Friday, February 17, 2012

Crab and Brie Stuffed Mushrooms for Courtney's Virtual Shower

I don't even really know how to start this post about my good friend Courtney.  I'm afraid that no matter what I say, it will sound trite and won't convey how much I adore her.  She is truly one of the sweetest, most genuine, adorable, and all-around-awesome girls I've ever met.  When you have really great friends like Courtney, the distance doesn't really matter so much.  We talk almost every day via email and/or text, so it feels like she's right here in Atlanta sometimes.  But it's extra awesome when you actually get to hang out in real life.  And lucky me, I've gotten to hang out with her three times!

We were roomies at Blog Her Food in Atlanta last year, and of course we stayed up way too late all weekend talking and laughing.  Then, I was able to randomly meet her for lunch one day as she was passing through Atlanta with her husband and adorable dog.  And finally, last weekend, a few of our blogging friends turned real life friends surprised her with a visit to Richmond!  It was a virtual-shower turned real-life-shower, and was awesome to say the least. I'll be posting more about our adventures next week.

Courtney is expecting a baby girl in just a few weeks, so today I am excited to host a virtual shower for my sweet friend.  Below are all the dishes that her friends and blogging-buddies contributed, so be sure to visit their blogs for the recipes.  And stop by Cook Like a Champion to congratulate Courtney and Eric on their impending bundle of joy!  They are going to make the best parents, and I can't wait for them to welcome their little girl into the world!

Amy of Sing for Your Supper has a brand new baby girl herself, so she knows exactly what Courtney has to look forward to!  She mixed up a Virgin Peach Sangria to enjoy.  This looks so fruity and refreshing, and perfect for a baby shower.  I loved drinking mocktails when I was pregnant, and I still do.  I can't wait to try this!

Nikki of Pennies on a Platter made these adorable Cream Puffs with Strawberry-Mascarpone Filling.  I love this play on strawberry shortcake, and I never would have thought to serve cream puffs this way.  So cute!

Annie from Annie's Eats knew that the way to Courtney's heart is through southern food, so she made a sophisticated take on fried okra:  Okra-Cornmeal Cakes with Chevre and Roasted Tomatoes.  I absolutely love everything about this dish, and I definitely plan on making it myself soon!

Cate from Cate's World Kitchen made these pretty Pink Lemonade Cupcakes.  I know the mom-to-be loves lemonade, so what better way to serve it than in a cupcake?  Am I right?

Karin of This Wife Bakes is the cake queen, and she baked up this Blood Orange Marmalade Cake  I have never heard of blood orange marmalade, but I'm pretty sure I need it in my life stat.

Elly of Elly Says Opa made these absolutely awesome looking Goat Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Meatball Crostini.  Seriously, how amazing does that sound?? 

Our friend Branny from Branny Boils Over made Nutella Swirl Blondies.  Courtney, Branny, and I were out for breakfast at Blog Her Food in May when Branny tasted Nutella for the first time.  Obviously that is a milestone worth remembering in one's life, so these blondies are a perfect contribution.  And how cute are they?  I love individual-sized desserts!

Tara of Smells Like Home went all out with these Sweet and Salty Cupcakes.  I love the combination, and I'm pretty sure I could eat my weight in these.  I also happen to know that Courtney is a big fan of salted caramel, so these are right up her alley.  Great job, Tara!!

Shannon of The Curvy Carrot contributed these gorgeous Mushroom and Mascarpone Tarts  I absolutely adore mascarpone cheese, and anything with mushrooms is always going to be a winner.  Love them!

The lovely Shawnda from Confections of a Foodie Bride made these sweet little Pink Grapefruit Cookies.  They are perfect for a baby shower, especially for a baby girl with their pretty pink filling!

These Strawberry Shortcake Sliders from Ryan of Ryan Bakes are so adorable!  Miniature food is always more fun, isn't it?!  How cute!

 Amy from The Gastronome Tart put together these Savory Apple Galettes with a side salad.  I love savory baking, and these look insanely delicious! 

Kelsey from Apple a Day baked up these gorgeous Raspberry White Chocolate Tartlets.  White chocolate and raspberry go so well together, and I know our sweet mom-to-be would absolutely love these pretty little desserts!

And finally, for my contribution.  When we visiting Courtney last weekend and were walking around Whole Foods, she let it slip that she'd never tried Brie before.  We promptly threw two wheels in her cart, and told her she needed to try it ASAP.  So I knew I wanted to incorporate the delicious and creamy cheese into my dish for her virtual shower.  These crab and brie stuffed musrooms are pretty much the bomb.  Stuffed mushrooms of any sort are always a winner in my book, but stuff them with sweet crab and creamy brie, and you pretty much have the best thing ever.  I know that Courtney would love these, and my only regret is that we can't enjoy them together.  I miss you, friend!  I can't wait to see you again, and I really can't wait to meet that sweet baby girl!!

Crab and Brie Stuffed Mushrooms
Pink Parsley Original
  • 12-16 mushrooms
  • 3 Tbs olive oil, divided
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced shallot
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese (cream cheese can be substituted)
  • 2 Tbs minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup cubed brie (brie, rind removed, cut into 1/4-inch cubes)
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup lump crabmeat, picked through for shells
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Remove the stems from the mushrooms, chop them finely, and set aside.

In a medium bowl, toss the mushroom caps with 2 tablespoons of oil, salt, and pepper.  Arrange in a single layer on a lightly greased baking sheet, open-side up.  Set the bowl aside to use for the filling.

In a medium skillet, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over medium heat.  Saute the shallot and reserved mushroom stems until softened, 3-4 minutes.  Remove from heat, stir in the mascarpone cheese, and transfer the mixture to the bowl.

Mix in the parsley, lemon zest, Parmesan, brie, and panko.  Lightly fold in the crabmeat.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon the filling into the mushroom caps, and bake 15-20 minutes, or until the mushrooms are browned and the filling is hot and bubbly.  Remove from oven and squeeze the lemon juice over the mushrooms before serving.

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Nikki said...

I bet Courtney was overly thanking you ladies for introducing her to the delicious world of brie! :) I'm really hoping I have a reason to make these mushrooms soon because they sound amazing! Thanks for hosting such a fun shower, Josie!

Shawnda said...

1) Thanks you for hosting, the roundup looks amazing!
2) I kind of need those mushrooms. Like now.

elly said...

Thanks for hosting Courtney's shower, Josie. Everything looks SO good!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Josie for hosting this beautiful shower! Shows you how lovely a great friendship comes shining through.

Cate said...

Thanks for organizing this. Everything looks great!

Nicole, RD said...

What a sweet post. I actually don't follow Coutney's blog, but I will definitely be checking it out! We have lots of blog friends in common, I had no idea. I want one of everything, but that galette and anything with crab pique my interest most! Yum!

Kelsey said...

What a sweet write up for a truly fantastic girl! Josie, thank you for hosting this baby shower. The turnout was fantastic--a true testament to how much everyone loves Courtney.

As an aside, I'm so glad you made sure Courtney tried brie. I love that stuff. Your dish looks so incredible!

Laura said...

What a fabulous spread, girls! Never tried brie? Betch, please! lol. Congratulations to Courtney on her sweet, new bundle of joy!

Annie said...

Josie, this is a very sweet post. Thanks so much for taking charge with the virtual shower! Your recipe looks fabulous. I am so partial to my staple stuffed mushroom recipe, but with crab AND brie, you know I'm saving this to try soon.

Amy said...

Yes! Thank you Josie for organizing the shower. It was so much fun participating and everything looks absolutely scrumptious!

Dana said...

Oh yum! Mushrooms, brie and crab are some of my favorite things. These look great! I think the idea of the e-shower is so sweet!

Courtney said...

Thank you so much for doing this, Josie! That first wheel of Brie is already completely gone, and I may have to save the second one to make these. It was so great to see you again, and I can't wait for you to meet the baby soon! Lots of love to you, friend!

branny said...

I'm so glad that first pic of you and Courtney turned it - it only took us, what 15 shots?, to realize the manual focus was turned on on Courtney's camera? Thanks for hosting!

Shanon said...

Josie-you are so sweet to organize the shower for Courtney, and I am so thankful to be a part of it! The mushrooms look fantastic-and I am even more excited about the Brie!!! I love anything with it, and I cannot wait to try these. Crab and Brie? Well, ok, if you twist my arm.....

Ryan said...

Ok, so I meant to just post my comment here instead of under the turkey burgers but your stuffed mushrooms look incredible (the turkey burgers look delicious too)! :)

Unknown said...

What a great way to Celebrate baby C!!!

Joanne said...

A life without brie is a sad life...I'm SO glad you made her try it! MAJOR congrats to Courtney. And OMG all this amazing food! I wouldn't be able to get enough of those mushrooms!

Anonymous said...

What a sweet and beautiful shower you all threw. These mushrooms look absolutely beautiful and I am sure they tastes just as delicious. Love it all, new follower here!

Anonymous said...

wow wow wow...a bombardment of gorgeous foods I need to try!!!! whoever invented stuffing food with food is pure genius...

Jessica said...

What a great round-up! That is so awesome that this virtual shower was able to go "live and in person". Can't wait to read more about it! Congratulations to Courtney!

Tracy @ Daily Deal Blog said...

Thanks for your tasty recipe. It's mouth-watering stuffed mushrooms!

Tiffany said...

I've owed you a comment for a while. I made these for Christmas and got rave reviews. I'll be making them again for Easter!

Tessa said...

Would you recommend using fresh crab meat? If so, do I have to go to the store, buy crab legs and cook them myself or do they sell the meat already cooked and out of the shell at some stores? Thanks

Saira said...

These are absolutely delicious! Thank you so much! I am making these today for Thanksgiving and just tasted the filling. I went to the grocery store late and they were out of crab so I substituted with langostino.

Josie said...

Tessa, it depends on the store, but you should be able to buy it already cooked and in the shell at most grocery stores. My best advice is just to check out the seafood counter at your store. Hope that helps :)

Josie said...

Glad to hear it, Saira! Thanks for letting me know!

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