Veg*n Cooking and Other Random Musings: J's Spicy Stuffed Mushrooms

Friday, August 29, 2008

J's Spicy Stuffed Mushrooms

Yum! This meal was far easier than I thought it would be and man was it tasty. I must admit, I was a little nervous about making a "Mexican-ish" stuffed mushroom, but it turned out far better than I could have even imagined, and did I mention it was easy? The meal prep took about 15 minutes (I already had the beans and rice cooked, we always have cooked beans and rice on hand), and then another 20 minutes to bake, during which, I did other things. I love easy meals as I work full-time and though I love cooking, I don't want to spend hours in the kitchen after a long "hard" day at work.

Oh, and we love Peruvian Yellow peppers, they are very spicy, but not so much that Brett won't eat them, and they have an amazing flavor, similar to habaneros, but the spice level isn't quite there. Yay for me and yay for Brett! We saved the seeds out of these bad boys in hopes of growing some next year. Too bad the pasilla seeds didn't work out though, the pepper wasn't mature (which they have to be in order to get seeds that will actually grow) and they just rotted and turned brown. I really want to grow pasillas (and cascabels) so I will likely be buying seeds for those online next year (blech!), but I will keep the seeds from the mature fruits, so it should (hopefully) only be a one-time thing.

Anyways, sorry for the aside. Onto the food!

Just a reminder of the produce legend:
* = farmer's market
** = CSA
*** = Container or Community Garden

J's Spicy Stuffed Mushrooms
large mushrooms for stuffing, cleaned and stems removed (we used "Portobellinis" which are portobellos in between "regular" and "baby" sized)

1/2 cup black beans, cooked
1/2 cup long grain brown rice
3-4 Roma tomatoes, diced ***
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and minced ***
1 Peruvian yellow pepper, seeded and minced *
1 pasilla pepper, seeded and minced *
1/2 small yellow or red onion, minced *
2 cloves of garlic, minced *
chili powder
Mexican oregano
black pepper

vegan jack (optional)
"Mexican blend" cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

Heat a few tablespoons of water in a small skillet. Add the peppers, onion, and garlic. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until veggies are really soft. Drain any excess liquid.

Combine the rest of the filling ingredients and season to taste.

Stuff mushrooms with the filling and bake for about 20 minutes.

Turn on the broiler.

Remove the mushrooms from the oven and top with a little vegan jack or dairy cheese.

Place under broiler, watching very carefully, until melted.

This made 6 stuffed mushrooms and enough filling for me to take in a burrito for lunch the next day at work.

These were so good and so easy that we will definitely be having these again. We might play around with different types of mushrooms to stuff too.

Brett will be posting the final challenge check-in for the Quit Now Challenge, so any Quitters out there beware!

'Til next time!


Mihl said...

How can people not like mushrooms? I am glad you changed your mind:)

VeggieGirl said...

Mmm, fabulous!! And hooray for giving mushrooms a chance!! :0)

Cookiemouse said...

I love stuffed mushrooms, and this recipe looks great.

DP Nguyen said...

That looks so delicious. I loved stuffed mushrooms, and I love how easy it is.

Anonymous said...

Everybody's stuffing their veggies these days! :-) That's great, though, because stuffed veggies are awesome!

You did a great job on this meal. Congrats!

jessy said...

yay for mushroom goodness! they look so delicious! glad they worked out! oh man, i would eat all of those! mmmmmmmmmm!

there are so many peppers out there that i've never heard of - Peruvian Yellow peppers?! awesome! you're the pepper queen, Jennifer - and i love learning about all the different types! i'm gonna keep an eye out for some of those yummies and pick up a few if i can find 'em! thanks! :D

Anonymous said...

Those sound and look amazing! I love that they are quick and easy too. I am with you--while I love to cook, the last thing I want to do after working all day is spend all night in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up. This is great because it will satisfy my desire to cook without being to labor intense!


Anonymous said...

Wow, I don't even like mushrooms, but these look really good! I've been working to try to change that...maybe these will help!

Anonymous said...

I just love stuffed mushrooms! This recipe sounds so yummy - I would be a very sad Shellyfish if I didn't have my mushrooms!

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

Mihl - I would wonder that myself except I used to be one of those people. I am too!

Veggie Girl - They were yum, and hooray is right!

Cookiemouse - I wasn't sure if I would like them or not. This was the first time I had ever had a stuffed mushroom, but they are really good.

DP Nguyen - Thank you. They are really good, I'm happy I came around to mushrooms. These were REALLY easy, and I'm lazy, so I definitely appreciate that and take that into account when I create a recipe.

Jenny - If all the cool kids are doing it... ;-)


Jessy - Aw, thank you! Hahaha, we did, and it didn't take very long.

I know, there are SO MANY, and I want to try them all. The problem is, I try new ones and I seem to love all of them, then want to grow them, and suddenly our garden grows, and grows, and grows. :-)

Hahahahahaha, that is a title I suppose I would take.

You should try any odd pepper you come across and then tell us all about it, we can help each other learn which ones are good and which ones to avoid.

Courtney - Thank you. Me too - I'm lazy!! Exactly, I didn't even think of the dishes aspect of it - poor Brett, he does all the dishes and I rarely have to think about it, I only help on weekends. He is a great guy!

Yes! When I was done making these I felt very accomplished, they SEEMED like they should have taken more work than they did.

Dawn - Hahahahaha. I hadn't had a mushroom in years when I decided to give them a chance, I guess going veg changed my tastes.

Shellyfish - They are awesome, I am thinking of other things to stuff into mushrooms now. Thanks!

Haha, I would be a sad Jennifer now too, I'm glad I came around to 'em!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

Yes, you're right, it sounds quite easy! I will keep this recipe in mind for a fast meal :-)

VeganCowGirl said...

J - those look dynamite!! Great idea, and it looks as though the mexi inspired stuffed mushroom is a winner!

Erin said...

Stuffed mushrooms are so cute! And they look delicious.

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

Alice - They WERE easy, which is always a good thing in my book.

Vegan Cowgirl - Thank you, they rocked!

Erin - Haha, I never thought they were cute, but now that you mention it....

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