Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lentil Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms


 

Even in the fall and winter months there are times when we want light, veggie-rich dinners. Lentils are a favorite vegetarian protein in our family. The girls love them, and so do I. My mom recently told me she stuffed meaty portobello mushrooms with lentils and veggies. I thought it was a fantastic idea. Trader Joe's was out of the jumbo portabellos, so I used smaller ones and served a few of them per person. I must say, they're pretty darn cute. Perfect for kids. I'm looking forward to having a couple left over for lunch today. 
Fun fact: The French name for the portabello mushroom is champignon de Paris ("Paris mushroom"). 

  

Lentil Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
printer-friendly recipe
Serves 4

1 small onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon herbs of Provence or mixture of rosemary, thyme, lavender, fennel seed or fresh herbs
2 cups cooked lentils 
4 large portobello  mushrooms (or 8+ smaller portobellos), center stalk removed 
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh herbs for garnish

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large saute pan. Cook onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and herbs until vegetables are tender. Stir in lentils and season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer lentil vegetable mixture to a large bowl. Wipe pan clean and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook mushrooms for about 2 minutes per side until starting to soften. Place mushrooms, cap down, in a baking dish. Fill mushrooms with lentil mixture. Drizzle with a little olive oil if dry. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Place under broiler until warm and cheese starts to melt. Garnish with fresh herbs such as parsley or basil.

26 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday! I love finding new blogs to read. You're header and blog format is To Die For. I love it!!!

    Portobello mushrooms are Super Fabulous. I love them stuff...will have to try this recipe soon.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. One word... YUM! XoXo

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  3. Hello Yumminess!!! I just tore out a recipe for stuffing stuffed mushrooms that I was going to use with leftovers. But, this recipe takes stuffed mushrooms to a whole new level of awesomeness!! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  4. We're making stuffed mushrooms for appetizers this week, I'll try these, that little plate looks like the perfect dinner.

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  5. i absolutely love stuffed mushrooms. The combination of flavors is just SO good. So very good.

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  6. These look so beautiful, what a fabulous idea of your Mums - I think the smaller mushrooms are probably even prettier than the large - lovely recipe - what a great vegetarian dish for Thanksgiving!
    Mary x

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  7. these sound absolutley divine. all i have to do is leave out the parm and i'm set! thanks for sharing! xo janet

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  8. I love lentils...this recipe looks sooo good...might even be able to get my family to try this!

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  9. Thanks so much for dropping by the Be-Bop-A Blog Hop! I'm a follower and I hope you'll stop by again soon! Have a great day! :)

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  10. These look amazing, love the photos!

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  11. Fantastic pictures and awesome mushrooms, I think TJ's even sell a pack of lentils ready to go if time is against you :)
    Take care..

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  12. that is a great idea. I have always stuffed mine with panko or rice but lentils sounds so delicious and not as filling! I love it. hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving

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  13. Oh yummy! These look amazing! (and your photos are so beautiful!)
    Jo-Anna

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  14. Hi Marina......the blog is yummy indeed. I found you on bloghop and so glad too.

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  15. Yum, I love anything with mushrooms!

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  16. Yum! I loved stuffed mushrooms, and I mean what's not to love? You can literally stuff them with anything... including Lentils! Thanks so much for sharing!
    - Brittany

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  17. This sounds delicious! I love mushrooms and lentils! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Marina,
    Your photos are so beautiful! I've been posting a few family recipes as of late and find photographing food to be so challenging.
    The recipe looks wonderful - and hearty. Lentils are a tradition around here during the holidays...will have to give this one a go.

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  19. This looks amazing! Pinning it of course ;) I need a food picture tutorial from you! Seriously your photos are soo good.

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  20. Those look amazing! Seriously delicious. I've been a vegetarian for 20 years...I love lentils, love portobellos but never tried a dish like this.
    Love!
    So glad I found your blog via Living the Life of Riley's blog hop. I have a very small section on my blog of vegetarian posts/recipes that I'm trying to add to.
    Oh yea, newest GFC follower too.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  21. WOW!!! These photos are gorgeous!!!!! beautiful marina! Love this

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  22. I think I would vote for the minis! These are adorable and they look so yummy and savory! Your photos are fantastic too. They would be fun appetizers also.

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  23. Anonymous2:13 PM

    Mmmm, this sounds spectacular. I love portobello mushrooms and usually grill them plain, but the combination with the lentils is probably great! Thanks for the excellent ideas!

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  24. This sounds super-delish! I'm gonna try to convince my vegan friend to make these for Thanksgiving instead of Tofurky. We'll see how this goes. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  25. OMG ... this borders on the divine sounding. Can't wait to try!

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  26. I am making these today for lunch! The little portobellos are so cute!

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