Grilled Crab- and Fontina-Stuffed Mushrooms

Grilling

Fire up your grill and get ready for some serious smoke.

Grilled Crab- and Fontina-Stuffed Mushrooms

[Photographs: Joshua Bousel]

Foregoing the usual cream cheese and breadcrumb stuffing in exchange for lump crabmeat and Italian Fontina makes these mushroom caps something special.

Adapted from Chow.

  • Yield:makes 24 mushrooms, serving 4 to 6 as an appetizer
  • Active time: 45 minutes
  • Total time:1 hour

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped shallots (About 1 medium)
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup panko-style bread crumbs
  • 1/3 pound fresh lump crabmeat
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian fontina cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 24 medium crimini mushrooms, wiped clean, stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Type of fire: two-zone indirect
  • Grill heat: high

Directions

  1. 1.

    Melt butter in medium skillet over medium heat. When foaming subsides, add shallots and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add white wine and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in panko bread crumbs, remove from heat, let cool for 10 minutes. Stir in crabmeat, 1/3 cup fontina cheese, lemon juice, and paprika. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  2. 2.

    In a large bowl, gently toss mushroom caps in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

  3. 3.

    Remove mushrooms to plate and stuff each with crab stuffing mixture. Top mushrooms with remaining cheese.

  4. 4.

    Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Arrange mushrooms over cool side of the grill. Cover and cook until cheese is melted and lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from grill, let cool for 5 minutes, then serve.