moisture and start to soften add about 1/2 cup of red wine. Let this simmer till the liquid is almost evaporated. Add 1 cup of beef stock and let simmer over medium low heat till almost evaporated. Taste for seasoning. These little gems are fantastic on steak. I also put them on a nice grill burger with some stilton bleu cheese.