easy pesto stuffed mushrooms
Was needing a quick and easy appetizer the other day, and (as often seems to be the case) was craving pesto. So decided to just make a batch of easy pesto stuffed mushrooms! It is hardly a recipe to post — just mushrooms, your favorite pesto, and you can top them with a variety of little garnishes. But they were so cute and delicious that I thought they were worth sharing.
I’m counting down the days until I can start growing basil plants again. Summer is almost here!!!
- 1 lb. cremini or button mushrooms
- 1/2 cup of your favorite pesto, either homemade or storebought
- optional garnishes: shaved Parmesan or other cheeses, toasted pine nuts, and/or Panko breadcrumbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, or preheat a smoker.
Carefully remove and discard the stems of the mushrooms, then clean to remove any dirt with a damp cloth. Fill mushroom cavity with pesto (approx. 1 tsp.). Top with a pinch of Panko if desired. Bake or smoke for about 15 minutes, until the mushrooms are cooked and the filling is warm. Garnish with cheese and/or toasted pine nuts.
These would also be delicious with some crumbled cooked Italian sausage or crabmeat mixed in with the pesto.