ARTICHOKE SPINACH DIP-STUFFED MUSHROOMS
I have to say this is one of the biggest hits I’ve had…soooo good.
Everybody loves spinach dip and everybody loves stuffed mushrooms – it only stands to reason that together they’d be over the top, and they ARE!
You don’t have to use the ‘srooms if you don’t want to – baking the dip in a casserole dish and having it with whole grain crackers or veggies is just as wonderful.
Creamy, garlicky, melty, cheesy goodness inside a tender, flavorful baby bella…….swoon!
Think outside of appetizers – they’d be an upscale side to steaks or burgers. A chopped salad and two or three of these and lunch is fantastically gourmet!
20-25 crimini or white mushrooms
4 ounces (1/2 pkg) reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup light Hellman’s or Best Foods mayo (this brand really is best…less greasy and doesn’t separate as much)
One 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, sqeezed to remove excess liquid and finely diced
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Splenda/sugar
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan (not shredded – the powdery fresh from the deli-cheese case)
Pinch cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wipe mushrooms clean; remove stems and gently scoop out the gills to make room for the filling.
In a large bowl combine the cream cheese, mayo, diced artichoke hearts, spinach, garlic, Splenda, Parmesan, and cayenne. Fill each mushroom cap with 1 tablespoon of dip mixture. Place on a baking sheet (with sides, as the mushrooms will release liquid) and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until mushrooms are soft and the filling is golden. Serve warm. Makes approx 10 servings of 2 pieces each.
Per Serving (2 pieces): Calories 81; Protein 7 g; Fat 3 g; Carbs 3 g; Sugar 0 g; Sodium 283 mg