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Marinated Baby Bellas

Marinated Baby Bellas

The year is definitely coming to an end quickly isn’t it?  It seems like every weekend there is an activity or an event or a holiday get-together.  And next thing you know it’ll be New Year’s Eve.  I love this time of year, I love being with my family and driving around looking at lights (with the air conditioner on pretending it’s cold) and listening to Christmas music.  I love Christmas shopping (online) and I don’t mind wrapping presents.  I really enjoy all of it.  But I will admit I don’t always like all the “busy-ness “that comes along with the holidays.  It definitely takes an effort to stop for a second and sloooow down.  You know, enjoy the moment?

So, to avoid the feeling of frenzy and stress I’m trying to keep up with the madness as orderly as possible.  I have rekindled my relationship with my pretty Franklin Covey planner, and am trying to stay organized. I’m keeping up with my to do lists and trying not to lose them.  So far so good.  I’m also trying to plan simple meals, keep my eating clean and really get in some exercise every day…when all of this stuff falls together things just seem to flow better for me…can you relate?

Marinated Baby Bellas

So what I’m giving you today is a super simple, super tasty and can pass as kinda fancy recipe.  You can serve this to guests at a get together or dinner over an antipasto salad, on a bruschetta bar or just as a side dish.  Or you can do what I’m going to do and top it on my salad for dinner tonight.

Sounds good doesn’t it?

Marinated Baby Bellas

These marinated mushrooms were inspired as I was looking at my sample shipment of Holland House Premium Vinegars and Cooking Wines and thinking of ways that I like to use vinegar.  Salad dressings immediately came to mind…and pickling next (something I am planning to start experimenting with.)

How do you like to use vinegar?  Do you have a favorite tip to share in how you include Holland House Vinegar or Cooking Wines in your holiday cooking?

If you need ideas visit Holland House’s website or Facebook page where you can find recipes, shop for vinegars and cooking wines or sign up for their SPLASH Recipe Club.  Good stuff!

Marinated Baby Bellas

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Marinated Baby Bellas

Ingredients:

  • 1 8oz container of Baby Portabella Mushrooms (halved or quartered depending on size of mushroom or your preference)
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin and cut into small pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Holland House Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • good pinch salt and fresh ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl. Gently toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, stirring periodically to help blend flavors.  Best if marinated overnight.  Can be served chilled or at room temperature.

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Marinated Baby Bellas

(Disclaimer:  Holland  House provided me with a generous sampling of products and compensation.  My opinions, as always, are my own.)


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12 Responses to “Marinated Baby Bellas”

  1. Cookin' Canuck posted December 1, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I love this time of year, too and, as you said, it is so much more enjoyable if I manage to stay organized and work in some regular exercise. These mushrooms are so pretty. They would be perfect over a salad or served with toothpicks as a cocktail party offering.

  2. Jersey Girl Cooks posted December 1, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I love mushrooms and anything marinated. I will be making these soon!

  3. Lora @cakeduchess posted December 1, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Good for you for being so organized during this busy time of year. I am starting to feel the pressure and need to get in shape w/my plans:)These baby bellas look gorgeous! Love the marinade.

  4. Jenna posted December 1, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Love this! Going to make it tomorrow night as a side (or topping) to our veggie burgers. Thanks again for another great idea.

  5. Paul jennette posted December 2, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Sounds delightful!! Small prep time with a over-night marinate, love it. Baby Bellas are some of my favorite mushrooms. This dish is very elegant, and I’m sure they will be a big hit at my house- thanks

  6. Mandi posted December 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Oh my, these sound fantastic! Marinated mushrooms might be one of my favorite things! I’m glad you liked my post =) I can always count on you for a great dinner idea!

  7. pegasuslegend posted December 3, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    everything looks fabulous nice dinner!

  8. Tickled Red posted December 4, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I can never get enough mushrooms and these look scrumptious. I love the combo’s that you always come up with when you play around in the kitchen.

  9. Shelby posted December 8, 2010 at 5:51 am

    I am definitely going to make these….my dad loves marinated mushrooms – will be a great treat for him!

  10. patsy posted December 10, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Those mushrooms look amazing! I’ve never marinated them myself but think I may have to try… what a healthy snack idea!

  11. Duchess of Fork posted December 12, 2010 at 8:59 am

    These look incredible, Aggie! I love marinated mushrooms. Thanks for sharing!

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