While hunting for a different stuffed mushroom recipe for Mom, I ran across this one. This recipe is floating around on many cooking websites online, and with excellent reason. This copycat recipe produces the best stuffed mushroom that has ever passed my lips. Actually, if you ask me, I find them to be better than those from Olive Garden - high praise coming from someone that loves the OG as much as I do.
Stuffed Mushrooms (like Olive Garden's)
12 or more fresh white button mushrooms (depends on the size of the mushrooms)
6 oz. can clams, drained and finely minced
1/4 cup clam juice (can be reserved from the canned clams or purchased separately - I used the bottled juice)
1 green onion, finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon oregano leaves
1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon finely grated Romano cheese
2 tablespoon finely grated mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated mozzarella, for topping
1/4 cup melted butter, for topping
Optional - finely chopped parsley for garnish
Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F. Clean the mushrooms and remove the stems. Save the stems for another use. (Sauteed in a little butter, served over rice is fantastic, if you ask me.) Lightly grease a baking dish, and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the clams, green onion, garlic salt, garlic, 1 tablespoon of melted butter, and oregano. Once that is well blended, add in bread crumbs, beaten egg, and clam juice. Stir until it is well mixed, and stir in the Parmesan, Romano, and 2 tablespoons of mozzarella. Stuff the mushrooms, slightly mounding the stuffing mixture.
Place the stuffed mushrooms to the baking dish. Pour the 1/4 cup of melted butter over the mushrooms, and cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. Place the dish into the preheated oven to bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove, sprinkle the 1/4 cup of mozzarella and return to the oven until the cheese melts. Sprinkle with parsley before serving, if desired.
Notes- This dish is great for the holidays. You can prepare the mushrooms and place in the baking dish (don't pour the butter over yet), cover with foil, in the morning. Stash in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake them that evening. Preheat the oven, then pour over the melted butter at this point and continue the recipe from there. And pssst - I don't think too many folks would notice if you just use Parmesan for both the Parmesan and Romano.