This recipe was originally inspired by a recipe contest called the BC Fresh Warba-licious New Nugget Potato Recipe Challenge. Happily I won runner up for my Stuffed Mushroom Stuffed Potato recipe. I have since made the recipe a few times using whatever smaller market potatoes I can find, and it’s equally delicious.
With the recent State of Emergency here in Calgary due to flooding, I find peace of mind when I am able to cook and keep my mind off of the devastating events around us. Playing with and creating new Mushroom & Potato Recipes helped me to do just that.
I love potatoes. Growing up in a small town in Northern British Columbia, Canada, had its perks. My parents grew an overwhelming garden and surrounded us with berry bushes and fruit trees which eventually made their way into our bellies (and some home made wine but that’s another story). Part of the annual crop included potatoes. Not specifically nugget potatoes, but potatoes none-the-less, and it was then my love affair with the potato began.
Never one to shy away from a challenge I discovered BC Fresh and The Food Bloggers Of Canada were having a Warba-licious New Nugget Potato Recipe Challenge. Holy hot potato, this former BC Girl was excited and ready to jump in feet first and get my Warba on.
I told the family my intentions and almost immediately everyone jumped on the “think of a new potato recipe” bandwagon. I love my family for their support and desire to help. The 5 year old shouted “French Fries”, the 7 year old pulled out a cookbook for inspiration and the husband said one word “bacon” and then another “potatoes”. I think he meant “Bacon Potatoes” but it had already been done. And then my spider sense started tingling. Why couldn’t we put a stuffed mushroom inside a cooked stuffed potato. Had it been done before? I wasn’t sure and I wasn’t going to google to find out. This was my idea and I was going to run with it. I immediately pulled out our Blue Cheese Pecan Stuffed Mushrooms recipe and started making a shopping list.
When shopping for potatoes make sure you find small ones that match up with the mushrooms you are buying. IE the mushroom cap should be able to fit inside half the potato. The first time I made this appetizer I had to visually inspect each potato to find it’s mushroom mate and ensure a proper fit. It is here our story of the stuffed mushroom joining forces with the stuffed potato, begins.
- 6 small potato nuggets (not baby potatoes)
- 12 white BC mushrooms (small)
- 8oz cream cheese, softened
- 4 tbsp blue cheese, crumbled
- 3 tbsp pecans, toasted and chopped small
- 1 tbsp green onion, finely chopped
- ½ tsp basil, dried
- salt and pepper to taste
- sprinkle of fresh parsley, chopped
- Place potatoes in a steamer and steam 40-45 minutes or until soft. Set aside and let cool. Once cooled slice in half and carefully scoop out the insides of the potato leaving the outsides walls sturdy and intact. Set aside potato pulp.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Remove stems from mushrooms and reserve for another use. Set aside caps.
- In a bowl beat together cream cheese, blue cheese, pecans, green onion, basil, a pinch of salt and pepper and 2 tbsp potato pulp, until blended.
- Stuff mushroom caps with cheese mixture, mounding slightly. Fit stuffed mushrooms carefully inside cooled potato halves. I even placed a small dab of the cream cheese filling on the inside bottom of the potato half to help the mushroom stick and stay in place. Place stuffed potatoes on a parchment lined baking pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until cheese bubbles & browns a little. Sprinkle with parsley and even some cooked crumbled bacon. Serve immediately.
- Do not freeze.