Tuesday, October 21, 2008

John’s Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

We are big fans of Red Lobster's stuffed mushrooms, but adapted this recipe while we were doing a low carb diet several years ago... so it then became John's creation. It tastes very similar though, and was a big staple in my early solid food stages after having weight loss surgery.

John’s Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Courtesy of my wonderful husband

½ Pound Fresh Mushrooms (~16-20)
2 Tbsp. Celery – finely chopped
1 Tbsp. Onion – finely chopped
1 Tbsp. Red Bell Pepper – finely chopped
¼ Pound Crab Meat (canned is fine)
3 Wasaba Sesame Crackers (scrape of excess sesame)
¼ Cup Cheddar Cheese – shredded
¼ Tsp. Garlic Powder
¼ Tsp. Tony Chachere’s Cajun Seasoning
¼ Tsp. Ground Black Pepper
¼ Tsp. Salt
2 Tbsp. Egg – beat & measure out of a measuring cup
¼ Cup Water
White Cheddar Cheese Slices – to taste

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Sauté celery, onion and red pepper in 1 Tbsp. Butter for 2 minutes, transfer to a plate and cool in the refrigerator.

While the vegetables cool, wash mushrooms and remove stems. Set caps to the side and finely chop half of the stems. Discard the other half of the stems or use elsewhere.

Combine the sautéed vegetables, chopped mushroom stems and all other ingredients (except White Cheddar Cheese Slices) and mix well.

Place mushroom caps in individual buttered casseroles or baking dishes (about 8 caps each).

Spoon 1 Tsp. of stuffing into each mushroom. (we use a small cookie scoop, and actually mush one scoop into the cap of the mushroom - and place a second rounded one on top so that the presentation looks nice.)

Cover entire casseroles with White Cheddar Cheese Slices and bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.

Yields two servings of 8-10 mushrooms each. (We usually cook one batch and save the other batch for the next day, but it depends on the group you're serving.)

I have also used this recipe and made crab cakes - instead of baking in the casseroles - you just fry them in a saute pan with a little butter. You would skip the white cheddar cheese in this preparation as well.
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