Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cottage Cheese-stuffed Baked Portobello Mushrooms

when i started making these mushrooms, i was a bit nervous. you see, this was not exactly my first attempt at making stuffed mushrooms. past attempts, which involved white button mushrooms, usually ended up in a soggy mess that didn't really measure up to taste as well. i got frustrated and shelved the thought of stuffed mushrooms - until i came upon a box of mini portobello mushrooms during one of my grocery store visits. when i looked up recipes online on how best to use them, the suggestion to stuff and then bake/grill them kept coming up - and i decided to give it one more try.



i made up my own stuffing with paneer (cottage cheese), adding in tomatoes and topping it all off with cheddar cheese. and to give it a bit of flavour, i used olive oil seasoned with garlic and chilli flakes. once the mushrooms were done, i waited for them to cool a bit and then took a bite - with the flavours of the mushroom and cheese coming together, i felt like i was eating a mini shrooms pizza (without the dough)! :) the natural flavour of mushrooms is enhanced in this dish and is complemented rather than submerged by the cheese stuffing - if you like mushrooms, you gotta love it :)
 
Ingredients:

9 or 10 mini Portobello mushrooms
1/2 cup crumbled Paneer
1/4 Cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 big tomato, minced finely (*i removed the seeds before mincing them)
1/2 small Onion, minced finely
5 tbsp Olive oil
1 heaped tsp Chilli flakes (* just dry-grind some dried red chillis)
Salt, to taste

Making the Stuffed Baked Portobello Mushrooms:

Wash your mushrooms and pat them dry with a clean tea towel. Remove the stems and keep aside if you want to use them in the stuffing or just discard them (I discarded the stems). Using a rounded teaspoon, gently remove the gills from the cap and discard them. Keep aside. Heat half the olive oil on a low flame, add in the garlic and keep for a few minutes and then add in the chilli flakes. the idea is to allow the flavours to get absorbed slowly, so don't crank up the heat. When the garlic starts to get a bit brown, turn off the heat and take the pot off the stove. Add in the rest of the oil and mix well.




Preheat your oven to 200 deg C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Using a pastry brush or your fingers, coat each mushroom with a bit of the oil from the heated mixture (on the top and bottom) and then place gill-side up on the parchment paper. Mix the crumbled paneer, minced tomato and onion well, adding salt while mixing them up. Once its well mixed, put the mixure into the remaining garlic-chilli-olive oil and mix well. Stuff each mushroom with about a spoonful of this mixture (or more if you are able to balance it), top with the grated cheddar and then put them into the oven to bake for about 15 minutes or until the cheddar cheese turns golden brown in colour. Serve immediately as these taste best when they are warm. (*When I baked these mushrooms, i noticed water seeping out after a while - in that case, just keep the mushrooms for a while in the oven even after you turn it off. The water will evaporate with the heat.)


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9 comments:

Cynthia

Yamini, it is great to see your first post! Looking forward to many more!

I love, love, love mushrooms and especially stuffed mushrooms. I think that the idea of stuffing them with the paneer and breadcrumbs is brilliant. Of course, topping it off with cheddar is the crowning glory! :)

We only get imported portobellos here in the Caribbean and it is always over-priced. I usually wait until I travel overseas to get my full of mushrooms.

PJ

Congrats on ur first post Yamini.I have never made stuffed mushrooms and this looks like a keeper.Thanks for sharing a lovely recipe with us...

Jann

I am loving this-wonderful combination of foods and so healthy!

Cara

I love cottage cheese and I've never used it this way. Thanks for the idea!

Yamini V

Dear all,
thank you for your wonderful, encouraging words - i am really happy to come on board and am looking forward to many more posts :)
@Cynthia: glad u like the recipe - please do try it out (when you get hold of some mushrooms) and let me know how it turned out :)
@PJ: yep, this recipe really is a keeper - and not too hard to make as well!
@Jann: i love it too - and its a real bonus that its healthy!
@Cars: i am really fond of cottage cheese too - will try and put up more recipes with it :)

blessedmama

These mushrooms look good. I'm vegan, so I can totally see me veganizing this. Thanks for the idea. :-)

Yamini V

@Blessedmama: that sounds wonderful! i would love to know how you made a vegan version - please drop me a note to tell me how you adapted it! :)

HarriC

These mushrooms look fantastic. I do love mushrooms, but mainly stick to the button variety.

Bronson

Tried this last night and realized there was no baking time listed, or I missed it. I baked them at 200 for 30 minutes, and everything was still a little undercooked. The flavors are all there, but I'll have to work on the time. Thanks!

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