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While I love the big main meal on Christmas day, it’s always so large that we don’t eat much else for days afterwards. After the heavy feasting and celebrating on Christmas, I like to keep things a bit lighter when New Year’s Eve rolls around. That’s why for the last few years, New Year’s Eve has been a time to relax at home and enjoy an assortment of homemade appetizers.
But with the boys taking up so much of my time, I still want appetizers to be quick and easy. That’s why one of my favourite recipes is stuffed mushrooms. They take just minutes to prepare but are always a hit. And as a seafood fan, my Parmesan Crab Stuffed Mushrooms are always a top pick during New Year’s celebrations. So recently I headed to my local Sobeys store to pick up the ingredients I would need to whip up a batch.
Parmesan Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
- 12 large mushrooms
- 6 oz. crab meat cooked
- 3 oz. cream cheese
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 green onions chopped
- 1 clove garlic chopped
- 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
- 4 tbsp. Parmesan cheese grated
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove stems from mushrooms and place caps on baking sheet.
Chop mushroom stems and sautee in small saucepan with onions, garlic and olive oil over medium heat until tender, about five minutes.
Mix softened cream cheese, crab meat, parsley, 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese and mushroom mixture until combined.
Pile mixture into mushroom caps and top with additional 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese.
Bake 25 minutes until heated through. Serve warm.
The nice thing about this recipe is that it requires just a few ingredients but tastes completely decadent. It’s rich, filling and so delicious. And for a different taste, shrimp makes a fabulous substitute for the crab as well!
It only takes three or four tasty appetizers to make a perfect New Year’s Eve meal that’s festive, casual and so delicious. And these stuffed mushrooms are one thing that’s always on a plate of appetizers in this house! Give them a try and enjoy a relaxing and delicious New Year’s Eve celebration!