Stilton, Bacon and Mushroom Starter

A great recipe for busy people who are short of time. The strong flavours in the Stilton and bacon give this easy recipe an elaborate feel.

Serving Size: 6

• 1 tablespoon oil
• 1 chopped onion
• 500 grams/1 lb baby button mushrooms halved
• 12 rashers streaky bacon chopped
• 125 grams/4oz blue Stilton cheese roughly chopped
• 200 grams pack cream cheese
• 150 milliliters/1/4 pint double cream
• 15 grams pack fresh chives snipped
• 75 grams/3 oz fresh breadcrumbs
• 2 teaspoons paprika
• black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C/375 degrees F/Gas mark 5. Heat the oil and fry the
onions, mushrooms and bacon together until browned.
2. Share between four ramekin dishes.
3. Beat the Stilton together with the cream cheese and cream and stir in most of
the chives, reserving a few for a garnish. Season and spoon over the top of the mushroom
4. Toss the breadcrumbs in the paprika and sprinkle over the top of the Stilton
mixture. Cook for 20-25 minutes, until browned and bubbling.
5. Serve hot with small slices of toasted French bread.

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