Florentine-Style Stuffed Mushrooms

It wouldn’t be fair if I wrote a 1-in-3 series about mushrooms, without a stuffed-mushrooms recipe. They are one of the few vegetables that tastes great when stuffed, not only because of their shape, but also their rich flavour and texture.

The stuffing can be as decadent as a cream cheese or simple as seasoned bread crumbs. Here, I stuff my mushrooms with a layer of spinach, for nutritional value, and bread crumbs, for the crunch. They can be served as appetizers or a light supper with green salad. You can prepare them 12 hours in advance and bake them just before you need ‘em. This is ‘3’ of the 1-in-3 - Mushrooms.

When selecting mushrooms for stuffing, buy ones that are fairly large to hold the filling. I normally buy mushrooms that are labeled as 'Stuffing Portabella'. I find them regularly at Trader Joe’s.

Ingredients

Stuffing portabella mushrooms – 6
Onion – ¼ cup, finely chopped
Garlic – 2 cloves, chopped
Fresh or frozen spinach – ½ cup, cooked, if fresh and squeezed
Oregano –1 tbsp
Red pepper flakes – ½ tsp
Juice of a lemon
Bread crumbs – ½ cup
Thyme or parsley – 2 tbsp, finely chopped
Oil or melted butter – 3 tbsp
Salt
Pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 375F. Grease a shallow ovenproof dish or a baking pan. The dish should be big enough to hold all the mushrooms in a single layer. Remove the mushroom stalks and using a small spoon, carve the insides of the mushroom caps, to hold stuffing.

In a pan, heat a tsp of oil, sauté onion and garlic. When onions become soft, add spinach, oregano, red pepper flakes and salt. Mix well and take off the flame. Add lemon juice to the mixture.

In a bowl, combine bread crumbs, thyme, pepper and oil or melted butter. Mix until the bread crumbs is moistened.

Arrange the mushroom caps, gills uppermost, in the prepared dish. Drizzle the caps with oil and season with salt and pepper. Divide the spinach mixture among them. Top with the bread crumbs mixture. Bake for 25 minutes, until the mushrooms are tender and the topping is golden brown.

Florentine-Style Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms served with sweet potato fries and cucumber slices – A simple summer lunch.

43 comments:

musical said...

I love those stuffing portobello mushrooms! and i agree, stuffed mushrooms are a must have :). atlast i have found someone who agress with me soooooooo much on mushrooms! more power to you, girl :).

Coffee said...

Suganya, yours is one blog where all the posts you come out with, makes me want to try them! I think ever since your steamed dumplings..... I have all in my must try list! :)

Needless to say this is going there as well. :)

Pavani said...

OMG.. Those mushrooms look delicious. I'm hooked big time on mushrooms, but my husband doesn't even like to see them.. I usually use them when he's traveling. I'm going to bookmark this recipe and make them next time he travels. Thanks Suganya.

bee said...

we always order this at romano's macaroni grill love them.

Nandita said...

I'm in love with the pic, the portobellos almost look like earthenware into which crumbs are stuffed. Lovely meal idea Suganya...want to try this out sometime...

Madhu said...

Hi Suganya,
You present your dish so well feels like taking a bite out of it even for me who doesn't like mushrooms.

Suganya said...

Am so on yr side Musical. What is not to like about them. I think, people often try mushrooms that are not cooked appropriately, hence disapprove them.

Thank you coffee. Try 'em lemme know whether you like my recipes :)

Pavani, Mushroom is yr choice for a home-alone party? Enjoy Gal!

There are only crab-stuffed mushrooms in the branch nearby, Bee. The inspiration for this recipe is the mushrooms I had at Maagiano's Little Italy. They have some terrific stuffed mushroom that they serve over butter sauce.

They do look like little pots, Nandita. I dint notice it until you told me :)

archana said...

The picture looks gr8 Suganya. The dish must be tasting yum. You will not believe it I have never tasted mushrooms, the smell while cooking puts me off :D

Vcuisine said...

Looks perfect Suganya. With its ingredients I feel the stuffings will be tasty. Viji

TheCooker said...

Gorgeous!
I lurve mushrooms....trying your mushroom masala this weekend.

Meeta said...

Lovely. Simple but I can imagine the wonderful combination of flavors in this dish. Nice one!!

Raaga said...

I have bookmarked your 1 in 3 :-) all three are stuff that I will try. Both S and I love our mushrooms and that's a must on our weekly shopping trips.

Happy cook said...

I love mushrooms and this looks delicious.

Shyam said...

I'm not crazy about mushrooms but by god you make them sound gorgeous! :) I think my husband would like this.

Cinnamon said...

Looks wonderful!! Must be tasting yummyy too!!

indosungod said...

Suganya, you call it a simple lunch but this looks oh so gorgeous and sophisticated.

sra said...

Crumbtious!

Susan said...

An act of delicious contrition, Suganya, after your meltingly-rich mushroom pastries. You know, vegetables are just as gorgeous as cupcakes when prepared well and photographed with care.

Laavanya said...

Great looking stuffed mushrooms. The recipe I use has shallots, breadcrumbs & parmesan (on my blog). I like the healthy addition of spinach in yours.

Sharmi said...

very pretty looking baked mushrooms. these days you seem to be cooking lot of mushrooms:) I loved the combination of ingredients used.

Rajitha said...

these look so good. i personally dislike mushrooms, but seeing these makes me feel bad for my dislike for them :0(

Asha said...

Got to get home ASAP!! You are all tempting me too much this morning!:)

lakshmi said...

i think you must have heard this from a zillion people, but your pics seriously rock!!

on a side note, im glad the mushroom series is over (no no mushrooms for me, developed an allergy :( ). so what's next on the menu for me to drool over?

Padma said...

I love the taste of portabella mushrooms, they are are meaty and full of flavors compared to the white button ones...loved the recipe and pictures too

Tee said...

I am drooling over this mushroom recipe....feel like picking one up :) All the 3 mushroom recipes are amazing for a mushroom lover like me.

Sandeepa said...

I love Stuffed mushrooms. Looks super

Poonam said...

Looks yummy!

Priyanka said...

Oh my its raining mushrooms on your blog.... wish i could try it out but P hates mushrooms... loved all the recipes Suganya:) and ur pics are amazing as usual

Cynthia said...

Yes! Yes! Yes! I was wondering if you were going to feature a stuffed mushroom. I am giddy with happiness here and have bookmarked the recipe. I looooove stuffed mushrooms. Great job, Suganya.

Seema said...

Suganya...beautiful photography again. How do you manage to come up with such beauties every time girl? Nice Nice.... I would like to order a plat of that ;-).

Latha said...

The stuffed mushrooms look groovy Suganya! I was just at u're blog a little bit back and then someone stopped by to talk to me so i could not comment on this one! Had to come back back though for the visual treat! those fries look so good.

SeeC said...

Your pictures really tempt me.
Liked your stuffings...

ramya said...

all the mushroom recipes here are amazing and looking good. will try them.the pics make me drool over them and try them.

Nags said...

i love mushroom, though I know a lot of people who cant stand it.

again, like i comment in most blogs, the only variety i have seen in india is buttom mushroom.

love ur pics :) and thanks for dropping and that amazing tip for my wheat dosa. will definitely try it next time.

Suganya said...

Thank you to each one of you for dropping by!

Susan, Yr comparison of mushrooms with cupcakes is adorable :)

Lakshmi, too bad you cannot enjoy these power packets provided by nature. Next, whatever I lay my eyes on my "To-Post" folder.. Stick around...

Dee said...

suganya, reminds me of deluxe in phoenix when you talk abt sweet potato fries. they have the best fries ever! one of my friend makes these stuffed mushrooms on a grill !!!

david santos said...

I love of your recipes, thank you

Bharathy said...

I am coming across this variety here..
So I learned about Portabella mushrooms,how they change colour to a beautiful purple when baked,how they can be stuffed with mildly spiced bread-crumbs etc..:)
Love your pics,Sugi, as always!!:)..

rahin said...

those mushrooms look fab...very gud looking blog

Shankari said...

I have been wanting to make these at home and have been looking for a recipe. cool I will try this now

Sig said...

Looks lovely! I lovve stuffed mushrooms, I fill mine with crab though :) Haven't bought stufing portobellos though, will look out for those at TJ's.

Pragyan said...

Hi Suganya, Wow! You have a great collection of mushroom recipes. Great blog..

Priya said...

Hi..have so far used quite a bit of my office time going through your blog. :) .. very nice recipes...i am a big mushroom fan, but i am yet to see this kind of a variety in Bangalore..the mushrooms look delicious...

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