"Stuffed" Mushroom Casserole

I was feeling like having stuffed mushrooms today, but I didn't want to have to stuff each one.  So I came up with this casserole.


3- 14 oz. Packages of Mushrooms
1 tsp. Salt
Olive oil spray
Fresh Cracked Pepper to taste

1/2 large Sweet onion (diced)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
2 ribs celery (finely diced)
2 cups loosely packed Fresh Baby Spinach (chopped)
1 tbsp. Parsley (chopped)
2 eggs (beaten)
1/4 cup Whipped cream cheese
1/4 cup Miracle Whip Light
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
2- 8 oz. packages Imitation Crab (finely chopped)
3/4 cup Six Cheese Italian Blend
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 tbsp. Olive Oil
Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400°

Brush any dirt off your mushrooms and stem them.  Place them stem side down on a cookie sheet.  Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
This step helps remove some of the excess moisture from the mushrooms.
Meanwhile, finely chop the stems and saute them in a skillet with 1 tbsp. of olive oil over medium-high heat.  After about 5 minutes add the onions and cook another 2 minutes.  Then add the garlic, celery, salt and pepper.  Cook for 2 more minutes then add the spinach.  Cook until the spinach wilts. Take off the heat and let cool.
After your mushrooms have cooked in the oven for 10 minutes, place them in a single layer stem side up in a 9x13 casserole dish that has been sprayed with olive oil.
Meanwhile in a mixing bowl add the eggs, Miracle Whip, cream cheese and parmesan cheese.  Beat with a whisk until there are no more lumps.  Once your spinach mixture has cooled enough add it to the egg and cheese mixture.  Stir to combine.  Add the imitation crab, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup of the italian cheese blend and the Old Bay. Stir everything and then layer on top of the mushrooms.  Be sure to spread the mixture evenly over all the mushrooms.
Top off with the remaining 1/2 cup of italian cheese blend.  Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.

Serve as a main dish or as a side dish.


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