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Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

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Crab Stuffed Mushrooms are a delightful appetizer or side dish that combines savory crab meat with earthy mushrooms and a creamy filling. This recipe elevates ordinary mushrooms into a gourmet treat, perfect for entertaining guests or enjoying as a special treat. Here’s how to make Crab Stuffed Mushrooms at home, bringing together flavors that are sure to impress.


Ingredients:

  • 24 large mushrooms, such as cremini or button mushrooms
  • 8 ounces lump crab meat, drained and picked over for shells
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning (or to taste)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, for topping
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Mushrooms:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup.
  2. Clean the mushrooms by wiping them with a damp paper towel or gently brushing off any dirt. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and finely chop them.

2. Make the Filling:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, minced garlic, fresh lemon juice, Old Bay seasoning, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Mix until smooth and well combined.
  2. Gently fold in the chopped mushroom stems, lump crab meat, and chopped fresh parsley until evenly distributed.

3. Stuff the Mushrooms:

  1. Arrange the mushroom caps on the prepared baking sheet, cavity side up.
  2. Spoon the crab filling into each mushroom cap, mounding it slightly.
  3. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese evenly over the stuffed mushrooms.

4. Bake the Stuffed Mushrooms:

  1. Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender and the filling is heated through and lightly golden on top.
  2. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving.

5. Serve:

  1. Transfer the Crab Stuffed Mushrooms to a serving platter. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve warm.
  2. Serve with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the stuffed mushrooms.

6. Optional Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve Crab Stuffed Mushrooms as an appetizer for a party or as a side dish for a special dinner.
  • Pair with a crisp white wine such as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc to complement the flavors of the crab and mushrooms.
  • Sprinkle with additional Old Bay seasoning or paprika for added color and flavor.

7. Tips:

  • Use fresh lump crab meat for the best flavor and texture, but you can also use canned crab meat if fresh is not available.
  • Adjust the seasoning to your taste preferences, adding more Old Bay seasoning or salt and pepper as needed.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Conclusion: Crab Stuffed Mushrooms are a delicious and elegant dish that brings together the flavors of savory crab, creamy cheese, and earthy mushrooms. This recipe is perfect for entertaining or as a special treat for yourself and your loved ones. Enjoy the rich flavors and delicate textures of Crab Stuffed Mushrooms as a delightful appetizer or side dish at your next gathering or meal.

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