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       Title: Chestnut-Stuffed Mushrooms
  Categories: Side dish, Appetizers, Main dish, Vegetarian
       Yield: 4 servings
  
       8 lg Open mushrooms
            Olive oil; for frying
 
 ------------------------------FOR THE STUFFING------------------------------
       1 oz Butter or vegan margarine
       1 lg Onion; finely chopped
      12 oz Whole cooked chestnuts
            Fresh lemon juice
            Salt
            Freshly ground black pepper
            Grated nutmeg
 
 ------------------------------FOR THE CROUTES------------------------------
       8 sl Wholemeal bread
       2 oz Soft butter
  
   If you're making the coutes, it’s a good idea to get them done in
   advance and out of the way.  You can fry them, but I think they're
   much nicer baked to a crisp golden crunchiness in a slow oven.  Set
   the oven to 150 C (300 F, Gas Mark 2).  Stamp circles in the bread
   with a large pastry cutter; spread on both sides with butter and put
   them on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, or until completely crisp
   and golden.  Cool.  These will keep in a tin for a few days.
   
   To prepare the mushrooms, cut off any stalks so that the surface is
   level, then wash the mushrooms and pat them dry on kitchen paper.
   Fry them on both sides with olive oil and drain well.  Season them
   with salt and pepper, then leave on one side while you make the
   stuffing.
   
   Melt the butter in a medium-large saucepan.  Add the onion and fry for
   about 7 minutes, until soft.
   
   Chop up any pieces of mushroom stalk, add these and cook for a minute
   or two longer.  Remove from the heat and add the cooked chestnuts,
   breaking them up a bit as you do so to make a mixture which holds
   together but has some chunky bits in it.  Add a dash of fresh lemon
   juice, and salt, pepper and grated nutmeg to taste.
   
   To serve the dish, preset the oven to 200 C (400 F, Gas Mark 6), or
   preheat the grill to high.  Put the croutes on a baking sheet or in a
   shallow casserole, then place a mushroom on each one, black side up.
   Spooon the stuffing mixture on top.  Bake or grill until heated
   through -- about 10 minutes under the grill, 15-20 minutes in the
   oven.
   
   [Note from Karen: There’s a gorgeous photo of this dish in the book.
   The stuffed mushrooms are each garnished with three or four extremely
   thin slivers of lemon peel.  Looks absolutely beautiful.]
   
   Source: Rose Elliot’s Vegetarian Christmas
   Typed for you by Karen Mintzias
  
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