Archive for December, 2013

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms

Shaina from Food for My Family combines two classic holiday appetizers into one delicious bite.

Spinach Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms by Food For My Family

Each year for the holidays my aunt hosts a family potluck. There’s a time and a place, and everyone shows up bearing their favorite foods. Baked brie, salads with poppy seed dressing and dried cranberries, bacon-wrapped mini sausages, sauced meatballs, and stuffed mushrooms all line a table in the room, everyone mingling and snacking. The fire crackles in the corner, and across the other side of the room is a 12-foot tree lit up and sparkling, my aunt’s carousel ornaments spinning every few minutes on their light strand.

While the company and ambiance make this setting one that I have looked forward to year after year, I would be lying if I said I weren’t in it for the food, too. The smells and tastes that accompany the scene are intoxicating, and they definitely help create the idyllic atmosphere.

Stuffed mushrooms are a varied sort. They can come in many different types of flavor profiles, from sausage-stuffed, to those with cheese oozing out the side, toasted bread crumbs on top, perhaps a bit of bacon hidden within. For these mushrooms I married two classic appetizers, bringing spinach and artichoke dip into the stuffed mushroom fold.

The bright spinach and tangy artichoke hearts pair nicely with the earthiness of the mushroom and is held together by smooth cream cheese and complimented with a bit of parmesan and garlic. These will definitely be a favorite on your appetizer table.

Happy Holidays!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms

Makes 24 stuffed mushrooms.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed fresh spinach
  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 1 cup artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 24 baby portabella mushrooms, washed with stems removed

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. Cut the spinach leaves into long, thin strips. In a small fry pan, heat the butter or olive oil over medium heat. Add in the spinach and cook, stirring frequently, just until wilted. Remove from heat and mix with the chopped artichoke hearts.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese and sour cream until combined.  Add in 1/4 cup of the Parmesan0 cheese, reserving the rest. Stir in the garlic, red pepper flakes, and the kosher salt. Add in the spinach and artichoke and stir until combined.
  4. Using two spoons, stuff the mushrooms each with one heaping tablespoon of the cheese mixture. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the remaining parmesan cheese over the mushrooms.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the parmesan cheese is golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving. Serve warm.

A Mushroom (Pinterest) Gathering

Mushroom Holiday Pin Party

Before the ovens start to preheat, friends and family start to gather and you savor that first bite, the holiday menu has to be planned.  In between decorating, school events for the kids and shopping it can be a challenge to carve out time for discovering recipe ideas. This season the Mushroom Council decided to put that time on the calendar for you and we’re bringing the recipes directly to your Pinterest feed with #AMushroomGathering Pin Party.

From stuffed mushrooms to savory entrees, we’re dedicating an entire hour to mushroom recipes that are perfect for any party. The best part about this party is that you are ALL INVITED.  Simply be on Pinterest at 7PM CT on Tuesday, December 10th and follow along with the Mushroom Channel, A Spicy Perspective and The Little Kitchen as we share mushroom recipes for #AMushroomGathering. One lucky participant will even walk away with a Mushroom Apron and a $25 American Express gift card.

The hour will be broken into four categories to suit all of your holiday planning needs.  What does that leave you to do between now and Tuesday? Start following our Mushroom Gathering Pinterest board and create a mushroom board of your own to repin all of the delicious recipes to!

See you there!

Pin Party Schedule:

Holiday Pin Party Mushroom Appetizers

Holiday Pin Party Stuffed Mushrooms

Holiday Pin Party Mushroom Side Dishes

Holiday Pin Party Mushroom Entrees

Top Mushroom Pins for The Holidays

Grilled Caprese Portabella

As the saying goes, we eat with our eyes before taking the first bite, which makes it no surprise that Pinterest and recipes are a match made in heaven.   When it comes to the versatile mushroom, there is no shortage of mushroom creativity from appetizers to entrees.

With more than 1,500 pins on the Mushroom Channel Pinterest account we’ve collected quite a few favorites, but we’re dedicating this blog post to the recipes YOU like the most.  Based on likes and repins, we compiled a list of our most popular pins.

Discovering the perfect appetizer for a holiday party or a healthy dish to keep in mind for your New Year’s resolutions can be a challenge, but we hope our list below makes your holiday planning that much simpler ( and delicious).

Be sure to check out our Friday blog post for a preview of our first-ever Mushroom Pin Party taking place on Tuesday, December 10th 7PM CT with co-hosts The Little Kitchen and A Spicy Perspective . Join the Pin Party and share your favorite mushroom creations using the hashtag #AMushroomGathering.

Happy Cooking!

Top Mushroom Channel Pins:

1)      Grilled Caprese Portabella

2)      Spicy Mushroom Miso Ramen

3)      Mushroom Fontina Tartine

4)      Tortellini with Mushrooms, Zucchini and Bell Pepper

5)      Brie and Cranberry Stuffed Mushrooms

6)      Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

7)      Simple Sautéed Mushrooms

8)      Easy Parmesan Mushroom Melts

9)      Campfire Mushrooms

10)   Marinated Grilled Mushrooms