Most Definitely Edible Mushrooms

On a recent hike, Mr. N and I stumbled across a very interesting looking yellow mushroom. The always curious Mr. N decided to pick up a book on mushrooms so we could learn more about it. I think knowing that some mushrooms are poisonous was interesting to him. Unfortunately, we didn’t take a very good picture of it, but the closest we could find based on our memory was the Hygrophorus vitellinus. However, it looked a bit like the image of the Death Cap we found on this page. As long as we’re not sure, we’re going to stick with mushrooms we know are edible–Portabellos!

These portabello wraps are easy and healthy and used to be a staple in our dinner routine for those nights we didn’t want to waste many calories, but one time I put too much black pepper on them and Kristy swore them off for a while.  After a long hiatus, though, she let me make them again. They’re good, healthy, and really filling.

First, slice the portabellos, onions and red pepper into long strips.

Long Slices


Next, saute the onions and portabellos together in olive oil until the onions are done (about 8 minutes), then set aside in a bowl.

Wipe out the pan, then cook the red pepper in a little bit of water for about 8 more minutes.


When those are done and the water is evaporated, toss the onions and mushrooms back in the pan to mix it all together, salt and pepper it to taste (Kristy’s, not mine), then take a big scoop and slap it on a pita.  Toss on a pinch of mozzarella cheese and bake it in the oven for a few minutes.

What comes out is a really flavorful sandwich that feels meaty, even though it’s all veggies.  It doesn’t take much cheese either, so it’s very healthy.

I think this could be easily tweaked, with say zucchini or yellow squash in place of the peppers, but whatever you do, stick with edible mushrooms and since this is a family blog, stay away from these.

Print this recipe: Portabello Wraps

28 thoughts on “Most Definitely Edible Mushrooms

  1. Kay aka Babygirl says:

    I don’t blame you and Mr. N with sticking to what you know. When it doubt, walk away LOL. But I love wraps and this wrap is definitely up my alley. You never cease to amaze me with your wonderful recipes.

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  2. Laura says:

    This looks delicious – so colorful! Where I lived in Michigan we had morels that grew and I always loved hunting for them. But we did have to be careful because there were fake morels that grew as well. I remember one time we fried those big puff ball ones (not sure of the scientific name)… I guess they are edible too! Our dog was having seizures and I recently learned that the poisonous mushrooms that grow in your yard can give dogs seizures! I’d hate to find out what they do to humans!

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    • ChefMom says:

      I’ve never had morels, but that’s something I’ve always wanted to try…go out looking for them and cook them up. I didn’t know there were fake morels though too. Good to know. Oh your poor dog! It’s amazing what those little mushrooms can do. Mike was reading me some of the reactions you can get to some of the “deadly” variety – and holy cow!!!!! It does not sound like fun.

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  3. B (i run like a girl) says:

    My grandmother and aunts used to pick wild mushrooms and use them in soup. They taught me which to look for, but I still don’t trust my ability to tell the “real” good ones from the impostors, so I’m with the rest of you — stick with the supermarket variety!

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  4. spicegirlfla says:

    Sadly I’m allergic to mushrooms and when I see it in a title post, I pass by…but I always enjoy reading your posts so on I read! Aside from what I can’t eat, I love the carmelized onions and pepper…and who can’t love a pita pizza!!

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    • ChefMom says:

      Oh that is a bummer! I don’t know what I’d do without mushrooms. I just love them. Thanks for reading though Linda! (Unfortunately I have one more mushroom post coming your way.) That’s how I usually am when it comes to the chocolate posts… 😉 You could probably replicate this recipe with an eggplant though – skipping the mushrooms. Pita pizzas are one of my favorites in the summer! 🙂

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  5. Karen says:

    Friends dropped off a large bad of foraged mushrooms when we were out one day. Late that night we cooked them…delicious. Early the next morning we went on a weeks vacation. Upon returning, I called to let them know how much we had enjoyed the mushrooms and found out they thought they had made us sick and might be in a hospital somewhere. We all had a good laugh.

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  6. Kelly says:

    Yes, mystery shrooms are definitely not something you want to be taking your chances with 🙂 – This looks so yummy Kristy – I love all the vegetables you’ve assembled here and fried onion with mushroom is a family favourite – hard to beat the flavour, texture and taste. The melted cheese is a nice finishing touch – my boys always ask if they can melt their cheese…. perfect family recipe! (thanks for all the links – can’t even go on the ‘magic shroom’ link lest I start hallucinating LOL)

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  7. smartfoodandfit says:

    My kids are always curious about the mushrooms grown in the yard. Luckily they know not to eat them. I’m still trying to get them to eat edible mushrooms in the recipes I use, one day. Great vegetarian meal, perfect lunch.

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    • ChefMom says:

      LOL! Us too! They love to look at mushrooms but refuse to eat them. Well, I suppose Mr. N has tried them, he just doens’t like them. Miss A though outright refuses to give them a shot. I suppose I don’t blame her. They do look kind of odd. 🙂

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  8. Charles says:

    Nice, I’d love to pick mushrooms myself but you have to be so careful. Be careful when out picking mushrooms – even with a book there can be toxic toadstools which look like regular mushrooms!

    I love mushrooms. They always make a great substitute for meat… a bit like aubergine. I was trying to find some really big ones the other day to so something a bit like this but I could only find little pre-sliced button mushrooms! 😦

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    • ChefMom says:

      Portabellos are a staple in our house. We eat them at least once a week in something or on their own. I just love them! I’m with you though – I’m going to stay away from picking my own. 😉

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      • Charles says:

        I guess they’re common everywhere, but I know that in Sweden they do courses where you go into the forest with an “expert”, fill your baskets up with whatever you can get your hands on, and then he sorts out the deliciousness from the death at the end!

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