I use meaty portabello and white/brown button mushrooms here. It would be delicious with one variety of mushrooms but I welcome the textural and flavour differences that comes from mixing a couple types.
Recipe courtesy of Kelly from The Gouda Life.
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 40-50 minutes | Makes: 4 sandwiches
2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/4 tsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 (354ml) can 2% evaporated milk
Mushrooms Onions & Peppers
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp olive oil
8 heaping cups sliced mushrooms
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp olive oil
2 red peppers, seeds removed and sliced
1 large sweet onion
4 soft hoagies
Place a small pot with 1-2″ of water on the stove and place a bowl snugly into that pot ensuring the base of the bowl isn’t touching the water. This is a makeshift double boiler. Add all the cheese sauce ingredients to the bowl and turn stove on to med-high heat. Keep an eye on it and give it a good whisk every so often until the cheese is melted and smooth. Keep warm on low.
For the Mushrooms, Onions & Peppers
Melt the butter and oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat on the stove. Add the sliced mushrooms, spreading them out as much as you can and let their liquids release, mixing every few minutes. Once the liquid reduces and the pan is dry again, let the mushrooms sit untouched for 5-6 minutes so they can develop a nice golden brown colour. Give them a mix and let them sit again, untouched, for 4-5 minutes or until they are all browned and crisped up. Add salt and stir for another 1-2 minutes. Remove mushrooms from the pan and set aside. Add the sliced onions and peppers into the hot pan with another 2 tbsp of olive oil. Let them cook, stirring only occasionally, until starting to turn golden brown. About 6-8 minutes.
Brush your hoagies with some oil or melted butter and toast/grill until light golden brown. Top each with 1/4 of the mushrooms, 1/4 of the red peppers and a few good glugs of the cheese sauce. Squish together and DIG IN. I dare you not to make a mess.