Pancetta & Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms

The perfect finger food  to keep the hungry at bay until the big meal! These mushrooms are small savory bites that are full of flavor.

 Ingredients

  • 30 medium-sized baby bella mushrooms
  • 12 slices of pancetta (diced and then cooked to crispy)
  • 10 sprigs of parsley (chopped finely)
  • 2 sprigs of dill (chopped finely)
  • 3/4 cup of Panko breadcrumbs 
  • Zest from 2 whole lemons
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup of parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 3 shallots (finely diced)

            Cooking Instructions

  •  Dice and cook the pancetta until crispy (this is best done in a pan in the oven). Then set aside to cool.
  • Grate parmesan cheese and set aside.
  • Remove stems from the mushrooms, and place stems in a separate bowl.
  • Chop the stems into small pieces and place into a large saute pan on low heat to sweat. 
  • Move the mushrooms to one side of the pan and place the shallots on the other side. Wait until the shallots have browned then mix everything in the pan together.
  • Next, turn the heat to medium-high and add the butter with salt & pepper. Once the mixture is evenly cooked, cut the heat off the pan.
  • Zest 2 lemons over the concoction and squeeze some of the juice onto it as well.
  • Add the parsley and dill. Then, add the parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Only add enough breadcrumbs to make the mixture slightly stiff. 
  • Finally, stir the diced pancetta into the pan and make sure everything is thoroughly mixed together. 
  • Place the mushrooms on a pan with wax paper and space them out evenly. Season the mushrooms with a little bit of balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and olive oil.
  • Once the filling has completely cooled, stuff the mushrooms-make sure to pack the mix tightly into each mushroom cap.
  • If you choose, you can place thin slices of white cheddar (or any other meltable cheese) on top of the mushrooms before cooking. 
  • When you are ready, place the mushrooms into the oven and cook for 12-15 minutes on 375 degrees. 

*these small bites can be prepped the night before the big day and then cooked right before consumption*

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