Life’s too short to stuff a mushroom…

… but not too short to pile things on top of a mushroom in a haphazard manner.

I cooked this for brunch (2 big mushrooms each) but you could do one mushroom each as a starter with a few leaves underneath to make the plate look prettier.

  • Put oven to 180C
  • Put about 1 dessert spoon of oil into a roasting pan
  • Halve cherry tomatoes (I did 5 each), rub the cut face in the oil, put cut-face-up into the pan (not in the oil) – I find I use less oil this way than if I try to drizzle later
  • Sprinkle tomatoes with dried basil put them in the oven (it doesn’t matter that the oven is not yet hot)
  • Put a small frying pan onto some heat with a little bit of oil
  • Chop half a medium-large onion quite finely, stick it in the pan
  • Cut up some bacon (with scissors is easiest) into bits that are as small as you can be bothered. I say “some” bacon – 2-4 rashers is probably correct – if you have one of those annoying packs of bacon that has 7 rashers this is the ideal time to use 3 and keep 4 for something else
  • Stick the bacon into the pan with the onion
  • Stir the bacon and onion around on a medium heat until the onion looks soft and hte bacon looks not raw
  • While the bacon and onion are cooking, turn one end-piece of bread into breadcrumbs either by crumbling with your fingers or by whizzing it up in a food processor
  • Mix the breadcrumbs into the bacon/onion
  • Take your 4 big mushrooms – portabello ones are nicest – take the stalk out and put them open-face-up into a roasting dish (or anything that can go in the oven really)
  • Stick your bread/onion/bacon mix into/on top of the mushrooms
  • Cover with tinfoil, put in oven for 15 mins
  • During this 15 minutes, grate a bit of cheese. You’ll probably grate too much. This is fine because you can eat it with your fingers
  • Take tinfoil off, put cheese on top, put back in oven
  • While cheese is melting, make bloody marys (if making brunch for grownups)
  • When cheese is brown and bubbly, put on plates and eat with the tomatoes that you have probably forgotten about
  • Okay, I didn't wait for the cheese to go bubbly - I was hungry

    Okay, I didn’t wait for the cheese to go bubbly – I was hungry

Bloody Mary:

  • Tomato juice (compulsory)
  • Tabasco sauce (compulsory)
  • Worcestershire sauce (compulsory)
  • Vodka (compulsory)
  • Celery salt optional)
  • Horseradish sauce (optional)
  • Lime juice (optional)
  • Salt (optional)
  • Pepper (optional)
  • Mix well with ice – taste – add more of things that you think it needs
  • Put in glasses with a bit of celery to stir
  • Drink
Try to remember that the celery will slide down in the glass and so cut it longer than you think (oops)

Try to remember that the celery will slide down in the glass and so cut it longer than you think (oops)

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