Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Stuffed Mushroom Delights

It has been awhile since my last post.  The holidays almost feel like they never even happened, which makes me sad.  I have cooked wonderful food with the best friends and family in the world.  And I am very eager to share it with you!  I am also eager to share a challenging but exciting piece of news.  I have probably mentioned it briefly, but now it's official.  Ladies, this is my dream come true and I'm sure you can understand why.  At the end of February, my best friend and I will be making the trek to Disney World to run in the DISNEY PRINCESSES HALF MARATHON.  We will be dressing as our favorite princesses (Emily will be Cinderella and I will be Belle).  I can hardly wait... except for the whole I've never run 13.1 miles in my life part.  But it's OK because I have been eating wonderful meals that are fairly healthy and delicious.

Now this isn't the healthiest of recipes, but this is delicious.  We made this for my birthday party (the big 2 5...) and it was a huge success.  I actually made it again for dinner after the holidays had passed.  It's really quite simple so if you're in a pinch and you need a great appetizer that's not too high in calories, this is it!  I found this recipe on the Mark Bittman How to Cook Everything app.

Pre-heat the oven to 400.  First you will need a pound of button or cremini mushrooms (I always use cremini when I can).  Separate the stems from the tops.  Combine the stems in a bowl with an egg.

Using a fork, break up the stems and combine the egg.  Then stir in a half cup of bread crumbs (you could make them with whole wheat bread if you wanted to get crazy), a half cup of grated Parmesan cheese, a half cup of chopped parsley, a clove of minced garlic and salt and pepper.  Then stir in a tablespoon or so of olive oil to make it "shine" as Mr. Bittman says.

Stuff the mushroom caps with the mixture and place on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake, stuffed side up for 15 minutes until they are just a little browned on top.  Serve them warm because the cheese is all melty and gooey and awesome (my words)!

What is your favorite party appetizer treat?

Stuffed Mushrooms

1 pound button or cremini mushrooms
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 minced garlic clove
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

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