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Duxelles Grilled Cheese (+ How to Make Duxelles)

Duxelles Grilled Cheese Recipe

Duxelles Grilled CheesePhotos by Emily Caruso

If you haven’t heard of duxelles before, get ready to meet your new favorite condiment—well, if you’re a mushroom lover, at least. Duxelles is a mixture of finely chopped mushrooms, shallots and herbs sautéed in butter or olive oil. There are lots of variations of it with different types of mushrooms, some with wine and some without, some recipes that have a bit of texture (which I prefer) and some that process the mushrooms almost to a paste.

My duxelles recipe is an adaptation of Martha Stewart’s version. I use cremini mushrooms because they’re affordable like white mushrooms, but they have a deeper flavor. I also add a splash of dry sherry because I’m a big believer in cooking mushrooms with wine. Just do it! You won’t regret it! A lot of people won’t cook with wine because they don’t drink wine; I don’t either, but it’s so worth it. Just buy a cheap-but-not-too-cheap bottle, use what you need, and freeze the rest to use in future recipes. (Yes, you can totally freeze wine for cooking.)

So what can you do with duxelles? All kinds of delicious things! It will keep in the fridge for a week or so and it can be frozen for a few months. I love it as a savory topping for veggie burgers, tossing it with roasted potatoes, spooning it over roasted asparagus, or using it as a spread on crusty French bread or crackers. Another great way to use it is on a grilled cheese. Just about any cheese you like or have on hand will work, but for this one, I used an über-melty morel and leek monterey jack cheese that I picked up in Wisconsin. The duxelles adds a meaty, savory flavor to an otherwise ordinary grilled cheese sandwich.

Duxelles Grilled Cheese

Duxelles is a savory mushroom spread that can be added to a variety of dishes, but my favorite way to use it is on a grilled cheese sandwich! Duxelles recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 sandwiches


For the duxelles:

  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallot
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the sandwiches:

  • 8 slices sturdy sandwich bread
  • 4 ounces herbed or flavored jack cheese I used Morel & Leek Jack
  • Softened butter


To make the duxelles:

  • Trim the stem ends from the mushrooms. Place 1/3 of the mushrooms in the largest bowl of a food processor fitted with the S-blade. Pulse until finely chopped and transfer the chopped mushrooms to a bowl; repeat with remaining mushrooms in 2 more batches. The mushrooms should have some texture to them—don't process them down to a paste! (Alternately, you can use a chef's knife to chop the mushrooms.)
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until softened, 3-5 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and a pinch or two of salt. Continue to cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms have released their liquid, about 7 minutes.
  • Increase heat to medium-high to cook off the remaining liquid; once the liquid has evaporated, after about 3 minutes, add the sherry to the skillet. Stir and continue to cook until the sherry evaporates and the skillet is dry. Remove from heat and stir in the parsley and salt and pepper to taste.

To make the sandwiches:

  • Heat a large griddle over medium heat. Butter one side of four slices of bread; place the buttered side of the bread onto the griddle. Divide half of the cheese onto the slices of bread, then spoon the duxelles over the cheese, top the duxelles with the remaining cheese and slices of bread. Butter the tops of the sandwiches.
  • Once the bottom of the sandwich is golden brown carefully flip the sandwiches over and cook until that side is also golden brown (about 5 minutes on each side). Transfer to plates and serve.
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  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    April 14, 2015 at 1:28 am

    I love mushrooms, this is my kind of grilled cheese!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen
    April 14, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Oh this is so great. I can’t wait to make this. I love mushrooms in my grilled cheese/sandwiches, but they can get slippery and have a tendency to flop out while eating. So this solves ALL those problems! Love it!

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    Melinda @ RecipeFiction
    April 14, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    And here I thought a splash of dry sherry in the mushrooms was MY secret ingredient 😉 As much as I love mushrooms it s surprising to me that it’s never occurred to me to have a spread on hand. Thank you!

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    April 18, 2015 at 9:58 am

    First of all, this freezing wine thing is BLOWING MY MIND. I had no idea!! And you are really making me rethink my disdain for mushrooms with this. REALLY.

  • Reply
    April 27, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Best grilled cheese ever! So easy, and I have so many ideas for using the duxelles in so many recipes!

  • Reply
    March 23, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I’m having a problem with “trim the stem ends from the mushrooms.” Does that mean remove the stems? Chop the stems and add them? Do we use the stems at all? Sorry to sound uninformed – I’m a new convert to mushrooms. Thanks!

    • Reply
      March 23, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      You leave the stems on, but trim the very ends of them off, where they feel tough and dry.

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    February 10, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    At first sight this recipe looks amazing. What could go wrong with a gourmet grilled cheese? The tastes in this were all wrong. I felt like the Duxelles should have been in a pasta or something, not a grilled cheese. Or maybe I’m too much of a “don’t mess with a good thing” kind of gal. Anyway, it was barely palatable. My husband had to force himself to eat it lol – would not recommend or make again, sadly.

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      Katie Trant
      February 12, 2018 at 4:50 am

      Hey Cassandra, we’re bummed you didn’t like this. Personally, I’m not a fan of mushrooms so this would ruin grilled cheese for me. But I’ve been on a kimchi grilled cheese kick lately – maybe that’s more your thing?

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