Mushrooms with caramelized onions and pecans take on the herbed flavors of traditional stuffing in this keto friendly recipe.
When the weather cools off I start looking for comfort foods to warm me up. Roasting any kind of meat, such as pork, chicken, or beef, is an easy keto go to, however the comfort sides can sometimes get a bit trickier. I have mashed potatoes covered with cauliflower mash. Honestly, I like it better than the potatoes. Stuffing was a bit more difficult to take on. Who doesn’t love a good pork chop or pork tenderloin with stuffing on the side. Not to mention, those holiday meals just aren’t the same without stuffing.
I’ve browsed several keto friendly stuffing recipes, and the ones I found all used an almond flour keto bread as the bread for the stuffing mix. That’s fine, except it makes for a lot of work! Bake the keto bread, dice it up, toast it in the oven, then you can make stuffing. It’s an all day event, and that’s not what I’m looking for in comfort food. I prefer either quick and easy, or simple prep that can cook hands off all day.
One day I was playing around with some food ideas to see what I could come up with in terms of a keto stuffing replacement. I wasn’t so much looking for the bread texture, as I was the flavor. I starting thinking about mushrooms. They have a fantastic texture and pair well with other cooler weather staples, such as pecans.
Just mushrooms with pecans wasn’t quite what I was looking for though. It was missing something. Alone it would be a basic mushroom side dish and would lack the flavor quality I was looking for in a stuffing substitute. As I rummaged through the fridge for ideas I found half an onion. Caramelized onions are the perfect partner for mushrooms and pecans. They would add a sweetness as well as a more developed flavor and texture profile. So, I decided to give it a try.
Caramelizing the onions takes patience because they need to be golden. Not a pale yellow, but a dark golden brown. Honestly it can take up to twenty minutes to arrive at this place in cooking, which can be a bit tiresome. Especially since it’s important to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn and stir them frequently. To manage this time I prefer to slice my onions, then while they’re browning slowly in the butter I clean and quarter my mushrooms.
The addition of thyme fills out the stuffing flavor, and I couldn’t be happier with my creation. Mushrooms with caramelized onions and pecans is a success and it’s well worth the effort.
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