|250 g||cream cheese|
|240 g||sundried tomatoes — packed in vinaigrette|
|1/2 cup||pecorino cheese — finely grated|
|3 tbsp||olive oil — divided|
|1/4 tsp||black pepper|
|2 cup||baby spinach|
|1 cup||mealie rice|
|4 tbsp||pecorino cheese — finely grated|
|1 tsp||dried mixed herbs|
|salt and black pepper — to taste|
|1/2 cup||butter — chilled and chopped|
Preheat the oven to 200°C and place the rack in the top half of the oven.
Remove the cream cheese from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature.
Drain the sundried tomatoes and slice thinly. Grate the pecorino cheese. Chop the spring onion.
Fry the lamb sausages in a pan until cooked and golden brown. Set aside to cool.
Remove the stems from the portobello mushrooms, use a spoon and scrape out the gills from the mushroom cap to make place for the filling.
Brush the tops and insides of the mushrooms with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the mushrooms on a lined baking sheet, stem down and roast until just beginning to soften, about 10 minutes.
Make the filling by heating 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the spring onions and sauté until softened, about 1-2 minutes. Add the baby spinach and toss until just wilted, about 1 minute.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the cream cheese into the pan, stir until it just melts and coats the spinach. Stir in the sundried tomatoes.
Remove the casings from the lamb sausages and crumble the meat. Add to the spinach and cheese mixture.
Remove the mushrooms from the oven and flip the mushrooms over with a flat spatula. Divide the filling evenly among the mushroom caps, then sprinkle with the mealie rice and herb crumble.
Roast the mushrooms until they are tender, and the mealie rice crumb starts to brown and become crispy about another 10 minutes. If necessary, place under the grill to crisp up for 2-3 minutes.
Garnish with fresh herbs and lemon wedges. Serve with crispy bread and a garden salad.
Prepare the crumble
Mix the soaked and partially cooked mealie rice, Pecorino, dried herbs and seasoning in a bowl. Rub in the butter using your fingers until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Supported by the Red Meat Industry of SA – Recipes and styling by Gerrie du Rand and photos by Michelle Parkin.
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