fresh from the market: portabella mushrooms in a balsamic glaze


As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, last Saturday I visited out one of Vancouver’s local farmer’s markets and prepared a pretty delicious meal with my market fixin’s. What I didn’t mention was that I’ve started writing for the Food Network Canada blog, Food for Thought, and my piece on the Trout Lake farmer’s market went up this morning.


While at the market, I purchased a whole pound of baby portabella mushrooms. While a whole pound may seem like a lot, when mushrooms cook they lose much of their moisture and shrink considerably. I decided to make a hearty meal involving grilled steak, roasted rosemary potatoes, a green salad and of course those baby portabellas. This mushroom dish works perfectly as a topping for steak, but it would work equally well as a side dish or piled on top of polenta or crusty bread. And if you don’t have portabella, cremini or even white button mushrooms would work equally well.

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9 comments to “fresh from the market: portabella mushrooms in a balsamic glaze”

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    Joanne   June 13, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    Portobello mushroooms rock!!
    And this recipe sounds awesome…hmm, I’m hosting a dinner for 12 next weekend and have been wondering what to make…your rosemary potatoes sound great and the balsamic mushrooms do to! With a couple of salads and a selection of meats for the grill, I think I’m set ;)

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    jenn   June 14, 2007 at 5:37 am

    hmmmmmm sounds great!

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    wellunderstood   June 14, 2007 at 7:36 am

    i’ve been cooking with mushrooms a lot lately, and thinking about mushrooms even more . . . i am thinking about a mushroom-tasting. doesn’t that sound like fun?

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    kickpleat   June 14, 2007 at 8:15 am

    wow, dinner for 12! yes, i think you are set! good luck :)

    thanks jenn!

    wellunderstood, i think a mushroom tasting sounds great. there are so many that i haven’t tried and so many different varieties. have fun!

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    AislingCat   June 14, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    Mushrooms are always yummy.

    You might want to check your facts, though: portobellos are the exact same mushrooms as creminis, just grown bigger. Baby portobellos=cremini with a new name. Yay marketing.

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    Arch at Rang   June 15, 2007 at 4:24 am

    Just came across your lovely blog.
    Absolutely love it!
    Will be dropping by more often:-)

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    eatme_delicious   June 15, 2007 at 9:22 am

    i must go check out these farm markets! i’m afraid i wouldn’t know what to do with all of the cool things i would find there though. and that’s so awesome that you got to be a guest blogger on foodtv.ca!

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    kickpleat   June 15, 2007 at 9:31 am

    a, i had no clue…it was funny because the mushroom sellers at the market had signs for baby portabellas and cremini mushrooms!

    thanks arch for stopping by, i hope you stay awhile :)

    eat me delicious, you should check one out! there’s such great things there and it’s always good to try out new things.

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    Kristel   June 19, 2007 at 8:53 am

    yum, those mushrooms look fab. I think I’d make it with a variety of every type of mushroom I could get my hands on. I’m intrigued by your addition of the soy sauce — it seems a bit odd, but I can see how it would be tasty. What made you think of it?

    Cheers! :)

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