Mediterranean Mushrooms ~ Lemon and Zaatar

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I find the easiest and most delicious way to enjoy mushrooms is to roast them.

Simple. Simple. Simple. Big Reward.

This is a healthy way to prepare mushrooms.  It makes a great side dish for roasted, grilled or sauteed chicken or beef.

You can toss them into pasta with a flurry of grated Parmesan cheese too. I think you’ll love these as much as my hubby does. Whenever he sees them on the dinner table, he’s a happy man.

Roasting the mushrooms intensifies their flavor. Dowsing them with lemon juice at the end of cooking adds some sparkle. The lemon adds a nice balance to the earthiness of the mushrooms . They’re incredibly flavorful and juicy. Fresh parsley and za’atar lends an herbal  finish.

It’s hard not to pop one in your mouth as soon as they come out of the oven. But be careful, they’re very juicy and hot!


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Mediterranean Mushroom Recipe

Serves 2

Some Notes:

Za’atar is an Eastern Mediterranean spice blend made from blond sesame seeds, sumac and thyme. It’s delicious on pita chips, chicken, fish and eggs.

You can buy Za’atar at Middle Eastern markets or online.


  • 1 16 oz carton of whole baby portobello mushrooms or regular button mushrooms
  • Extra virgin olive oil to drizzle over the mushrooms before roasting and at the end of cooking.
  • 1 teaspoons of za’atar
  • 1 large lemon
  • Chopped flat leaf parsley
  • Sea salt to taste


Position rack in center of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss mushrooms with some olive oil and salt. Place them in a single layer in an oven safe baking pan. Roast them in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. When the mushrooms are done, squirt some lemon juice on them, sprinkle them with the za’atar,  more olive oil and chopped parsley. Serve and Enjoy!



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