Secondi Piatti: Meat, Fish, Eggs, Cheese Starters

Baked Tuna- Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms can become a scrummy secondo piatto or even an appetizer by using the small ones like champignons as we made. Paired with tuna, they recreate the feeling of a classic “mari e monti” (sea and mountains) flavour combination very dear to the Italian tradition.

The best feature of this recipe is that it can be easily adapted to fit anyone’s taste: you can simply exchange tuna with some minced meat – or perhaps with some rice, to please your vegetarian friends.


Serves: 4 | Preparation time: 10 mins | Cooking time: 10-15 mins

  • Champignon or Portobello mushrooms: 500 g
  • Tinned tuna in olive oil: 250 g, alternative: smoked mackerel
  • Parmigiano, grated: 40 g
  • Provolone cheese: 20 g
  • Eggs: 1
  • Garlic: 1 peeled clove
  • Parsley: 1 sprig
  • Bread crumbs: to taste
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – EVOO, to taste
  • Salt and pepper: to taste

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Wipe mushrooms clean with a small mushroom brush or some damp kitchen paper, then remove the stems and empty the inside of each mushroom with a teaspoon . Chop up the stems along with their pulp, parsley and peeled garlic clove.
Combine them all in a pan with a tbsp of olive oil. Fry it up for 5 mins, add a pinch of salt and pepper. Turn off the heat.

Drain tinned tuna, mix it in a bowl with egg and 30g of grated Parmigiano. Add enough bread crumbs to get a firm mixture and dry some moisture from the tuna. Combine the fried stems into the tuna/egg mix and stirring well.

Fill each cap with a generous spoonful of tuna mix, diced Provolone,then topping with the rest of 10g of grated Parmigiano and some olive oil.

Place mushrooms on a lined oven tray with baking paper, bake to 180°C for 15 minutes or until cheese has melted by creating a nice little crust on top.

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