I’m a sucker for appetizers. How can you not like appetizers? They’re an entire entree packed into a bite-size morsel. So, you can have, like, a dozen meals at a single party. And no one will think you’re crazy. Mini crab cakes. Bacon-wrapped scallops. Blue cheese stuffed olives. The world is your oyster, one bite at a time.
I’ve been on the hunt for a really standout recipe for stuffed mushrooms. I looked high. I looked low. Nothing tickled my fancy. And then I remembered the beef ball. My delicious old friend, the beef ball. With a few minor changesincluding additional cheese, officially kicking the ingredient balance in favor of cheeseI thought my search might have finally come to an end. And, oh boy, did it ever. These are, well, fancy-ticklin’. (Not to be confused with fanny ticklin’, which would be a whole different kind of party you might serve these at.)
Cheese Ball Stuffed Mushrooms
|8||oz||package cream cheese, softened|
|2 1/2||oz||dried beef, rinsed, patted dry and finely chopped|
|2||green onions, chopped (or substitute a sweet onion)|
|1/4||cup||Asiago cheese, grated|
|1||tablespoon||Crimini or white button mushrooms, well-cleaned with stems removed|
1. In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, dried beef, green onions, onion powder, garlic powder, asiago cheese, mayo and Worcestershire sauce. Cover and refrigerate until chilled (overnight, if possible, but at least a couple of hours. It gives the flavors a chance to mix and mingle. Hubba hubba.)
OPTIONAL REQUIRED: Give the mushrooms a butter bath. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the mushrooms, and stir and flip and swirl until well coated. Sprinkle lightly with salt, if desired. Mmm, salty goodness. Cook for a minute or two, and remove to a plate to cool for a bit.
3. Preheat the oven to 350°. To stuff the mushrooms, gently warm the filling in the microwave in 20 second bursts, stirring in between, until the mixture is very pliable (you may not need to do this, but if you can’t easily get a spoon into the mixture, odds are, you’re gonna crack a mushroom). Spoon a mound of filling on the cavity side of each mushroom, pressing down lightly to get all the tasty yumminess in the nooks and crannies.
4. Arrange stuffed mushrooms on a rimmed baking sheet and slide into the oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove and cool. Keep your hands to yourself. It’s not safe yet.
5. REQUIRED: When cool (or at least, cooled to warmishness), pop one in your mouth. You deserve it.