Posts Tagged ‘Holiday Appetizers’

Add Mushrooms to Your Holiday Menu

Bring family and friends together this year with these holiday recipes with mushrooms 

The holidays are right around the corner and that means holiday parties! From Friendsgiving potlucks to sit-down Christmas feasts, there is so much cooking to be done this season. Let mushrooms help! When preparing your holiday spread, add mushrooms to the menu. Mushrooms are flavorful, hearty, versatile and nutritious – making them a fantastic addition to menus of all kind.

Going full-vegetarian this year? Hearty mushrooms are satisfying and packed with umami – making them the perfect replacement for meat. Looking to impress holiday guests? Blend chopped mushrooms into traditional meat dishes (we’re looking at you, stuffing) for a “wow” factor that will have everyone asking for your secret (it’s called ‘The Blend’!).

Whatever you’re making, mushrooms can help make your holiday menu one to remember.

Holiday Recipes with Mushrooms

Mushroom Gravy

Mushroom Gravy
Complement everything from Thanksgiving tofurky to Christmas ham with this veggie mushroom gravy.

Blended Sausage and Mushroom Stuffing

Sausage & Mushroom Stuffing
Blend Italian sausage, shiitake mushrooms and diced veggies for a savory stuffing that’s anything but a side dish.

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tart

Onion, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tart
Combine caramelized onions, decadent mushrooms and rich goat cheese in this delicious (and simple!) tart hors d’oeuvre.

Blended Mushroom Chicken Parmesan Hand Pies

Mushroom Chicken Parmesan Hand Pies
Extra pie crust on hand? Use it to make these flaky hand pie appetizers – stuffed with a blend of lean ground chicken and chopped mushrooms.

Mushrooms with Long Grain and Wild Rice

Mushrooms with Long Grain and Wild Rice
Looking for a holiday side dish that’s quick and easy to pull together? Buttery mushroom and wild rice is sure to please!

Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash
Get your holiday feast on: blended sausage and mushroom stuffed acorn squash topped with brown sage butter.

Easy Cheesy Mushroom Pinwheels

Looking for the perfect appetizer to serve your friends and family this holiday season? Add a Pinch’s Easy Cheesy Mushroom Pinwheels are not only quick to prepare they are sure to please!

These mushroom pinwheels are so easy to make and are so delicious! Made of puff pastry, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and cheese, these pinwheels are always a favorite as an appetizer or for a light lunch or snack!

To make these pinwheels, sauté mushrooms, onion, and garlic in a little olive oil and then spread onto thawed puff pastry. Then, top with shredded cheeses, salt and pepper, slice, and bake until golden brown.

Easy Cheesy Mushroom Pinwheels

Easy Cheesy Mushroom Pinwheels

Ingredients:
1 roll puff pastry, thawed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (8-ounce) package sliced Portobello mushrooms
½ medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup shredded Monterrey jack cheese
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Drizzle olive oil into a 12-inch skillet. Saute mushrooms, onions, and garlic until mushrooms are tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
3. Unroll puff pastry and spread with mushroom mixture. Top with cheeses and salt and pepper. Roll and slice into ½-inch slices. Place onto rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to stand about 3 minutes. Serve warm.

Savory Baked Brie with Crispy Mushrooms

We don’t know anyone who doesn’t appreciate a round of melty brie cheese smothered in fragrant mushrooms! Paula from Bell’alimento shows us how to pull together this crowd favorite.

If you’re looking for the perfect appetizer for your Thanksgiving feast (or any holiday party for that matter) look no further. This savory baked brie topped with crispy mushrooms served over toasted baguette slices is just what you’re looking for. It’s unexpected and amazing. Even better? It’s super simple to pull together.

Savory Baked Brie with Crispy Portabellas by Bellalimento

You’ll want to be sure to take the brie out of the refrigerator and set it on the counter about 30 minutes BEFORE you’re ready to bake it. Then you’ll simply saute sliced portabella mushrooms with a mixture of butter, onions, garlic and herbs until they’re brown and crispy. Nothing bad about that combo right?

All that’s left is to pop the brie into the oven and bake it until it begins to soften enough so that once you top it with it’s brown tiara of crispy mushrooms it will ooze out onto the platter when you cut into it. You can even toast the baguette at the same time you’re baking the brie! Happy Entertaining!

Savory Baked Brie with Crispy Mushrooms

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon minced onion
1 clove garlic – minced
6 ounces sliced portabella mushrooms
kosher salt/pepper
1 teaspoon freshly chopped rosemary
8 ounces brie
toasted baguette – sliced

Directions:
NOTE: Take brie out of refrigerator and place on counter approximately 30 minutes PRIOR to baking.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Into a small saute pan heat butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for approximately 1 minute. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper and rosemary. Stir and cook until mushrooms begin to brown (crisp). Take off of heat.

Place brie onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until warmed through and softened.

To serve: Place brie onto serving platter. Top with mushrooms and serve with toasted baguette slices.

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.