Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Mushroom Mania


I have a thing for mushrooms.  Seriously, I could put them in anything.  I remember when my husband and I were dating. He wouldn't eat spinach, mushrooms, or salad.  I remember the first time we did steak date night at home.  I made sauteed mushrooms and creamed spinach to go with his steaks.  He was skeptical, but he didn't want to hurt my feelings so he tried it.  And...he loved it!  Both the spinach and the mushrooms!  Now we don't have steak night without either one.

So I was craving mushrooms the other night, so I came up with this Meatballs in Mushroom Sauce.  It's creamy, cheesy, and hearty.  And it's really not that hard to put together.  It's great for a cold night and hungry people.  And it's darn tasty!

MEATBALLS IN MUSHROOM SAUCE
FOR THE MEATBALLS:
1 lb ground pork (or beef)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T fresh chopped Italian parsley
1/4 C shredded Parmesan cheese
Chili flakes, to taste
Salt & pepper, to taste
Olive oil

FOR THE MUSHROOM SAUCE:
1 lb mushrooms, sliced (I used half white and half brown)
3 C half & half
1/4 C butter
Olive oil
1/4 C flour
1 shallot, chopped
3/4 C shredded cheese (I used Monterrey Jack)
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1/4 C shredded Parmesan cheese
Salt & pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all of the meatball ingredients together except the olive oil.  Shape them into half-inch meatballs.  I got about 24 meatballs.  Put them on a sheet pan and drizzle them with olive oil.  Bake the meatballs for about 20-25 minutes or until they are done and browned.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large ovenproof skillet and drizzle in a little olive oil.  Cook the mushrooms and shallot over medium high heat until the mushrooms are tender. Sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms and stir.  Pour in the half and half and stir until smooth.  Bring the sauce to a boil. Add in the Worcestershire sauce, Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.  Cook and stir until thickened, about 1-2 minutes.  Remove from the heat.

Turn the broiler on.  Stir the meatballs into the sauce. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top.  Put the skillet under the broiler and broil for a couple of minutes to melt and brown the cheese.  Serve with pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes.

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