Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Dodgy photo, yummy mushroom

This is a ludicrously poor pic of a lone mushroom - but all the others had been eaten by then, so it was one mushroom or none!

This year I hosted our family Boxing Day do, and decided to go with an Italian theme (Grandma's favourite food - and mine), so put together a small mountain of antipasti.

I was also determined to create The Perfect Stuffed Mushroom, and, ladies and gentlemen, I think I may have succeeded!

This stuffing mix made enough to stuff about 16 standard closed cup mushrooms.

16 closed cup mushrooms
A few dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in boiling water, then chopped
A big handful of chopped parsley
c. 60g finely grated parmesan
70g pancetta cubes, slowly fried in olive oil until crisp - then cooled
Breadcrumbs of a 2-day-old medium white bloomer
1 medium onion and 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped, and fried gently in olive oil and cooled
Plenty of fresh black pepper and sea salt to taste (the pancetta and parmesan are quite salty)

1. Mix together all stuffing ingredients and a little of the water from the porcinis - it needs to be a moist and ever-so-slightly sticky mix.

2. Squidge it into clumps and stuff into the mushrooms (after you've removed the stalks!) - squidge a bit more on top too.

3. Place in an oiled dish and drizzle with good olive oil. Cover in foil.

4. You may need to amend this dependent on your oven, but I baked them in a medium oven, at about 180 C, for about 15 minutes covered in foil for the first 10), then whacked it up to 220 C for another 5 minutes to crisp them off. I then let them cool a bit and served them warm (not hot).