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Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms

These mushrooms, stuffed with a combination of stuffing and artificial crab is a simple and delectable appetizer. Cook's Note: Pay attention to the mushrooms. If they are cooked for too long, the mushrooms become soft and release all of their liquid which makes them too soft. The precise cooking time will depend upon the size of the mushrooms you are using.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 15

Ingredients
  

  • 30 Button Mushrooms (larger ones if possible) ($3.00)
  • 1 (6 ounce) box chicken flavored stove top style stuffing ($1.65)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package of artificial crab (Surimi) ($2.97)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese ($1.18)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder ($0.04)
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper ($0.02)
  • 1/4 cup butter ($0.75)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced ($0.12)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Prepare stuffing according to package directions.
  • While the water is coming to a boil for the stuffing, remove stems from mushrooms and set aside.
  • Place mushroom caps, open side up, in one, or two, oven proof baking dishes
  • Chop reserved mushroom stems and set a side.
  • Chop the artificial crab.
  • Mix mushroom stem pieces, artificial crab, cream cheese, garlic powder, and black pepper together.
  • Mix the prepared stuffing with the cream cheese mixture.
  • Once stuffing and other ingredients are well combined, spoon into mushroom caps, piling it up, and rounding it on the top.
  • Melt 1/4 cup butter in a pan and add the minced fresh garlic
  • Saute garlic in butter for a few minutes until it softens and the garlic flavor has permeated the butter, but don't allow the garlic to brown.
  • Using a silicone brush, or a teaspoon, divide the garlic butter, and the garlic pieces, evenly on top of the mushrooms.
  • Bake for 10 - 15 minutes at 350 degrees, or until the stuffing is has begun to lightly brown.