Thursday, January 1, 2009

Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are a great side dish or appetizers at a party. They are super simple to make and a real crowd pleaser. You can add alot of different things when it comes to stuffing them but this is what I had on hand tonight and it went over very well. In general I do not like the taste of an uncooked mushroom so I placed a small amount of olive oil in a pan and let them kind of hang out for a few mins and get a little cooked. They were juicey when I stuffed them and continued to cook more while in the oven. I've had stuffed mushrooms before that were on the rubbery side and I believe it's because they didnt soften them up a bit before cooking. You dont have to do that step but I prefer mine this way. I also used a regular pack of mushrooms and mine had about 14 in them.
Bacon and Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms..serves 3 or 4 generously
3 slices of bacon;diced up
12-14 mushrooms
1 TBLSPN Butter
1 TBPSLPN chopped Onion;optional
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Place bacon in a skillet and cook over medium heat until done;drain and set aside(if u like you can use the left over grease and a little butter to cook the stems later on) Preheat oven to 400 or 200 celcius. Remove stems from caps and dice up the stems. In same pan melt the butter and add in the chopped stems and onion:cooking slowly until the onions are soft. Remove from heat. In a bowl combine the mushrooms stem mixture,bacon and all the cheese except for enough to sprinkle over the top;mix well and scoop the mixture into the caps. Bake for 15 mins or until the cheese has melted. Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining cheese on top.