Monday, July 23, 2012

Meatless Monday! Easy Stuffed Mushrooms


I feel like mushrooms are a mainstay in a vegetarian diet mostly because they have a "meaty" texture to them in most dishes. I've loved mushrooms for as long as I can remember, even before becoming vegetarian. They can be grilled, baked, broiled, or cut up and sauteed. These are a simple stuffed mushroom that is great for a quick weeknight meal. 


We served these with a big salad as a side and I thought it was delicious but I did make them of course. I used canned spinach because I had some on hand but they would be so much better even with fresh spinach. I'm a huge garlic person so I put in 2 teaspoons but easily could have doubled it to 4. You know those big jars of garlic in the grocery store produce section that are like $5 and you walk by them and say to yourself "who would buy that much garlic?". Me. Yup, that's all we buy in this house unless there is a need for fresh garlic for roasting or something. We are true garlic lovers. I don't mess around with that tiny jar that is $3 or $4 mind you.


I used panko in this recipe because I love it but you could use bread crumbs if it's what you have or what you like. You all know I'm a huge fan of customizable recipes and I believe any recipe can be customized. That's the way I am :) So have fun with it! Throw in some pepper, onion, more cheese, or maybe even some balsamic vinegar, yum...

Easy Stuffed Mushrooms
Makes 3

Ingredients:
- 3 portobello mushrooms, stemmed
- olive oil
- 1 can spinach, or  6-8 cups fresh spinach
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3-6 tablespoons spaghetti sauce
- 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons Panko (or breadcrumbs)

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350F. Lightly brush each mushroom with 1-2 teaspoons olive oil then place on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes with the top of the mushrooms up.
2. While the mushrooms are cooking, over medium heat saute garlic in 1 teaspoon olive oil about 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add spinach to pan and stir. Season with salt and pepper and heat through. If using fresh spinach cook spinach down in pan then season with salt and pepper.
3. Remove mushrooms from oven and flip over to fill them. Spread 1-2 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce in each mushrooms then divide the spinach evenly between the three mushrooms.
4. In a small bowl mix together the Parmesan cheese and Panko, sprinkle over the spinach in the mushrooms.
5. Return the mushrooms to oven and bake 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned on top. 


This is an original recipe

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