One way I’ve coaxed children and adults to love vegetables is by stuffing them. My kids wouldn’t go near bell peppers until I stuffed and baked them with ground beef and rice topped with tomato sauce. My cousin said she was “allergic” to eggplant. Last week I shoehorned buttery breadcrumbs and ground lamb into eggplant “slippers” and baked them. Her allergy miraculously vanished! Stuffed mushrooms have always been a much easier sell. Perhaps it’s because they’re so accommodating.
Stuffed mushrooms, like a great life-partner, love to meet your particular needs. On a budget? Delicious stuffings can be as frugal as leftover breadcrumbs sautéed in a bit of butter and garlic. Coins jiggling in your pocket? Stuff mushroom caps with chopped crab or lobster sautéed in butter and wine.
Perhaps you are looking for a finger food to pass. Select the small button-sized mushroom to stuff and serve. The larger “stuffing sized” mushrooms are perfect for small-plate dining or stuffed and used as an appetizer proceeding the main course. For the main course in a vegetarian dinner, mound the stuffing into portabella cups.
Serving this recipe warm from the oven on a bed of balsamic dressed greens is a wonderful idea, indeed, the way I’m presenting my dinnerFeed tonight!
For a blast of bright August flavor on a frigid January day, try roasting tomatoes. Baking or roasting transforms the winter tomato, minimizing the mealy texture and maximizing their sweet flavor. Last weekend I concocted the recipe below, and brought the appetizer (pictured above) to a party. I saved time by having the baker slice the baguette and … Full recipe post »
Most of my friends are in accord that it’s difficult enough to get your dwelling in shape for a party much less entertain, supply the bar and party food fare. Especially during the busy holiday season. My group is happy to pitch in, bringing a dish, a bottle, or in Frederick’s case (pictured at the piano) musical talent to help ease … Full recipe post »
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