A delicious and healthy side that combines my favorite vegetable with my latest condiment craving. Enjoy.
1 package Stuffer Mushrooms, Washed, Stems Removed
1 Tbsp Butter or Margarine, Softened
Fresh Basil Leaves, Washed
Baby Spinach, Washed (optional)
Toasted Sesame Seeds
1/2 Shallot, Peeled And Thinly Sliced
2 Garlic Cloves, Peeled And Smashed
Parmesan Cheese, Grated
White Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and Pepper, to taste
For the pesto:
1. In a food processor, grind together fresh basil leaves, baby spinach (if using), toasted sesame seeds, thinly sliced shallot, smashed garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, tomato paste, white balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper, and with the machine running, slowly stream in olive oil until it becomes a smooth sauce.
For the mushrooms:
1. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, and cook the mushroom caps all the way through on both sides.
2. Remove from pan, spoon the pesto inside the caps, and enjoy.
Yields: 8 basil pesto stuffed mushrooms