Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Recipe - Squash Stuffed Mushrooms

These Squash Stuffed Mushrooms delighted local squash fans and display the versatility of our favorite gourd. The recipe received Honorable Mention and makes a delicious hors d'oeurve. The stuffing is comprised of butternut squash, leeks, and chestnuts. While tasty it is, quick it is not. For a shortcut, try using canned chestnuts.

1 small butternut squash
20-30 cremini mushrooms
20 chestnuts with shells
1 leek (minced, white and light green portions only)
5 cloves garlic, minced
10 sage leaves, minced
olive oil
cayenne or smoked paprika (optional)

To prepare the chestnuts
1. Cut an "X" with a paring knife into the flat side of the chestnuts. Score and cut thru the glossy shell, but try not to puncture the nut.

2. In a small sauce pan with a little water, cover and heat the chestnuts on the stovetop until the "X"s open up a bit. Take off the heat.

3. When the chestnuts are cool enough to handle, take the paring knife and open and peel away the shells. Remove the glossy shell and the furry coating to reveal the nut. Mince the chestnuts.

To prepare the squash
4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

5. Cut squash in half lenghtwise and scoop out the seeds. Cut each half into four long pieces (eight in total).

6. Place the squash in a baking pan and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes. When they are cool enough to handle, cut away the skin.

7. Cut squash into 1/4 to 1/2 inch cubes. Measure about three cups squash for recipe. Discard remaining squash or use for another recipe.

To prepare mushrooms
8. Remove stems from mushrooms and turn upside down (making little bowls for stuffing).

9. Mince about 15 of the mushroom stems and set aside. Discard the rest.

10. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil on skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and minced leek and lightly sautee until the leeks soften, about 6 minutes.

11. Add the cubed butternut squash and stir. Add salt, pepper, and cayenne or smoked paprika to taste.

12. Transfer mixture to baking pan and place in oven for 20 minutes.

13. Remove from oven and add minced mushroom stalks and chestnuts. Stir. Bake for another 15 to 25 minutes or until squash is soft.

14. Remove from oven, and add the minced sage. Taste, and if needed add more salt and pepper.

15. Stuff the mushroom caps with a teaspoon of the mixture. Drizzle with olive oil.

16. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake mushrooms for 20 minutes or until soft.

-Recipe submitted by Jess Osserman and Kate Strassman
-Photos courtesy Daniel Krieger and Lucie Teichmann


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