Mushrooms are one of the most under-appreciated foods. A lot of people say they don't like them, but I often wonder how many people have never had really good mushrooms, because mushrooms are very easy to mess up. If you store them the wrong way, don't wash all the dirt off, crowd them in the pan, or use too much liquid, you can wind up with a gritty, bland, slimy mess that could put a person off mushrooms forever.
But a good mushroom recipe can go a long way towards curing a person of an antipathy towards mushrooms, and there are a ton of good-looking mushroom recipes on Pinterest. There are mushroom tacos, mushroom pizza, and some grilled mushroom skewers that look like they taste like umami on a stick.
A lot of the mushroom recipes on Pinterest seem to be targeted towards specific diets, like keto, vegan, or Paleo-friendly recipes, so it should probably not be surprising that the most popular mushroom recipe on Pinterest is a low-carb, Paleo, gluten-free take on a traditional fried garlic mushroom, which can also be made vegan or dairy-free if you're so inclined.
These crispy, oven-fried garlic mushrooms originally come from the blog Beauty and the Foodie, and they've been pinned more than 32,000 times on Pinterest.
See it on Pinterest: Crispy Oven Fried Garlic Mushrooms from Beauty and the Foodie
The mushrooms are rinsed and dried, then dipped whole in a mixture of beaten egg and melted butter — unless you're planning on making it vegan or dairy-free. Then each mushroom is tossed, "shake and bake" style, in a zippered storage bag full of almond flour, ground sunflower seeds, garlic powder, sea salt, paprika, parsley, and optional Parmesan.
Then they're baked in the oven and finished under the broiler for a minute or two to get the coating extra-crisp and brown.
They look like fried mushrooms, but the "breading" is low-carb and gluten-free. Many of the commenters appear to have had fun changing the recipe around to meet their own criteria, like swapping coconut flour for almond flour, or pork rinds for the sunflower seeds. Several even swapped the gluten-free flour substitutes for some conventional panko breadcrumbs and said it turned out great. But it seems like the recipe went over well even with people who made it as it was written.
"This recipe is genius!" a commenter going by Diane gushed. "Both my husband and I loved them! I'm a pretty hard-sell on making recipe healthy and tasty — this one is fantastic! Didn't change anything."