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Stuffed Mushrooms with Caprese Filling

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 4 people

Equipment

  • cooking spray
  • baking dish (9x13 or larger)

Ingredients

  • 16 oz cremini mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes 
  • 1 packed cup fresh basil, roughly chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella 
  • 3 cloves crushed or finely minced fresh garlic 
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste 
  • balsamic glaze, for finishing 

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
    2. Spray a 9x13 or larger baking dish with cooking spray to coat.
    3. Clean the mushrooms and remove the stems.
    4. Layer the mushrooms stem side up into the dish, and set aside.
    5. Heat a medium frying pan over medium-high heat, and add t1 tbsp olive oil (reserve other tbsp for later). Heat oil until hot but not smoking, 3-4 minutes.
    6. Add the whole tomatoes to the hot pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until blistered- about 3-5 minutes.
    7. Turn off the heat and allow tomatoes to cool enough to handle, about 5-10 minutes.
    8. While tomatoes cool, add the parmesan, mozzarella, panko breadcrumbs, basil and reserved olive oil to a large bowl.
    9. Once tomatoes are cool enough to handle, rough chop them and add them to the bowl with the other ingredients (juices, seeds and all).
    10. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and toss all ingredients until mixture is well combined.
    11. Fill the mushrooms with the filling generously, mounding on top and pressing the compact the filling and keep it in place.
    12. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, and until browned and cooked through.
    13. Drizzle the mushrooms with balsamic glaze, and sprinkle with additional fresh basil. Serve hot.
    (Makes 18-20 stuffed mushrooms, or 1 lb)