Thursday, December 30, 2010

Garlic Mushrooms with a Parsley Crust

These garlic mushrooms are perfect for dinner parties, or you could serve them in larger portions as a light supper with a green salad.

Serves: 4

Large mushrooms - 12 ounces, stems removed
Garlic cloves - 3, crushed
Butter - 12 tbsp, softened
Fresh white bread crumbs - 1 cup
Fresh parsley - 1 cup, chopped
Egg - 1, beaten
Salt - to taste
Cayenne pepper - to taste
Cherry tomatoes - 8, to garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Arrange the mushrooms cup side up, on a baking sheet. Mix together the garlic and butter in a small bowl and divide 8 tbsp of butter among the mushrooms.
2. Heat the remaining butter in a small frying pan and lightly saute the bread crumbs until golden brown. Place the chopped parsley in a bowl, add the bread crumbs, season the mixture with salt and cayenne pepper and mix well.
3. Stir in the egg and use the mixture to fill the mushroom caps. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the topping has browned and the mushrooms have softened. Garnish with quartered cherry tomatoes.

Cooks tip:
If you are planning ahead, stuffed mushrooms can be prepared up to 12 hours in advance and kept in the refrigerator before baking.

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