Stuffed Mushrooms; Football anyone?

Rumor has it that there’s a Big Game this weekend.

To be honest, I had to Google ‘Super Bowl’ to be sure.

It doesn’t have much of a following here.

It is broadcast here, live on some channels, but it starts after midnight, on a Sunday night.  You can see why parties aren’t really big.

We don’t watch it.

We used to, but when one is not in the environment one tends to lose interest. We have no one to discuss it with or rehash the plays with or cheer with or commiserate with.

European football, rugby, cricket, tennis, bicycle racing… all are followed religiously.  Basketball is starting to gain ground, but American football is, by Euro standards, much too slow and baseball…. Well, I haven’t a clue if anyone I know here has actually seen a baseball game.

The other thing we don’t do anymore is go to parties where there are chips, dips, spreads or other typical party food.

Frankly, I have no idea if that type of party exists here…. I mean, we don’t even have microwave popcorn!  I’ll ask my French friends at our next conversation evening.

Anyway, our socializing falls into one of two types:

  • Dinner: four or five courses which would be preceded by a drink.  With the drink might be a small bowl of potato chips (crisps) or nuts or olives but nothing more than that.
  • Drinks party (Aperos): a gathering lasting 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours where one has, you guessed it, drinks.  Normally a wide range of food is served throughout the party, but it’s passed around, by the hosts, on trays.  There is not a table where it’s all spread out for people to help themselves.  There are no dips. There is nothing that would be messy to pick up or require more than one (possibly two) bites.

So, I don’t really have a lot to offer for Super Bowl goodies…..

But here are a few things you might consider:

Chickpea Patties

Chickpea Patties
Beef and Filo Cigars

Filo Cigars
Samosa with Peanut Sauce

Artichoke and Olive Mini-Frittatas

Artichokef Frittata

We used to stuff mushroom caps with cream cheese and bacon.  They were a perfect, hot finger food.

Now I stuff them with a variety of things and serve them on a plate, with a sauce, to be eaten with a fork.

I would suggest, if you make these for a party, to forget the vinaigrette.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Mushrooms, Stuffed with Bacon and Tomato

6 large button or cremini mushrooms, 1 1/2 – 2″ (3.75 – 5cm) in diameter
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs soy sauce
2 shallots or a small onion
2 slices bacon
2 ripe tomatoes
1/4 cup shredded cheese (1oz, 30gr)
Balsamic Vinaigrette

Clean mushrooms, removing stems. Finely chop the shallots. Chop bacon. Cut 3 thick slices out of each tomato. Set aside 4 slices and chop the other 2 slices. 
Heat oil and soy sauce in nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushroom caps and sauté until light brown, 3 minutes, turning once. Remove and place on a baking sheet – with a lip so they don’t slide off. Add shallots, bacon and sauté until the shallots are tender and the bacon crisp. Remove shallots, bacon with a fork or slotted spoon and put in a small bowl. Add the chopped tomato and stir to combine. Spoon mixture into the mushroom caps, dividing evenly. Sprinkle, carefully, with cheese and bake in 400F (200C) oven for 10 – 12 minutes, until they are light brown.
To Serve: Place two tomato slices on the side of each plate. Spoon half of the vinaigrette on to the other side and place 3 mushroom caps on top. 

Balsamic Vinaigrette
1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
2 tbs Balsamic vinegar
3 tbs olive oil 

Combine mustard and vinegar in a small bowl. Slowly add oil, whisking constantly, until thick.



10 thoughts on “Stuffed Mushrooms; Football anyone?”

  1. Here in California, it’s all about guacamole and chips. I sometimes watch but, believe it or not, many people watch, not for the football but to see the ads! I gather new ads, which are considered more clever than the usual, are previewed at the Super Bowl. I just shake my head – I can’t imagine actually trying to see ads.

  2. I think the snacks you posted would be fantastic anytime! I got hungry just looking at the photos. Do you fly out for catering business?
    Now about that Super Bow: unless a fanatic, it’s just best to avoid the whole thing, and here in my part of the US Southwest, it’s also best not to be on the roads due the high percentage of imbibing drivers. The game takes three days because of all the commercials and the glacial pace of an American gridiron game.
    I watch the German BundesLiga early on Saturday morning here. It’s how I justify a Frühschoppe, an ‘early glass,’ to ma femme. I wish the Germans played football every day, ahem.
    I also heard that the US military’s 101st Division (of D-Day fame) is getting Monday off so the GIs can watch the game and, ermm, recover, I guess. I expect their ‘early glasses’ will be Bloody Marys and Pepto-Bismol.

  3. Hmm maybe I’d be better off living in France then because I have no intention on watching the game. but I could definitely use some of this good food!

  4. Hi we get the game at lunchtime onwards here in New Zealand. It happened to fall on our National Day, so we watched it. We have an American friend staying. Our feed on ESPN came from Australia so we didn’t get the ads. Just umpteen promos. Boring.
    Your stuffed mushrooms look really tasty Katie

  5. Tanna, YAY! a party – let’s invite some hot Babes
    Zoomie, one of my cousin’s kids always watched the ads and ignored the cartoons…. I’d just as soon ignore the whole thing (and did) But the guacamole sounds good….
    Claudia, it’s a deal! Conversation is better than football!
    Dan, well – you could watch the Italian league and the French and UK and Spanish….. There should be a game most days during the season – which is almost all year. Nice that you’re so in to the spirit of it all.
    Peggy, or any day – or every day…. Thanks 😉
    Gilli, it used to be at lunchtime in the US – and we used to watch it then… But if you don’t even get the fun ads…..

  6. Wow – they all look great… but those frittatas and mushrooms! Sign me up. I don’t watch Super Bowls either but I can always keep track of them by listening for all the screaming heteros from the other balconies.

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