Crab Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

crab stuffed mushrooms

Hello, fellow food enthusiasts! With the grilling season in full swing, it’s the perfect time to venture beyond the usual barbecue staples. Today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to a delectable treat that’s bound to be the star of any gathering: Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms with Crab and Cream Cheese. A delightful mix of the earthy mushrooms, succulent crab, and the creamy indulgence of cheese – it’s a culinary trifecta you don’t want to miss.



Why This Recipe is a Must-Try

If you’re someone who relishes the finer things in life, this recipe is tailor-made for you. The luxurious blend of lump crab meat with the velvety cream cheese is truly a match made in heaven. Topped off with the zesty kick of lemon and a hint of Old Bay seasoning, every bite offers a symphony of flavors. Whether you’re hosting a sophisticated soirée or looking for a gourmet meal for one, these stuffed mushrooms will not disappoint.


Essential Kitchen Tools for Crab Stuffed Mushrooms:

  • Grill (Gas or Charcoal, your pick)
  • A sturdy mixing bowl
  • Spoon (For the gills and the mix)
  • Brush (For that olive oil touch)
  • Sharp knife and chopping board

The Culinary Journey Begins

  1. Grill Ready:
    Fire up that grill to a medium-high flame, prepping it for the mushrooms.
  2. Mushroom Prep:
    Wash and de-stem your mushrooms. And if you’re team Portobello, remember to gently remove those gills.
  3. Mix Mastery:
    Dive into the mixing phase. Blend the crab meat, cream cheese, green onion, lemon juice, and that oh-so-iconic Old Bay seasoning. Don’t forget the salt and pepper for that final seasoning touch.
  4. Stuffing Time:
    Every mushroom cap gets a generous portion of your crabby, creamy concoction.
  5. Olive Oil Finishing:
    Brush the mushrooms with olive oil, ensuring they’re grill-ready.
  6. Grill to Perfection:
    For 6-8 minutes, let those mushrooms bask in the grill’s warmth until they’re tender, and the stuffing is gorgeously warm.
  7. Final Flourish:
    Once off the grill, a sprinkle of fresh parsley ensures your dish isn’t just delicious, but Instagram-worthy too!

Gourmet Tips & Tricks

  1. Cheese Variations: Feeling adventurous? Swap cream cheese with ricotta or goat cheese for a different texture and flavor.
  2. Herb Heaven: Dill or chives can be a delightful addition to the crab mix, enhancing its freshness.
  3. Meat Swap: Not a fan of crab? Try finely chopped grilled shrimp. The seafood essence remains, with a new twist.

Perfect Pairings with Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

For drinks, consider a crisp white wine like a Chardonnay or a sparkling Rosé. The wine’s acidity and notes will complement the richness of the crab and cream cheese. If alcohol isn’t on the menu, a lemon and mint infused iced water can be an equally refreshing companion.


Post-Feast Protocol: Leftovers

Should you have the unparalleled self-control to not devour these in one sitting, store them in an airtight container. They’ll remain fresh in the refrigerator for up to two days. To reheat, a short session in the oven or toaster oven ensures they’re warmed to perfection.


FAQs

  • Can I prepare the stuffing in advance?
    Absolutely! Whip up the mix a day before, and refrigerate. Stuff and grill when you’re ready to feast.
  • Fresh or canned crab meat?
    While fresh crab meat is the gold standard, quality canned crab meat can be a time-saving alternative.
  • Oven instead of a grill?
    Yes! Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden.

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Crab and Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms with Crab and Cream Cheese

Grilled mushrooms generously stuffed with a rich mixture of crab meat, cream cheese, green onions, and seasoned with lemon and Old Bay.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crab and Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms, crab stuffed mushroom recipe, crab stuffed mushrooms
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 large Portobello mushrooms or large button mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup lump crab meat
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese softened
  • 1 green onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp Old Bay seasoning or any seafood seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Clean the mushrooms and remove the stems. If using Portobello mushrooms, gently scrape out the gills with a spoon.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the crab meat, softened cream cheese, chopped green onion, lemon juice, and Old Bay seasoning. Mix well and season with salt and pepper.
  • Stuff each mushroom cap with the crab mixture.
  • Lightly brush both sides of the mushrooms with olive oil.
  • Grill the mushrooms for 6-8 minutes, or until they’re tender and the stuffing is heated through.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.
  • These variations offer diverse flavors, so there’s something for everyone, from meat lovers to seafood enthusiasts! Enjoy your grilled stuffed mushrooms.

Notes

To elevate the seafood profile, add some finely chopped cooked shrimp or a sprinkle of finely chopped fresh dill. If you’re looking for a zestier experience, a hint of finely grated lemon or lime zest can brighten up the stuffing.
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