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Mushroom Snack Mania: 5 Creative Vegan Stuffed Mushroom Ideas

stuffed mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms prepared by hollowing out button mushrooms and filling them with a preparation containing onions tossed with breadcrumbs, cheeses and chicken are a classic offering at any cocktail night. The small bites are rather delightfully flavoured wonders which introduce earthy, spicy, sweet and salty notes onto your palate. 

Moreover, the versatile character of the funghi is such that they pair well with a host of different cocktails like vibrantly flavoured mojitos or margaritas. Over time, these flavour offerings have made stuffed mushrooms sought after appetisers during cocktail hour.

And this is an excellent starter for those among us who have certain specific dietary requirements too. Stuffed mushrooms are more often than not vegetarian delights. Sometimes they are prepared with a meat and chicken stuffing but traditionally, they are veggie delights containing nothing but shallots and herbs. 

These vegetarian dishes can just as easily be converted into vegan recipes for those who avoid dairy products along with meat. Vegan stuffed mushrooms are just as tasty and packed with flavour and can be savoured as a classic starter by those who have adopted this pattern of consuming foods.

Read on below to know more about some of the ways in which you can get creative with the preparation of vegan stuffed mushrooms at the next cocktail party you host:

quinoa stuffing

Quinoa And Veggie Stuffing

While preparing vegan alternatives you ought to steer clear of dairy and dairy products so one way to introduce a creamy and fulfilling layer into your stuffed mushrooms is to prepare a mixed veggie stuffing with the addition of cooked quinoa. Finely dice vegetables like carrots, zucchini, bell peppers and onions and toss them in a pan with a seasoning of garlic, salt and pepper and some herbs like rosemary to bring in aromatic flavour notes into the recipe. Quinoa will introduce a binding element that combines the refreshing notes in the veggie mix.

mushroom with assorted veggies

Roasted Veggies And Walnuts

Mix roasted veggies with finely chopped walnuts to create a nutty stuffing for your vegan mushroom appetisers. Walnuts will add a welcoming crunch into the dish that will nicely complement the earthy taste and soft texture of the mushrooms. Coupled with tossed veggies like carrots, spinach and onions, with this filling, your stuffed mushrooms will be infused with a whole lot of refreshing and mouth watering savoury flavours.mushroom with onions and greens

Spinach And Artichoke Filling

Another delicious vegan stuffing is blanched spinach and finely chopped artichokes that are sauteed together and lightly flavoured with salt and pepper. Mushrooms have an earthy, almost nutty and umami taste of their own so all you have to do is add in the bitter notes of spinach and the savoury taste of artichokes to bring this stuffed dish together. If you want to infuse a slightly creamier touch to the dish, lather vegan cream cheese on the mushrooms before popping them into the oven.

preparing mushrooms

Vegan Cream Cheese And Panko Crumbs

To make a mushroom dish that is quite indulgent but keeps to your dietary requirements, prepare stuffed mushrooms using vegan cream cheese and panko breadcrumbs that are prepared by cutting the crusts off of white bread. You can prepare the stuffing for the mushrooms following the usual recipe and season it with aromatic herbs like thyme and oregano for vibrant flavours. Next, stuff this into hollowed mushrooms and top it off with a mixture of cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake this plate full of mushrooms until the top layer turns golden brown to enjoy an indulgent small bite with your drinks.

mushrooms with greens

Assorted Mushrooms And Parsley

Mushrooms are a very versatile ingredient despite their earthy notes so they can be brought together with a lot of different fresh and rejuvenating herbs to introduce vibrant and bold flavours into a classic dish like stuffed mushrooms. When you are next preparing a stuffed mushroom platter, try using mushroom variants like oyster mushrooms or shiitake to prepare your stuffing. You can mix these with an aromatic and refreshing herb like parsley to create a bright and complex offering. Coat this vegan dish with breadcrumbs for a crispy texture.

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