Mozzarella and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms: An Easy Starter, Snack or Supper Recipe
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For the hunter gatherer
Grow your own mushrooms
This recipe is delightfully easy and simply delicious. Allow one mushroom per portion for a starter or side dish, allow two for a main dish.
- 4 portobello mushrooms
- 1 large onion finely diced
- 200 grams of smoked bacon lardons
- 200 grams of good quality mozzarella cheese
- 100 grams of grated parmesan cheese
- a good handful of fresh thyme sprigs
- 1 small red chili thinly sliced into circle shapes
- 150 ml olive oil
- 1 lb of fresh, ripe tomatoes de-skinned and roughly chopped, remove the green stalks as they can be bitter
- 5 crushed garlic cloves
- salt and cracked black pepper to season
- Gently wipe the mushrooms inside and outside: a mushroom brush is handy.
- Place the mushrooms cap side down in a baking dish and drizzle over a little of the olive oil, bake in a moderate oven for 6 to 8 minutes.
- While the mushrooms are in the oven dry fry the bacon lardons over a low heat allowing the fat to slowly melt, this will result in crispy lardons and plenty of fat for the onions to soak up.
- Once the lardons begin to colour add the onions and two crushed garlic cloves, stir to coat the onions in the lardon juices.
- Cook till the lardons are nice and crisp and the onions translucent (3 to 5 mins).
- Remove the mushrooms from the oven and remove from the baking dish.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, the remaining garlic, a few thyme sprigs, slices of chili (keeping back a few to garnish) to the baking dish, drizzle over the remaining olive oil, season and bake in the oven (3 to 5 mins) while you arrange your mushrooms.
- Top each mushroom evenly with the bacon and onion mixture, tear the mozzarella into small pieces and dot over the bacon and onion mix.
- Add a few thyme sprigs and a little black pepper.
- Remove the baking dish from the oven, arrange the stuffed mushrooms on top of the tomatoes and replace in the oven, bake for 12 to 15 mins or so until the mushrooms are tender and the cheese in just melting.
- Remove the dish and top each stuffed mushroom with a good sprinkle of parmesan cheese, grill on a moderate heat for 2 to 3 mins till the cheese is nicely melted and has a light golden brown colour.
- Remove the mushrooms from the baking dish, place to one side.
- The tomatoes should be well cooked and be a delicious chutney consistency.
- Serve the stuffed mushrooms with a good spoon of the tomato chutney and garnish with a ring or two of chili.
- Add an extra sprig of thyme (optional).
- A little mixed salad leaf will give the perfect professional look.
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- Opt for diced red peppers instead of the bacon lardons. Fry the peppers in a little butter or olive oil adding a good pinch of smoked paprika just before you add the onion and garlic.
- Another combination that works, smoked cheese and spring onions. Fry your onions and garlic in a little oil, add a little smoked cheese at the same time as you top the mushroom with mozzarella sprinkle over the finely diced spring onions.
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Never ever use water to clean your mushrooms: mushrooms absorb liquid like a sponge. Watery mushrooms are not very tasty. We want a meaty texture with lots of earthy flavor. Use a clean cloth and gently wipe the mushrooms. Alternatively invest in a mushrrom brush; a great little gadget that does the job. Simply brush the mushrooms gently to remove any grit or dirt.
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