Mushrooms: Crab and Fresh Basil Stuffed Mushrooms

posted by Peggy in Oregon 02-26-102 10:14 AM

Crab and Fresh Basil Stuffed Mushrooms
(makes 40-48 stuffed mushrooms)

3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about 3/4 pound)
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1/8-teaspoon kosher salt
2 green onions, sliced thin
2 teaspoons fresh Basil finely chopped
12 drops Tabasco sauce
2 tablespoons dry white wine
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 small clove garlic, crushed
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1-pound fresh crab meat
48 medium-sized button mushrooms
Cooking oil

In a medium bowl, combine the cheese, breadcrumbs, salt, green onions and basil. In a separate, smaller bowl, combine the Tabasco sauce, wine, lemon juice, garlic and egg; add to the breadcrumb mixture. Add the crab meat to the bread crumb mixture and mix gently until well blended. Refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight, whichever you prefer.

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Carefully remove mushroom stems out of the caps. (Reserve the stems for soups or salads.) Wet your hands with cold water, take a small handful of stuffing in your palm and mold into a round ball. Place the stuffing firmly inside the mushroom cap, being careful not to break the mushroom. Place the stuffed mushroom on an oiled cookie sheet. Repeat until all the mushrooms are filled, placing them on the cookie sheet without touching each other. (At this point, the mushrooms can be refrigerated and baked later.)

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until the stuffing is lightly browned and serve. If not served right away, they can be reheated if you want too.

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