Serves 3 – 4:
There’s a fungus among us! I just love SNL and can’t seem to get enough of the old reruns from the late 90’s. Whether it’s NPR’s Delicious Dish, Mango or Morning Latte you can bet I’m munching away whilst watching them so here is one of my favorite snacks….stuffed mushrooms. This easy recipe combines fresh herbs, parmesan cheese, loads of garlic and crunchy breadcrumbs for a perfect two-bite treat. Serve them up as an appetizer, side dish or late night snack.
- 8 oz whole white or crimini mushrooms
- ½ cup panko bread crumbs
- ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp shredded or grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tsp fresh thyme
- 1 tsp fresh parsley
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 tbsp EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
- ¼ tsp salt (optional)
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Line a baking sheet with foil and preheat your oven to 375F.
- Wipe the mushrooms with a damp cloth to remove any dirt. Don’t wash the mushrooms because they can absorb water won’t roast nicely if they’re damp. Remove the stems and if needed take out any remaining stem or gills with a spoon.
- Strip the thyme leaves from the stems, do the same with the parsley and discard the stems. Chop the herbs as fine or as coarse as you’d like. I’m visual so I like seeing the herbage.
- Next, mince the garlic finely.
- In a large bowl combine the panko, ¼ cup of cheese, herbs, garlic and pepper. Stir to combine the dry ingredients. Add the EVOO and mix until everything is coated. At this point taste the mixture to see if it needs salt. I think the cheese adds enough but if you prefer it a bit saltier add about ¼ tsp of salt at this point and mix once more.
- Stuff about 1 to 2 tbsp of the breadcrumb mixture into each mushroom cap; how much depends on the size of the mushroom. Press the mixture in slightly to be sure you’re filling the cap completely.
- Place the mushrooms on the baking sheet and sprinkle the remaining 2 tbsp of cheese over the mushrooms.
- Bake the mushrooms for about 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Let them cool slightly before serving.
- These make a great side to just about any roasted meat or also perfect as an appetizer or special late night TV snack.
- If I’m serving them as an appetizer, I like to include a little sauce of some sort to top them. Try the following:
- Mix ¼ cup of cranberry sauce with 2 tsp of fruit juice or water to thin it out.
- Mix ¼ cup of yogurt with 1 tsp fresh dill and a dash of salt and pepper
- Mix ¼ cup of mayo with ½ tsp horseradish and 1 tsp of fresh chives