Stuffed mushrooms are often a staple as a passed hors d'oeuvres, or on the holiday buffet table. When done well, they are amazing; when done poorly, the fungi (fun-guy) should just leave the party (ba da dum!).
Fortunately for me (and my guests), I stumbled upon a fantastic Ina Garten version several years ago, and they have been on my Thanksgiving menu ever since. This year, instead of doing the same old thing, I decided to use her awesome recipe as an inspiration for something new: A savory filling of panko bread crumbs, gourmet mushrooms, herbs, garlic, and mascarpone are stuffed into a large white mushroom for a lovely & lightened version of a great starter!
Savory Stuffed Mushrooms with Mascarpone Cheese & Panko
inspired by Ina Garten's stuffed mushroom recipe
makes 12 large mushrooms
(2) 14 ounce packages of large white stuffing mushrooms
4 ounces of 'fancy' mushrooms (I use shiitake mushrooms)
1/2 cup chopped scallions, both white & green sections
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
3 cloves of garlic, minced
5 ounces mascarpone cheese
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons dry sherry
1 tablespoon finely chopped italian parsley
fresh ground black pepper
Preheat your oven to 325F. Reserve a large baking sheet.
Gently wipe down the large mushrooms with a damp paper towel, cleaning any dirt or debris away. Remove the mushroom stems from the caps and and reserve. Place the caps in a large bowl.
Once all the caps are removed, toss them gently with the 3 tablespoons of dry sherry and 3 out of your four tablespoons of olive oil. Place aside.
Gently wipe down the shiitake mushrooms or the gourmet mushrooms of your choosing. Chop finely, along with the stems of the large mushrooms reserved earlier, and place into a medium sized bowl.
Peel and mince your garlic cloves, and wash and chop the scallions. Reserve.
In a large skillet, heat your remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, over medium-high heat. Once heated, add the chopped mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes, making sure not to burn them. Add the scallions, garlic, and a generous pinch of kosher salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Cook 2 more minutes. Add the panko bread crumbs and stir so they are evenly distributed.
Next, add the mascarpone cheese and parsley. Mix thoroughly. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the heat.
Arrange the large mushroom caps on the reserved baking sheet (about 12 of them).
Take a generous spoonful of stuffing and fill each mushroom cap to slightly overflowing. Give a light sprinkle of kosher salt over each of the mushrooms.
Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the mushrooms are cooked through and the tops are golden and tender.