Saturday, April 30, 2011

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Easy Recipe: Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms (from 4 Ingredients Cookbook)


A new edition of the 4 Ingredients cookbook by Kim McCosker and Rachael Bermingham that was so popular in Australia and the U.K. is now available in the States.  This book contains over 400 recipes that utilize just four ingredients or less each.  That means most of these recipes will take less time to prepare and will cost you less money.  Having looked through the entire book in order to select recipes to try out for my family, I found that there are both recipes that are simple that you would serve to your family and there are some that are simple, but would likely impress your guests.  I have chosen one of the latter to share with you today . . .



Recipe:  Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms
(Based on a recipe from 4 Ingredients, page 93)

INGREDIENTS:
8 large stuffer mushrooms (large white or small portobellos)
8 slices bacon
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

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Step 1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2.  Place bacon on 2 sheets of paper towels on a microwave-safe plate.  Cover with another sheet of paper towel and microwave on HIGH for approximately 3 to 4 minutes so that bacon is cooked, but not crispy.

Step 3.  Cut cooked bacon width-wise into 1/4" slices.

Step 4.  Mix bread crumbs and shredded cheese together in a small mixing bowl.  Then mix in the cut bacon.

Step 5.  Clean mushrooms and remove stems.

Step 6.  Place mushrooms underside up on a non-stick baking sheet.

Step 7.  Spoon bread crumb mixture into the mushroom caps, making tightly packed heaps.

Step 8.  Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese has completely melted and the tops of the stuffing have browned.


This recipe serves 6 to 8 people as a side dish.  It would be great paired with a meat or fish entree.


Other recipes we have tried . . .

Fundido with Chorizo & Tortilla Chips
(from 4 Ingredients, page 22)



Cinnamon Wedges
(from 4 Ingredients, page 179)


The Fundido with Chorizo dip was too spicy for everyone aside from my husband.  Next time, we will try using a milder sausage.  The Cinnamon Wedges were super-easy to make and was a huge hit with the whole family, especially our children.

This cookbook was easy to use as it was divided into categories and then the recipes were alphabetized within each category.  There is even a special section for kid-friendly recipes.  The only thing I would change is to add photos for at least some of the recipes.

Here are some recipes from 4 Ingredients I look forward to trying in the future . . .
  • Chili & Sugar-Baked Bacon (page 6)
  • Honey & Orange Shrimp (page 25)
  • Oven-Baked Tomatoes (page 101)
  • Pesto-Stuffed Steaks (page 117)
  • Apricot Turnovers (page 188)
  • Snickers Slice (page 228)
  • Grape Melon Drink (page 241)
  • Strawberry Punch (page 244)
To learn more about the 4 Ingredients rage, which includes cookbooks, videos, phone apps, and more, visit 4ingredients.com.au and 4 Ingredients on Facebook.

Thank you to 4 Ingredients for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon.