Mushrooms Stuffed with Bacon, Blue, & Cherry
Mushrooms. I could seriously eat them every single day of the week. Their earthiness is something I find hard to resist, whether grilled, sauteed, or in this case, stuffed.
I remember making stuffed mushrooms as a kid, with a recipe of Mom’s that involved lots of gooey mozzarella cheese. It was a favorite appetizer that our family made for special occasions, and there were never any leftovers.
This recipe for Mushrooms Stuffed with Bacon, Blue Cheese, & Dried Cherry is a little more involved than the one from my childhood, but incredibly worth the extra time and effort. The meaty bites are packed with flavor. Lots of yummy flavor. I love how the salty bacon and blue cheese is offset by little pops of sweet dried cherry. It’s a fabulous coming together of tastes and textures. My “blue cheese is gross” oldest daughter even downed a few. There really is no resisting.
Ile de France sent me some of their beautiful Roquefort over the holidays. And I have proceeded to enjoy it sprinkled on green salads, on crackers with a drizzle of honey, and as a major component in the awesome Mushrooms Stuffed with Bacon, Blue Cheese, & Dried Cherry. Creamy and robust, this cheese is both versatile and delicious!
Disclosure: Thanks to Ile de France for providing me with yummy Roquefort to sample. You can find Ile de France on facebook and twitter. All text and opinions are my own.
Mushrooms Stuffed with Bacon, Blue Cheese, & Dried Cherry
Mushrooms Stuffed with Bacon, Blue Cheese, & Dried Cherry are one of our favorite appetizers. Stuffed mushrooms are so simple, yet so flavorful, and they're always gone from the table too soon!
- 24 to 26 medium to large sized baby portabello mushrooms (about 1-1/2″ to 2″ in diameter)
- 4 slices bacon
- 1/4 c. small diced shallot
- 4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
- 4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled
- 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
- 1/3 c. small diced dried cherries (I love the ones from Trader Joe’s!)
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 2 T. dried bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Pop the stems off the mushrooms, then finely dice the stems. Set aside both the stems and the caps.
- In a skillet over medium heat, fry the bacon until crisp. Remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to cool. Add the diced mushroom stems and shallots to the same skillet with the bacon drippings, and give a stir every now and then. Once the shallots and mushrooms have softened (turn the heat down if they are browning too much), about 10 minutes or so, remove them to another paper towel-lined plate to cool.
- In a separate bowl, combine the cream cheese and blue cheese. Stir in the thyme, cherries, black pepper, and the cooled bacon, mushroom stems, and shallots. Using a teaspoon, fill the mushroom caps with a mound of the cheesy stuffing. Place in a baking dish and sprinkle with a bit of bread crumbs. Pop them into the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until softened and nicely browned. They are best eaten warm, so just let them cool for about 5 minutes before serving.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 106mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g
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These look fantastic! I needed a new appetizer to take to a party Saturday and this looks like the one! Thanks Brenda!
Favorite cheese……..Oh my gosh I don’t know how I could pick. I love them all. But I guess my favorite would have to be fresh mozzarella done anyway possible with garden tomatoes and basil – bruschetta’s, salads – I am getting a craving now and it is a LONG time to tomato season.
Sounds so wonderful. Cannot wait to try this!!
Mushrooms look amazing.. Blue cheese stuffed olives are a fav..
I loooooove feta, in and on almost anything. Also, a nice sharp white cheddar with honeycrisp apples. Nom nom. :)
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Like many Latino families, ours has made pork tamales at Christmas for many, many years. Some years ago, we decided to add to this tradition by adding cheese tamales. We have tried various combinations of cheeses, but honestly, the one I think really smooths everything out is the cream cheese. Not a huge fan of it by itself, but it is undeniably a wonderful cheese.
I love Brie baked in puff pastry, with apricots and almonds!
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These mushrooms sound awesome and are now high on my list of things to make!!
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I love a toasted baguette rubbed with garlic, sprinkled with blue cheese and drizzled with honey!
Sharp cheddar… with apples… always and forever :)
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I have to say I love ALL of them! My go everyday cheese is extra sharp cheddar, the more snap the better…
Oh my word those mushrooms look fantastic! Favorite cheese? Gosh, couldn’t pick just one. Love cheese way too much!