This recipe was created for a catering job that Nanci and I had last summer. I'm not sure why it took me so long to blog it because it's really a fantastic, delicious recipe. It's a new take on the traditional "stuffed" mushroom. I love using portabella mushrooms because it's easy to portion as a side dish, (one mushroom per person) or this would make a great vegetarian dish and in that case two mushrooms per serving would be plenty. A great side dish for a BBQ and I know we are all always looking for something new and different to make than the typical colesloaw and potato salad.
8 small/med whole portabella mushroom caps
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 large bag of fresh spinach
1 cup grated parmesean cheese, divided
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1/4 cup fresh parsely, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet and lay each mushroom cap gill side up on the sheet. Lightly oil the bottoms and inside of each mushroom cap and season both sides with salt and pepper and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over med heat sautee minced garlic in about 1 tablespoon of olive oil for a minute. Add in fresh spinach to hot garlic oil, season with salt and pepper and cook spinach down until it is fully wilted. Transfer spinach into a small bowl and set aside to cool. Once spinach is cooled add in 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese and stir to combine. In another bowl mix bread crumbs with remanining parmesan cheese, fresh parsley and season with salt and pepper. Now to assemble the mushrooms; Add about 2 tablespoons of spinach mixture into the gill side of the mushroom cap and then sprinkle with about 1-2 tablespoons of the bread crumb mixture, continue until all filling and bread crumbs are used up. Drizzle a little olive oil on top of each mushroom (add an additional sprinkle of parmesan cheese if desired) and bake in the oven for about 30-35 minutes. Add another sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley before serving, serve hot!