Robyn from Add a Pinch realized that turning picky eaters into mushroom lovers is as simple as involving them in the cooking process. Try this simple mushroom sauté at your next family meal.
Mushrooms are one of my favorite ingredients in so many recipes, but I especially love to make a quick mushroom sauté as a side dish. Since I always have mushrooms on hand, mushroom sauté makes a wonderful quick-fix accompaniment to so many other dishes and is perfect for a casual weeknight family meal or for serving as part of a more elegant dinner menu when entertaining.
This recipe is so versatile; it has definitely become one of my go-to sides that everyone loves. A while back, we invited friends over for dinner so our families could catch up and spend some time together. When I spoke to my friend ahead of time to make sure there weren’t any food restrictions for her family, she mentioned that her kids could be picky eaters, so not to be concerned if they didn’t eat much. “It’s normal,” she said. Having a bit of a picky eater myself, I took it more as a challenge to make sure there were items on my menu that they would enjoy if I could just get them to give them a try.
When our friends arrived, I was just starting the mushroom sauté, and the children became a bit interested in what I was doing around the stove. Her daughter decided she wasn’t sure about the mushrooms, but since she’d given me a hand in watching them as they sautéed, she put a few onto her plate to taste. Within a few minutes, she asked if I minded if she had a few more. To say the least, her mother was pleasantly surprised. Later, my friend told me that her daughter never tasted mushrooms until that night, but requests this mushroom sauté on a fairly regular basis.
I’m not crediting her new found appreciation for mushrooms on anything I did. However, I do highly recommend this recipe if you have picky eaters in your house. You never know, they may love it just as much as my friend’s daughter does.
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, diced
2 shallots, diced
1 pound sliced portabella mushrooms
1 pound sliced white mushrooms
1/4 cup chicken stock
salt and pepper, to taste
- Melt butter along with olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add garlic, shallot, and mushrooms, and chicken stock.
- Sauté until tender, about 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and serve immediately.