This is one of my parents’ favorite restaurant appetizers, so I recreated it and served it recently at dinner. It is easy, delicious and comes out consistently good. Most of the work is involved in chopping and mixing the stuffing/filling ingredients.
You will need:
6-8 medium/large baby bella or white button mushrooms, center stalks pulled out.
For the crab stuffing, see my recipe for crab cakes.
Spray a glass baking dish with some oil, and lay the mushroom caps top down, side by side, relatively tightly so that they don’t topple over when you fill them with the stuffing. Spray the mushrooms with a bit more oil, then salt and pepper.
Using a tablespoon, fill the mushrooms with the filling, nice and full. Cover with foil and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with some shredded cheese, and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese melts over the stuffed mushrooms.
Zest a bit of lemon over the top for garnish, and serve as hot as you can!! Your guests will be very impressed, even if they aren’t your parents 🙂
In other news, I do believe (and hope I don’t jinx it), that Spring is finally here in our unpredictable Midwestern city!!! I got my first pedicure of the season and Mom brought home these interesting specimens of flora (undoubtedly not local).