Saturday, March 9, 2013

King 5 News' Healthy Dish Cooking Demo

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.  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.   
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