Intro: The best Christmas appetizers are often great appetizer recipes for a crowd -- a big crowd sometimes. This stuffed mushroom recipe at the bottom of the page is simple, relatively quick and definitely delicious.
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Best Christmas Appetizers: Do Stuffed Mushrooms Count?
You're no doubt familiar with the Olive Garden. Here in Boise, it sits right next to the Boise Towne Square Mall, duly tempting passersby with scents that make the mouth water and the stomach rumble with excitement. Even the free smells that waft in from the parking lot are like a full lunch. In case you're wondering why I'm bringing this up, this place always reminds me of stuffed mushrooms, for that was where I first encountered the recipe.
As you read on, I'm sure you'll find yourself thinking about your own favorite appetizers. What's unique about them. Why they taste soooo good. Why they look so pretty. For me, the stuffed mushroom appetizer recipe counts as one of these recipes.
You might be asking yourself why at this point. I'll tell you, but I can't promise I won't make your mouth water.
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Well, I was a server at the Olive Garden (OG for short), and I can remember serving these appetizers for the first time. Imagine bringing a plate of succulent mushroom caps stuffed full of zesty Italian bread crumbs, delish seasonings and mounds and mounds and mounds of melted fresh Parmesan cheese that drips down the sides of the caps. The smell practically knocks you out, it's so yummy. Now imagine you're a server and have to bring these to the table you're serving and not being able to eat them yourself. Not fun. So not fun.
So you can imagine that if an appetizer affects me this way, it might affect others that way, too, and if you're looking for the best Christmas appetizers to serve to a crowd, you can probably imagine how these might qualify. Especially, if it's important to you to serve memorable holiday meals that your friends and family talk about for a long time.
If so, read on. I have an excellent stuffed mushroom appetizer recipe to share.
How to Cook Stuffed Mushroom Appetizer With Pine Nuts and Grated Cheese
- 1/2 c. Italian-style bread crumbs (make sure they're dried)
- 1/2 c. Romano or Parmesan cheese or a 1/2 and 1/2 mix of both
- 1/2 c. pine nuts
- 2 cloves garlic, peel and mince them
- 2 Tbsp Italian parsley leaves, fresh and chopped up
- 1 Tbsp mint leaves, fresh and chopped up
- Ground pepper
- 1/3 c. olive oil
- 28 stemmed white mushrooms, they should be the biggest ones you can find
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
- In a medium-size bowl, stir together the cheeses, parsley, garlic, bread crumbs, mint, salt and pepper and olive oil. You'll use the salt and pepper to taste. Make sure this gets well-blended.
- Coat a baking sheet with olive oil.
- Using a teaspoon, add the stuffed mushroom appetizer filling to the mushroom caps.
- Put them on the baking sheet.
- Put them in the oven, allowing them to bake for 25 minutes or so.
- Imagine how great these would taste with extra grated cheese on top. To garner extra "ooooohs" and "aaaahhhs" from your guests, serve grated Parmesan and Romano in a bowl when you make this appetizer.
- Substitute chopped cooked shrimp for the pine nuts and squeeze some lemon on the appetizer for a non-vegetarian option.
After you read this, can't you see how I could think this is one of the best Christmas appetizers for a crowd? Yeah, they're hard to resist. If you enjoyed this appetizer and know others who might be in a pinch to find something to serve for Christmas and New Years, share this stuffed mushroom appetizer via email and social media.
Have a very, very wonderful holiday season and happy eating!