Grilled mushrooms simply dressed with a Merlot reduction.

Grilled Mushrooms with Merlot Reduction |

Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that provide the most pleasure. For example:

  • Fresh picked radishes layered on a chewy hunk of buttered bread, drizzled with fruity olive oil and a sprinkle of coarse salt.
  • Thick slices of homegrown tomatoes between layers of creamy mozzarella cheese.
  • Vibrant green tea poured over ice and muddled berries.

Food doesn’t have to be complicated. Often times, fresh ingredients prepared simply make the best dishes. This recipe for grilled mushrooms with merlot reduction is perfectly uncomplicated in honor of summer simplicity.

Grilled Mushrooms with Merlot Reduction |

This week the #SundaySupper crew is celebrating the grill with Gallo Family Vineyards.


Honestly, it’s too dang hot to turn on the oven.

And, what cookout is complete without wine?

Every grill master deserves a glass of vino while flipping burgers, and Gallo Family Vineyards offers the perfect selection of wine for the job.

Grilled Mushrooms with Merlot Reduction |

This week we had the pleasure of sipping on their Sweet White Blend and Merlot. I prefer a sweet and light-bodied wine in summer. Gallo Family Vineyards’ Sweet White Blend is perfect chilled. It’s light with hints of melon and fruity peach.

Grilled Mushrooms with Merlot Reduction |

Since I love cooking with wine, I found their Merlot the perfect addition to this recipe. It’s the perfect balance of smooth and dry. This medium-bodied wine is mildly oaky with hints of black cherry and sweet plum. 

Grilled Mushrooms with Merlot Reduction |

I made the drizzle by combining Merlot, balsamic, and a touch of honey. I reduced the mixture in a small saucepan over medium-low heat to create a slightly thick syrup to drizzle over the grilled mushrooms.

Grilled Mushrooms with Merlot Reduction |

I used my favorite grilling tool, my grill basket, to cook the mushrooms. The mushrooms come together in just a few minutes. Drizzle them with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and grill for 6-8 minutes until tender. The key to perfectly cooked or grilled mushrooms is salting them at the end. Never salt mushrooms at the beginning or you’ll end up with steamed mushrooms instead of browned mushrooms.

Grilled Mushrooms with Merlot Reduction |

Drizzle the grilled mushrooms with the Merlot reduction. Enjoy as a side or spoon over grilled steak.

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Grilled Mushrooms with Merlot Reduction

Simply grilled cremini mushrooms drizzled with a Merlot and balsamic reduction. Enjoy them as a side or spoon them over grilled steak.


Grilled Mushrooms:

1 (10-ounce) package cremini mushrooms

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper

Merlot Reduction:

1 cup Merlot (such as Gallo)

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon honey


Preheat your propane or charcoal grill.

Merlot Reduction: Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Whisk to combine. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil over medium-low heat. Cook until the sauce reduces to 1/4 cup, about 30 minutes. The reduction should resemble a loose syrup.

Clean your mushrooms with a dry tea towel to remove any excess dirt or particles. Place the mushrooms in a small bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Transfer the mushrooms to an outdoor grill basket. Cook over high heat for 6-8 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt before you remove the pan from the grill.

Place the grilled mushrooms in a serving bowl and drizzle with the merlot reduction. Serve as a side or spoon over steak.

If you don’t own a grilling basket, you can use bamboo skewers instead. Place the skewers in shallow water for 10 minutes before grilling so they don’t catch on fire.

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