Cajun Stuffed Mushrooms
EVENTS: SUNDAY FUNDAY
THEME: RECIPES WITH HEARTS
RECIPE: CAJUN STUFFED MUSHROOMS
Cajun Stuffed Mushrooms, an easy to make and satisfying appetizer or starter dish where the filling has added flavour from homemade cajun seasoning.
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Theme: MARDI GRAS (FAT TUESDAY)
This theme suggested is suggested by Sue who blogs at Palatable Pastimes. Truthfully, I nearly gave this theme a skip. I really didn’t know much about the Creole or Cajun food style. But, that led to me doing a bit of research online. What would we do without Google?? Wanted to make a veggie version of Jambalaya but didn’t get any okra. So it was back to the drawing board.
Cajun Seasoning was next on the list. More like using it as a seasoning for roasted potatoes. That plan too changed as hubby kept on reminding me to make stuffed mushrooms. So cajun seasoning went into the stuffing for mushrooms and am I glad I made the dish. Have made this starter/appetizer or side dish thrice.
WHAT IS MARDI GRAS/ FAT TUESDAY?
First of all I must admit that I had no idea that Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday are the same as Mardi Gras/ Fat Tuesday. So now that is clear, why is it celebrated? Also known as the Carnival or Carnaval, it’s celebrated in many countries around the world, mainly those with large Roman Catholic population. It is the day before the religious season of Lent begins.
Mardi Gras is traditionally celebrated on “Fat Tuesday,” the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. However, In many areas Mardi Gras has evolved into a week-long festival. Brazil, New Orleans and Venice draw many tourists during this festival. Known as Fat Tuesday because of the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before Lent fasting begins.
During the carnival in New Orleans, it is only right to enjoy classic Cajun and Creole foods that are popular in the state of Louisiana.
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Cajun Seasoning or Spice is a mixture of spices and herbs that are used in almost all the Cajun dishes. It is readily available in most shops. Even more easier it is to make it at home as usually we tend to the spices and herbs at home.All you need is paprika, garlic & onion powders, dried oregano & thyme, cayenne and pepper along with salt.
Use the seasoning for roasted vegetables, seafood, meat, pasta, chicken, soups,stir fries, dips, salad dressings, etc.
CAJUN STUFFED MUSHROOMS
Usually the stuffing used is cajun spiced sausage meat, crab meat, lobster, fish, etc. However, I used a veggie stuffing. Instead of throwing away the stems of the mushrooms, chopped them up finely. Added some onion,garlic, bell pepper, bread crumbs and cheese along with cajun spice mixture. For added zing, used some hot sauce. Hot sauces are so much a part of the Louisiana Cuisine.
Ingredients Required For Cajun Stuffed Mushrooms
FOR THE CAJUN SEASONING/SPICE:
- Paprika Powder
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Cayenne Powder – use according to your taste. Add more for a spicier seasoning.
- Pepper Powder
- Dried Oregano
- Dried Thyme
FOR THE STUFFED MUSHROOMS:
- Mushrooms – I have used cremini mushrooms. Use white mushrooms if you want to. Make sure the mushrooms are fairly big so it holds at least a tablespoon of stuffing. If the mushrooms are dirty give them a quick wash and wipe them with a kitchen towel. Never soak mushrooms in water. I have used the mushroom stalks for the stuffing. If you feel that the stalks are not enough, you may need to chop up 1-2 mushrooms finely.
- Onion – peeled and finely chopped. Use white, red or yellow onion.
- Bell Pepper – use any colour. Remove the seeds and pith. Chop finely.
- Bread Crumbs – panko. Use ready made or home made breadcrumbs.
- Hot Sauce – use according to your taste. It also helps to moisten the stuffing.
- Cheese – Grated. I have used a mixture of cheddar and parmesan cheese.
- Cajun Seasoning – add according to your taste.
- Olive oil – for brushing the mushrooms.
FOR THE DIP:
- Sour Cream – I used sour cream, but you can use thick plain yogurt or mayonnaise.
- Garlic – one clove minced. One is enough as remember that the cajun seasoning too has garlic.
- Cajun Seasoning – use according to your taste.
- Lemon Juice
WATCH HOW TO MAKE CAJUN STUFFED MUSHROOMS
CAJUN STUFFED MUSHROOMS
FOR THE CAJUN SEASONING - makes ¼ cup
- 3 tsp paprika powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp pepper powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp cayenne powder
- 1 tsp dried thyme
FOR THE STUFFED MUSHROOMS
- 20 large mushrooms
- ¼ cup bell pepper finely chopped
- ¼ cup onion finely chopped
- 3 tbsp bread crumbs
- 1-2 tsp cajun seasoning
- 1-2 tbsp hot sauce
- ½ cup grated cheese - cheddar, parmesan
- ½ cup mushroom stems finely chopped
- some olive oil for brushing
FOR THE CAJUN DIP:
- 1 cup sour cream/mayonnaise/thick plain yogurt
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp cajun seasoning
PREPARATION OF CAJUN SEASONING/SPICE
- Mix all the spices and herbs together. Make sure there are no garlic or onion powder lumps.
- Store the leftover spice mixture in an airtight container.
PREPARATION OF THE MUSHROOMS
- Preheat the oven to 200°C
- If the mushrooms are dirty, give them a quick wash. Put the mushrooms in a colander and wash by gently rubbing them.
- Wipe the mushrooms dry with a kitchen towel immediately.
- Twist the stalks and remove them.
- Finely chop the stalks. You should get about ¾ cup finely chopped mushroom stalks. If not enough, then add 1-2 finely chopped mushrooms.
- Keep the mushrooms with cap side down to drain out excess water.
PREPARATION OF THE CAJUN DIP:
- Add minced garlic, cajun seasoning, lemon juice to the sour cream, mayonnaise or yogurt.
- Mix well. Keep on the side till required.
PREPARATION OF THE STUFFING:
- Put the chopped mushroom stalks in a mixing bowl.
- Add chopped onion, bell pepper, bread crumbs, grated cheese, cajun seasoning, hot sauce.
- Mix well.
- Take about a tablespoon of the stuffing and press it into the mushroom cap.
- Place the mushroom on a baking tray which is lightly greased with oil or lined with parchment paper.
- Repeat, with the remaining stuffing and mushrooms.
- Brush the mushrooms with some oil.
- Bake the mushrooms for 15-20 minutes.
- Serve immediately with some dip.
- Use large mushrooms.
- Add spices according to your taste.
- The mushrooms will give out water while baking.
- Use either sour cream, mayonnaise or thick plain yogurt for the dip. Or can serve with some hot sauce or tomato sauce.
- Add stuffing of your choice.
- Adjust the stuffing ingredients according to your taste and preference.
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