Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

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We’ve already discussed my love of stuffed mushrooms. I mean, does it get much better than bacon, jalapeno, and brie? Probably not.

Mushrooms

There is, however, a way to make it slightly more nutritious and just as delicious. Is it better? No. Is it different? Yep, and it’s not a bad thing. I made these back when I made the awesome cheese and herb straws. I was having a ladies clothing swap party. It was pretty much a bust since only two people were able to make it, but that meant more food for us [and I scored a couple new-to-me tops].

The stuffing for these is totally a chunky pesto-esque concoction. It still has cheese in it, don’t worry. There was way too much stuffing left over, so it made a great dip/spread for some rye crackers. Or just eat it with a spoon. That’s totally acceptable. I wouldn’t think twice.

Use your food processor if you have one. You’ll thank me later.

Inspiration: Clean Green Simple

Ingredients

  • 24 crimini mushrooms
  • Balsamic vinegar for brushing
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups kale
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 ounce parmesan, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Remove the stems from the mushrooms. Place the caps on a baking sheet.
  3. Liberally brush the mushrooms with balsamic vinegar.
  4. Combine all of the remaining ingredients in your food processor.
  5. Blend until finely chopped.
  6. Scoop heaping spoonfuls into each mushroom cap.
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes until mushrooms care cooked through and there are juices leaking.
  8. Top with remaining diced red pepper if you wish.
  • http://forgottenbeast.wordpress.com forgottenbeast

    Any sort of stuffing is worth eating with a spoon. Those are the sorts of leftovers that never go to waste. Love the idea of pesto in mushrooms–I’m a huge fan of spinach-stuffed mushrooms, and I feel like that mix would only get better with some pesto flavors.

    • http://thehooteats.wordpress.com Michelle

      I kind of wondered if the raw kale would be too intense for those non-kale lovers in my life, but no one noticed. Adding parmesan probably helped!

  • http://betivanilla.blogspot.com/ beti

    they are a great idea, perfect for snacking or as an appetizer. I love how they look and they sound pretty good

    • http://thehooteats.wordpress.com Michelle

      They are pretty great! It’s hard not to eat them all and save them for your guests!