Easy Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon & Greens
Enjoy a flavorful appetizer with this easy stuffed mushrooms recipe. Bacon, greens, and cheese make the humble mushroom amazing!
They say that it’s good luck to eat greens on New Year’s. This was not something I grew up knowing. I learned it in my late 30s because:
- I did not grow up eating “greens.” My parents are from the Mid-West. Iceberg lettuce was as green as things got.
- Due to the aforementioned heritage, I never ate “greens” on New Year’s. Luck or no luck, that particular dish never crossed my path.
- I never planned on writing about greens, let alone eating them, but…
Once upon a time, almost ten years go, my eldest son developed an interest in edible foliage. For reals.
He read umpteen books on the subject and went hiking and foraging in the hills with my husband.
When your kid has an interest in eating more plant food, you go with it, right? So, one day when I saw “mustard greens” on markdown at the grocery store for 99 cents, I decided to buy them so he could have the tasting experience. I had no idea what I was going to do with them.
However, lo and behold, stuffed mushrooms were on our menu for New Year’s Eve that week and since my favorite, easy stuffed mushrooms recipe includes spinach, I swapped out the spinach and used mustard greens instead. (You can find the original here.)
Turns out, it was amazing!
Since then, this easy stuffed mushrooms recipe has become near and dear to our hearts — without or without the mustard greens or foraged plant foods from the surrounding San Diego hills.
Seriously, I just buy my greens at Ralphs, people.
We make this easy stuffed mushrooms recipe for every major event or holiday. Over the years, I’ve learned how wonderfully flexible it is.
You can use spinach, kale, mustard greens, power greens, whatever. You can use parmesan, but finely shredded white cheddar is equally amazing. You can use homemade bread crumbs or panko from a box.
Whatever floats your boat. Just make sure you’ve got the main components and play with it however you like.
I’m thinking goat cheese would be nice melted into the filling or a pepper jack to take things in a spicier direction.
The filling itself is divine, so feel free to make extra to serve on toast. So very good!
Now, one trick I’d like to point out about stuffed mushrooms is this: you need to pull some of the water out of the mushrooms before you stuff them in order to get a tender, not-soggy mushroom. This is something that I’ve noticed missing from many stuffed mushroom recipes.
So, remove the stems (save them for the filling), lay the caps out on a foil lined tray, drizzle them with olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. A quick trip under the broiler will draw out some of the moisture from the mushroom caps.
Drain off this liquid before you stuff the mushrooms. In this way, you won’t end up with half0raw stuffed mushrooms. Instead you’ll have delectable, tender, mushrooms caps filled with an amazing, cheese-y, bacon-y filling that is to die for.
Can you tell I love this recipe?!
How can you make inexpensive AND easy stuffed mushrooms?
Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:
- Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. When I find regular kitchen staples on sale, I buy a lot. I’m currently using a price book to track prices and that’s saving me money. For this recipe, keeping an eye on the prices of cheese, bacon, sherry, and cream can help keep the price down.
How do you make easy stuffed mushrooms?
This recipe really couldn’t be easier than it is, but having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.
Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:
- plastic cutting boards – I have blue boards for veggies and white boards for meat.
- Ergo Chef chef’s knife – I’ve had my set for several years and they work well.
- sheet pans – I LOVE my set of steel sheet pans. They make such a difference in baking.
- silicone spatula – I love this two-sided spatula/spoon. It’s great for stirring and scraping. I bought it originally to flip crepes, but I’ve since bought more since it’s so handy.
- large skillet with lid – I have two of these since I love this model so much.
- cooking tongs – These are great for moving the chicken pieces in the pan.
I don’t mind having greens on New Year’s — especially if they come stuffed in a mushroom!
Do you have greens on New Year’s?