You’ll never look at a mushroom the same way again after you sample these Portabello Fries dipped in a classic mustard-flavored béchamel sauce!
This week I’ve experienced a big (actually, HUGE) dose of reality upon returning to work after our mini-vacation to the Isle of Palms and Charleston, South Carolina. It’s been especially hectic at work (I need another vacation!), but that hasn’t kept me from daydreaming about the sand and surf and all the delicious food we enjoyed during those few short days. *Sigh*
For me, a few days at the beach is so therapeutic. There’s just something about watching and listening to the waves crash against the shore that is calming. *Sigh, again!* Needless to say, it was a lovely vacation.
We hopped over to Charleston for a little sightseeing and dinner on two of our days. I love all the history and architecture of this charming Southern city with its cobblestone streets and beautiful brick and iron details on the stately homes! By accident, we wandered into High Cotton for a cool drink and appetizers to escape the heat of the day. What a find! True Southern hospitality. A waiter wearing a bowtie. And…Portabello Mushroom Fries with béchamel dipping sauce!
I decided that I had to try to make these at home, but with my own twist on the béchamel — flavored with stone ground mustard and Parmesan cheese. They were delicious! Two large portabello mushrooms made a nice appetizer tray that would easily serve four people. The “fries” are breaded using the three-step method — dredge in flour, dip in beaten egg wash, then dredge in a panko bread crumb mixture — and then deep fried until golden.
We’ve already decided that a long-weekend in Charleston with cooler weather would be perfect for exploring…and eating! There are so many wonderful restaurants to try. On this trip, the crab cakes with corn relish, roasted red pepper sauce, and crispy onion straws at Fleet Landing were outstanding, by the way!
And, these mushrooms…they were definitely memorable. I’ll be making these again very soon, and you should, too!
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Recipe adapted from The Neelys As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 114mg Sodium: 620mg Carbohydrates: 28g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 14g
Recipe adapted from The Neelys
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.