One of my favorite things is creamy blue cheese bubbling on the top of a fillet. But this isn’t really the kind of heart attack I want to eat every week, nor can I afford fillet in most of my Peapod orders. So, I buy the blue cheese crumbles and throw them into things and pretend it is just as good.
Tonight, I threw the crumbles into a pan of mushrooms and it was more than good. So I thought I would share a rough estimate of what happened. We will call it a “recipe.”
Sometimes when I cook immediately after getting home from work, I am not paying 100% attention on how I get to the end dishes. I have to wind down from work and the commute, and generally during the week I go straight to the kitchen and begin the unwinding as I cook. Have you ever ended up in your driveway on the way home from a familiar place, and you can’t actually remember how you got there? This occasionally happens to me at the dining room table. This means I can’t duplicate certain things that I have made, since they were created without recipes or precision and probably depended on my sense of smell and mood at the time.
But here is a rough way to make delicious mushrooms and blue cheese. Very easy and rewarding:
- Heat olive oil in a pan on medium low heat.
- Add slice mushrooms to pan. (By the way…do you wash mushrooms? There is a debate about this because many people claim that mushrooms are like sponges and they will absorb too much water, thus effecting taste and texture. hmmm.)
- Add rosemary to the pan. I add a lot. But some people don’t like it as much as we do. Use your best rosemary judgement.
- Add about a tsp of fresh lemon juice and a little zest if you are feeling frisky. Lemon adds freshness to a rich dish.
- After the mushrooms have started to shrink up and brown, add one clove of chopped garlic to the pan. You want to do this at the end so that the garlic doesn’t burn and become bitter. It cooks much faster than your precious mushrooms.
- Add fresh ground black pepper to taste.
- Add blue cheese crumbles in the last 30 seconds.
Enjoy! Really easy and tastes delicious as a side dish. Or a meal if you eat the whole pan by yourself.