The Recipe: My favorite easy summer appetizer, a real crowd pleaser, just fresh mushrooms cooked in Italian dressing over a hot grill. For the cook? Totally easy, just two ingredients. For health-conscious eater? This mushroom appetizer recipe is also low-cal and low-carb! For the taste-hungry foodie? On the grill, these mushrooms get all dark and syrupy. So good!
~recipe updated 2016 for easy summer cooking inspiration~
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When I first launched the new collection of easy summer recipes back in 2009, this easy appetizer recipe – just two ingredients! – was exactly what I had in mind. It's not just easy, it's a hit!
The recipe (if you can call something this easy a "recipe") comes from a great cook. He wraps his mushrooms in foil packets, then cooks them on the grill for an hour or more on a Big Green Egg smoker-grill.
Happy accident, when I made the mushrooms for the first time myself, oops, no foil. So I used a cast iron skillet. And honestly? Cast iron is my go-to way to cook these mushrooms ever since.
So easy and I adore how the looks, all rustic and simple. Once the mushrooms are done, I put the skillet right in the middle of the table and pass out skewers. Stab away, people! This is communal eating at its best. And don't be surprised if people who don't usually eat mushrooms like this easy appetizer!
EASY-EASY GRILLED MUSHROOM APPETIZER
Time to table: about 30 minutes
- 1 pound (454g) fresh mushrooms, washed and trimmed
- 16 ounces Italian dressing, regular or low-fat or non-fat
In a large heat-proof skillet, arrange the mushrooms in a single layer. Cover with the Italian dressing. Place on a hot grill with the lid closed for about 25 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes. The dressing should bubble and thicken, coating the mushrooms and turning a golden color.
To serve, place the skillet in the center of the table with skewers on the side. Stab away and enjoy!
Stovetop Option: I've also cooked the mushrooms on the stove, when the grill is busy with the main course. They're good, just not quite as good as cooked on the grill.
ALANNA's TIPS Don't worry, any ol' cheap bottle of Italian dressing will do. I'm partial to a low-fat or non-fat dressing, it makes for very satisfying eating for only a few calories. You know how a little smoke on the grill really makes a difference in burgers? (It's one of my Ten Tips for Better Burgers!) A little smoke on the grill really adds to these mushrooms as well.
WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 1 & PointsPlus 1 & SmartPoints 2
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