This recipe hails from the kitchen and the imagination of my mother, Marcia. Often the best meals are created when one is trying to use items that are on hand--which is exactly how "Tapas Stuffed Mushrooms" was created! In just a few easy steps, you can enjoy this delicious treat! Happy Cooking!
1 heaping cup cornbread, crumbled
1/3 cup sour cream (or non-dairy substitute)
2 T. salted butter (additional amounts as needed)
2-3 T. each, diced red onion and red bell pepper
(*or other vegetables, as desired)
1 t. olive juice (from jar of green olives)
1 T. Herbs of Provence (*substitutions allowed)
6 green olives for garnish
*You can experiment with your favorite vegetables and herbs or even add crab meat with Old Bay seasoning for a change!
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Oven: 350 degrees
Step 1: Combine cornbread and sour cream in medium bowl. Set aside.
Step 2: Prepare mushrooms by removing small amount of white around the hole of the stem (which has been removed)
|Step 3: Chop onion and pepper to desired size and sauté in skillet until tender. Turn heat off and allow to cool slightly.|
Step 4: Using a small pastry brush, lightly coat tops and sides of mushrooms with the flavored butter from the skillet. Place mushrooms upside down in greased baking dish.
Step 5: Choose herbs. (Herbs of Provence are a combination of thyme, basil, savory, fennel seeds and lavender flowers)
Step 6: Add herbs, sautéed vegetables, and olive juice to cornbread mixture. If it seems too dry, add additional amount of melted butter, 1teaspoon at a time until you reach desired consistency (thick but not stiff)
Step 7: Stuff each mushroom with an equal portion of the filling. Press down lightly with spoon to assure that the filling stays in place.
Step 8: Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove baking dish and garnish with a stuffed olive.
Return to oven for the additional 10 minutes or finish baking closer to the time needed for serving.
|Last but most important: Cool five minutes. Enjoy as an appetizer, side dish or entrée!|