Barbecue Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms
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
Ingredients for Barbecue Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms
- 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
|Serving size: 1 crab-stuffed mushroom|
|Calories from Fat||45|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 5 g||8%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Unsaturated fat 2 g|
|Carbohydrates 2 g||1%|
|Sugar 2 g|
|Protein 2 g||4%|
|Cholesterol 4 mg||1%|
|* 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
- Wash the mushroom with cold water, carefully removing any dirt and undesirable spots.
- Carefully cut around the stem of the mushroom, cutting into the 'head' of the mushroom.
- Pull out the stem and set aside.
- Repeat for all eight of the mushrooms.
- Carefully chop the mushroom stems into fine pieces and add to a small bowl.
- Add the crab or crab-flavoured pollock and mash both together using a fork or potato masher.
- Add the mayonnaise and mix thoroughly.
- Add your favourite spices. I like to add lemon and spice or sea salt and pepper.
- Brush each mushroom with melted butter or margarine if desired.
- Fill the cavity of each mushroom with the crab mixture and top with grated cheese.
- Place the mushrooms on a barbecue safe platter. I place mine on a tiny muffin cup tray to keep the mushrooms from falling over.
- Place on the barbecue at medium heat. I start mine on the higher rack to keep from the flames while cooking steak or burgers.
- The mushrooms are done when the cheese has slightly browned.
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.