Meat & Spinach-Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms with Goat Cheese











Savor the melding of flavors with this mouthwatering Meat & Spinach-Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms topped with Goat Cheese. A perfect blend of hearty and fresh, these mushrooms offer a satisfying meal that's as nutritious as it is delicious.


Step 1: Preparation

Start your journey to an incredible meal by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash your portabella mushrooms with care, gently removing the stems to make room for the delicious filling you'll soon prepare. Chop the mushroom stems, along with your onion and garlic, setting the stage for the flavorsome base of your stuffing.
Pro Tip: Keep the mushroom caps moist by brushing them with a little olive oil.

Step 2: Sauté

In a medium-sized skillet, warm a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat, then introduce your chopped mushroom stems, onion, and garlic. The real magic begins as you gradually add red wine, a tablespoon at a time, allowing each addition to be fully absorbed and evaporated before introducing more. This process, taking about 10 to 12 minutes, will soften your onions and enrich your filling with a deep, complex flavor.
Pro Tip: Make sure the wine is fully absorbed for the best flavor.

Step 3: Season and Combine

It's time to bring the aromatic wonderland to life by adding the paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper. Then, introduce the ground elk meat and chopped spinach, stirring just enough to blend the ingredients thoroughly and wilt the spinach. This is where the mixture transforms, with the meat browned but not fully cooked through, ready to infuse the mushrooms with savory goodness.
Pro Tip: Avoid overcooking the meat at this stage to keep it juicy.

Step 4: Stuff Mushrooms

With a spoon in hand, fill each mushroom cap with the hearty meat mixture, allowing the mushrooms to overflow if you desire. This is where your dish starts to take shape, each mushroom cap becoming a vessel of flavor, ready to be topped and baked.
Pro Tip: Press the filling down gently to pack the mushrooms full of the tasty mixture.

Step 5: Bake and Serve

The final flourish comes with the thin slices of goat cheese delicately placed over each mushroom. Bake in your preheated oven for 15 minutes, until the cheese has melted into a golden-brown crown and the mushrooms are tender. Let them rest a moment before serving to ensure they're just perfect. The end result is a visually stunning and deliciously rich dish that's sure to impress.
Pro Tip: Letting the mushrooms rest will make them easier to serve.