Stuffed mushrooms are the perfect solution when you want an elegant appetizer that is easy and quick to prepare.
I have a weird dinner party obsession: I need to make a 5 course meal when entertaining. I have this sinking guilty feeling that I am a horrible host if I don’t at least offer an appetizer, main dish, two sides and dessert. I’m sure my guests would be just as content with a pizza or a plate of spaghetti, but I just can’t get myself to be a minimalist cook :: cuoca. Not bad when you only have a few guests, but it gets a bit challenging when you try to pull it off with 10-15 people. Plus, a stressed out and irritable host dressed in a saffron cream sauce stained shirt is no fun.
Having spent many hours trying to cook up complex dinner party menus, I am finally getting a bit wiser (about time). Instead of 5 difficult and time consuming dishes :: piatti I now opt for four simple recipes and one that is a bit more adventurous in order to keep my sanity. I know…not brain surgery. However, if you’re like me when you have guests, you want to impress them with lavish dishes that have a killer presentation and you therefore think that you need to cook complex recipes.
So not the case. There are a ton of recipes that have just a few :: pochi ingredients, are simple to prepare and have rocking presentation like Shrimp, Fennel and Radicchio Bruschetta, Baked Sole, Italian Agretti or Tiramisù, just to name a few.
And, now to add to this list are these stuffed mushrooms :: funghi ripieni. They are quick and effortless to prepare and frankly anything stuffed just looks gourmet. What are your favorite no-hassle, stylin party recipes?
- 10 button mushrooms
- ½ cup (125g) light cream cheese
- ½ cup (90g) chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil
- ½ cup (150g) chopped artichokes in oil
- ½ cup (50g) breadcrumbs
- ½ cup (56g) chopped black olives
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C)
- Clean the mushrooms well and carefully break of the stems.
- Chop the stems in small pieces and place in a small bowl. Add the light cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, breadcrumbs and black olives. Mix well.
- Place the mushroom caps in a casserole dish and distribute the mixture among them.
- Bake for 45-60 minutes or until the mushrooms are soft.