What an elegant appetizer for the holidays. Shop River Valley for those wonderful mushrooms. The recipe calls for the two types of cheese and The Cheese People can fill your order. Check out Wild Tree for flavored grape seed oil and balsamic vinegar. Oh and don’t forget the winter wine from Glunz.
- 6 large button mushrooms or small portabella, about 1 pound
- Olive oil, for drizzling
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 to 6 tablespoons fresh goat cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed pepperoncino
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh bread crumbs
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
- Watercress or pea sprouts, for serving
- Reduced balsamic vinegar, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Remove the stems from the mushrooms, finely chop, and set aside. Set the caps, holes downwards, on a baking sheet, rub the mushrooms with a little olive oil, and bake 10 minutes to shrink slightly.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saute pan and gently fry the shallot until slightly soft, about 3 minutes. Add the chopped mushroom stems until soft, about 5 minutes more. Add the garlic, thyme, and pepperoncino one minute. Stir through all but a tablespoon of the bread crumbs. Taste, and season the mixture. Mix the parsley and remaining breadcrumbs together in a bowl.
- Pull the mushrooms from the oven and turn them hole-side up. Season the mushrooms with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Divide the cheese evenly among the mushrooms, pile on the filling, and then scatter the bread crumb-parsley mixture evenly over top. Drizzle with olive oil, and bake until the tops are golden and the filling is very hot, about 20 minutes.
- Serve with watercress or pea sprouts on the side and a generous swirl of balsamic reduction.
Recipe courtesy of Laura Calder Cooking Channel