Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Chorizo & Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

By Stacie Morgan, January 26, 2017, 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.

For the last recipe of January, I wanted to provide fun “cheat” meal for your New Year’s Resolutions. Queso flameado con chorizo is a classic appetizer served at many Tex-Mex restaurants. This hot, bubbling dip features baked Oaxaca cheese and cooked ground chorizo, and it’s served with fresh flour tortillas.

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I wanted to keep these ingredients in mind when creating my alternative dish using a stuffed Portobello mushroom. Using a mushroom instead of tortillas adds vitamins, while cutting fat and calories, and I personally feel that the garlic/seasoning rub coating the mushroom tops is tastier than the original. And with barely 20 minutes of cooking time for this recipe, it’s fast on time and easy on your energy use!

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It’s important to not overcook the chorizo. If you’re not used to this ingredient, it can be difficult to know when it’s done because the fat that cooks out is the same color as the meat because of the spices. Once it’s removed from the casing, chorizo takes about 8 minutes for it to cook through on the stove, and then it cooks again once it’s inside the mushroom tops. Just set a timer for 8 minutes, keep the meat moving in the pan to fully cook it, and then drain the pan to remove all the rendered fat. Now it’s is ready to go inside the mushrooms!

I like to cook the mushrooms for 10 minutes at 400°F and then broil them on high for 2 more minutes to finish. You can skip the broiling step as it’s purely to enhance the color to the dish.

This dish makes a great appetizer, or you could serve it with a side salad or some rice and beans for a complete dinner. And if you’re a brunch fan, just serve it with your favorite style of eggs and some mashed avocado!

Chorizo & Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients (4 servings):

  • 4 Large Portobello mushrooms
  • ½ c. Diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. Diced white onion
  • 2 tbsp. Sliced green onions (white and green part)
  • 2 tbsp. Chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. Finely diced jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Garlic paste (1/4 tsp. per mushroom)
  • 1 tsp. Canola oil (1/4 tsp. per mushroom)
  • 1 tsp. Taco seasoning
  • ¼ tsp. Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. Black pepper
  • 1 Chorizo sausage link
  • 1 c. Shredded Oaxaca cheese (you can use Monterey Jack as a substitute)

Directions:

1) Prepare the ingredients as directed in the list.

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2) Combine the taco seasoning, salt, and pepper into a small bowl.

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3) Remove the stem from each mushroom and discard.

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4) Place the mushroom caps onto a tray. Rub the outside of the mushrooms with ¼ tsp. garlic paste and canola oil per mushroom.

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5) Sprinkle the seasoning mixture from Step 2 onto the rub from Step 4 on each mushroom evenly.

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6) Create your own pico de gallo by mixing the tomatoes, white onions, green onions, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, and cumin together into a medium-sized bowl. Let these flavors meld while you prepare the chorizo.

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7) Remove the chorizo from its plastic casing. Discard the casing.

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8) Cook the chorizo in a nonstick skillet for 8 minutes over medium heat.

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9) Drain excess fat from the pan.

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10) Flip the mushrooms to seasoned side down. Place a few spoonfuls of the cooked chorizo and pico de gallo inside each mushroom.

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11) Top each mushroom with a handful of shredded cheese.

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12) Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes.

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13) Broil on high for 2 minutes at the end to brown the cheese.

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14) Serve with more pico de gallo on top and enjoy.

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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