Recipe by Adrienne in Reisterstown
This gem of an Emeril recipe is one that will not leave you feeling wiped out. It really is easy but it does take a bit more work than usual. This is definitely a "day off from work" or weekend recipe. IT'S YUMMY!!!! My note for this one is make certain you get jumbo lump crabmeat -- none of that stuff with crab claw meat and tons of shells. Get good quality crabmeat. If you live in an area where crabmeat isn't readily accessible, there are places where you can order it and have it shipped fresh to your door. Also, remember to NEVER wash mushrooms. Just dust them off with a clean cloth. The reason for this is that mushrooms take in water like a sponge. You'll end up with gooey mushrooms if you wash them in water. A damp towel will do you just fine. Cook up this luscious Emeril dish. Enjoy!
Top Review by ckusturin
I'm sorry, these turned out mushy and it was not a good combination, I think the mushrooms are too rich to stand up to the stuffing. Maybe on an appetizer scale, they would be better??? I did roast my mushrooms first as the recipe stated and I did not wash the mushrooms in water. But they were still mushy.
- 4 portabella mushrooms, stemmed large 4 to 5-ounce caps
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons salt
- 3⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground white pepper
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1⁄4 cup small-diced onion
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
- 1⁄2 lb lump crabmeat, picked over
- 1⁄3 cup grated gruyere
- 4 teaspoons breadcrumbs
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Peel the brown skin from the tops of the mushrooms to reveal the cream colored under skin.
- Toss the mushroom caps with the 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
- Place the caps on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet, stem-end up, and roast in the oven until well roasted and browned, about 35 to 40 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.
- Set a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat and add the butter to the pan.
- Once the butter is melted, about 1 minute, add the onions and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes.
- Sprinkle the flour into the pan and stir to form a roux.
- Continue to cook the roux for 2 to 3 minutes before adding the milk.
- Bring the milk to a boil and reduce to a simmer, season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of white
- pepper and the nutmeg.
- Cook the bechamel sauce for 5 minutes before removing from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool slightly before folding in the crabmeat and cheese.
- Combine the bread crumbs with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.
- Spoon 1/3 cup of the bechamel over each mushroom cap and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the bread crumb mixture over each stuffed mushroom.
- Place in the oven and roast until the bechamel is bubbling and lightly browned on the edges, about 8 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately.