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Creamed Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

Lisa Lotts
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 24 bites

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces white button mushrooms about 24 mushrooms -- not oversized, but rather bite sized
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • 2 shallots minced
  • 1/3 cup pancetta finely diced
  • 5 ounces fresh spinach roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs divided from 2 slices of bread (pulsed through a food processor)
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano freshly grated
  • 1/2 part skim mozzarella grated

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°.
  • Carefully remove the stems from the mushroom caps, leaving a hollow well in the mushroom. Transfer the stems to a mini-prep food processor. Roughly chop the shallots and transfer to the food processor with the mushroom stems. Pulse several times until finely chopped.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the mushrooms on the parchment - top side down. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the pancetta and cook for 3-5 minutes or until crispy and golden. Use a slotted spoon to transfer pancetta to stacked paper towels to drain. Set aside.
  • Add the shallot mushroom stem mixture to the rendered fat in the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes or until softened and fragrant. Add the chopped spinach and cook until wilted and soft 2-3 minutes. Stir in the whipping cream and simmer for 3-5 minutes until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and add the parmesan and mozzarella, stirring until the cheese melts and the sauce is evenly incorporated. Add 3/4 cup breadcrumbs and the reserved pancetta. Stir to a thick, spoonable consistency.
  • Spoon filling into the mushroom caps. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until mushrooms are softened and filling is soft and bubbly. Transfer to a platter and serve hot.