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Hey there, friends. I’m glad you’re here. I don’t say it often enough. This space is so special to me, and I’m glad to share it with you. Join me at the table today for some Baked Mushrooms with Red Wine and Parmesan Crumbs.

Wine soaked baked mushrooms sit under a layer of Parmesan bread crumbs for the ultimate mushroom lovers side dish.

It’s been a rough week (month…year) in America. At times, it’s felt like hate has become the new norm. We have ridiculed and mocked each other. We have drawn lines, vilified the other, yelled over and at each other. Social media has provided a place for us to speak our minds without consequence, and we have acted like children given a playground without a principal.

This type of event always seems to bring out the best and worst in people. I’ve decided to cling to the best.  During a season of uncertainty, doubt, and confusion, I have witnessed incredible kindnesses. I have seen people of all persuasions reach out a hand, offer grace, choose to give someone the benefit of the doubt rather than assume the worst. It’s the start of something, a seed of healing. We water that seed by treating each other tenderly, by listening carefully to each other’s stories, and by seeking to understand rather than prove we are right. Then we get to work, together creating an America that is big enough for all of us.

These Baked Mushrooms with Red Wine and Parmesan Breadcrumbs are the perfect side dish for the holidays or an elegant weeknight.

What better time to heal than during the holiday season, when our tables are full of casserole dishes and people we love. There will probably be people you disagree with around your table. That’s great. Love them. Talk to them. Listen to them. I’m praying my heart is as soft as salted butter this season. I want to hold my convictions closely and my love loosely. I want to seek common ground, wherever it may be found.

Speaking of common ground, let’s talk about mushrooms. Most of my friends and family seem to be divided over the issue. They love them or they hate them. I am firmly in the love them camp. This year, I plan to add these Baked Mushrooms with Red Wine to our Thanksgiving line up. I will share my love for rich, earthy mushrooms soaked in butter and red wine, with hints of garlic and thyme. I will proclaim the goodness of crispy Parmesan breadcrumbs sprinkled over top, adding a savory crunch to each luxurious bite. But for my friends who hate mushrooms, I will offer grace and pass the rolls instead. There’s enough room at our table for all the mushroom-y convictions our hearts and tastebuds hold.

Baked Mushrooms soaked in red wine and butter and covered in parmesan bread crumbs--the ultimate mushroom lovers side dish!

Mushrooms may not be the best place to find common ground, but Parmesan cheese is. Now there’s a food we can unite behind. Real Parmigiano-Reggiano (the kind with the pin holes on the rind) adds a nutty, aged flavor to almost any dish. Add a sprinkling to your mashed potatoes, a few shavings to your green beans, or a good grate on top of the garlic rolls. You can never have too much love or too much Parmesan. Let’s be generous with our hearts and our cheese this season.

Baked Mushrooms with Red Wine and Parmesan Crumbs
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 4 Tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 1½ lbs. baby portobello mushrooms, in thick slices
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 sprigs thyme leaves
  • 2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a 9 x 13 inch pan or deep, 9 inch cast iron skillet, combine the mushrooms, 2 Tablespoons butter, red wine, vinegar, garlic, and thyme leaves. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a bowl, stir together the remaining butter, oil, bread crumbs, garlic salt, and cheese. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the mushrooms. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until mushrooms are soft and breadcrumbs are golden brown and crisped. If the crumbs brown too quickly, cover loosely with foil for the remained of the cooking time.

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  • Sues November 15, 2016, 8:28 AM

    These look like the most luxurious mushrooms ever!! Love the red wine. And I am SO with you on this post… Hoping everyone can come together and show love over hate this Thanksgiving 🙂

    • Courtney November 17, 2016, 11:21 AM

      Thanks Sues. That is certainly my hope too!

  • Cyndi November 15, 2016, 10:38 AM

    WOW! That looks amazing! Talk about a total Yum-fest! I do believe THAT may be this year’s new arrival at the Thanksgiving table and a few more table visits in the year to come. Thank you, SO MUCH, for sharing this with us.

    • Courtney November 17, 2016, 11:22 AM

      Thank you for stopping by! I hope you try this and it’s a huge hit!

  • Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy November 16, 2016, 7:37 AM

    Holy YUM!!!! Can’t go wrong with mushrooms and red wine 🙂

  • Rachel @ Rachel Cooks November 16, 2016, 7:42 AM

    Oh my gosh YUM! My Thanksgiving menu keeps getting longer and longer but these are 100% necessary!

    • Courtney November 17, 2016, 11:23 AM

      I never know when to quit with Thanksgiving recipes! There’s always too much I want to try. I hope you and your family loves these Rachel!

  • Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen November 16, 2016, 4:20 PM

    I love your heart Courtney! And I think I’d love these mushrooms too. They just might make an appearance on my Thanksgiving table next week!

    • Courtney November 17, 2016, 11:24 AM

      Thank you Lindsay. I appreciate it so much. I hope you enjoy these!

  • Ala November 16, 2016, 8:07 PM

    First off, I say this a lot but I’ve just put this on my to-make list for Thanksgiving. Secondly, thank you for your healing words and perspective–it’s during rough times like these that we absolutely need to come together in fellow-feeling. Sending all the best wishes to you and your family during these hard times!

    • Courtney November 17, 2016, 11:24 AM

      I feel exactly the same about the words you have offered this last week. Thank you for being a part of the healing! I hope you LOVE these mushrooms as much as we do!

  • Sabrina | The Tomato Tart November 20, 2016, 6:31 AM

    Looks delicious , and good recipe to try on. Love the flavor of this dish.

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