National Stuffed Mushroom Day is celebrated annually on February 4. Primarily featured at parties, this savory dish is prepared by removing the stems of the mushrooms and filling the leftover hollowed area with vegetables and meat. Cheese and breadcrumbs are sprinkled on top before the mushrooms are baked and served. If you choose to stuff your mouth with these wholesome shrooms today, we’ll totally understand!
History of National Stuffed Mushroom Day
While the exact origin is unknown, stuffed mushrooms hit the food scene sometime between the mid-19th century and early 20th century. There is no one consensus on this, but it is unanimously agreed that the credit for this dish goes to the Italians, as the original stuffed mushrooms recipes hail from Italy, and the dish is very similar to another dish enjoyed by the Italians, stuffed zucchini.
In the 19th century, the French started exploring fungi for consumption, leading to the first widespread cultivation of mushrooms for eating. The brown crimini mushroom was the go-to choice for most, but what started as an acquired taste eventually expanded to accept more gourmet flavors of mushrooms such as shiitakes, morels, and the rare and expensive truffles.
Mushrooms are commonly filled with garlic, breadcrumbs, parsley, and cheese, but there are countless filling possibilities. Restaurants started serving stuffed mushrooms as a delicacy in the 1940s, using exotic ingredients such as crabmeat for the filling.
National Stuffed Mushroom Day timeline
Mushrooms are used to prepare condiments.
Americans start cooking mushrooms in their kitchens.
Kate Sargeants writes “One Hundred Mushroom Recipes,” the first mushroom cookbook in English.
Sarah Tyson Rorer suggests baking mushrooms under a bell jar.
National Stuffed Mushroom Day FAQs
Can you eat stuffed mushrooms the next day?
If stored properly, and reheated well, stuffed mushrooms are completely safe to eat the next day.
How do you keep stuffed mushrooms from getting soggy?
The key to avoiding soggy stuffed mushrooms is to not over soak the mushrooms in water before baking. It is also a good idea to bake the stuffed mushrooms at a high temperature so that there is no water residue.
What is National Mushroom Month?
September is National Mushroom Month. This month, the Mushroom Council goes on a road trip across America to celebrate mushrooms by showcasing all that mushrooms have to offer and the people who make them so popular. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also uses this month to educate the public on the versatility and health benefits of mushrooms.
National Stuffed Mushroom Day Activities
Indulge in Stuffed Mushrooms
Gorge on stuffed mushrooms. Today’s the day!
Try a new variety
If you haven’t tried them recently, you’d be surprised to learn there are many different stuffed mushrooms available in restaurants. Try an obscure filling you’ve never had before, and experience a taste like never before.
Share it on social media
Why should we get to have all the fun? Share stuffed mushrooms with the world using the hashtag #NationalStuffedMushroomDay.
5 Incredible Facts About Mushrooms
Mushrooms are revered
Mushrooms are an important part of cuisines around the world and are a rich source of vitamin B and other dietary minerals.
Mushrooms are diet-friendly
Low in calories and carbohydrates, mushrooms are the ideal diet food.
Oregon’s ‘Honey Mushroom’
A 2400-year-old giant mushroom covering 2200 acres in Oregon is the largest living organism in the world!
Most mushrooms are inedible
There are over 14,000 species of mushrooms, most of which are poisonous.
Does it taste like chicken?
An edible mushroom called 'Laetiporus' tastes almost the same as fried chicken.
Why We Love National Stuffed Mushroom Day
We love stuffed mushrooms!
Two words: stuffed mushrooms. Enough said.
Mushrooms are a great substitute for meat
As the world moves towards lesser consumption of meat, mushrooms are the perfect substitute. They are packed with flavor too!
Mushrooms are an enigma
Many consider mushrooms to be magical, and we don’t disagree! Neither a fruit nor vegetable, the versatility of mushrooms is baffling.
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