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February 4th is National Stuffed Mushroom Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then break out some fungi because it's National Stuffed Mushroom Day!  An appetizer that's sure to satisfy your appetite.  Let's get right into celebrating National Stuffed Mushroom Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

So why is this a holiday? Well, if you've been following along I'm sure you can guess... It's because people love eating stuffed mushrooms! There's no real reason for the day chosen other than that.  So what is it about mushrooms that makes people want to eat them, let alone stuff them? Well, surprisingly enough they're packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein! So that's a pretty good start. And there are a wide variety of types of mushrooms to choose from, which gives you a good selection of different flavors. Plus mushrooms grow quickly so it's a readily available food source.  But you do have to be careful if you're trying to pick your own from the wild. There are a lot of poisonous mushrooms out there, some of which look exactly like the edible varieties. So if I were you, unless you really know what you're doing, I'd stick to getting mushrooms from the store.
 
To make a stuffed mushroom is pretty simple. You just get a bunch of large mushrooms, carefully break off the stems, chop up the stems, add it to a variety of ingredients and then spoon it back into the hole in the cap. Then you bake them and enjoy!  The "stuffing" mix is made in a variety of different ways. There is usually a bunch of seasonings, maybe some garlic, a type of cheese and sometimes even breadcrumbs. And the white, round mushrooms work the best for this recipe because they act like little bowls for your stuffing mix.  I personally didn't think I'd like these but they're actually pretty tasty!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how can you celebrate today?  Well, you can simply go to a restaurant and order some stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer. It's a very common appetizer but most restaurants will make them their own way. You could even go from restaurant to restaurant trying the different stuffed mushrooms out to see who really makes them the best.  That way the next time you want them you know exactly which place to go to for them.
 
Or you could buy some ready-made stuffed mushrooms and bake them at home yourself. That way you don't have to wait for a table and it might end up costing you a little less.  You also can relax in your own home while these babies bake.  Or you can find a recipe online and make them yourself from scratch. It's honestly a really simple snack to make and it doesn't take long to bake them either. Invite some friends over to watch the game and serve these to them; I'm sure they'd be impressed.  Even if they're a bunch of dudes and don't say anything, just watch them disappear from the platter!  Have a great day and try not to eat too many mushrooms today ;).





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