It's time again for the Eating The Alphabet Challenge, hosted by Brenda at Meal Planning Magic. This month's letters were M, N, & or O. There were just so many veggie, fruit, and grain options to choose from for this month's challenge that it was hard to choose! I finally decided on stuffed mushrooms. I love mushrooms in all forms but unfortunately my kids really dislike them. Although I like stuffed mushrooms I rarely get a chance to eat them. And I've never made them until now! Knowing the kids wouldn't eat these I ended up making them as an afternoon snack for myself. They were surprisingly easy to make. I had always assumed that they took a lot of work to prepare, one of the reasons why I never made them. This recipe that I found did not use bread crumbs. I think that the stuffed mushrooms that I've had and enjoyed in the past used them, so these weren't totally satisfying. But now that I know how easy stuffed mushrooms can be to make I'll definitely be trying out new variations in the future.
recipe from allrecipes.com by Angie Gorkoff
12 whole fresh mushrooms
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Carefully break off stems. Chop stems extremely fine, discarding tough end of stems.
2.Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and chopped mushroom stems to the skillet. Fry until any moisture has disappeared, taking care not to burn garlic. Set aside to cool.
3.When garlic and mushroom mixture is no longer hot, stir in cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Mixture should be very thick. Using a little spoon, fill each mushroom cap with a generous amount of stuffing. Arrange the mushroom caps on prepared cookie sheet.
4.Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the mushrooms are piping hot and liquid starts to form under caps.
Mommy & Daddy rating: So-so.