Nut stuffed mushrooms

It’s international burger day on 28 May and so the South African Mushroom Association and I have partnered up to share daily recipes between now and then, so you have a host of options to choose from…

Serves 4

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 5-8 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 fresh Portobello mushrooms, cleaned and trimmed (1 per person plus 1 extra mushroom for the stuffing)
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp Canola/Olive oil 
  • 60g mixed unsalted nuts (brazils***/hazelnuts/almonds/walnuts)
  • 1 tbsp. margarine
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh herbs e.g. parsley, fennel, dill, chives
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

METHOD

  1. Cut the stems from the mushrooms and finely dice these along with one whole mushroom.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  3. Finely dice the onion and crush the garlic cloves.
  4. Place the onion and garlic in a saucepan with the Canola/Olive oil and sweat them in the oil until the onion is soft and beginning to brown. Add the chopped mushroom stalks and sweat the vegetables for a few more minutes.
  5. Lightly toast the mixed nuts in a medium oven or grill and remove the skins.
  6. Grind the mixed nuts fairly finely in a food processor or using a mortar and pestle and add to the pan along with the margarine, dried herbs, fresh herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Mix to combine.
  7. Place the field mushrooms, stem side up, on a baking tray. Divide the mixture between the mushrooms and spread over the surface of each one.
  8. Bake in the oven for 5-8 minutes or until the tops are beginning to brown and the mushrooms are just cooked. Serve 2-3 mushrooms on each plate along with a salad garnish.