Central European Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach

This makes an ideal starter because you can easily prepare the mushrooms and just finish off under the grill to serve to your guests.  Alternatively, they make a great lunchtime or supper snack for the peckish among you.  Also, this dish makes a great vegetarian dish if you omit the bacon and perhaps include some chopped chestnuts or meat substitute if you so desire.

Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed Mushrooms

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Bulgarian Fried Peppers With Cheese

This is not a quick fix dish, it is a bit of a dinner party piece.  I would suggest making extra so you can pick the ones which look best as it is quite difficult to re-create their structural stability after the skin has been removed.  It’s a great starter though, very tasty, mainly because the creaminess of the feta really complements the warmth of the chili while the parsley refreshes your palette for the next mouthful.

Ingredients (serves 2 -4)

4 peppers (can be red, green or yellow but personally, I think red taste best)

50g plain flour

1 egg, beaten

olive oil for shallow frying

For the filling:

1 egg, beaten

90g feta cheese finely crumbled

2 tbsp fresh parsley

1 small red chili, seeded and chopped

Instructions:

Slit open peppers

Scoop out seeds and core but leave peppers in one piece

Peppers pre-grilling

Carefully open out peppers and place under hot grill (skin side up!)

Peppers under grill

Cook until the skin is charred and blackened

Peppers charred

Place the peppers in a bowl of cold water to prevent them from over-cooking

Leave peppers until cooled and peel off skin

Mix feta, egg, parsley, chili together in a bowl

Feta, egg, parsley, chili

Fill each pepper with mix

Fill peppers

Secure peppers if necessary with wooden cocktail sticks

Dip peppers in seasoned plain flour, then egg, then flour again

Fry the peppers in olive oil for 6-8 minutes, turning once, until golden brown and filling set

Peppers in pan

Drain peppers on kitchen paper before serving

Peppers done! Serve!

Peppers done! Serve!

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