Mushrooms are plants usually found on the ground in moist, shady places. Although not every mushroom is okay to eat, there are strains that are perfectly edible.
Mushrooms are often confused with meat because of their high protein count, which is why so many vegans and vegetarians use them as a meat substitute. However, mushrooms are most definitely a plant, part of the fungi family.
The name on this one kind of gives it away, but we'll explain anyway because there are variations! Many, many variations!
The process of the stuffed mushroom recipe begins by washing and wiping the mushrooms. As we said, mushrooms are usually found in dirt, and when you get them fresh, washing the mushrooms ahead of time is absolutely necessary.
Once washed, the mushroom stem and mushroom cap get separated carefully. This is a process that seems easy, but not always is. Sometimes the mushrooms are too tender to be separated easily, so the chef has to pay extra attention!
Once separated, the mushroom cavities, or the mushroom heads are ready to be stuffed. This is where the fun begins because the stuffing can be anything! From meat and cheese to bacon, creamy sauces, veggie pate - the possibilities are endless!
Once stuffed, the stem and head can be reunited but they don't have to. The mushrooms are then covered in bread crumbs, olive oil, and grated parmesan cheese and cooked for about 20 minutes. This gives them that perfect crunchy exterior and makes them an ideal bite sized, easy appetizer.
Freshly grated parmesan cheese also often gets added on top, as well as salt and pepper and other herbs and spices for extra flavor.
As many of our beloved dishes, stuffed mushrooms are from Italy! Inspired by stuffed zucchini, stuffed mushrooms have made a trip around the world through the years!
Nowadays, you can find them in any restaurant everywhere. The fun thing is that every culture has adapted this dish to their liking, making it unique every time you try it!
As for mushrooms themselves, it's safe to say that humans have been eating them since ancient times! Granted, it did take a bit of trial and error until we figured out which ones are the edible ones, but we did! Once that happened, mushrooms became a staple in the food pyramid and have stayed on it pretty sturdily until today.
Although a plain mushroom is much better, a stuffed version is also pretty healthy for you! The added ingredients can add a bit more nutritional value to the meal, making the appetizer a well-rounded food item you can freely enjoy!
Just for reference, 100g of stuffed mushrooms has only 22 calories. Of them, 3.3g are carbs, 3.1g are protein, and there's no cholesterol and virtually no fat! Looking at the stats, it's clear that stuffed mushrooms are an amazing meal.
Next time you're at a restaurant, reach for those appetizer-sized mushrooms and enjoy the explosion of flavors!
Now that you know a bit more about stuffed mushrooms, it's time for us to tell you where you can get some near you!
This list will be short, so if you don't find your city on it, explore our website. Slice is partnered with so many amazing restaurants all across the US so finding an excellent one near you will be a breeze!
We're starting our list with Boston, where Rome Pizza has some of the best stuffed mushrooms around!