stuffed mushrooms

July 13, 2008

if you own a car, you would know how it looks everytime after a wash – as good as new.  that is how i feel after a get-together with my friend, mona.  she is an amazing personality… she exudes such positive energy that it flushes you out of whatever dump you might be in and sweeps you into a clear, optimistic, high spirit.  god bless her.  and anybody whose life she is part of – as a daughter, as a sister, as a wife, as a mother, as a friend, as an acquintace, as a co-worker, or as any connection however remote – is blessed!

so here is a recipe to celebrate friendship and people who make this world a better place to live in.  this is a combination of the best of various recipes i found at ralphs and online. 

stuffed mushroom

ingredients

  • 1 pound mushrooms (white button-like variety – tasted better than brown)
  • 1/2 onion (finely chopped)
  • 4 garlic pods (finely chopped)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chilli flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon black ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 1/2 (8 oz.) package Philadelphia Neufchatel cheese, 1/3 less Fat than Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon coriander (finely chopped)

heat olive oil in a pan and saute onions, garlic and salt until onions become transluncet.  add the chilli flakes, cayenne pepper powder and black pepper powder and fry for a few minutes.  add the cheese and stir till it melts.  add the worcestershire sauce and the bread crumbs.  and stir for a couple of minutes.  the stuffing is ready!

wash the mushrooms and remove the stems.  on a baking tray lay out the mushrooms and heap in the stuffing (a little over a teaspoon in each).  sprinkle a little olive oil on top.  and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degree F for about 20-30 minutes until the mushrooms are cooked.  garnish with chopped coriander.

stuffed white mushrooms
stuffed brown mushrooms

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