Monday, July 2, 2012

A Shortcut to (Stuffed) Mushrooms


So how are you liking the blog so far? I’m really enjoying it, but I’d love to hear what you all think. And yes, that is a blatant attempt at getting you all to test out the commenting and the Contact Me page.




And hey, this will be another big day in the world of my lovely blog! This is the first time that I'll be sharing a recipe that isn't baking.

WHAT? NOT BAKING?

I know, right? It's amazing. Now I can trick you all in to thinking that I don't just sit around eating cupcakes and cookies all day in between copious amounts of caffeination.



The first time I made these stuffed mushrooms was with an old friend, on a day when we were bored, hungry, and blessed with three boxes of manager's special Farmer Maggot's white mushrooms. He had also purchased a container of some sort of southwestern dip, and suddenly got the genius idea to fill the mushrooms with it.

While he performed some strange kitchen dance with a knife, a spoon, and some sorta-in-the-process-of-being-stuffed mushrooms, I grabbed a plastic bag and some cream cheese.

"What are you doing?" he asked, while struggling with the messy but delicious filling he was using.

"Just trust me," I told him, while I dumped a few more things into the bag-- garlic powder, pepper, salt…

By this point, he had messily filled about a quarter of the mushrooms. So I squished the bag around and clipped off a corner. I started piping the mixture into the mushrooms and…

…finished filling my half of the mushrooms before he did.

And so we popped them into the oven, baked them until they looked done, and pulled them out.

Now I wish I could tell you we piled them high onto a lovely plate and presented them to our friends to enjoy and share, like we were celebrating someone's birthday.

But no. We ate them. All of them. About half of them as we transferred them from cookie sheet to plate.

Oops.

So which one of us is Merry, and which is Pippin?

(Have you ever watched the extended editions of all three Lord of the Rings movies in a row? Are you excited for the Hobbit movies? Do you think it's a good idea or bad that it's being split into two movies? Would you rather I had made lembas bread for my Lord of the Rings post? Should I try it?)




Stuffed Mushrooms


4 oz cream cheese (slightly softened)
1 clove garlic (chopped up into bitty pieces)
1 t paprika (or more!)
1 t celery salt (or more!)
½ t pepper (or more!)
½ t nutmeg
2 boxes white mushrooms (wash them, please!)

1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190.6 C).

2. Pull the stems out of all the mushrooms. Make sure they haven't bloomed too much, because then they're bad and spore-y (this is a lesson I learned from Boyf while we made these).

3. Remember the frosting trick? Do that again, and this time, put the cream cheese into the baggie (after you've folded down the edges! I got mine all goopy by accident).

4. Toss in the garlic and all those herbs and spices! Add more or less or different herbs if you want, or leave things out that you don't like. I love paprika and pepper, and I bet a bit of cayenne or basil or seasoning salt would be great in this as well. Be careful with the salts, though.

5. Squish the bag around until it's well-mixed, but be careful! You do not want delicious cream cheese mix on your hands, you want it in the mushrooms.

6. Taste your concoction! Add more things, if you think it needs them. Sadly, unless you are very patient, you cannot take them out. You can, however, add more cream cheese to soften too-intense flavor.

7. Put the mushrooms on a cookie sheet lined with greased aluminum foil, or a silicone baking pad, or parchment paper. Whatever floats your boat.

8. Pipe the tasty delicious cream cheese mix into the glorious mushrooms. You will be shocked at how easy and fast this is.


9. Put the mushrooms in the oven for 10-20 minutes, checking every five minutes. I took mine out after 14, when most of the little filled mushrooms had nice brown caps on them.

10. Sprinkle some paprika on top. Enjoy for elevenses or with your luncheon.

And guys? I sautéed the leftover mushroom stems. With lots of butter! And salt! And garlic! To your left, you may witness the consumption of said stems straight from the pan. Classy.

These stuffed mushrooms are best enjoyed in your bare feet, with a pint and a good book.


6 comments:

  1. Lol! My favorite one so far! Except for the maggot part... I want to try them. Love you!

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  2. I think you should try Lembas bread, but it's okay that this is your LOTR post, you can do Lembas for it also, or for a specific book of the trilogy, etc. I like your blog!! :D

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    1. Thank you! :) I agree, and that's why I only put Fellowship for this one. :)

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  3. hi honey; i am going to make these delicious looking mushrooms. i can hardly wait until you make these with your homemade goat cheese and mozzarella cheese. YUMMY!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU. :)

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  4. Lembas bread yes

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  5. Baketress,

    This is one of my favorite posts thus far. I must admit that is mostly because I absolutely love The Lord of the Rings. The mushrooms look really tasty too though. Your skills impress me even further when I read that you do more than bake! Also, no other blog that I know of combines books and food the way you do. On a final note, I believe in this instance you are Merry.

    Your humble servant,

    Dorian Gray

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