Mushrooms stuffed with crab

adapted from Time Life's "Provincial France" Foods of the World series, pgs 86-87 (have been using these recipes since the 1970s)

Yield: 6 servings
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  • Mushroom Caps
  • 18-24 2" mushroom caps, clean & dr\y
  • salt
  • cooking spray
  • Bechamel
  • 2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoon(s) flour
  • 1 cup(s) fat-free milk, hot
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • Crab Stuffing
  • 2 teaspoon(s) unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoon(s) shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) lump crab meat, thoroughly cleaned & shredded
  • 1 cup(s) bechamel
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon(s) fresh lemon juice
  • salt
  • white pepper


  1. Oven at 350

  2. Mushroom Caps (prep these first)
  3. 1. Remove stems and reserve for another use
  4. 2. Using spoon, scoop gills & flesh from inside of caps to create uniform cavity, reserve for another use (optional, depends on your mushrooms)
  5. 3. Very lightly coat a large shallow baking dish with cooking spray (large enough to hold mushrooms in one layer)
  6. 4. Salt the caps, place in the baking dish and set aside to await filling

  7. Crab Stuffing
  8. 1. In large skillet, melt butter and cook shallots til tender
  9. 2. Add crab and stir only to combine
  10. 3. Remove from heat and stir in 1c bechamel
  11. 4. Season to taste with lemon juice, salt, white pepper

  12. Bechamel (make while the shallots cook)
  13. 1. Melt butter in small saucepan, medium heat
  14. 2. Add flour and, using whisk, stir constantly as it cooks for 2min. Adjust heat as needed, do not brown the roux.
  15. 3. Remove pan from heat and whisk in hot milk, incorporating all the roux
  16. 4. Return to heat and cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3min or until the bechamel is think enough to coat a spoon heavily.
  17. 5. Remove pan from heat, season to taste with salt & white pepper

  18. Assembly
  19. 1. Spoon the filling into the prepared caps
  20. 2. Bake in the upper 3rd of a 350 oven for 10-15min (mushroom caps are tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife and the filling is bubbly).

  21. Serve hot from the oven, 3-4 per person
February 2013

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