Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour
Yield
Serves 12 (serving size: 3 stuffed mushrooms)

Stuffed mushrooms are classic, party perfect, bite size appetizers. Give this staid hors d’oeuvre a fun makeover by ditching the breadcrumb filling and using quinoa instead. Dill, feta, and spinach give the crowd-pleasing bites a little bit of Greek air. Add the feta cheese while the other filling ingredients are still warm so that it softens and helps bind the filling together. You can stuff the mushroom caps up to a day in advance and refrigerate in a single layer. Bake as directed, adding up to 5 minutes to the cook time to make sure the filling is thoroughly heated.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon water to a boil. Add quinoa; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender and liquid is absorbed. Fluff quinoa with a fork.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 3

Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots and garlic; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Gradually add spinach, tossing constantly until spinach wilts. Remove from heat. Stir in quinoa, cheese, dill, salt, andpepper. Spoon mixture evenly into mushroom caps (about 1 1/2 teaspoons each). Arrange mushrooms on a foil-lined jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.

Chef's Notes

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Also appeared in: Oxmoor House, March, 2016,Everyday Whole Grains: 175 Recipes from Amaranth to Wild Rice