With all the hustle and bustle of the week – from morning meetings to camp carpools – the weekends make way for rest and relaxation amid warm temperatures, cozy patios and, most delicious of all – outdoor cuisine! Weekends are the perfect time to take a break and gather family and friends in the yard for fun conversation, cool drinks and light, summer appetizers. The versatility of mushrooms makes them easy to blend in your outdoor menu no matter what your bite-size fix may be.
Stuff meaty, baby portabellas with your favorite creamy summer dip for a pop-able treat – or revamp a classic bruschetta recipe by topping it with a savory sautéed mushroom medley to add some crunch to the evening. No matter the approach, mushrooms make for great guests at any summer gathering – Here are a few quick and easy recipes sure to be a weekend hit:
Spinach and Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms – combine two classic holiday appetizers into one delicious bite with these stuffed portabellas.
Mushroom Pine Nut Pinwheels – Always a hit with a crowd, they are a cinch to make in advance – these Pinwheels hit all the right notes for amazing summer appetizers.
Mushroom Bruschetta – Spicy sautéed mushrooms and melted cheese bruschetta can transform casual dining fare to backyard summer must-haves.
Crimini and Pork Meatballs – Everyone loves a meatball, but give them a healthy twist with this juicy mushroom, ground meat blend.
Mushroom Stuffed Pears with Gorgonzola – Turn stuffed mushrooms inside out, and stuff pears with a savory blend of mushrooms spiked with creamy gorgonzola.
Shaved Vegetable Pizza – Enjoy mushrooms, red onions and zucchini sliced thin and roasted on flatbread beneath a layer of three melted cheeses!
Which bite-size recipes will you be whipping up for your summer party?