Mediterranean Mushroom Caps with Pine Nuts & Goat Cheese
Rich, earthy mushroom caps roasted with a sweet balsamic glaze, stuffed with a creamy mixture of goat cheese and roasted red peppers and crowned with golden toasted pine nuts. Ideal party fare, this appetizer is sure to impress even your most discerning guest. The recipe is a breeze to assemble and, because it’s vegetarian, gluten-free, and low carb, almost everyone can partake.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
130 gram soft goat cheese (4.5 ounces)
2 green onions – very finely chopped
1/4 cup finely minced roasted red pepper
Pinch hot paprika
2 -3 tablespoons pine nuts –toasted
2. While the mushrooms roast, toast your pine nuts and prepare the filling. Toasting the pine nuts is the most demanding part of this whole recipe. They will go from golden brown to black in the blink of an eye, and pine nuts are so expensive I hate to waste a single one. So, don’t blink, and watch them carefully as you toast them in a hot dry pan (cast iron is best) for 2-3 minutes, just until light golden brown. Remove the nuts from the hot pan, and set aside to cool. To prepare the filling, stir together the goat cheese, roasted red peppers, green onion, and paprika until combined. I always taste the filling at this point to see if I want to add a little more paprika. You could also substitute cayenne pepper or a splash of your favourite hot sauce if you like things on the spicier side.
3. Once your mushrooms have been roasted, remove them from the oven, and flip them over to allow any excess moisture to drain. When ready, fill the mushrooms with a generous amount of the cheese mixture and press 5-6 pine nuts into the top of the cheese. After all the mushrooms have been filled, replace the parchment on your baking sheet, arrange the mushroom caps on the tray and return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes. Make sure you take the time to sample one before you serve them, they’re likely to disappear quickly.
4. These stuffed mushrooms are equally at home served alongside fancy hors d’oeuvres at a posh cocktail party or with bowls of nachos and bottles of beer at your next Super Bowl party.