If summer is all about fresh and light ingredients, then these amazing Avocado Stuffed Mushrooms are screaming, “Summer!”
These Avocado Stuffed Mushrooms bring creaminess, texture, spice and wonderful flavors that will have your taste buds dancing and using this as an amazing side item for lunch, picnics, BBQ dinners or even an appetizer with friends and family.
Why You’ll Love This – That One Thing
It would be unfair to these Avocado Stuffed Mushrooms if I didn’t say the number one thing you will love about this recipe is the avocado. It’s honestly one of the few perfect foods on the planet. Filled with nutritional value…you may have heard of “the good fats”…and just the perfect creamy flavor that adds so much to any recipe. It’s one of my favorite ingredients and transforms these mushrooms into an amazing dish.
Ingredients You’ll Need – Quick Snapshot
Here are the ingredients you will need (see quantities below):
Avocado – The foundation of the recipe, along with…
Mushrooms – We used whole button mushrooms because they are so easy to fill
Garlic – Adds a bold flavor to the dish
Black Olives – Brings a little sweet and fruity tone
Calabrian Chili Paste – We have to add a little kick to the dish
Salt/Pepper – To taste
Parsley – It just looks fancier with little dry parsley flakes to finish the plate
Start by gathering all of your ingredients. This one doesn’t take a lot of prep work at all.
Wash the mushrooms and remove the stems while they are drying.
Place all ingredients, except the mushrooms, in a bowl.
Mix the ingredients until the avocado is smooth.
Once the mushrooms are dry, flip them open side up to prepare for the avocado mixture.
Fill the mushrooms with the avocado mixture.
Cook at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Top with some additional sprinkles of salt and parsley.
Remove mushroom stems (you can use your fingers to just wiggle the stem out, or I find it easy to use a spoon to carefully work your way around the base of the stem and then scoop it out)
Wash mushrooms and set upside down on a paper towel to dry
In a small bowl, place the single avocado, ½ teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of chopped black olives, ½ tablespoon of calabrian chili paste, pinch of salt and pepper
Mix until avocado is a smooth consistency
Place the mushrooms open side facing up and fill each with about a spoonful of the avocado mixture (I had more than enough to fill a dozen mushrooms)
Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes
Let sit for a minute after removing from the oven
Place the mushrooms on a plate and sprinkle with a little more salt and dried parsley
Did You Know
Why are avocados so healthy?Avocados have gained immense popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Packed with essential nutrients, they offer a wide range of health benefits. First and foremost, avocados are abundant in healthy fats. While some people may shy away from the term “fat,” avocados contain monounsaturated fats, which are considered heart-healthy. These fats can help lower bad cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Additionally, the fats in avocados aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K, making them an excellent addition to any meal.Avocados are also a great source of dietary fiber. Just one medium-sized avocado provides around 13 grams of fiber, which is more than a quarter of the recommended daily intake. Fiber plays a crucial role in maintaining digestive health, promoting regular bowel movements, and preventing constipation. It also helps control blood sugar levels, contributes to weight management, and supports a healthy gut microbiome.We can’t talk enough about the vitamins. Avocados are rich in vitamins and minerals. They are particularly high in potassium, containing even more of this essential mineral than bananas! Potassium is essential for maintaining proper heart function, regulating blood pressure, and supporting muscle contractions. Avocados also contain significant amounts of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, folate, and magnesium, all of which play important roles in various bodily functions, including immune function and energy production.The unique combination of nutrients found in avocados is beneficial for maintaining healthy skin, too! The monounsaturated fats in avocados help keep the skin moisturized and supple, reducing dryness and promoting a youthful appearance (who doesn’t want that?). Avocados are also a natural source of antioxidants, including vitamin C and vitamin E, which protect the skin from oxidative damage caused by environmental factors. Additionally, avocados contain compounds that may help reduce skin inflammation and promote wound healing.Incorporating avocados into your diet may also support weight management. Despite their relatively high calorie content, avocados can actually aid in weight loss or maintenance due to their high fiber and healthy fat content. The fiber in avocados promotes feelings of fullness and reduces appetite, which can prevent overeating. Moreover, the monounsaturated fats in avocados contribute to a healthy metabolism and may help burn excess body fat. Heck yes!Let’s recap…avocados are incredibly healthy due to their rich nutrient profile, including heart-healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Regular consumption of avocados can contribute to improved heart health, digestive health, skin health, weight management, and overall well-being. So go ahead and enjoy this nutritious and delicious fruit as part of a balanced diet.