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Mushrooms, Stuffed II (D, TNT)
Source: Self
Serves: Makes about 20, depending on size of mushrooms

1 lb. Crimini (brown) mushrooms, with stems reserved, removed, and chopped
1 stick butter
1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4-5 or so cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbsp. (or to taste) Italian style seasoning
3/4 cup finely crushed dried bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Asiago or Romano cheese
Fresh oregano for garnish

Grease or spray a baking sheet. Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange mushrooms on baking sheet with hollow of cup facing up.

Heat a sauté pan to medium and melt butter in it. Add oil and mix well with butter. Add onions and sauté until translucent, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and sauté until aromatic, about 2 or 3 minutes. Add mushroom stems that have been chopped and continue to sauté until browned, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Stir in Italian style seasoning and bread crumbs and blend thoroughly. Add cheese and combine well.

Spoon mixture into the mushroom caps, dividing it as evenly as you can. (This is tricky for dimensionally challenged folks like myself...)

Place in oven and bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until just beginning to brown. Garnish each mushroom with an oregano sprig.

This dish can be reheated with a brief run in the microwave. If reheating, do not add garnish until just before serving.

Poster's Notes:
The recent thread about accommodating the dietary needs and and/or preferences of guests reminded me of this recipe. I will generally at least try to accommodate a guest with special dietary desires and will go to great lengths to accommodate those with medical reasons for avoiding certain foods. But once (ONLY once) I was counter-accommodating.

If I may, I would like to preface the recipe with the explanation. This was at a New Years party and the guest in question was a first-time (last time, too) guest. He criticized everything about my home, starting at the location, ending with our lifestyle, stopping at points such as kitchen layout and living room decor in between. He picked up the plate of stuffed mushrooms from the buffet table and ate half of them before setting it back down again. Then he demanded to know the ingredients, explaining that he had no allergies but he REALLY hates cheese and needed to be absolutely sure that the mushrooms (that he'd liked so much he'd eaten close to a dozen) did not contain this hated ingredient. They didn't but when I went back to whip up a second batch I changed the recipe. While this guy is no longer welcome in my home, I guess I really do owe him something for inspiring this recipe.

Posted by Gypsy/Phyllis Wilson

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A