As a kid, I always hated mushrooms! I know, crazy! I think it’s safe to say that stuffed mushrooms is one of my favourite appetizers. There’s just so many delicious things to stuff them with and so many ways to prepare them. Yum yum. Well, today I’ve veganized one of my favourite dishes for you. Here are my AMAZING vegan stuffed mushrooms, featuring a TRUE Italian style risotto! Are you drooling yet?
To begin, you need to very carefully remove the stems. Use a paring knife to dig it out, but move slowly so you don’t cut your mushroom. (Maybe buy a few extra if it’s your first time, just in case.) Once the stems are all removed, chop them finely and set aside. Then, using a small spoon, carefully scrape away the gills. Although edible, this will give you more room for delicious stuffing. Plus the colour is not exactly appetizing. I use an espresso spoon to scrape mine. A baby spoon will also work if you have one. Or, use the tip of a metal teaspoon.
Once your mushrooms are cleaned and hollowed out, place them hollow side down on your baking sheet. Brush the tops with olive oil, and bake for 10 minutes. This will reduce the mushrooms, and allow most of the moisture to escape, preventing soggy mushrooms later.
Now for the delicious risotto stuffing!
Sauté your onion, mushrooms stems and garlic. Then add the rice to coat in the oil. When you’re adding your broth, DO NOT add it all at once. Yes, it may seem tedious, but this is how to make true Italian style risotto. Add approximately half a cup of broth at a time. Stir often, and once the broth is absorbed, (and only then), add more. Your rice will slowly grow and cook in the true Italian way. Once your broth is finished, fold in the cranberries. Now you’re ready to stuff your mushrooms and bake them to perfection!
…and the result…
YUM!! I sprinkled mine with some vegan Parmesan cheese, but this is completely optional. You may also use regular Parmesan if not dairy free.
These vegan stuffed mushrooms make a perfectly delicious, satisfying, SCRUMPTIOUS appetizer for Christmas, or any special occasion. Or any day if you really love mushrooms as much as I do!
For more holiday, festive recipe inspiration, check out this AMAZING (yup), Seriously the BEST Vegan Lasagna! Perfect for your main course. You know, right after you inhale these vegan stuffed mushrooms.