Thursday, November 27, 2008

Stuffed Mushrooms... Happy Thanksgiving!

So its a bit late to make these for Thanksgiving dinner, but they are SO good I guarantee they will be a hit on Christmas or your next holiday party!

I stumbled on the recipe as a teenager and made them for my mom one year, now we make them every year any time we have an excuse, lol... but being that they are filled with bacon and cheddar, they are not as healthy as they could be... so I slimmed the recipe down a bit! Of course you can still make it the other way.. I'll include those instructions too.. but the taste wasnt all that affected and they were still delicious!

Slimmed down stuffed mushrooms

20 mushrooms, washed and the stems removed and set aside (SAVE THE STEMS!!!!)

6 slices of turkey bacon, cooked until crispy and chopped (in original recipe you use 1/2 package of bacon, lol)
1/2 of a small red onion, chopped small
the stems of your mushrooms, chopped small
1 cup low-fat sharp cheddar, shredded (in original recipe you use 1 cup regular cheddar, and 1 cup on top!)
1/4 tsp pepper

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Saute your onion and chopped bacon until onion is soft, add in chopped mushroom stems and saute for 1 minute with pepper. Add in 1 cup cheddar and stir until it forms a mass.
Spoon into mushroom caps (tip: use a mini muffin tin to hold them flat and upright!) and then place in your preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until mushrooms are softened but not soggy!

optional: sprinkle a bit more cheddar on top before baking.

Calories: (according to Calorieking...)
6 slices of turkey bacon have - 180 calories
1/2 of a small red onion, chopped = 1/2 cup red onion - 32 calories
1 cup of lowfat cheddar cheese - 392 calories

so counting the mushrooms (around 15 calories each) - its about 45 calories each... 2-4 is a decent serving, so they are not that bad for you! Enjoy everyone!

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