Jalapeno Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms
Category: Cocktails & Appetizers | Blog URL: http://www.evilshenanigans.com/2009/12/jalapeno-bacon-stuffed-mushrooms/
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Evil Shenanigans
Let’s talk about party food, shall we?
When I host, or attend and help cook for, a cocktail party I like to think about finger foods and two-bite dishes that are easy to eat, pretty and not too messy. I like savory dishes that stand up to a variety of cocktails and beers, and nothing does that better than mushrooms.
These mushrooms are stuffed with a mixture of cheeses which is studded with crisp fried bacon and minced jalapenos. The smoky bacon and the zing from the jalapenos balance with the rich cheese, while the panko topping is a nice crunchy contrast to tender mushroom and creamy filling.
These are a perfect foil to just about any sweet drink, and great with beer. I used the larger ’stuffing’ sized mushrooms, but if you made them with standard button mushrooms they would be a lovely ‘pop-in-the-mouth’ bite. As a bonus, you can easily make these vegetarian by omitting the bacon and using olive oil to soften the veggies for those who avoid meat or pork.