Eggs: The Creative Ingredient

How To Make Stuffed Mushrooms For Your Next Party

by Ethan Stone

When you're planning a big party or a formal event, you're going to need to think about appetizers. There are many different appetizers frequently passed at gatherings, but the more bite-sized you can make them, the easier they'll be for everyone. One great bite-sized appetizer that's sure to please most everyone on your guest list is stuffed mushrooms. If you've avoided making them out of concerns that they're complicated, you're in luck. They are much easier than you might think, and this is how you make them.

Gathering Your Ingredients

Great stuffed mushrooms start with a great foundation. Opt for either button or Cremini mushrooms for the best results. Here are all of the things you're going to need.

  • 24 mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium shallot
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable stock
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparing Your Ingredients

Use a soft cloth to wipe the mushrooms clean if they have any surface dirt. Don't run them under water, because they'll get slimy. Remove the stems and set them on a cutting board. Dice up the mushroom stems and mince the shallot.

Melt the butter in a small skillet and cook the shallots and mushroom stems over medium-high heat for about four or five minutes, just until the shallot starts to become translucent. Then, toss in the pecans and continue cooking for about three or four more minutes.

Combine the breadcrumbs, marjoram, parsley and salt in a bowl, then add the mushroom pieces, shallots, pecans and butter. Stir well to combine everything together. Put a tablespoon or so of the Parmesan cheese in the mixture, then add the vegetable stock and olive oil. Stir the mixture well so that everything is moistened.

Assembling the Caps

  1. Brush your baking sheet with a light coating of olive oil so that your mushroom caps don't stick to it.
  2. Assemble the caps open-side up on the tray, then drizzle olive oil lightly over them so that they don't dry out while they're baking.
  3. Fill each of the mushroom caps with the stuffing mixture until it's mounded over.
  4. Sprinkle the tops with the leftover Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake your stuffed mushrooms for 25 minutes at 375 degrees, then serve them warm.

Making stuffed mushrooms isn't as complicated as you might have thought. If you're not confident in the kitchen, though, look to a local catering service to supply your party foods.