Sometimes simple can be so extraordinary. How simple, to take mushrooms, top them with creamy cheese, bake in marinara sauce and end up with a fantastic appetizer that looks and tastes delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 12-14 medium sized  portabella mushrooms (about 12 oz.), stems removed
  • 1 cup clean marinara sauce ( I love Monte Bene garlic marinara)
  • 4 oz soft goat cheese or feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pitted black olives
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread marinara sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 9 or similar baking dish.
  3. Arrange the mushrooms, top side down, over the sauce.
  4. Spoon 2 teaspoons goat or feta cheese onto each mushroom.
  5. Sprinkle evenly with the olives.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  7. Garnish with parsley, serve and enjoy.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 6 servings.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 68.5, Cal. from Fat: 45, Total Fat: 5g, Sat. Fat: 2.5g, Carbs: 1.5g, Fiber: >.5, Sugars: 1g, Protein: 3g, Sodium: 298.5mg, Chol: 16.5mg

Notes:

These mushrooms are always a BIG hit at our Christmas morning brunch.  Although we usually never have any left, if you do have leftovers they can be kept in a sealed container in the fridge for about 2 to 3 days.  Simply reheat in the microwave.

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