Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cheesy Steak Stuffed Mushrooms

By Stacie Morgan, March 31, 2016, Recipes

Welcome to Cooking with Less Kilowatts! There is nothing better than sitting down in the evening to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. But did you know that changing what you do in the kitchen can make an impact on your monthly electricity bill? Each week, I will help you find ways to cook using less energy while still getting a satisfying, flavorful meal. Trust me – I won’t just tell you to do everything in the microwave. I’ll help you cut down on your energy consumption.

This week’s cheesy steak stuffed mushrooms recipe is a perfect solution for a quick, crowd-pleasing dish. It’s full of flavor, easy on energy use, and works as a party appetizer or fabulous dinner. And you don’t even need to pull out the food processor, as all the preparation can easily be completed with a sharp knife and cutting board.
Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cheesy Steak Stuffed Mushrooms

It’s a bite-sized version of a steak dinner!

I start with beautiful choice grade rib eye steaks that are well marbled, ensuring they will be flavorful and tender. The quick marinade adds some much-needed acid that keeps the meat tender even when it heads to the oven to heat up in the mushrooms.

Cutting meat against the grain into thin slices reduces cooking time drastically will lets the meat sear in just a few minutes while staying moist and tender. This trick also applies to finely dicing the bell peppers and onion because it lowers the time it takes to get the veggies soft and golden on the edges.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cheesy Steak Stuffed Mushrooms

Keep those stalks for use in other mushroom dishes.

Another great energy conscious tip is to utilize every ingredient! Don’t let those extra mushroom edges and stems go to waste – save them for omelets, risotto, stuffed chicken, pizza toppings, or homemade vegetable stock! You can also save the extra fat cut from the steaks and render it down to beef fat for other recipes.

Cut down on oven time by placing the skillet with the mushrooms into the oven while it preheats to soften them. When the temperature reaches 400° F, pull the mushrooms out of the oven, fill them, and top them as directed in the recipe. Then skip more baking time by broiling the mushrooms on low until the tops crisp up! The texture will be a bit different than the longer time, but some people prefer their mushrooms with more bite, so this could be a perfect opportunity to reduce your energy use and satisfy your taste buds.

Cheesy Steak Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients:

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cheesy Steak Stuffed Mushrooms

Steak!

  • 1 ½ lbs. Rib eye steak (Choice or Prime grade)
  • ¼ c. Fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ¼ c. Fresh lemon juice (approx. 1 medium lemon’s juice)
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic paste
  • ½ tsp. Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. Cracked black peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp. Garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. Basil flakes
  • 1/3 c. Green bell peppers, finely diced
  • 1/3 c. Yellow bell peppers, finely diced
  • ½ c. Sweet yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • ¼ c. Heavy cream
  • 4 oz. Cream cheese
  • ½ c. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ c. Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 Large container of mini Portobello mushrooms (approx. 15-20)
  • Panko breadcrumbs for topping
  • Fresh finely chopped parsley for garnish

Directions:

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cheesy Steak Stuffed Mushrooms

Dice up your veggies into tiny bits for easy cooking and eating.

1) Prepare vegetables by finely dicing the bell peppers and onion. Use a small knife to remove the stem and outer edge of the mushrooms (to make room for the filling).

2) Place mushrooms in a cast iron or other oven safe skillet and sprinkle with cracked black pepper and set aside to fill later.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cheesy Steak Stuffed Mushrooms

Do yourself a favor and sharpen your knife before you start slicing up the steak. It will make your job so much easier.

3) Remove any extra fat on the rib eye steaks. Slice the raw steak meat against the grain as thinly as possible.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cheesy Steak Stuffed Mushrooms

A good marinade shouldn’t take much time to prepare.

4) Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, chopped parsley, garlic paste, sea salt, black pepper, basil flakes, and garlic powder.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cheesy Steak Stuffed Mushrooms

Think of the 10 minutes in the directions as a minimum recommendation. If you can let your steak soak in the marinade for longer, please do so.

5) Add the thinly sliced meat to this marinade and mix everything together. Let it marinate for 5-10 minutes before starting to cook the filling.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cheesy Steak Stuffed Mushrooms

Make sure the cream cheese gets nice and melted before you add it to the steak in the skillet.

6) In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese and heavy cream. Microwave for 30-45 seconds and whisk until smooth. Set aside for later.

7) Heat oven to 400° F. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and melt the butter.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cheesy Steak Stuffed Mushrooms

The smaller the dice, the shorter the cook time.

8) Add the onions and bell peppers into the pan, and sauté these vegetables for 4 to 5 minutes until they are soft and begin to develop golden-brown edges.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cheesy Steak Stuffed Mushrooms

Don’t add in the steak until the veggies are truly golden-brown around the edges.

9) Move the veggies to one side of the pan, turn the heat up a tiny bit, and add in the marinated meat to quickly sear.  Mix in the vegetables with the beef until cooked through (no more pink).

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cheesy Steak Stuffed Mushrooms

You want the cheese to be completely melted down into the steak and veggies before everything is ready to stuff into the mushrooms.

10) Turn the heat off. Mix in the cream cheese mixture and shredded cheeses.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cheesy Steak Stuffed Mushrooms

The addition of the breadcrumbs creates a delightful textural component.

11) Use 2 spoons to spoon the cheesy steak into the mushrooms. Lightly sprinkle the top of each mushroom with some panko breadcrumbs.

12) Bake for 10 minutes at 400° F and then broil on high for 3-4 more minutes to crisp the tops.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cheesy Steak Stuffed Mushrooms

Truly – Don’t remove the skillet from the oven until the tops are crispy. You want everything to be cooked through and for the flavors to fuse together.

13) Garnish with more fresh finely chopped parsley and serve!

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cheesy Steak Stuffed Mushrooms

And if you don’t feel like sharing this recipe with your friends at a party, this makes for a delightful dinner portion at home with your family.

These delicious cheesy rib eye steak stuffed mushrooms work as an appetizer for parties or as a dinner entrée along with a side salad. And don’t be afraid of any creamy, juicy goodness that oozes out of the mushrooms and forms on the bottom of the pan. Spoon some of it over the finished mushrooms or on the side as it will be a tasty, creamy sauce!

Check in next week for another Cooking with Less Kilowatts series entry ready to help you create delicious, homemade recipes while keeping energy use and effort to a minimum!

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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Stacie is a Texas A&M graduate using her animal science education and passion for food to get creative in the kitchen. She previously worked in business before becoming a mom to a special little boy. She's excited to share recipes her family enjoys at home - and they may even help you save energy and be more green in the kitchen.

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