GOAT CHEESE STUFFED MUSHROOMS

Posted: November 2, 2014 in Food, Recipes, Uncategorized
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The Thanksgiving countdown begins!

This is a great side dish for any special occasion. And you can substitute to suit your needs. Goat cheese not your speed? Try Gruyère or smoked gouda. Need it to be gluten-free? Use easy-to-find GF breadcrumbs. Don’t like mushrooms? Okay…I can’t help you there…

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Ingredients:

 

1 package large white mushrooms

olive oil

1/2 shallot, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, through a press

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped

pinch of red pepper flakes

salt and pepper

fresh goat cheese

bread crumbs

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped

 

 

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Rinse the mushrooms in cold water to clean. Remove the stems of the mushrooms and set aside. Rub mushroom caps with olive oil and place on a baking sheet, open side, down, in a 400-degree oven for a few minutes.

In a pan, saute shallots and garlic in a little olive oil. Chop the mushroom stems finely and add to the pan. Add thyme and pepper flakes.

Reduce oven temp to 350 degrees after removing the mushroom caps. Flip the mushroom caps over so that they look like little bowls. Break off a small piece of goat cheese and place in each mushroom. Top each with sautéed shallot mixture. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top and sprinkle parsley over that.

Return baking sheet to the oven, cooking mushrooms until they are lightly golden in color, and the cheese has melted.

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Mushroom myth: Soaking mushrooms in cold water makes them mushy. Not true! Alton Brown, on an old episode of “Good Eats” on the Food Network, showed that mushrooms do not soak up any water when left to soak for even 30 minutes. So use your mushroom brush…use your kitchen towel…whatever you like. But I prefer to get them really clean with cold water.

 

 

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