With all the fuss about the e.coli and the uncertainty weather it comes from vegetables or not, I realized that I've been cooking too much meat lately. Therefore, the dinner this weekend was almost completely vegetarian. However, I cooked mushrooms which are said to be the "meat of the poor".
For one more time, I tried recreating my mom's recipe of stuffed mushrooms. I can not remember when particularly this recipe made it's debut on our dinner table, but it was reoccurring from time to time, each time with a little twist.
So, since the weekend was all about vegetarian food, I thought these mushrooms would be just a great idea. Unfortunately, I could not get mom on the phone since she had a long shift at the hospital. So, the only solution was to improvise. I think, I managed to remember most of the ingredients and the result resembled quit closely the original thing. I could not resist adding some bacon to the stuffing, but you could skip it for a vegetarian version.
15 large (about 4-5cm in diameter) champignon mushrooms, washed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small zucchini, very finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 red paprika, very finely chopped (optional)
5 slices bacon or smoked ham, finely chopped
3-4 tbsp creme fraiche or sour cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt, ground black and red pepper to taste
1. Remove the stems from the mushrooms, set the caps aside and finely dice the stems.
2. In a heavy sauce pan heat the oil.
3. Add the onions and cook on average heat until soft.
4. Stir in the diced mushroom stems, zucchini, paprika and bacon or ham (if using) and cook for about 10 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
5. Add the creme fraiche, season with salt and pepper and set aside.
6. Using a spoon stuff the mushroom caps with the filling and place in an ovenproof deep caserole dish, stuffing facing up.
7. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top of the mushrooms and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes. Serve either hot or chilled, as a starter or a part of a main course. Also very good for party food, a bit more complicated than pop corn and tortillas with salsa :P