Cheesy Stuffed Cajun Mushrooms Recipe

Yield: 3 servings
Time Estimate:20 minutes overall, including 5 minutes of preparation and 10 minutes unattended
Storage Notes:serve immediately; keeps for 3 days when refrigerated
Difficulty:easy

Mushrooms are perfect for side dishes - their earthy, umami flavor can be emphasized or downplayed as you'd like, and most common varieties are mild enough that you use them as delicious, almost-bite-szie vehicles for whatever flavor you wish. In this recipe, we add heat and depth with Taste of Cajun, bring out bright notes with some fresh thyme, and All-American it with the addition of a generous amount of melted cheese. This dish is a great compliment to burgers, grilled chicken or steaks, and especially suited to pork.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lb. button mushrooms
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 4 Tbs. Taste of Cajun
  • 3/4th Cup shredded cheese that will melt (American and mozzarella are good options)
  • 2 Tbs neutral oil (canola or sunflower)
  • Bonus Points: A couple sprigs of fresh thyme


Method:

  1. Rinse and pat dry mushrooms. Snap off stems. Reserve.
  2. Finely dice stems and in a large bowl, mix with 1 Tbs neutral oli and 2 Tbs Taste of Cajun.
  3. Preheat over to 400F. Add 1tbs oil to a large pan and heat on medium high.
  4. Place mushroom round side down, and stuff with diced stem/spice blend.
  5. Add mushrooms to hot pan, and toss in butter. Cook, round-side down, for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat, and place mushrooms on a baking tray. Sprinkle generously with shredded cheese.
  7. Put baking tray in oven, and bake for 5-8 minutes, or until cheese begins to brown.
  8. Remove, and sprinkle with remaining Taste of Cajun spice blend. Serve, plated with fresh thyme.

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