Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Marla Meridith

December 6, 2010

Fresh green thyme for Share Our Strength Food Blogger campaign

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Could something as simple as stuffed mushrooms make a difference? I think it can & here is why. Before Thanksgiving I was asked to participate & create awareness for Share Our Strength. We are having a virtual dinner party & we invite each of you to attend & join in if you wish.

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This progressive dinner party was developed to increase awareness & alleviate childhood hunger in the USA. The goal this holiday season is to raise funds to feed these kids. Spreading the message as a community can bring the best results –  so no child goes hungry.

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Why stuffed mushrooms? Bloggers were assigned a date and we got to choose our course. I went with a family friendly appetizer. I believe these little mushrooms offered a lot of promise. They are simple, quick, easy & inexpensive to prepare. Even though a bit messy, little fingers can pick them up with ease. Most kids and adults love cheese & bacon.

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These appetizers are filled with mushroom stems, fresh herbs your favorite cheese and little bits of smoky bacon. The bacon & cheese puts smiles on everyones faces over here. On a crisp cool day the smell of these baking is very comforting. Makes me feel warm & grateful for our blessings.

We LOVE winter!

I wish I could share my cooking with all of the folks who cannot afford to feed themselves. In the mean time I can help create awareness.

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This is the second event I have participated in for this wonderful charity. Last year I brought Gluten Free Maple Peanut Butter Cookies to the National Food Bloggers Bake Sale. You can follow updates and become involved in that event too. They hold bake sales in many locations around the US. You can also start your own.

Share Our Table Food Blogger Charity Event

Here is the link if you would like to donate to theNo Kid Hungry Share Our Strength campaign. Every donation counts, no matter how big or small.

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What is your favorite holiday appetizer? Do you have a charity that you support this time of year? It is not too late for you to join the Virtual Holiday Table. Share your recipes & help raise funds to feed hungry children.

*If you have a moment please check out the interview I just did over at Dishin’ In the Kitchen



  • To make these for the Jewish holidays (Hanukkah) – simply omit the pork bacon and use turkey or vegetarian options.
  • Instead of Thyme, fresh Rosemary would be an excellent choice.
  • Cheese choices: Gorgonzola, Blue Cheese, Romano, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Gruyére, etc. The list can go on & on!

Stuffed Mushroom Recipe Links

Food Blogger Virtual Dinner Party Links

Check out these bloggers who are also participating in Share Our Strength’s Virtual Progressive Dinner Party.







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  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Posted at 05:55h, 06 December

    What a wonderful charity!

    These mushrooms look delicious! My favorite holiday appetizer is spanikopita 🙂

  • Heather
    Posted at 06:08h, 06 December

    Beautiful pics, delicious appetizer and an awesome cause!! You are the best!

    We usually serve brie en croute for an appetizer on Christmas eve. It’s a tradition. 🙂

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  • Joanne
    Posted at 06:41h, 06 December

    It’s definitely important to remember the ways in which bloggers can raise awareness about important topics, hunger of course being one of them. Stuffed mushrooms are always a favorite at my family functions. Love this stuffing!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    Posted at 06:42h, 06 December

    If it has bacon, you know I’m in!

  • Rosa
    Posted at 06:44h, 06 December

    Lovely shots! That mushroom dish is fantastic and must be succulent.



  • Maria
    Posted at 06:49h, 06 December

    Fantastic appetizer for a fantastic event:)

  • Wenderly
    Posted at 06:56h, 06 December

    Absolutely gorgeous! The red ribbon heart is both brilliant & beautiful!! Lovely post! Just lovely!

  • Jenny Flake
    Posted at 06:57h, 06 December

    LOVING this girl! Such a great appetizer for any occasion! Really beautiful 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    Posted at 07:06h, 06 December

    bacon, cheese, and mushrooms are my favorite food groups.

    those are food groups, right? 🙂

  • cat
    Posted at 07:17h, 06 December

    these look great, I love stuffed mushrooms. Adding bacon and cheese is just genius

  • Faith
    Posted at 08:02h, 06 December

    Stuffed mushrooms are always a favorite around my family’s holiday table too…yours look fantastic, Marla! Thanks for helping to raise awareness for such an important cause.

  • Cathy/ShowFoodChef
    Posted at 09:12h, 06 December

    Marla, I think I can feel the cozy just by looking at your beautiful pics. Great recipe, and a cause I support also. Lovely post!

  • Daydreamer Desserts
    Posted at 09:35h, 06 December

    Great work for Share Our Strength Marla… stuffed mushrooms happen to be one of my favorite appetizers especially those containing bacon! 😉

  • Shirley @ gfe
    Posted at 11:54h, 06 December

    What an amazing post with all the gorgeous photos, reflections, and recipe! I know my husband will fall in love with me all over again when I make these stuffed mushrooms! No, I’m not kidding. The man loves some stuffed mushrooms. And, these are phenomenal!

    I’m happy to be part of this event with you. I truly hope we make a huge difference via our fundraising efforts!


    • Marla
      Posted at 12:49h, 06 December

      Shirley: Yes, this is such a great way to promote a wonderful cause. Glad we are both a part of it. Cute that your hubs will fall in love all over again with these mushrooms. Nice to have a simple & satisfying way to make people love us.

      Georgia: After preparing this recipe stuffed mushrooms have become one of my favorite little bites to eat too.

      Josie: I know, anything containing bacon is a hit over here 🙂

      Cathy: Glad I can make you feel the cozy thoughts.

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    Posted at 12:08h, 06 December

    This is such a wonderful recipe to compliment a wonderful foundation. Stuffed mushrooms are my absolute favorite little “bite” to eat, and these look marvelous. Saving this recipe to try for my next dinner party! Thanks, Marla!

  • A Canadian Foodie
    Posted at 13:12h, 06 December

    Where have I been – thank you for the detailed information. I AM IN! This is what I do. What a beautiful (as always) post, Marla. Your opening photo and the other with they thyme and the ribbon had me wanting… the mushrooms look so tasty and your photos are so artful. Did I tell you I am headed to photography bootcamp in Feb. I cannot wait to get my money’s worth out of my DLS… like you do. Your children are so gorgeous, and that is what it is all about. YES! Feed the Children. I am now going to look up the links.
    Big hug,

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl
    Posted at 13:27h, 06 December

    I wish, wish, wish that my little one would eat mushrooms. He’d like everything inside of these but the mushrooms he’d shove aside. I keep trying…

    I’d eat all of them though. Delicious choice, Marla!

  • Cookin' Canuck
    Posted at 13:30h, 06 December

    I love that first shot, Marla! These mushrooms have all of my favorite ingredients in one place – mushrooms, cheese (Brie!) and smoked paprika. Perfect!

  • Cookin' Canuck
    Posted at 13:30h, 06 December

    Oh yeah – and bacon! How could I forget?

  • Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect
    Posted at 13:50h, 06 December

    Your photos are gorgeous!!! And I just know my husband would love these mushrooms. He likes mushrooms a lot more than I do, and when you add cheese and bacon (two of his favorites)? Perfection. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. It’s great to work with you for Share our Strength!

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  • louise
    Posted at 15:32h, 06 December

    this is a great organization “Cooking Matters”- I will be partnering with them in 2011 to teach cooking classes to inner city families, I’m really looking forward to it.
    C’est Si Bon,

    • Marla
      Posted at 16:17h, 06 December

      Louise: You are awesome! “Cooking Matters” sounds like an excellent event & you will be the perfect teacher. You have so much culinary wisdom & talents. Those people will benefit greatly from your knowledge.

      Dara: I know you and I have a thing for brie. We both use it often!

    Posted at 16:21h, 06 December

    my favorite appetizer? this. absolutely these mushrooms – stuffed w/bacon and cheddar – seriously! and your kids are just the cutest things evah!!

    Posted at 16:26h, 06 December

    and disregard those two obnoxious !! after Smith Bites – have NO idea where those came from . . . UGH . . . i must be tired tonight . . .

  • Christine @ Fresh Local and Best
    Posted at 17:08h, 06 December

    This is a worthy cause to share, especially at this time of year when people are reminded that we all have to participate to give.

    Those mushrooms look terrific! A bite sized appetizer.

  • Alicia
    Posted at 17:13h, 06 December

    This is such a wonderful event idea.
    The mushrooms look amazing. I know my boyfriend would love these!

  • Jeanette
    Posted at 19:06h, 06 December

    What a beautiful post and gorgeous photos in support of such a needed and wonderful cause. It’s so apparent through your photos that you whole heartedly support Share Our Strength. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    Posted at 19:16h, 06 December

    Mushrooms with bacon and cheese? Who could resist? And thanks for raising awareness of this very worthwhile cause. With all of the excesses in our country, no one should have to go hungry.

  • Diane-thewholegang
    Posted at 19:22h, 06 December

    Wow I’m drooling! You had me at bacon. This is a great event and I’m excited to be participating with you. I hope we can inspire people to donate.

  • Carol Peterman/TableFare
    Posted at 20:22h, 06 December

    That is a beautiful start to the Share our Holiday Table dinner! I’m looking forward to posting a dessert next week.

  • the urban baker
    Posted at 20:33h, 06 December

    marla, these are some of your best photogs! love this post. i am on tap for next week…be on the lookout! xxx

  • Anna Johnston
    Posted at 20:39h, 06 December

    Oh Wow.., these mushroom shots look fabulous. Just what I feel like.., getting hungry reading these, might take a trip to the store and pick up some mushrooms and make these for dinner tonight.

  • Brooke@foodwoolf
    Posted at 00:01h, 07 December

    Marla, this looks sooooo good. What I would do for one of those mushroom caps!
    A great dish for an even greater cause.xoxoxox

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  • Katrina
    Posted at 04:04h, 07 December

    These look beyond good. Guests would swoon over these!

  • My Man's Belly
    Posted at 08:42h, 07 December

    These are the best looking stuffed mushrooms I think I’ve ever seen. And they sound delicious.

  • Kristen
    Posted at 10:08h, 07 December

    Such a beautiful appetizer for a beautiful cause.

  • fooddreamer
    Posted at 12:26h, 07 December

    A worthy cause and a lovely looking appetizer! Caught my eye because I am right beside you on Foodgawker…in good company again!

  • Gluten Free Diva
    Posted at 13:11h, 07 December

    Stuffed Mushrooms – this recipe sounds (and looks) wonderful as an appetizer. AND I bet you could serve this as a main course by filling the large portabello mushroom caps with the filling. Either way, little or big, it looks sensational. Love the pictures – especially the B&W ones (with the added coloration) of your kids. Beautiful post! I’m so honored to be contributing my salad recipe on Dec. 8th. This is an amazing way to bring attention to a topic that so desperately needs our attention.

    • Marla
      Posted at 14:27h, 07 December

      Ellen: I completely agree with you – in larger portabello mushrooms these would make a great meal with a side salad or steamed veggies. The fact that there are no breadcrumbs in these makes them a good for gluten free meal plans.
      Thanks for your sweet words. That is one of my fav photo of my kiddos.

      Fooddreamer: Glad to see you gracing the pages of Foodgawker these days. Always fun to see you over there.

  • Martine
    Posted at 13:55h, 07 December

    I love stuffed button mushrooms! they’re too cute. this recipe is my default one but i can’t wait to try yours

  • Mags@OtherSideof50
    Posted at 14:41h, 07 December

    Great mushroom recipe (how can you go wrong with bacon, right?)

    Loved being on Foodgawker with you today too!

  • Ellie (Almost Bourdain)
    Posted at 21:14h, 07 December

    What a great mushroom recipe and great charity. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mariko
    Posted at 23:27h, 07 December

    I’ve been seeing SOS all over lately and I must have been totally out of it last year because I think it’s been around for a while!
    Great that you’re participating in this. I’ll check out the other peeps too.

    I {heart} stuffed mushrooms. Especially these ones. I could eat them for dessert.

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  • grace
    Posted at 04:55h, 08 December

    stuffed shrooms are such a quality appetizer. very nice, marla.

  • Heather @ Multiply Delicious
    Posted at 07:32h, 08 December

    Such a wonderful charity Marla! And these mushrooms look absolutely amazing. Your photos are breath taking too. Beautiful!!

  • Shaina
    Posted at 09:11h, 08 December

    These sound fantastic, Marla! Love the bowl of mushrooms. 😉

  • lisaiscooking
    Posted at 13:29h, 08 December

    This is such a great cause, it’s nice to see attention brought to it! Great-looking appetizer too!

  • BIg Boys Oven
    Posted at 14:44h, 08 December

    wow this is truly awesome, those mushroom looked fabulous!

  • Damaris @Kitchen Corners
    Posted at 19:22h, 08 December

    the mushrooms look amazing, your kids look happy, and you’re doing this for a good cause. you’re my hero!

  • theUngourmet
    Posted at 22:46h, 08 December

    There aren’t too many things on earth that beat a bacon stuffed mushroom! Yum! Share Our Strength is such a terrific charity!

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    Posted at 03:54h, 09 December

    The mushrooms look spectacular, but the cause makes them even more beautiful. *kisses* HH

  • Cherine
    Posted at 05:13h, 09 December

    What a fantastic mushroom dish!!

  • Barbara Bakes
    Posted at 06:16h, 09 December

    The mushrooms look delicious. I recognize the little baking dish we got at BlogHer. I need to pull mine out and use it. I helped Maria with the Bake Sale last year. Cute kids!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    Posted at 07:35h, 09 December

    These look beyond amazing! I have bookmarked this one! You go girl!

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    Amazing charity, mushrooms and photos!!!! 🙂 You rock!

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    OMG – those look SO good! Thanks for joining our awesome virtual progressive dinner party sistah! xoxoxoxoxo

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    Great charity! Love this appetizer!

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    This sounds like it would be my boys fav,

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    thanks Marla another wonderful recipe you have shared with us.

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    I adored each and every individual part of this post.

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