Ah, pignolis, those unctuous little nuts.
These are a great treat for your vegetarian friends, but don't let that scare you off. They are sublime little pockets of goodness.
You will need:
18 large button mushrooms
4 ounces (ish) of pine nuts (that's two little jars)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely grated romano cheese
1 lemon, juiced
pinch of crushed red pepper
First, toast the pine nuts in a hot, dry sautee pan. Remove.
Clean the mushroom caps and remove the stems of the mushrooms. Dip each one of the caps in lemon juice and put top side down in a glass baking dish that has been brushed with olive oil(reserve the remaining lemon).
Chop the mushroom stems and sautee with the garlic in olive oil until they are completely broken down. Add the crushed red pepper and bread crumbs and sautee a couple of minutes. Then remove from the pan and toss in a large bowl with the grated romano and toasted pine nuts. Taste for salt and, if the stuffing mix seems a little dry, mix in some additional olive oil.
Stuff each cap with the filing and pour the remaining lemon juice over top.
Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
This is adapted from the Moosewood Cookbook, if you want to go to the mother-ship.