Rustic, woodsy cremini mushrooms are the perfect flavor this time of year, and they make a killer app for gatherings big and small — especially when combined with the nuttiness of aged, hard Italian cheeses such as Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino Romano.
Whether you're new to cooking or a seasoned expert, stuffed mushrooms are an ideal start to any meal, and many versions are vegetarian! Keep it simple by baking 'shroom caps with a cold cheese mixture, or opt for a more sophisticated variation by making your own breadcrumbs, then adding sautéed vegetables into the stuffing before sticking the bites into the oven. Interested? Then keep reading.
1/2 cup Italian-style dried bread crumbs Makes 28 mushrooms. 3 slices firm white sandwich bread Makes 20 mushroom hors d'oeuvres.
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
28 large (2 1/2-inch-diameter) white mushrooms, stemmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
20 large (2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter) white mushrooms (1 lb)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
1 oz finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup Italian-style dried bread crumbs
Makes 28 mushrooms.
3 slices firm white sandwich bread
Makes 20 mushroom hors d'oeuvres.