Stuffed Mushroom

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One of these days, I had to make some finger food for the baby shower of one of my friends. I put some thought on what can I make that wouldn’t require too much effort and yet would be liked by everyone. I happened to browse through the cache memory of my processor(brain :-P) and this dish popped up as a result. I remember one time when we visited one of our friends, they had served stuffed mushroom as appetizer. I am glad I tried that dish that day. Because I would have never attempted to try something using mushroom considering the fact that neither DD nor me are too fond of mushrooms.

To cut the story short, I finally ended up making stuffed mushroom for the baby shower and I must say, the guests liked it. Well, if you ask me whether I will make this dish again… the answer would be a definite yes, because surprisingly enough, DD liked it too!!! He liked the sourness that it offered blended with the freshness of ground pepper and chopped chives. Mushroom isn’t that bad afterall, huh!! πŸ˜‰

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INGREDIENTS:

Mushroom – 12 nos
Chives – 3 stems
Garlic – 2-3 pods
Ground Black pepper – Β½ tsp
Sour cream – 2 tsp (optional ingredient)
Cream cheese –1/2 cup or 110 gms
Parmesan cheese – 2 tbsp
Salt – to taste(apprx. 1/4 tsp)

METHOD:

1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F.
2. Wash, clean and pat try the mushrooms using a kitchen towel.
3. Break off the stems carefully without tearing the mushroom caps. Finely chop the stems and keep aside.
4. Heat oil in a skillet. Add chopped garlic and fry till it becomes light brown.
5. Then add chopped mushroom stems. Fry well till the mushroom stems loose its moisture. Add chopped chives and fry for another 2-3 mins.
6. In a bowl, mix together cream cheese, ground black pepper, sour cream and the fried mixture. Add salt if required. The mixture should be thick. At this time add salt only if you feel the need and mix well.
7. To each mushroom cap, spoon in the filling carefully. Place the mushrooms in a greased baking tray and sprinkle some shredded parmesan cheese over the mushrooms.
8. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven or until the mushrooms starts to ooze out water and they turn golden brown.

TIPS: You could bring many variations to the filling as per your preference. You could add chopped spinach to your filling. Instead of chive, you could use 1 tsp onion powder. You could skip sour cream or add more sour cream and if you want to make it more spicy add 1/4 tsp chopped green chilli/cayenne pepper. Make it as per your taste and enjoy this appetizer.

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Easy Sandwich using Cilantro/Coriander spread

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Looking for something healthy, easy and tasty to make for snack? Whenever I come back home after work, I get so hungry. I would remember the good old days, when I would come back home after school and tempting snacks would be waiting for you. Samosas, puffs, vadas, bajjis and what not. Sigh!!! 😦 Well, then to comfort myself, I would think that anyway those snacks are not healthy. So why bother to make them πŸ˜‰ So I remembered some sandwich I had once had at a friends place. All I knew was that it had a spread made of coriander leaves, mint leaves and there was some amount of mayonnaise in it.

So I thought of giving it a try. It came out pretty well. Now, there are some advantages to this snack. 1. You can make this spread and store in the refrigerator and it stays fresh for a week. 2. It is healthier than other Indian snacks you could possibly think of. 3. It is very easy to make. 4. Most of the times you would have a packet of bread and some coriander leaves at home. So no extra shopping required for making this spread πŸ™‚ I hope I have given enough reasons to try this out. This has become one of my favorite snacks and easy to make recipe. Pack it as lunch or grab it when you rush to work in the morning or serve it when you come home tired. It is very refreshing to have any time of the day.

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INGREDIENTS:

Coriander leaves – a handful/bunch(approx 30-35 strands)
Green chilli – 2 nos
Lime juice – 2 tbsp
Onion – 1/2 nos
Mayonnaise – 1 tbsp
Salt – to taste(apprx 1/4 tsp)

METHOD:

1. In a blender, put all the ingredients mentioned above expect Mayonnaise. Blend it into a smooth paste.
2. Add the Mayonnaise and mix well.
3. On a slice of bread, spread about 2 tsp of the spread and make it a sandwich by placing on it, another slice of bread.

And the tasty and healthy sandwich is ready for a bite πŸ™‚