Cape/Porcini
Cape/Porcini

In the vast culinary world of edible mushrooms, only one can be called king. What Italians affectionately call the Porcini (the piglet) is a ruling class of the delicious fungi. The meat-like texture of Porcini, with its earthy and somewhat nutty flavor is unequaled among mushrooms and lends itself to countless dishes. Porcini can be found the world over, however American consumers have yet to fully utilize Porcini in all its forms, being mostly seen in its dried form. Nevertheless, there is much more to Porcini mushrooms than the dried bags found at the supermarket and while dried Porcini are excellent, the king of mushrooms deserves more respect.


A Middle Eastern flavour with the addition of couscous, coriander and cumin updates the familiar stuffed mushrooms. Assemble the filling one to two days ahead then fill the mushrooms just before serving.


Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

Cooking Time: 15 Minutes

Servings: 12 appetizers


Ingredients:

  • 12 large Ontario White Mushrooms, about 3 inches (8 cm)
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vegetable oil
  • Half small Ontario Onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) finely chopped Ontario Carrot
  • 1 clove Ontario Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp (1mL) ground coriander
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) uncooked quick couscous
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) currants
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) finely chopped fresh mint

Preparation:

Cut stems from mushrooms; trim inside edge of cap to enlarge stuffing area. Set caps aside. Finely chop mushroom stems. In large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add mushroom stems, onion, carrot and garlic; cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add cumin, coriander, then couscous; stir in stock and currants. Cover and bring to boil; remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork. Add parsley and mint. Fill mushroom caps with couscous mixture. Bake in 400F (200C) oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.

Tip for making room in mushrooms:

Invert the cleaned mushroom and pull off the stem. Use the small end of a sharp melon baller to scoop excess mushroom flesh from the underside of the cap. The flesh that is removed can be chopped and added to the stuffing mixture.