Have you ever tried a food that holds so many memories that just one taste takes you back? For me, one of those foods is Fried Mushrooms.
It has been a busy end of Winter, beginning of Spring and so I have not been doing quite as much cooking of new or fun foods. I also have to admit that I have been a little bit lazy on the healthy eating. So, I’m going to share a dinner that we had one day last week…as long as you promise not to judge. Really. No judging!
As I mentioned, last September we purchased a Fry Daddy to make homemade French fries for my mother on her anniversary. It has been seldom used and sits in a lower cabinet.
The Hubs thought that French fries sounded great, and I knew that I had some fresh mushrooms in the fridge so told him that as long as we were getting it out, we might as well do a couple of things. While he sliced up the potatoes I found a recipe for breaded fried mushrooms.
Then I decided that if we were going to do this thing we would do it with gusto! As I tell my girls, if you have a whole ass, use it. Never do anything half-assed. I had some avocados that I cut up and a can of large black olives that I thought would lend themselves to battering and deep frying. (You’re not judging, right?)
Growing up my dad learned how to make breaded fried mushrooms for my mother after she had some at a tavern. He was always trying to duplicate recipes that he and mom had tried. Also, he was always trying to make foods that mom loved. They always make me think of him.
Below is the recipe that we used for our insanely awesome mushrooms! They were some of the best I have ever had. The avocados were fine, the French fries were delightful, and the black olives were interesting. I would like to try them again, with maybe a filling for the middle of the olives. I’m thinking of a spicy cheese mixture. (Judging yet?)
I definitely recommend trying these mushrooms if you are a fan of those little treats! I like to serve mine with Ranch dip or dressing. These are some delicious morsels.
- 10 ounces whole mushrooms
- ¾ cup all purpose flour
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 cup breadrumbs my dad used cracker meal
- Oil for deep frying
Heat the oil in the deep fryer to 375 degrees. Wash the mushrooms and remove any woody stems. Pat mushrooms dry with a paper towel. Coat mushrooms with flour, lightly tap to remove excess flour. Dip in eggs. Coat with bread crumbs. Set aside to set the batter. Deep fry mushrooms in batches, turning if needed to cook evenly, 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.
Drain on paper towels or a rack and serve warm.