Stuffed mushrooms have always been one of my favorite appetizers, but most recipes use gluten-filled breadcrumbs and lots of dairy. Delicious, but not compatible with a paleo eating template. Crab cakes are another favorite of mine but the paleo-versions of them just don’t hold together very well. And if you try to make them without an egg to be paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) friendly, they really fall to pieces.
So I decided to marry the stuffed mushroom and the crab cake to create a paleo appetizer that would only require a very minor modification to be AIP friendly (omitting the Old Bay Seasoning).
Be sure to check out the other recipes I’ve posted this month to round out your party menu…
Savory Paleo Appetizers
Indulgent Sweet Paleo Treats
- 3 tablespoons ghee, coconut oil, or red palm oil
- 30-40 white mushrooms, stems removed
- 4 slices bacon, diced
- 1 cup spinach
- 8 ounces jumbo lump crab meat
- Old Bay Seasoning (or just salt and pepper for AIP)
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Melt ghee or oil. Spread mushroom caps on cookie sheet, stem side down. Brush with melted oil.
- Roast for 12 minutes.
- Flip mushroom caps and roast for 5-10 minutes more, until they are soft and water has mostly released.
- While mushrooms are roasting, prepare the stuffing. Cook the bacon until crispy and fat has rendered.
- Add spinach and crab meat to hot pan and mix. Allow spinach to wilt and crab meat to heat through. Season mixture with Old Bay or salt and pepper to taste.
- Carefully fill each mushroom cap with the stuffing.
- Return to oven for about 5 minutes, or until set and tops have begun to brown.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.