These mini mushroom rolls have a deep, umami flavour – covered in crisp flaky pastry and with a few sweet cranberries thrown in for luck, they make the perfect rustic snack.
They look so cute on the plate! The port and mushroom together, create and earthy, rich flavour, with the caramelised onions lifting that with sweetness at the end, it is a gorgeous thing to behold.
The mixture for the filling is a bit like a rich and creamy red pesto with a little kick (which you can alter to your taste of course) and with the lemony breadcrumbs on top, it makes for a delightful alternative roast dinner. Of course it doesn’t have to be a roast – for instance, it would go very nicely with mash potato, chips or a couscous salad.
When I was a little girl I used to say that Mushroom risotto was my favourite dinner. For years it was. It was mainly because my mum made such a cracking one…
If you plan to make this on christmas day you can prepare it hours before and cover it in the fridge until there’s room in the oven and it’s time to bake. Get cracking!