Goats’ cheese mega mushrooms

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 09.32.55Ingredient 

2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
400g (14oz) prepared butternut squash, cut into 2cm cubes
1 red onion, sliced
1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
1 tsp black onion seeds
8 large (or 4 very large) portobello mushrooms, stalks trimmed
2 x 100g (4oz) packs goats’ cheese, each sliced into 4
Freshly ground black pepper
Thyme sprigs, to garnish


1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/R6.

2 Pour the oil into a roasting tin and add the butternut squash, tossing to coat. Roast for 10 minutes, then add the onion, pepper and black onion seeds. Roast for a further 15-20 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

3 Arrange the mushrooms, gills facing up, in a roasting tin (you can use the same one – just tip the cooked vegetables into a bowl). Pile the vegetables into the mushrooms and season with black pepper. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

4 Place the goats’ cheese slices on top of the mushrooms and return to the oven for 3-5 minutes, so that the cheese starts to melt. Serve, sprinkled with extra black pepper and garnished with thyme sprigs.

Cook’s tips: If the mushroom stalks are quite large, trim them off and add them to the roasting tin with the onion and red pepper. For a spicier flavour, use cumin seeds instead of black onion seeds.

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