Mushrooms are the Stuff
This is the second post in my courses of Thanksgiving. The first post, if you missed it yesterday, was a light yet tasty salad. But now we are ready to move on to something a bit more filling.
A lot of people like deviled eggs for Thanksgiving and I like them also. They are traditional. But sometimes for an appetizer, I want something that packs a bit more flavor. These crab stuffed mushrooms fit the bill.
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Yield: 24 mushrooms
24 large stuffing mushrooms (white button)
1/3 cup chopped scallions
2 cloves minced garlic
1/3 cup butter
1 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1 6oz can lump crab
Salt and pepper
1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Use a paring knife to hollow out mushrooms.
2) Chop chems roughly from mushrooms and measure out about 1/3-1/2 cup.
3) In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat and add chopped stems, onions, and garlic. Add a pinch or two of salt and let that start to cook down for about 4 minutes. After that add your crab, Parm, and 3/4 cup bread crumbs.
4) Once filling is cooked, spoon filling back into mushrooms. YOu can really stuff them full. in your filling. Dust mushrooms with extra breadcrumbs or panko.
5) Bake for 15-20 minutes. Then cool for 5 minutes and serve them up!
Like I said, the best mushrooms for stuffing are just plain old button mushrooms. Don’t get too fancy here. These are just the container for a wonderful filling. But before you can fill them you have to hollow them. I like to use a paring knife to just work out the stem. Just remember. The more you take out, the more you can put in.
But before you get started dissecting, pre-heat your oven to 425.
Now whatever you do, don’t throw away those stems! We are going to use them as a base for our filling. Yes. That is right. You stuff mushrooms with mushrooms. It’s the best way to handle it. To help the stems combine better with the crabs and butter and yumminess, you want to give them a pretty good chopping. Now we are only going to use about 1/2 cups of these. You don’t need more than that.
Now we make the filling. Start out with your chopped stems, onions, garlic, and butter in a sautée pan on medium heat. Add a pinch or two of salt and let that start to cook down for about 4 minutes. After that add your crab, Parm, and bread crumbs.
Now it is as simple as spooning in your filling. This is one time where I tend to break they “don’t overfill” rule. I fill these suckers as high as they will go. There is no reason to have filling left over. Then just dust them with some extra Panko or breadcrumbs to give them a crispy top.
Into the oven they go! These take between 15-20 minutes to cook. Keep a good eye on them. You don’t want to get too soggy. I like might just a bit firm. You will also want to let them cool for 5 minutes before you bite in. These suckers get hot.
I hope you make these and enjoy them. I’m sure there are tons of other things you could stuff in a mushroom and honestly if you don’t have crab the filling is pretty delicious without it. Please make these though. Your relatives will thank you.
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