How is it possible to eat SO much over the Christmas holidays and STILL end up with leftovers?!! I for one, love leftovers...actually, I love re-inventing leftovers. It's amazing how much inspiration one gets (at least I DO) with a bunch of random ingredients lingering in the fridge!
Take for example, the large tub of leftover ricotta (which I used to make fusilli with ricotta, peas and mushrooms for Christmas lunch) and the portobello mushrooms still sitting in the unopened package in the fridge.
I have to admit that the addition of bacon in this recipe was somewhat of a fluke, yet thankfully a delicious fluke! We hardly ever eat bacon in my household (yep, it's sad but true!). My mom had prepared some for Christmas Eve dinner (for her mashed potatoes and yams-which might I add, were delicious!) and brought us the leftovers...to give to our dog Jack! Well, Jack got the shaft because I decided to use them in this recipe!
4 lg. portobello mushrooms
1 cup ricotta
1/4 cup cooked bacon
Parmesan to taste
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of nutmeg
1-2 tbsp. parsley (fresh or frozen)
2-3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
To prepare the mushrooms, remove the stems then peel the outer layer of skin (pictured below).
*TIP: The best methods for cleaning mushrooms is by wiping them with a damp cloth or peeling the skins. Mushrooms tend to retain a lot of water so it is best not to rinse them excessively as they'll release all the excess liquid during the cooking process.
In a small bowl mix the ricotta, bacon, parsley (I buy a large batch, chop it all and store it in the freezer...no more soggy parsley to throw out!), salt, pepper, and 1 tbsp. of extra-virgin olive oil until combined.
Toss mushrooms to coat evenly with salt, pepper and 2 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil. Place skin side down on a lightly greased baking sheet (or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper).
Top each mushroom with the ricotta mixture. Spread the mixture evenly over the mushrooms then top with freshly grated Parmesan.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the mushrooms are fork tender. Once tender I turn off the oven and turn on the grill on high heat and broil the mushrooms for 1-2 minutes until the top layer is browned.
Serve alone or as the perfect crowd-pleasing side dish! Turn this into a toddler-friendly dish by simply chopping up the mushrooms right before serving.
What are your favourite holiday leftover re-creations?
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