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Mushrooms with Mediterranean Tuna Dip

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Mushrooms with Mediterranean Tuna Dip
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Soup. Make canned soups more interesting and more nutritious by adding sliced fresh mushrooms. Simmer for a few minutes to soften the mushrooms if you wish.

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An Italian inspired quick and easy dip.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup packed Italian parsley leaves 250 mL
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise 250 mL
  • 1 can (170 g) flaked or chunk light tuna,(packed in water), drained 1
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice 45 mL
  • 3 tbsp drained capers 45 mL
  • 5 anchovies, chopped (or 2 tsp /10 mL anchovy paste) 5
  • 1 clove garlic 1
  • 1 lb fresh Mushrooms (thickly sliced, small whole or halved large )500 g

Garnish:

  • fresh parsley, minced

Directions:

In food processor combine parsley, mayonnaise, tuna, lemon juice, capers, anchovies and garlic; process until smooth.

Transfer to serving dish, garnish with parsley, cover and chill until serving.

Place on tray or in a basket and surround with mushrooms for dipping.

Variation: Add 1 tsp Dijon mustard and 2 hard cooked eggs.

For more delicious recipe ideas visit Mushrooms Canada at www.mushrooms.ca.

Serving Size: Makes 1 3/4 Cups (425 mL) or 10-12 Servings


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