Sunday, February 18, 2007

stuffed roasted portobellinis with pine nuts and breadcrumbs

so here is the continuation of my previous post called, .... of things to come. for information about portobellini mushrooms (which are the size of the palm of your hand), please see the links in that blog entry.

these stuffed mushrooms make a perfect appetizer and are very simple to make. the combination of garlic, red pepper flakes and pine nuts adds a lot of flavour to mushroom caps.

don't omit using the lemon juice as it adds an incredible boost to the portobellinis. i've tried it without and it's just not the same. you can use fresh bread crumbs, too — just grind up a good bread in the food processor or blender.

roasted portobellini mushrooms with pine nuts


4 portobellini mushrooms (or 2 large portobellos)
1/3 c. olive oil
juice of one lemon

2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/3 c. pine nuts
1/3 - 1/2 c. breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper, to taste

sometimes i add 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley & dried sweetened cranberries


clean mushrooms with a paper towel and remove the stems. with one tablespoon of the oil, coat a pyrex dish. put juice of the lemon into a plastic ziploc bag and add mushroom caps and shake to coat mushrooms with lemon juice (do not skip this step). place mushrooms in the pyrex dish stem side up.

dice mushroom stems. sauté them in the rest of the olive oil with the garlic until the garlic turns golden brown. it will seem like a lot of oil but it's not — you need it to sauté the breadcrumbs. it will get absorbed right away as you add them.

stir in the pine nuts and bread crumbs. add red pepper flakes, lots of black pepper and some salt to taste. cook for 30 sec to 1 minute and remove from the heat.

spoon the sautéed mixture into the mushroom caps. bake uncovered in 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. serve hot.



ServesYouRight said...

oooh - portobellinis are my favorite litte mushrooms. Looks delish!!!

(who is drooling at her computer!)

Pam said...

Are portobellinis the same as crimini? I've never seen 'portobellinis' in the stores here.

Having said that - whatever you call them, I'd eat them! There is nothing better than a mushroom stuffed with garlic, breadcrumbs and whatever other flavorings you like. Delicious.

burekaboy — said...

smita - :P thanks. now wipe up that drool! lol.

pam - yep, same but overgrown and smaller version of portobellos. i added the link for you if you want to read the info.

they didn't last long ... i ate them all!

chanit said...

כל כך יפה, ואתה מצלם באופן אומנותי ביותר.
ת ע נ ו ג
אתמול הכמתי מרק קטן מפטריות ובצל וקישוא, יצא יופי- לא רואה פה כאלו פטריות כמו שלך
Great - thank you !

beenzzz said...

Yum! I love stuffed portabello mushrooms, so I am sure I would love these as well! Aren't these called cremini's too or am I thinking of something else?

Emily DeVoto, Ph.D., said...

I've decided that garlicky bread crumbs are my new favorite food...

aria said...

hiya burekaboy! i LOVE stuffed mushies but eat them very rarely because my darling doesnt eat mushrooms. can you believe it!? these look delish, what a clever idea to use pine nuts, grins.

burekaboy — said...

הי חנית - המרק היה צריך להיות מצוין. באמת אין להם פטריות גדולות כאלה? מוזר

תודה על המחמאות

beenzzz - yep overgrown ones! they're baby portobellos.

emily - LOL, sounds like you've found a new food group to add to the pyramid. i love 'em, too! :)

hey there wifibunny gurl - i have a friend who HATES mushrooms cause they "squeak". i so don't get it. oh well, more for us, i'd say! :P the pine nuts are totally amazing in them with the hot red peppers.

TopChamp said...

Mushrooms are my favourite... I once had a curry dinner (take away) of spiced mushrooms, followed by mushroom rice with curry sauce. Possibly took it a bit far. Also a big fan of pardesi as it has spinach (another fave veg) and mushrooms together.

I would be drooling if I hadn't just come home from eating at a friends where she stuffed me to the gills with Thai curry.

You're even foody on your word verification today (pieyb!)

burekaboy — said...

TC - LOL, mushroom overload, i'd say. i love them, too. my fave from childhood is still cream of mushroom soup. now you can find all sorts of different types at the food stores rather than just the plain white button type ones. i really like oyster mushrooms and fresh shiitakes.