It was about this time last year that I was diagnosed with diabetes. Needless to say, last Thanksgiving I was afraid to eat anything! Over the last year, however, I’ve made it my mission to learn how to make delicious food that I can eat, so I don’t feel deprived on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
This week I set my sights on creating a yummy low carb appetizer. So many appetizers are bread based and not at all friendly to diabetics. For example, a month ago I traveled to Walmart headquarters where we Walmart Moms were served an array of yummy holiday foods. One in particular caught my eye: cheesy bacon bundles. Melted cheese in a biscuit blanket, wrapped up in bacon – just like a cheesy Christmas present.
Those are the cheesy bacon bundles on the left. How on earth would I make something like that diabetic friendly?
I’ll tell you how. I used a mushroom to wrap the cheese! And I’m not going to lie to you. My mushroom version of cheesy bacon bundles rival the bready version! Of course they taste much different, but everyone who’s tasted my bacon wrapped stuffed mushrooms just raves about them. These are perfect little appetizers for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or anytime!
Here’s a “cheesy” little video explaining how I made them.
I’d like to offer a few additional tips.
#1: I mentioned this in the video, but it’s worth repeating. Use a broiler pan for baking the mushrooms. This allows the water from the mushrooms and the grease from the bacon to drip away from the mushrooms. You don’t want soggy stuffed mushrooms!
#2: Pre-bake your bacon in the oven. Yes, in the oven. I just cut an entire pound of bacon in half, spread it out on a foil lined cookie sheet (the kind with sides….you don’t want a greasy mess in your oven), and put it in a cold oven. Then I turned the temperature up to 400 degrees, set the timer for 20 minutes, and worked on other things while the bacon baked. Twenty minutes later, I had bacon cooked to the pliable stage.
You can use this method for cooking your bacon for breakfast, too. Just set the timer for 30 minutes, and your bacon will be cooked to crispy perfection!
#3: Walmart sells 16 oz packages of Baby Bella mushrooms for $3.78 that work really well for this recipe. Linsey Knerl, a fellow Walmart Mom, mentioned that she saw packages of ready-to-stuff mushrooms at her local Walmart. Buying ready to stuff mushrooms would help you save some time making this recipe, so it’s worth checking whether your store has them (mine didn’t).
#4: The leftover cheese mixture would make a fantastic grilled cheese sandwich, if you eat bread. If not, spread it on a low carb tortilla. Add some turkey (or bacon!) and call it lunch.
Are you hungry yet? Let’s get to the recipe!
- 16 oz. whole mushrooms, cleaned and de-stemmed
- 1 lb. bacon, cooked halfway
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- ½ cup chopped green onions
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onions, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl and mix well.
- Carefully spoon cheese mixture into each mushroom. Wrap each stuffed mushroom with bacon and secure with a toothpick.
- Place prepared mushrooms on a broiler pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until bacon is crispy and cheese is hot.
- Serving size is 3 mushrooms, and each serving contains just 2 net carbs!