Favorite Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe – Quick & Easy

Not One, But Two Incredible Recipes

stuffed mushrooms recipe
Learn how to make stuffed mushrooms with a delicious stuffed mushrooms recipe. The first recipe is a family favorite that is quick and easy using cheese and flavorful spices. The second recipe uses crab, cheese, and seasonings to stuff the mushrooms. Both recipes make an incredible appetizer for a party or dinner.

Prepare the mushrooms earlier in the day and refrigerate until your guests arrive. Pop into the oven for a few minutes for a delicious treat hot from the oven. If you are having a large party, be sure to double the recipe.

Warning . . . These mushrooms will go quickly!

Pinot Noir is always a good wine choice to serve with mushrooms. Use your favorite Pinot as an ingredient and to serve with the dish. I often cook these mushrooms using Eyrie Pinot Noir Estate from the Willamette Valley of Oregon or a DeLoach Russian River Pinot from Sonoma County.

Recipe #1 – Quick & Easy Stuffed Mushrooms

stuffed mushrooms recipe
These mushrooms are filled with a mixture of Monterey Jack Cheese, crackers, and spices. They are quick to make. At parties they are always a big hit. They disappear quickly and everyone wants the recipe.

Ingredients :
1 pound mushrooms
3 Tablespoons melted butter
8 Tablespoons soft butter
2 cloves of minced garlic
6 Tablespoons of shredded Jack cheese
4 Tablespoons of Pinot Noir
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2/3 cup finely crushed cracker crumbs

1. Remove stems from mushrooms.
2. Brush mushrooms with melted butter.
3. Mix together the soft butter, garlic, and cheese.
4. Add wine, soy sauce, and cracker crumbs and blend to make a paste.
5. Fill mushrooms with this mixture.
6. Set in a baking pan and broil for about 3 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Recipe #2- Stuffed Mushrooms With Crab

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms recipe
This crab stuffed mushrooms recipe creates an elegant appetizer that is perfect to serve for family or friends. They are so tasty that they disappear quickly. Plan on 2 or 3 mushrooms for each guest you are expecting.

If you love crab, you will love this stuffed mushrooms recipe!

Ingredients for crabbed stuffed mushrooms:
3 tablespoons margarine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
1 cup cooked crabmeat
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup Italian parsley, chopped
1/2 cup bread crumbs
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
15-24 mushrooms
1/4 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup dry white wine

Instructions for crabbed stuffed mushrooms:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Coat a 9×13 inch baking dish with soft margarine on bottom and sides.
3. Combine garlic, green onions, crabmeat, cream cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, salt, pepper and Parmesan.
4. Remove stems from the mushrooms. Rub mushrooms around inside the buttered pan to coat with butter.
5. Stuff the mushroom caps with the mixture and top each with a small amount of monterey jack cheese. Pour wine over mushrooms in the pan.
6. Bake until the filling is melted, 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Tip: If you’re having a party, make it easier for yourself by preparing the stuffing for the mushrooms in advance. Freeze this mixture. On the day of the party, thaw and stuff the fresh mushrooms and baked as directed. Entertaining is less stressful if you do as much as possible beforehand. It’s best to pop them in the oven after your guests have arrived and serve hot from the oven.

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Trying to decide which wine should be served with a particular food can be a tricky thing. The bottom line is that a person should drink whatever wine they like to drink. However, there are some basic guidelines that you might want to try. Certain wines can enhance the flavor of a meal. Learn the basic guidelines for pairing wine with food. Give it a try and see what you think!

Valentine Dinner Recipes – Have an Unforgettable Evening

valentine dinner recipesNot sure what to get him or her for Valentine’s Day? These valentine dinner recipes are perfect for celebrating in style.

Set the stage by . . .
* lighting candles
* chilling your favorite sparkling wine
* preparing a special meal for two

Set the mood for romance with these “Must Try” Valentine Dinner recipes: Oysters for Two, Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate, Filet Mignon for Two, and Decadent Creme Brulee.

Valentine Dinner Recipes for Two

Oysters for Two

oystersOysters have long been considered an aphrodisiac. It’s believed they are rich in amino acids that result in an increase in the levels of sex hormones.
24 unopened fresh oysters
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 clove garlic, minced
seasoned salt to taste
1/4 cup butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 of a (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
4 ounces fontina cheese, shredded
1/4 cup milk
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons fine bread crumbs
To Drizzle Over the Top: 4 Tablespoons melted butter 4 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions for this Valentine Dinners Recipe:
1. Clean oysters and place in a large pot. Add wine, clove of garlic, seasoned salt and peppercorns. Pour in enough water to cover the oysters. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, drain, and cool.
2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a pan. Simmer onion and garlic in the butter until they are soft and translucent. Stir in spinach, bacon, and the cheeses. Stir frequently until cheese melts. Add milk. Season with freshly ground pepper to taste.
3 Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
4. Remove the top shell from each oyster. Place oysters on a baking sheet.
5. Spoon mixture over each oyster, just filling the shell. Sprinkle with bread crumbs.
Bake until golden and bubbly, approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
6. While baking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter. Add 4 Tablespoons lemon juice. When oysters are done baking drizzle with this butter sauce and serve.

Filet Mignon for Two

Filet Mignon for TwoThis delicious sauce is sure to please.
1/3 cup half-and-half
2 6-8 oz. filet mignon
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon shallots, minced
1/3 cup beef broth
1 tablespoon brandy
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 lemon, cut into wedges
Italian parsley, chopped

1. Whisk half-and-half and cornstarch in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Season filets with salt and pepper. Add a tablespoon of the butter to a skillet. Cook filets for approximately 5 minutes on each side. Set aside.
3. Add another tablespoon of butter to the skillet, mushrooms, and shallots. Simmer until softened. Add beef broth, brandy, and the half-and-half and cornstarch mixture. Simmer until thickened. Remove from heat and add mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
4. Top filets with sauce. Garnish with lemon wedges and parsley. Serve with a favorite vegetable.

Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate

chocolate dipped strawberriesChocolate is often associated with love; making it a necessity for Valentine’s Day. Since chocolate contains serotonin, it creates a a sense of well-being; putting people into a “good” mood.

1 pound strawberries
6 ounces semisweet chocolate

1. Strawberries need to be at room temperature. Wash and dry strawberries. It is important that strawberries are totally dry.
2. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper.
3. Melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler or in the microwave.
4. Hold onto stem of a strawberry. Dip strawberry into the melted chocolate. Swirl to coat all sides of the strawberry. Hold strawberry above melted chocolate. Swirl and shake to remove excess chocolate.
5. Lay strawberry on the waxed paper. Repeat with all of the strawberries. Keep at room temperature and serve within 8 hours.

Decadent Creme Brulee

Decadent Creme Brulee
1 pint heavy cream
4 egg yolks
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups water, approximately
4-8 teaspoons superfine sugar

1. Lightly simmer heavy cream in a saucepan for approximate 10 minutes. Stir often and do not let it boil.
2. In a large bowl mix egg yolks and granulated sugar, and whisk vigorously for 3 to 4 minutes until the mixture is fluffy.
3. Gradually pour a little of the cream into the eggs and whisk. Continue adding cream a little at a time until it’s all been combined.
4. Add vanilla bean and salt. Whisk again.
5. Spray four ramekins with cooking oil. Divide the mixture into the ramekins. Place ramekins inside a 9×13 pan.
6. Carefully pour hot water into the pan until it is 3/4 of an inch or so from the top of the ramekins. Be careful that water does not flow into the ramekins.
7. Bake at 300 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes until the the mixture is set. Remove from pan and cool.
8. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.
9. When ready to serve, pour 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar on the top of each ramekin. Use a torch to caramelize the sugar. This will take 2 to 3 minutes for the sugar to turn brown.

Tip for these Valentine Dinner Recipes: Do Steps 1-8 a day or two in advance so you don’t have lots of last minute preparation. Torch prior to serving for an elegant and decadent dessert. Top with berries if desired.

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Throw A Wine Tasting Party That Everyone is Talking About

throw a wine tasting partyHave fun. . . throw a wine tasting party! This step by step guide on how to plan a tasting will guarantee everyone has a fabulous time. You don’t need to be a wine expert. The idea is to relax with friends. Assign each person or couple to bring a bottle of wine. Have them cover the bottle with paper or foil for a blind tasting. Blind tastings add intrigue to the evening. Make the wine tasting a pot luck. Friends will be happy to provide an appetizer, entree, or dessert.

1. Select a theme.

Italian Wine Tasting
A theme will set the mood for conversation. The tasting could focus on sampling one particular varietal of wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, or whatever you decide. If you sample wines from a specific region or country such as Italy or France, the appetizers can also be from that region. Since everyone is always searching for a great everyday wine, you might consider tasting wines under a certain price. There are great wines to be found under $20, $15, or whatever amount you choose.

wine bargain
An interesting take on this idea is to buy both bargain wines and more expensive wines. Guests can be challenged to guess which wines are the bargain and which are the more expensive. If your guests are familiar with wine, you could provide different varieties of wine and have them guess which wine is which. Descriptions of each varietal could be provided to assist them.

2. Things You Will Need to Throw a Wine Tasting Party

Wine Tasting Steps
One bottle of wine will serve a 2 ounce taste for up to 12 people. Plan on tasting a total of five or six different wines during the event. It’s overwhelming to sample too many. Serve the wine in clear wine glasses with stems. People should be able to see the wine. Guests should hold the glasses by the stem so that they do not affect the temperature of the wine.

throw a wine tasting party
Provide pitchers of water and dump buckets. These can be used to rinse the glasses between wines and some guests may have leftover wine they want to dump. Plain crackers should be available so tasters can cleanse their palate between wines. Print off Wine Scoring Sheets and provide pens for each guests to evaluate the wines.

3. Feed Your Guests

Wine Party Food
It’s a good idea to feed your guests when they first arrive. You don’t want them drinking wine on an empty stomach. Avoid strong flavored foods that will interfere with the flavors of the wine. This means no spicy foods, strong-flavored cheeses, or salty dishes (although they can be served after the tasting of the wines is concluded).

4. Wine Tasting Details

Glasses of white, rose, and red wine.
White wines should be chilled two to three hours in the refrigerator before serving. Red wines can be served at room temperature, but you could put them in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator an hour before serving to open and let them decant.

Blind Wine TastingNumber wines in the order you want to taste them. White wines should be tasted before red wines. Light wines go before heavy wines and dry wines before sweet wines. However, don’t stress over this. Everyone will be having fun and won’t even notice if the order isn’t perfect.

Take time to discuss the wines. Ask each guests to share their thoughts. Serve dessert, beverages, or even additional wine for your friends to enjoy after the tasting is over. If your guests don’t all know each other you might want to plan some fun icebreakers to get the party started. Actually, these activities are great even if everyone does know each other.

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Your friends will be eager for you to throw a wine tasting party again!