Monday, March 31, 2014

Spinach & Feta Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms



Mushrooms may be one of my favorite foods.  There's nothing more I like as a side dish than a grilled portabella mushroom.  With it still being a bit chilly in Denver, the grill is not an option.  I stumbled on this recipe and altered it a bit.  This would make a wonderful meatless meal.  I served it with chicken and couscous and found it to be way to much food! This is a vegetarian's heaven.


Ingredients:

-2 large Portabella mushroom caps
-1 roma or plum tomato, diced
-2 large handfuls of fresh baby spinach
-1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
-1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
-small pinch of red pepper flakes
-small pinch white pepper
-1/4 cup Italian or Olive Oil & Vinegar dressing
-1/4 cup chicken broth




I don't rinse my mushrooms in water.  I think the mushrooms soak up the water and therefore limits it's ability to soak up the flavors stuffed inside it. Instead, use a damp paper towel to wipe down the mushroom caps removing any dirt. 

Cut the stem off with a knife and use a spoon to remove the dark gills on the underside of the mushroom caps. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.


Cut the stem off with a knife and use a spoon to remove the dark gills on the underside of the mushroom caps. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.




In a small bowl, combine the 2 handfuls of spinach, 1 chopped roma tomato, 1/4 cup feta cheese, 1/4 cup mozzarella, small pinch of white pepper, small pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, and 1/4 cup Italian dressing (or olive oil and vinegar dressing).  Toss together.






Place the mushrooms in a small baking dish.  Evenly divide the mixture and stuff the mushrooms.  Don't worry about stuffing them too full.  The spinach will wilt down when it's heated.



Have a little extra feta and mozzarella? Sprinkle on top so it will bubble and brown in the oven. Pretty!


Pour 1/4 - 1/2 cup of chicken broth in the bottom of baking dish, just enough that the mushrooms are sitting in a bit of liquid (depends on the size of your baking dish, how much you will need). Bake for 30-45 at 350 until the mushrooms are soft and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Enjoy while still warm!




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