Hoisin Garlic Mushrooms (with homemade hoisin sauce)

Every other Tuesday, my husband has standing plans with a friend of his so Mr. Onion-hater and I often have what we call “Foodie Night.” Foodie night will sometimes entail going some place that Mr. Consumer* doesn’t particularly enjoy. Like FLIP Burger**… it’s too trendy for his down-home tastes (I don’t disagree) and he had to wait 20 minutes for a table the one time we went there for dinner. He’s not good at the waiting. 🙂

Foodie night usually involves cooking, though. It can be something one of us is especially craving that Mr. Consumer isn’t a fan of, like chorizo and corn tacos (to be posted at some point), or something that is more cooking intensive for a normal weekday meal like the cottage pie.

For the most recent Foodie Night, Mr. O and I were going to make pork dumplings for the first time and were going to try making baked egg rolls again since I wasn’t 100% happy with our last attempt. We were also going to do my take on these mushrooms so he got those started in the slow cooker before I got home.

I ended up leaving work early that day for a doctor’s appointment which took a lot longer than I expected and got me home later than expected. Plus, I forgot to grab my lunch that day so only had a yogurt for lunch. By the time I got home, the last thing I wanted to do was spend an hour or more forming egg rolls and dumplings. We ended up just cooking the ingredients together for some weird stir-fry hybrid which was pretty tasty and still went well with these mushrooms as a side.

The mushrooms completely absorbed the flavors and had that perfect sweet-salty-tangy-spicy-earthy combination. My taste buds were confused for a second with all the flavors that were going on so needed a 4th and 7th bite to just be sure. They really weren’t confused. Just greedy.

Dinner that night was very satisfying and made for a good lunch a couple days later as well. It’s good to be adaptable in the kitchen, especially when menus are planned out. I just have to figure out what to make with the egg roll and wonton wrappers now. 🙂

Hoisin Garlic Mushrooms

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
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Ingredients
  

  • ¼ c reduced sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ c water
  • 3 Tbsp jarred minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter creamy or crunchy
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sweet chile sauce
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 24 oz whole button mushrooms

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together everything but the mushrooms. Set aside.
  • Using a damp cloth, wipe the dirt off the mushrooms and place in a 4-qt slow cooker.
  • Pour the sauce over the mushrooms and stir to coat.
  • Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours or high 2½ - 3 hours.
  • Serve warm.

I like to make my own hoisin sauce instead of getting the bottled kind which often has artificial ingredients and preservatives in it as well.  Plus, after figuring out my own hoisin sauce recipe, I’ll never enjoy the bottled stuff the same way again!

Hoisin Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
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Ingredients
  

  • ¼ c. reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter creamy or crunchy
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp jarred minced garlic
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sweet chile sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together and use immediately
Keyword sauce
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