Tuesday, June 15, 2010

77. Stuffed Mushrooms, Not a Turkey

My mother made the best sage dressing I have ever tasted. For years it only appeared with the Thanksgiving turkey; that is until the day she read a recipe for wrapping round steak around dressing and calling the finished product, beef birds.

We ate them, but the birds were not our favorite...actually, it seemed like a waste of good stuffing . As time went on, she tried stuffing thick pork chops which had been partially split to form a little pocket. Like the beef birds, the expectation was greater than the end result.

I never gave much thought to stuffing anything except the big November bird until I planned a microwave cooking class. As I searched and tested recipes, I  found an interesting one for stuffed mushrooms. The good news was that I knew that if the mushrooms did not turn out well, I would not have wasted much time, money or effort.

The surprise was on me, the stuffed mushrooms were so wonderful, I could hardly stop eating them. My class of participants also thought the same thing. Although the original recipe was meant to be an appetizer, I have often served them as a side dish...if I was home alone, I could make a meal of them without any problem.

Stuffed Mushrooms

12 Large, fresh mushrooms (1 1/2 -2 inches in diameter)
3 T butter or Smart Balance margarine, melted and divided
¼ C fine dry bread crumbs
1 T chopped fresh parsley or 1 tsp dried parsley
¼ tsp dried Italian seasoning or Parmesan blend dipping spice
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

1 T lemon juice

Clean mushrooms with damp paper towels.

Remove stems; set caps aside and chop stems.

Combine chopped stems with 2 T butter and all other ingredients except lemon. Stir well. Combine remaining 1 T butter and lemon juice. Brush mushroom caps with this butter mixture. Spoon stuffing mixture into caps. Place mushrooms in a circular pattern on a platter. Microwave on HIGH for 2-3 minutes. Be sure to turn plate after 1.5 minutes if your microwave does not have a rotation feature. 12 appetizers.

Note: Mushrooms will be very hot, wait, (if you can), for them to cool before eating!

1 comment:

  1. Marian wrote: Your stuffed mushroom idea and the chicken and dumplings sound really good.