Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Stuffed mushrooms

Both AP and I adore all kinds of mushrooms and we love any excuse to have mushrooms in our meals. When we had friends round for dinner a few days ago, I made stuffed mushrooms for starters. They are really simple. Just assemble the ingredients, place everything on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 20 minutes. No fuss. More time to mingle and less time in the kitchen. I have previously made this for lunch, with two stuffed mushrooms each and a bigger portion of salad; the meaty mushrooms are pretty filling.

You can either use Portobello mushrooms or large white field mushrooms. Many types of cheese can be used to stuff the mushrooms, depending on what you prefer or what is in the fridge. Mozzarella, various types of cheddar and even Brie can be used. I added some Panko breadcrumbs on top for that slight crunch although it is entirely optional. The mushrooms were served on a bed of salad leaves for some greens in the diet and to dress the dish up a little. The main course that followed was chicken and chorizo pasta, all washed down with a very mellow and softly rounded 2000 Chianti, a gift from another friend.

Stuffed mushrooms 1

Ingredients (serves 4):

4 large flat mushrooms
150g grated cheese (I used a nutty Double Gloucester, a form of cheddar)
4 tbsp breadcrumbs
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Method

1. Wipe or peel the mushrooms as necessary, Place them on a lightly greased baking tray and drizzle with some olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Fill the open cups of the mushrooms with cheese. Sprinkle the top with breadcrumbs.
3. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes, until the cheese is all melted and the breadcrumbs are golden. Serve immediately.

Stuffed mushrooms 2

This recipe has been submitted to the Monthly Mingle blog event started by Meeta of What's For Lunch Honey? This month's event, Appetizers & Hors'Doeuvres, is hosted by Mansi Desai. There is still time to get your entry in before 9th of June.

13 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Oh goodness, I'm OBSESSED with mushrooms - I eat portabello mushrooms at LEAST 4 or 5 times per week :0)

Those stuffed mushrooms look delish!

didally said...

I love mushrooms! Baking it with stuffings is a great idea, especially with added panko on top.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

I love stuffed mushrooms, but I've yet to get around to making them. I like how simple your version is.

tigerfish said...

For a person with no oven at the moment, I steam my stuffed mushrooms quite regularly. But I guess it works on fresh shitake. Not so sure if I can steam portobello :O...sound weird.

Julia said...

Beautiful pictures.

Nilmandra said...

Veggiegirl: Ok, you are definitely more obsessed than we are! ;)

Didally: The panko was a sudden last minute thought, and I'm glad I thought of it :)

Marc: Sometimes I've put bacon bits or bits of ham in with the cheese for a more lux version but this is still pretty good.

Tigerfish: Eeps... steamed portobello... Don't think that will work!

Julia: Thanks!

noobcook said...

the food presentation and photography is really good! I really envy your guests who always get to eat your good food! :)~

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Wow, those look so tasty! What a fabulous and easy recipe!

Kevin said...

Those stuffed mushrooms look so good with all of that melted cheese!

Little Corner of Mine said...

YUM! I love cheesy stuffed mushroom and yours look delicious!

Antonia said...

Great-looking mushrooms. I have some portabellos sitting in the kitchen and I know what I'm going to make for supper tonight now. Can't wait!

Mansi Desai said...

ooh!! that looks really inviting! I loved your stuffing, and your pics are great too!

btw, I'm hosting the Monthly Mingle on my blog and this would be a great addition to the roundup; so I'd like to invite you to participate if you can!:)

Nilmandra said...

Noobcook: But my guests had to put up with me photographing their dinner before they could eat! ;p

My sweet & saucy: Thanks, it is a good one for being quick and easy.

Kevin: Melted cheese make most things taste great :)

Little Corner of mine: I made them quite often for my niece back in Singapore; she adores mushrooms and cheese :)

Antonia: Hope you enjoyed them!

Mansi Desai: Thanks for pointing out the event, I'd love to join. Will send in my entry :)

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