A quick after work get together

After a long work day, a friend calls and says they're in the neighborhood, and would it be ok if they stopped by on their way home?  All I want is to unwind with laughter over a beer, so I say was, "Heck yes!"  Then the realization sets in that I don't have any snacks to offer.  I mentally catalog my refrigerator and I have a wheel of brie cheese, I think I have crackers, and some baby bella mushrooms(you know...the brown ones).  I can make something work. 

I get home, kick my shoes off, and head to the kitchen.  I may as well have a beer, while I get some things together...hee hee.  

The good news is, I have a fig tree and I was able to get some before the chickens got to them!  Also, I have local honey from a friend bee keeper.  Bam!  Now that's the way you throw together a yummy snack...and QUICK too!  

If you want more ideas on ways to mix up mushrooms into some easy small bites to wow your friends, with beer suggestions, too!  Visit, www.info.montereymushrooms.com/get-your-mushrooms-pairing-guide.

Mix up the typcial Turkey-Day with Mushroom Pizza Bites!

This is one of my "go to" appetizer recipes and is a great way to mix up the Thanksgiving spread.  Not only is it easy, but it's also on the healthier side of the spectrum...Win win!  Really want to knock your guests socks off?  Pair it with your favorite Pale Ale or IPA.  I'm on a Lagunitas kick myself...A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' to be exact...Mmmmm....

What You'll Need

  • 8oz Medium to Large whole mushrooms - you can use white or brown, whichever you have access to
  • Sauce of choice - Marinara, pesto, or even Alfredo works
  • Grated mozzarella cheese
  • Toppings of choice - mini pepperoni (shown here), black olives, even ham and pineapple works!

How You'll Make Them 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  1. Take the stems off the mushrooms.  I just snap them right off.  If needed, rinse mushrooms, but these were Clean and Ready, so there was no need.
  2. With a butter knife or spoon, put a small amount of sauce in the underside of the mushroom cap.  It was about half a teaspoon.
  3. Sprinkle a pinch of grated mozzarella cheese over the sauce and place a few toppings on each mushroom.
  4. Place on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted
  6. Serve warm and with your favorite Pale Ale or IPA

Get more ways to "WOW" your guests with the entire Mushroom Pairing Guide.   Click HERE to download.

Thank you to Monterey Mushrooms for the yummy Baby Bella Mushrooms pictured here!