Balsamic Marinated Portobello Mushrooms
with peach / arugula / quinoa / balsamic reduction
Sweet and tart notes of balsamic vinegar infuse big flavor into these marinated mushrooms. Get even more of that bright flavor by making a quick balsamic reduction to serve over the mushrooms and a fresh side salad with peaches and arugula.
- Vinegar, balsamic - 1/3 cup (any inexpensive brand)
- Mushrooms, portobello - 4
- Garlic - 3 cloves, peeled and crushed
- Vinegar, balsamic - 2 Tbsp (any inexpensive brand)
- Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
- Sugar, brown - 1/2 tsp
- Italian seasonings - 1/2 tsp
- Quinoa, uncooked - 1/2 cup
- Stock, any type - 1 cup (sub water)
- Peaches - 3, sliced
- Arugula - 8 oz
- Almonds, sliced - 1/2 cup
- Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
- Marinate mushrooms - Remove mushroom stems and scrape out gills using the side of a spoon. Crush garlic cloves with the palm of your hand and remove peel (no need to chop). Combine garlic with balsamic vinegar (the portion for the mushrooms), cooking oil, soy sauce, brown sugar and Italian seasonings. Coat mushrooms in marinade and marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
- Make balsamic reduction - Double if making Tuesday’s meal. Simmer balsamic vinegar (the portion for the reduction) in a small saucepan, swirling the pan occasionally to prevent burning, until it reduces by roughly half, 5 to 6 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Quinoa - Combine quinoa with stock in a saucepan. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat when finished to prevent burning / sticking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Peaches - Slice peaches.
- If making mushrooms on grill: Heat grill to 500F / 260C degrees. Clean grates and brush with some oil. Remove mushrooms from marinade (discard marinade) and season with some salt and pepper. Place over direct heat. Sear mushrooms on each side until grill marks appear, ~2 minutes on each side. Move to indirect heat and close lid. Cook with lid closed until mushrooms are tender, ~4 minutes more. Slice.
- If making mushrooms on stovetop: Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Remove mushrooms from marinade (discard marinade) and season with some salt and pepper. Add portobellos to heated pan. Sear for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Cover pan with foil and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, until mushrooms are tender. Slice.
- While mushrooms cook, toss quinoa with arugula, peach slices, almonds and olive oil. Season with some salt and pepper.
- Drizzle balsamic reduction (remember to save half the reduction if making Tuesday’s meal) over both mushrooms and salad. Enjoy!
Really good. We had guests and they also remarked that the steak was very tasty. Salad was just right for the heavier meat.0 Helpful
Excellent marinade -- definitely do overnight! Add extra garlic. We used an espresso balsamic that was delightful.0 Helpful
The prep was both easy and fun. My 8 and 6 y/o daughters helped and that's what made it fun. The meal itself, after being put together on the plate, was fantastic. We will be making this one again soon!0 Helpful
Would have been a lot better with less vinegar.0 Helpful
this was delicious. we LOVED it. We didn't put peaches in the salad but did add just a bit of blue cheese SO GOOD0 Helpful
This was really good, but I wish I had used a different cut of meat. I used flank steak and it was very chewy/tough but the flavors were excellent and I loved the sauce.0 Helpful