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Happy weekend, and welcome to Friday Finds! Today it's all about holiday hostess gifts. It about the time when you may have several seasonal parties and functions to attend, and you should never show up empty-handed. The best hostess gift should be something just for the hostess that he or she can use at a later time, either for entertaining or just for themselves. Just because you may have been assigned a side dish or drinks, you should still being along a special hostess gift.

A hostess gift doesn't need to cost a lot. They can range anywhere from $10-$25, and really should be on average $20. There are so many appropriate options in this price range - anything from a set of tea towels to a cookbook, or something gourmet, or even a little bath and body gift. If you need a hostess gift for a party or dinner this holiday season, you can't go wrong with one of the picks below.


This first one is my favorite, because it's a versatile multi-use item, and it's so chic. …

Easy Appetizer: Bacon & Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms


Stuffed mushrooms have been a regular appetizer at my dinner parties for years. It's one of those dishes I always without fail get rave reviews on. I've always used a simple recipe including bread crumbs, Parmesan, and diced artichokes. Last year for the first time I switched up my stuffed mushroom recipe, and I came up with a new favorite, Bacon & Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms. These stuffed mushrooms are a quick and easy appetizer for your holiday dinner, and you can prep them ahead of time and assemble and bake right before serving.

INGEDIENTS
  • 20 button mushrooms
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 8 oz blue cheese (Use grated blue marble jack cheese for an extra spicy kick.)
  • 1 C finely grated parmesan
  • 1 C fine bread crumbs
  • 1 stick melted butter

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Prep the mushrooms: wipe clean with a damp paper towel (do not rinse or soak with water, because they'll absorb excess water - not a good thing for cooking with mushrooms), pull out stems and use a metal teaspoon to scoop out the dark brown part under the cap. Lightly coat a shallow baking or casserole dish with nonstick cooking oil. Arrange caps in the baking dish with the underside of the caps facing upward. Set aside. *You can do this part the night before if you want. Simply cover the baking dish and refrigerate.

2. Fry the bacon, crumble or chop it and put it into a large glass bowl.

3. Add remaining ingredients into bowl with the chopped bacon and mix well with a large spoon. *You could also use this as a stopping point the day before. Cover and refrigerate the filled mushrooms until you're ready to bake them.

4. Bake at 450 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. Enjoy!



Comments

  1. Looks scrumptious!

    I haven't ever tried blue cheese, but I like everything else in the mix!

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    1. It's a strong-flavored cheese. I think people mostly either love it or hate it. I absolutely love it!!

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  2. Blue cheese is almost the best cheese in the whole wide world William Kendall! Try it but try not to eat your fingers while at it. Hahhaha
    I'm certainly preparing this recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Lol. I agree, it is almost the best cheese!!! I hope you do try these mushrooms. It's one of my favorite out of all of my recipes.

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  3. You're way too good at this, Krisztina! I don't even like mushrooms and this looks good to me!

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  4. Omg, these look sooooo delicious. I'll have to give the recipe a try.

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