Is life too short to stuff a mushroom? Shirley Conran (ex wife of Terence) certainly thought so but I disagree. It's not like stuffing a chicken, it's much less time consuming for a start.
Well this is an ultra cheap recipe which my son loved. Not a big surprise because he loves mushrooms but even my vegetable dodging husband pronounced them a success. I served these with some oven sweet potato chips (fries) which are simply made by cutting the peeled sweet potato into sticks, tossing in olive oil and roasting. The cooking time will vary depending on the thickness. Mine took around 30 minutes.
Mushrooms Stuffed with Grana Padano and Spinach - serves 1 adult and 1 child
8 medium sized mushrooms (I used chestnut mushrooms and mine weighed 220g, approx 8oz)
1 tsp olive oil plus 1 tbsp
2 cloves of garlic
2 blocks of frozen chopped spinach (50g, 2 oz) or substitute with fresh, chopped washed spinach
1 slice of wholemeal bread made into crumbs
40g (1.5 oz) grana padano (or vegetarian vintage cheddar) plus 5-10g (1/4 oz); grated
Preheat the oven to 200oC / 400F.
Take the stems out of the mushrooms and chop them up. Heat the tsp oil in a frying plan and fry the pieces of mushroom. Chop the garlic and add it in. Fry for a couple of minutes until everything is softened. In the meantime, cook the spinach following pack instructions or add the washed leaf spinach to the pan (the heat will wilt it). Once the spinach is in add in the breadcrumbs and 40g cheese.
Stuff each mushroom with the mixture and top with the remaining cheese and the remaining tbsp olive oil drizzled over the top.
Bake for approx 20 minutes. I served my son with two, he insisted on two more and would have eaten more still if any had been left.
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