My starter of choice is like marmite, you’ll either love it or hate it. Mushrooms and stilton can be very polarising flavours, but are two of my favourites. This starter is inspired by a dish I had in a tapas restaurant in York, although I'd made cheese stuffed mushrooms before I'd never thought of adding pesto. From then on, when I've made cheesy mushrooms I always add a little bit of pesto as it adds a little freshness to balance the earthiness of the mushrooms and saltiness of the stilton.
What’s also great about this starter is that any leftover pesto can be tossed through some pasta or gnocchi for a super quick mid week meal.