Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Stuffed Mushrooms

I used to think that mushrooms were gross.
It was one of those things I'd pick out of
pizza
salad 
or restaurant entrees.


But then, I saw the light. 
Madisonville launched the Texas Mushroom Festival
I competed in a scholarship pageant 
and they made me try mushrooms.
The first thing I had was Olive Garden's stuffed mushrooms
Since then I've been hooked!

Here's a simple recipe for them 
that's great to take to Christmas parties
or as an appetizer at a formal dinner  
I've included some tips for quicker prep as well!

You'll need:

24 whole fresh button mushrooms

3-4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
2 tsp. vegetable oil
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ tsp. pepper
¼ tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
Bread crumbs and minced fresh herbs, for garnish (optional)

What To Do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Buy the pre-washed mushrooms and save a few minutes.
If you saved money instead and don't buy the pre-washed ones,
 clean the mushrooms with a damp towel 
and remove the stems, saving for later use



Add the stems and garlic in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped
Although I love fresh garlic, I bought the jar of minced garlic



Heat oil on medium head and add your garlic and stem mush, 
cooking 5-7 minutes or until all the moisture is gone. 



Lower to medium-low heat and add in cream cheese, 
Parmesan cheese and spices.
Stir together until smooth and creamy
Remove from heat


Fill the mushroom caps with the 
cream cheese mixture using a small spoon
Top with breadcrumbs if desired. 
Bake for 20 minutes or until the mushrooms are hot
and liquid starts to form under the cap


Tranfer to a serving platter
Garnish with fresh herbs if desired
 and serve immediately!

This recipe is great because you can mix in 
any number of yummy things you'd like:
bacon bits
crumbled sausage
diced jalapeno 
etc etc

Recipe adapted from Annie's Eats

What's your go-to holiday appetizer or snack?

2 comments:

  1. i love spinach dip in a bread bowl for an appetizer. this is looks so good, too. my honey doesn't like mushrooms (he's crayzeee!) so i'd make this just for myself. : )

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  2. I love me some stuffed mushrooms.

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