Mushrooms Stuffed with Mustard Greens & Bacon

Let’s get a few things straight.

  1. I did not grow up eating “greens.” My parents are from the Mid-West. Iceberg lettuce was as green as it got.
  2. Due to the aforementioned heritage, I never ate “greens” on New Year’s. Luck or no luck, that particular dish never crossed my path.
  3. I never planned on writing this post.  But….

A few months ago my thirteen year old son developed an interest in edible foliage. He has read umpteenth books on the subject and has gone hiking and foraging with his dad. So, when I saw “mustard greens” on markdown at the grocery store for 99 cents, I decided to buy them so he could have the tasting experience. I had no idea what I was going to do with them.

However, stuffed mushrooms were on our menu for New Year’s Eve and lo and behold, our favorite recipe includes spinach. I wondered if I could swap out the spinach and use mustard greens instead.

Thanks to the internet, I was able to get tons of help and advice about mustard greens via my friends on Facebook and twitter. The consensus was that mustard greens need to cook and they need bacon. Fair enough. Bacon is welcome here.

My 13-year old and I worked together in the kitchen and came up with these fabulous stuffed mushrooms.

I don’t mind having greens on New Year’s — especially if they come stuffed in a mushroom!

Do you have greens on New Year’s?

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Comments

  1. “in bacon drippings”….good on ya! ;)

    So gald they turned out, they make a pretty pic too!

  2. can your son recommend some edible foraging books? I read Stalking the Wild asparagus, but haven’t been able to find any others that were very helpful. Also, does he eat lambsquarter, and if so, how does he prepare it?

    • @Trish, he has checked out pretty much everything the San Diego library carries, but I’m not sure that he has a favorite. My publisher just sent him Wild Vegan which he has enjoyed.

      He said that he hasn’t been able to find lambs’ quarter. But, he enjoys chickweed in salads. ;)

  3. I am not a mushroom fan but these look GOOD! Bacon goes with anything! :-)

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