In The Bag: Mushrooms, Nuts, Herbs

by Joanne on October 12, 2010

Working off the following snack-etizers by doing a 50 minute weight workout for chest and arms.  Shane and I went for a 4.8 mile run for today’s aerobic activity.  Legs were ok but still tired at about the 4 mile point.  Did you know that if you are a runner, when working with weights, you should try to do 15 repetitions to build those endurance muscles. 

What is IN THE BAG?!….

Hosted by Julia of A Slice of Cherry Pie and Scott of Real Epicurean, we’re back to enjoy In The Bag.  The hosts provide ingredients, the participants create a recipe.   My recipe:


Stuffed Baby Bellas with Goat Cheese, Nuts and Herbs, serves 6 as an appetizer


  • 6 oz or 6 medium Baby Portabella Mushrooms – peeled, gills and stem removed, wipe clean
  • 3 large oil packed, sun dried tomatoes – reserve oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 0z Chevrion (Goat Cheese)
  • 1 TBS marjoram, chopped
  • 1 TBS parsley, chopped
  • 6 large fresh basil leaves
  • Smoked Paprika

Preheat oven to 375 F

Brush the inside of the mushrooms with some of the oil from the sun dried tomatoes. Lay a basil leaf on each mushroom over the oil.

In a bowl, mix the walnuts, cheese,  sundried tomatoes, herbs.

Roll the cheese mixture into 6 balls and put in the center of each basil leaf, sitting on the mushroom. Sprinkle with smoked paprika and bake for 15 – 18 minutes.


Such a pretty little mushroom and it tasted so good.


The herbs: Basil, Marjoram, Parsley with chopped walnuts to add crunch to the creamy cheese.


Don’t forget those sundried tomatoes, an absolute MUST in the cheese mix. A lovely sweetness added to all other scrumptious components make these mushrooms a hit at any party, picnic, or friendly gathering.

Fan or not of mushrooms?


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  • At 2010.10.12 07:14, Heather said:

    I love sundried tomatoes, but mushroom?? Eh, not so much. Too earthy for me.

    • At 2010.10.12 10:21, Joanne said:

      Lets see… trying to think of another way to use the stuffing..rolled up in thin zucchini or yellow squash slices? Hmmmm… that will be my next attempt.

      • At 2010.10.12 09:45, Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice said:

        I love mushrooms. Especially stuffed ones! These sounds like an amazing combination of flavors.

        • At 2010.10.12 10:21, Joanne said:

          Thanks. LOVED your photos of JeJu Island. Paradise!

          • At 2010.10.12 09:48, claudia lamascolo said:

            wow adding this to my list of awesome appetizers yum!

            • At 2010.10.12 10:22, Joanne said:

              You won’t regret it.
              Those white choc. truffles look adorable and the Baileys suggestion…. WOW!

              • At 2010.10.12 11:49, Monet said:

                Goat cheese, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, nuts…you know I’m a fan! These look like the most elegant and delicious appetizers. I would be thrilled to walk into a dinner party and to be greeted by a plate of these beauties. Thank you for sharing!

                • At 2010.10.12 14:43, Joanne said:

                  Thanks Monet .. and for dessert, can we get some of those cookie cups 🙂

                  • At 2010.10.12 12:13, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

                    I can’t stand mushrooms. It’s so funny, if one gets in my mouth and I start to bite, my teeth pop back open and my throat locks up. Same thing happens with olives.

                    By the way, the duathlon is in Halfmoon. You could do a team with Ted where you run the miles. It’s only 4.5 (done in two 2.2 mile runs).

                    It’s a smaller race, around 90 participants.

                    • At 2010.10.12 14:44, Joanne said:

                      Thanks! Unfort. we’ll miss it this year, the bread baking competition and all, but next year…we just might be there. 🙂

                      • At 2010.10.12 15:54, Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox said:

                        Oooh fun snacks! I did not know that about more reps to increase endurance. Learned my new thing for the day! Thanks!

                        • At 2010.10.12 19:30, Liz said:

                          I’ve just started eating mushrooms and feel like I’ve been missing out all this time! Stuffed mushrooms is a dish that never would have appealed to me prior to two weeks ago, but now I’m drooling on my keyboard. Looks delicious, Joanne!

                          • At 2010.10.13 08:33, Sophie said:

                            Waw, Joanne! What festive appetizers for the eyes, mouth & the senses!! I would eat them as a beautiful side dish !!

                            I will maker them tomorrow!! Thanks for sharing these real beauties!

                            • At 2010.10.13 13:48, claudia said:

                              love mushrooms love tomatoes, fabulous pictures!

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                                • At 2010.10.18 03:29, Laura said:

                                  Lovely recipe and looooove the photos, yum!


                                  • At 2010.10.25 16:43, Anna-Marie said:

                                    These look really delicious and I love the mix of fresh green herbs and creamy cheese.

                                    • At 2012.03.05 03:43, fender acoustasonic telecaster said:

                                      Fantastic blog! Great!

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