I had you at Boursin didn’t I? I can’t blame you because I’m with you! This soft creamy cheese comes in a variety of flavors and I use the Garlic & Fine Herbs (my go to) in this recipe. These stuffed mushrooms will be sought after at any event and your vegetarian friends will be happy you thought of them!
This recipe brings together a lot of my favorite things: mushrooms, chestnuts, Boursin, breadcrumbs and fresh herbs. Suddenly I am wished I decided to write this blog post at midnight. I’m now hungry and want to make these right now but that just seems slightly embarrassing. Ooops, I got a tad sidetracked. Back to these little bites of Heaven!
I clearly inherited my love of Boursin from my mum. I have memories of her sipping a glass of vino and snacking on crackers with Boursin spread ever-so-evenly across. Fast forward twenty years and I’m pretty much doing the same thing, but somehow it feels less glamorous. Time is really a funny thing. It seems like so much has changed and yet small details like this remain the same.
Stuffed Mushrooms with Chestnuts & Boursin have been a recipe staple in my kitchen for years. I’ve enjoyed them over wine with girlfriends, as a substitute for meat, arranged on a platter for rooftop cocktails; you name it. I’ve made these bombs of deliciousness at ungodly hours after returning home from working a late flight. Cooking at 1am isn’t unusual for a flight attendant. As you can see, we go way back!
Over the years I’ve tweaked the recipe here and there, often switching up the herbs I use depending on what I have at home.
This simple recipe gets taken up a notch when you use fresh breadcrumbs. It takes an extra 20 minutes of your time but it’s worth it. Fresh Breadcrumbs have copious amounts more flavor than store bought brands. At least all of the kinds I’ve tried. Depending on what you like, you can use thyme, rosemary, sage, garlic, oregano, ground fennel, pepper to name a few. The options really are endless!
I hope you guys love these as much as I do! xx
- 18 large crimini mushrooms, stems removed and cleaned
- 1 package herbed boursin cheese, room temperature
- 1 small can water chestnuts, finely diced
- ¼ cup minced chives
- ½ cup breadcrumbs, preferably homemade
- ¼ cup parmigiano reggiano, finely grated
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- fresh thyme for sprinkling
- Pre-heat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with tin foil.
- Now let's clean the mushrooms. Using a damp paper towel, remove any dirt from the mushrooms. It's okay to give the mushrooms a quick shower to save time, just make sure to not let them soak. If you give the mushrooms a quick shower to clean them, make sure you dry them as best as you can.
- Space the mushrooms out evenly on the baking sheet. Drizzle 2 tbsp of olive oil over the mushrooms and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake mushrooms for 20 minutes.
- In a medium sized bowl mix together boursin cheese, minced chives and finely diced water chestnuts. Set aside.
- When you remove the mushrooms from the oven there will be a small amount of liquid in each mushroom cap. Discard this liquid by using a small spoon or with clean hands just tip the cap upside-down over a bowl.
- Spoon a tsp of the boursin cheese mixture into each mushroom cap.
- Top with breadcrumbs and finely grated parmigiano reggiano cheese.
- Put back in the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until tops of mushrooms are golden brown.
- Let them cool, sprinkle with fresh thyme and serve
This recipe is significantly better with fresh bread crumbs. Store bought bread crumbs just won't have the same flavor. So if you have 15 extra minutes to spare, I strongly suggest you go all the way and make your own.