Nov 17, 2013

Bridal Shower Appetizers - Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms - easy to prepare and a great bridal shower appetizer!  If you love to entertain you need to see this mouth-watering stuffed mushroom recipe that includes everything you probably already have on hand except mushrooms and cream cheese.  And speaking of cream cheese, did you know that the regular kind (used in this recipe) has 100 calories per 1 ounce serving?  That makes these mushrooms 88 calories each and that wouldn't be scary if you could stop at just one.  I usually slow down after 5 or 6 and then I'm on my merry way to the sweet and sour meatballs.  That's why I suggest using low fat cream cheese (60 calories - plus more protein and calcium then the regular kind).  It's creamy and delicious, and a much healthier take on these delicious stuffed mushrooms.

bridal shower appetizers - stuffed mushrooms

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 black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Wipe mushrooms clean with a damp paper towel.  Break off stems and chop them extremely fine, discarding tough ends.

2.  Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and chopped mushroom stems to the skillet and fry until any moisture has evaporated. Set aside to cool.

When garlic and mushroom mixture has cooled, 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.

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