Mushrooms with Camembert and Watercress Pesto

Mushrooms with Camembert and Watercress Pesto


  • 8 medium or 4 large flat mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp clear honey 
  • A little salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 75g ripe Camembert, brie or Taleggio cheese, sliced

For the watercress pesto

  • 50g watercress
  • 1/2 red chilli, deseeded 
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

To serve

  • Salad leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC.
  2. Place the mushrooms, gill-side up, in a single layer on a large baking tray. Drizzle honey and some seasoning over the mushrooms. Bake in the oven for 5-10 mins or until the juices have begun to run.
  3. Brush the mushrooms with any juices which have run out into the tray, then top each with the sliced cheese. Return to the oven and cook for 2-3 mins or until the cheese is melted and pale golden.
  4. Meanwhile, place all the pesto ingredients together in a blender and whiz until smooth. Add a little water if you prefer a runnier pesto.
  5. Arrange the salad on four plates, add the cheese topped mushrooms and drizzle a little pesto over each. Serve immediately with crusty bread.


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