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Barbecue Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Updated on July 2, 2013
Common white mushroom, Agaricus bisporus, one of the more common edible varieties.
Common white mushroom, Agaricus bisporus, one of the more common edible varieties. | Source

Nutritional Value Of Mushrooms

Company coming and you need something delicious but unique as a side dish? Why not try stuffed mushrooms? They are quick and easy and definitely a little different from the ordinary. Many enjoy them raw with dip but this twist on an old favourite makes a great companion to many main course barbecue meals. They are a perfect companion to a steak dinner. Grilled chicken or fish is also complemented well by these tasty beauties when stuffed and grilled.

Mushrooms have high nutritional value.

  • They contain 20% to30% protein by dry weight.
  • They contain fibre which is excellent for controlling cholesterol and promoting a healthy digestive tract.
  • They contain a wealth of B vitamins not found in most plants which makes them an excellent addition to a vegetarian diet.
  • They contain Vitamin D which helps absorb calcium but is also an anti-cancer vitamin.
  • They contain copper which helps the body absorb oxygen and aids in creating red blood cells, selenium which is a powerful antioxidant, and potassium levels comparable to that of bananas.
  • They contain no cholesterol and have low levels of fat, sodium and calories.
  • They are a complex polysaccharide that stimulate the immune system.
  • They inhibit the production of aromatase which the body uses to construct estrogen so eating mushrooms can reduce the risk of breast cancer.
  • Mushrooms also contain triterpenes which are steroid-like molecules that act as antihistamines in your body reducing histamine release and reducing inflammation. So next time you have an allergy attack, try eating some cooked mushrooms!

Mushroom Varieties To Experiment With

Each mushroom type contains different quantities of these important nutrients and compounds so it is a great idea to sample the different flavours and textures provided by the abundance of mushroom varieties. Cooking also releases the nutrients locked away in the undigestable chitin of the mushrooms and neutralizes small quantities of toxin which may be present in the mushrooms themselves. Mushrooms really should be avoided eaten raw.

Enjoy all of the health benefits of this wonderful food by trying the following recipe.

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Cook Time for Barbecue Stuffed Mushrooms

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Serves 3 people 2 Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients for Barbecue Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Main ingredients of Stuffed Mushrooms are crab or 'fake'crab, mayonnaise, large mushrooms of choice and shredded cheese.
Main ingredients of Stuffed Mushrooms are crab or 'fake'crab, mayonnaise, large mushrooms of choice and shredded cheese. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1/2 package crab flavoured polluck, mashed (an equal amount of real crab would also be devine!)
  • dash favourite spices
  • 11/2 Tbs Mayonnaise
  • 8 large white mushrooms or any style of choice
  • favourite cheese, shredded
  • butter or margarine, melted
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 crab-stuffed mushroom
Calories 63
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 2 g1%
Sugar 2 g
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 4 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Instructions for Making the Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

  1. Wash the mushroom with cold water, carefully removing any dirt and undesirable spots.
  2. Carefully cut around the stem of the mushroom, cutting into the 'head' of the mushroom.
  3. Pull out the stem and set aside.
  4. Repeat for all eight of the mushrooms.
  5. Carefully chop the mushroom stems into fine pieces and add to a small bowl.
  6. Add the crab or crab-flavoured pollock and mash both together using a fork or potato masher.
  7. Add the mayonnaise and mix thoroughly.
  8. Add your favourite spices. I like to add lemon and spice or sea salt and pepper.
  9. Brush each mushroom with melted butter or margarine if desired.
  10. Fill the cavity of each mushroom with the crab mixture and top with grated cheese.
  11. Place the mushrooms on a barbecue safe platter. I place mine on a tiny muffin cup tray to keep the mushrooms from falling over.
  12. Place on the barbecue at medium heat. I start mine on the higher rack to keep from the flames while cooking steak or burgers.
  13. The mushrooms are done when the cheese has slightly browned.
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Remove the stems carefully from the mushroom leaving a cavity.Chop all of the mushroom stems.Place the chopped stems into a bowl and add your favourite spices.Add about 1/2 the package of crab flavoured polluck.  Also add the mayonnaise.Mix all ingredients well.If desired, brush each mushroom cap with melted butter or mayonnaise.  It gives them added flavour on the barbecue.Stuffed mushrooms sitting in a small cup muffin tray on the top rack of the barbecue.Stuffed mushrooms sitting in a small cup muffin tray on the top rack of the barbecue cooking along with some juicy steak!Finished Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms directly off of the grill.
Remove the stems carefully from the mushroom leaving a cavity.
Remove the stems carefully from the mushroom leaving a cavity. | Source
Chop all of the mushroom stems.
Chop all of the mushroom stems. | Source
Place the chopped stems into a bowl and add your favourite spices.
Place the chopped stems into a bowl and add your favourite spices. | Source
Add about 1/2 the package of crab flavoured polluck.  Also add the mayonnaise.
Add about 1/2 the package of crab flavoured polluck. Also add the mayonnaise. | Source
Mix all ingredients well.
Mix all ingredients well. | Source
If desired, brush each mushroom cap with melted butter or mayonnaise.  It gives them added flavour on the barbecue.
If desired, brush each mushroom cap with melted butter or mayonnaise. It gives them added flavour on the barbecue. | Source
Stuffed mushrooms sitting in a small cup muffin tray on the top rack of the barbecue.
Stuffed mushrooms sitting in a small cup muffin tray on the top rack of the barbecue. | Source
Stuffed mushrooms sitting in a small cup muffin tray on the top rack of the barbecue cooking along with some juicy steak!
Stuffed mushrooms sitting in a small cup muffin tray on the top rack of the barbecue cooking along with some juicy steak! | Source
Finished Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms directly off of the grill.
Finished Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms directly off of the grill. | Source

Stuffed Mushrooms As A Side Dish

These mushrooms are delightful served with either a beef or chicken dish. When your main course has about 15 minutes left to cook, add your mushrooms to the grill, preferably on the upper rack if your barbecue has one. Impress your friends and family with your culinary skill as you serve a gourmet side with your delicious main course. Pair your dinner with a favourite bottle of wine you have selected using my hub, Four Ways to Shop for Wine. Most importantly, enjoy a beautiful summer evening cooking great food on the barbecue while enjoying special times with friends or family.

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    • Teresa Coppens profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Coppens 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks DDE. They are delicious and easy to make!

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sounds a good tasting recipe thanks for sharing the lovely idea

    • Teresa Coppens profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Coppens 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      carol, you will love them. Give them a try!!!!

    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      These mushrooms sound delicious...We try to have mushrooms often and stuffed with crab..what a combo.

    • Teresa Coppens profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Coppens 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Theresa, they are a delicious combination. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment. I hope you get a chance to try them!

    • phdast7 profile image

      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Sounds and looks delicious and I love mushrooms and crab anyway. How terrific to pair them together. Thanks for the recipe and nutrition information. :) Voted Up, Useful, and Interesting.

    • Teresa Coppens profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Coppens 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Deborah, I hope you do try this recipe. I know you will enjoy it. Thanks for the share!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love mushrooms and way I an get them.. this recipe looks wonderful.. I will share it on the cooking page on Facebook

      Debbie

    • Teresa Coppens profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Coppens 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Indie. I can't say they are calorie friendly but they sure are tasty and easy to prepare. That muffin tin sure does come in handy for small delicacies on the barbie!

      HubHugs back at you!

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      India Arnold 

      6 years ago from Northern, California

      Mushrooms and crab!? I am in! These not only look yummy, but you make them so fun to prepare. Your muffin pan trick is my new favorite cooking tool! Great picture by picture tutorial, Teresa. Thanks for another tasty recipe!

      HubHugs~

    • Teresa Coppens profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Coppens 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      How about your favourite flavoured rice stuffing with finely chopped onion, pepper and favourite spices!

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Got any ideas for a vegetarian stuffing?

    • Teresa Coppens profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Coppens 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Jenn-Anne, they certainly are a treat. Hope you enjoy!!

    • Jenn-Anne profile image

      Jenn-Anne 

      6 years ago

      Sounds delicious! Will have to give this recipe a try! Voted up.

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