Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: There’s a fungus among us

  • When life gives you mushrooms, make stuffed mushrooms. FOR THE GAZETTE/LOU GROCCIA

Published: 10/19/2019 4:00:55 AM
Modified: 10/19/2019 4:00:40 AM

I tend to be an impulse food shopper.

While I keep a running food shopping list on my cellphone, once I am in the supermarket I glance at the list once, then hope I remember what I went to the store for in the first place.

My latest trip is a good example. 

Most important on the list, which had six items, was half-and-half. My wife likes half-and-half for her morning coffee. My wife needs half-and-half for her morning coffee. My wife is not amused when she does not have half-and-half for her morning coffee.

I got half-and-half. Yay me.

I also picked up two packages of baby bella mushrooms. I can’t pass up a two-for-one deal.

Once I was back home, I unpacked the groceries and by the time I was done putting them away, I realized I didn’t have room for the mushrooms. (I tend to buy way too much stuff when food shopping.)

So I had two choices. Store the mushrooms in the extra fridge downstairs or make something with them.

Being too lazy to go to the basement, I decided to make stuffed mushrooms with whatever I had on hand.

So I rinsed the mushrooms, dried them, took off the stems to save for a rainy day, and proceeded to put the following in the food processor:

Panko bread crumbs, Reggiano parmesan cheese, some anchovies, some pepperoncini, some olive oil, some lemon juice, some leftover mozzarella, and some crushed red pepper.

I stuffed each mushroom cap using my hands. There is no other more efficient way to accomplish this task.

Into the oven at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the filling browns on top.

And voila! An appetizer is ready to eat.

And the half-and-half awaits my wife’s smile.

P.S.: You have my permission to rinse your mushrooms instead of trying to brush them. As long as you don’t soak them you’re good to go.


The thing about mushrooms is, you buy a lot of mushrooms because they are a two-fer, you think you will never eat all those mushrooms, then you cook them and they shrink to a very small amount of mushrooms, and then they are gone. So the moral of the story is: buy too many mushrooms.


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