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Marsala Mushrooms Served Over Veggie Fritters

March 11, 2019

Target Healthy Eating

Sometimes, it takes months if not years, to get just the right flavor you're after. At least, this is true for me. I have not been lucky with my mushrooms recipes and I love mushrooms. Besides, they're very low in calories, filling and healthy. At last, I think I've got it ! Of course, once you see how easy and quick it is, you'll wonder how it could take so long. But it did and I hope you'll give it a try. My concept was to make a mushroom recipe so delicious, you could eat it as is, or as a topping over other dishes. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
These mushrooms are delicious on their own or as you will see here, I have experimented with the mushrooms as a topping over another new recipe of mine, Veggie Fritters and over another new recipe for butternut noodles. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Every ingredient in this recipe is necessary to get the certain smoky flavor I was looking for. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Here my mushroom recipe was used to create tasty appetizers served with either red or white wine. The bottom layer is a small piece of seaweed; over the seaweed is one of my veggie fritters and topping the fritter is the new mushroom recipe garnished with a tiny bit of chopped scallion and a pinch of grated cheese (less than 1/2 a teaspoon). ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Here, I omitted seaweed in the appetizer and simply spooned the marsala mushrooms over the veggie fritter, then added garnish. This is a fantastic appetizer. It's so-o good, you might just want to make a whole meal out of several of these and a good bottle of wine. Cheers ! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Naturally, I have experimented hundreds of times with these mushrooms. Here they are for lunch served over tri-color farfalle another excellent combo. Another good lunch would be these mushrooms served over a baked potato (white or sweet), or your favorite veggie. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Here is another lunch with the mushrooms served over butternut squash noodles (make them with a spiralizer) and some leftover farfalle. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Here is dinner with farfalle, a few butternut squash noodles, the marsala mushrooms spooned over, and coconut chicken. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


1 pound cremini mushrooms or portobello, well chopped

1 teaspoon dried ground thyme (in jar)

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, more if needed

1/4 cup creme fraiche

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 pinch Salt

1 pinch black pepper

Big generous splash (not too little) of Marsala wine (no substitutes)

2 Tablespoons chopped parsley

Easy to obtain ingredients. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


  1. Gather all ingredients in one place near the stove.
  2. Clean the mushrooms with a clean damp cloth or damp paper towels, then chop them well.
Chopping the mushrooms. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. Chop the parsley, then set aside.
  2. Chop the garlic
Chopping the garlic. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. Heat a large skillet over high heat and add butter, swirling pan, to distribute the butter. You can add just a drop of extra virgin olive oil to the butter, so there's less of a tendency to burn the butter. Or, just keep your eye on the pan.
Melting butter may not be rocket science, but it's worth keeping your eye on it so it doesn't get too brown. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

6. When butter begins to sizzle, add the chopped mushrooms and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes.

Stir the mushrooms into the butter. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

7. To the mushrooms, add thyme and garlic, and stir to coat. Season with salt and black pepper and continue to saute for a minute more.

Above, adding the thyme and chopped garlic. (Kitchen smells wonderful). ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. Add the marsala and stir.
  2. Add the creme fraiche stir and let the mixture simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
Glugs of marsala were added and stirred in. Now the creme fraiche. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Pretty quick recipe, is done. I'll pour the mushrooms into a bowl for the table so that people can add more to their appetizer if they wish and also have second portions. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Bowl for the table. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. Have whatever you plan to spoon the mushrooms over, ready before you begin to cook the mushrooms.
  2. So, now, spoon the marsala mushrooms over the warm veggie fritters, sprinkle some chopped parsley over the appetizer or side dish and serve right away.
Here's one of our very old favorite whites. For many years we've imbibed, our favorite Pinot Grigio. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

We saw the film, The Green Book, and recommend it highly. This won the 2019 Oscar for best picture.

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