One dairy that we are particularly fond of is Bellwether Farms. Cindy Callahan and her two sons, Liam and Brett, produce outstanding sheep’s milk and cow’s milk cheeses at Bellwether, including fromage blanc. It is a fresh, tangy cheese, not unlike fresh ricotta. In fact, you can use ricotta as a substitute for fromage blanc in this recipe. Just wrap the ricotta in cheesecloth and hang it over a bowl in the refrigerator overnight to eliminate any excess moisture.–Dolores and Jack Cakebread
LC Can't Find Fromage Blanc Note
The recipe authors, Dolores and Jack Cakebread, note that fromage blanc can be swapped for ricotta when you’re making these delectable little stuffed mushrooms. So, if your cheesemonger is out of fromage blanc, you have a backup plan. But what if there’s a sudden shortage of ricotta, too? Easy – show off the cheesemaking skills you never knew you had with our homemade “ricotta” recipe. It’s so surprisingly easy that you may never go back to shop-bought again.
Mushroom Caps Stuffed with Leeks and Fromage Blanc Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 30 M
- 45 M
- Serves 4 to 6
- 1 large leek, white part only, julienned (2 cups)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional for seasoning
- 4 ounces fromage blanc
- 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 18 large cremini mushrooms, wiped clean and stemmed
- White truffle oil (optional)
- 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Brush a baking sheet with olive oil.
- 2. Heat the leeks and olive oil in a small saute pan over medium heat. Add the 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring often to prevent browning, for 8 to 10 minutes, until wilted and tender, but not browned. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.
- 3. Add the fromage blanc and Parmigiano to the leeks and stir to mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Scoop up about 1 heaping teaspoon of the mixture and spoon into the bottom of the mushrooms. Set on the prepared baking sheet.
- 4. Bake in the top third of the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until the cheese mixture begins to brown and the mushrooms become tender to the bite. Transfer to a serving plate and drizzle with a few drops of truffle oil. Enjoy with a Chardonnay with great structure and rich fruit flavors.
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