There are very few things in this world I love more than barbecue sauce.
It’s just – AHH. So good. And a splash of BBQ can lend a quick smoky touch and immediate depth of flavor to even the easiest, simplest dishes.
Take these BBQ Chicken Pepper Jack Stuffed Mushrooms, for instance. They’re ready to bake in just 10-15 minutes, and require only 5 ingredients (not counting salt and pepper). But the amount of flavor you get from the pepper jack/BBQ/cilantro combination makes them seem so much more complicated than they really are.
Also, I have a real problem with soggy mushrooms, so here’s a nifty trick to help you keep your stuffed mushrooms roasted to perfection: place a cooling rack on top of a rimmed baking sheet, then place your stuffed mushrooms on top of the rack before baking them. The cooling rack keeps the mushroom caps elevated, which means they aren’t swimming around in whatever liquid they release as they cook. The result is a perfectly roasted, much less messy mushroom. (I also like to use this trick for my Portobello Mushroom Pizzas!) Just be careful moving the pan around – mushrooms like to roll around a bit on the cooling rack, so move slowly to avoid any flipped-over-stuffed-mushroom catastrophes.
Basically, this combo (awesome, easy, delicious stuffed mushrooms + a kitchen hack to keep them from getting soggy) is a winner. And it will help you look like a total pro in the kitchen even if all you have to work with is half an hour and no patience for actually cooking things. Plus, umm, vegetables + protein = HEALTHY, right? [read more…]