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How to Saute Mushrooms

Mushrooms sauted in olive oil and butter

I have always enjoyed sautéed mushrooms. I won’t eat a raw mushroom to save my life, but there is no topping, in my opinion, better for a burger, chicken, steak or salad than a perfectly sautéed mushroom. Even though it drives my husband crazy, I will sometimes just order a salad with a side of sautéed mushrooms when we go to nice steak restaurant for dinner since they typically have the BEST sautéed mushrooms!

I know everyone does this a little differently, but here is how I sauté mushrooms…

First of all, Costco has the best mushrooms when you are looking for just plain white mushrooms, not the gourmet ones. They are big, fat and delicious! No…we do not get a kickback every time we mention the word “Costco”,  we just both really believe in their products. Anyway, clean the mushrooms  (video to clean and sauté here) and  slice into thick even slices, or quarter them, whichever you prefer. Add the mushrooms to a large skillet of melted butter and olive oil, about 1-2 T. each depending on how many mushrooms you are cooking.

Sauting Mushrooms

Saute the mushrooms on medium heat, stirring occasionally until desired doneness. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. It is important to save the salt for the end of the cooking process or you will draw out all the moisture from the mushroom and will have way too much liquid in your sauté pan.

Even though I don’t like raw mushrooms, I also don’t like them very squishy and mushy. Hot and “just cooked” is my personal preference, so this takes about 5-7 minutes.

Sauted Mushrooms


Take them out with a slotted spoon to make sure you don’t get any of the liquid. Serve over your favorite meat or salad!!

Mushrooms sauted in olive oil and butter

Raw mushrooms are awesome -step outside your comfort zone! But I love them sautéed too!! -Melissa



Marinated Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

I have made these cute little bundles several times since last summer and they are always a hit. Not only are bacon wrapped chicken thighs are delicious, but they look impressive without taking too much to prepare. The marinade came from The rest came from ideas from my sister! Gotta love the experienced cook!!! Costco sells the chicken thighs in their vacuum packed chicken section. There are 5 to a pack and 6 packs total!!

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Time Required: Prep Time – 20 min plus marinating time of 2-4 hours; Cook Time – 20-30 minutes

Ingredients for 8 people:

1/4 c. olive oil
Juice of one lemon
2 T. lemon zest
2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme or 1 tsp. dried
1/2 – 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 T. dijon mustard
1 T. freshly crushed peppercorns
1 tsp. salt

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs with Brown Sugar and Pineapple:

16 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, fat trimmed
1/4 c. light brown sugar
2 cans pineapple rings, cut in half
16 pieces of bacon

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs with Jalapeños and Cream Cheese:
16 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, fat trimmed
8 fresh jalapeños, seeded
4 oz. whipped cream cheese
16 pieces of bacon

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Citrus Zester

Preparing the Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs:

Combine marinade ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. Place the chicken thighs in a glass baking dish and pour the marinade over the pieces, turning once to ensure all sides are covered. (You can also marinate them in a ziploc bag if you prefer) Marinate for 2-4 hours.

Marinated chicken thighs

This post is so popular, we created a video to help show you how to make these little bundles of joy.

For the Brown Sugar and Pineapple:

Preheat grill to medium high heat. Pat one side of the thigh with brown sugar. Place a half of pineapple ring on an edge and roll.

Brown sugar and pineapple stuffed chicken thigh

Start wrapping the bacon around the seam and continue wrapping until the whole thigh is covered. Secure with a toothpick and set aside.

Bacon wrapped brown sugar and pineapple stuffed chicken thigh

Grill for 20-30 min, turning as frequently as needed to prevent burning from the flare ups, until cooked through!

For the Jalapeño and Cream Cheese:

Preheat grill to medium high heat. Take a knife and spread cream cheese in the half of a jalapeño. Roll the chicken thigh around the jalapeño. Start wrapping the bacon around the seam and continue wrapping until the whole thigh is covered. Secure with a toothpick and set aside. Grill for 10-15 per side until cooked through!

Bacon Wrapped Chicken thighs

Important Tips:

The key is not to overstuff the chicken and too make sure you wrap the bacon completely around the thigh.


You can really stuff these with just about anything you want. When I make these I usually make half with brown sugar and pineapple and the other half with jalapeño and cream cheese. It gives guest the option of sweet or spicy!

Meal Ideas:

Last time I made these, I served them with Roasted Potatoes with Dijon, Garlic Green Beans, and Tomato Onion Cucumber Salad!

How to cut meat against the grain and on a bias – Video

flank steak recipe

McNack’s is dedicated to answering your questions and comments. We received a few requests for a video on how to cut meat against the grain and on a bias after we posted the recipe for the marinated flank steak.

Ask and you shall receive. We hope this helps explain what is often so difficult to put into words.

This is a NEW and improved version of the video. Let us know what you think!!

Preparing Chicken Cutlets

Kitchen TipsWe’ve received a lot of feedback on wanting to better understand how to make your own chicken cutlets instead of buying the expensive ones at the store. We decided that our post on how to do this a couple of weeks ago, really needed a video.

Once again, please forgive the amateur style and my 10 year old videographer, but it still gets the point across.


How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken

How to butcher a chicken

After posting a recipe for roasting a whole chicken (Spicy Roasted Chicken), we received a lot of feedback on how to cut up the whole chicken into 8 distinct pieces that are still presentable to serve to your guests.  Well, after a lot of fighting, clawing, screaming, pulling hair, etc., Melissa drew the short straw and had to do the video.  This is not easy enough to write down, it really needs to be demonstrated. This is a bit amateur video so bear with us while we learn better methods, but this still gets the point across.

So, voila! Here is McNack’s Kitchen’s first video on how to cut up a whole chicken.

We’ve gotten better at videos since we did this one. Check out some of our others under the Category – Video.

How To Clean Mushrooms

clean mushrooms

Kitchen TipsDo you know how to clean a mushroom? Would you not think you would wash them like any other type of vegetable? Well, don’t wash mushrooms with water! Mushrooms are like little sponges. If you wash them with running water, they will absorb too much water and then subsequently release that water when cooking. If your mushrooms need to be cleaned, dampen a paper towel and wipe off any dirty spots.


Watch this awesome video to learn how to properly clean and sauté your mushrooms.

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Here is another recipe that my awesome sister shared with me a while ago. These bacon wrapped green beans are easy to make, great for a crowd, kid friendly and fabulous. What more can you ask for in a dish? Oh..and they also look like they are a lot of hard work and will certainly impress your guests!

We created this fun video to help teach you how to make these little bundles of joy.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 20min; Cook Time – 30 minutes


1 pound of green beans, trimmed, washed and broken in half

1 pound of bacon (not thick cut or maple…just regular bacon)

1/4 cup light brown sugar

spread butter

cooking spray

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:


Baking Sheet

Preparing Bacon Wrapped Green Beans:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cut the bacon in half. Lay the strips of bacon flat on the baking sheet, about 1/2 inch apart. Sprinkle brown sugar on the bacon, pushing lightly to make sure it sticks to the bacon.

Green beans wrapped in bacon and brown sugar

Put about 3-5 green beans at the edge of the bacon and roll. Place seam side down. Take about a 1/2 teaspoon of butter and put on each side of the bundle. Repeat with remaining bacon and beans.

Green beans wrapped in bacon and brown sugar

Cook for 30 minutes, or until bacon is crispy. Serve immediately.

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Important Tips:

If you leave the bacon out for about 20 minutes before using it, you will be able to stretch it more easily around the beans.