Mushroom caps stuffed with maple bacon, smoked cheese, and fresh spinach are sure to impress at any party. This easily assembled appetizer with Canadian flair will have you and your guests going back for more every time!
I created this recipe as my entry to a contest sponsored by Mushrooms.ca. The winner will receive free registration and accommodation at the Food Bloggers of Canada conference this fall in Ottawa. Last year, I attended my first food bloggers’ conference in Toronto. What a great experience it was! I got to meet in person many people who had previously only been names and faces online, and fabulous food was served to us all weekend long! I immediately registered to go back to the conference this year, but it would be awesome to have my way paid!
This recipe, along with the other entries, will be posted on the Mushrooms.ca website. The winning appetizer will also be served at the conference.
Last year, I created the recipe for Blended Mushroom and Beef Taco Bites.
This recipe for Maple Bacon and Smoked Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms is inspired by the fond Canadian tradition of maple syrup evaporating over a smoky wood fire. These days, our Canadian maple syrup is made with modern stainless steel equipment in buildings called sugar shacks. However, I have often seen it boiled down over a wood-burning fire outdoors with snow remaining on the ground.
For the testing of this recipe, I used President’s Choice Smoked Cheese, aged two years. It’s readily available across Canada, but I’m sure that any other smoked cheese would also work.
Health Benefits of Mushrooms
Mushrooms are a source of B Vitamins, minerals, fibre, and Vitamin D. As I’ve recently sorted out that I have sensitivities to several foods, it’s nice to know that mushrooms are one thing that I CAN eat. Their versatility allows them to work well in many kinds of dishes, so I’ve been eating lots of them lately.
Maple Bacon and Smoked Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
These Maple Bacon and Smoked Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are easy to make with a food processor. If you don’t have one, you can still make them with a little more chopping and stirring by hand. Fry the bacon until crisp. Chop it up. Mix it with finely chopped garlic, onions, mushroom stems, and spinach. Stir in oatmeal, grated cheese, salt, and pepper. Spoon a little filling into each mushroom cap, heaping it up a little and pressing it into place with your fingers. Then bake them for 20 minutes, and they’re ready to enjoy!
This little video shows the process:
Maple Bacon and Smoked Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are excellent served warm. However, I ate lots of them cold while testing this recipe and really enjoyed them that way, too.