Pancetta- Wrapped Mushrooms

We have a ‘Gourmet Club’ in our neighborhood with eleven couples participating. They’re all hand-picked, fun friends who are into food and entertaining. We meet monthly, with couples attending as they’re available. Usually we end up with 16 or so people at a single gathering. The hosts plan the menu, prepare the main dish and then hand out additional recipes for attendees to bring.

December’s holiday party was rather large with twenty of us. Since 20 is tough to seat for dinner, the hosts went with a more casual theme- a couple different kinds of fondue and lots of other appetizers. My task: to bring sixty Pancetta- Wrapped Mushrooms. I was delighted to find that this was a simple appetizer to prepare for this busy time of year.

I was thrilled to find that this recipe called for fresh sage as I have loads of it growing like weeds in my courtyard.

Regular, medium-sized white mushrooms are all you need (I used a few baby portobellos too). They just get a quick wash and a trimmed stem.

The sage leaf is simply laid on top of a mushroom.

A piece of pancetta (or bacon) is wrapped tightly around. I left the sage leaf peeking out of the side since I wanted that color to show a bit.

All is secured with a toothpick pushed down into the mushroom from the top.

Here they are…. awaiting the oven.

They’re baked for about 25 minutes, until the bacon becomes crisp and browned. Sadly, I didn’t capture a beautiful picture of the finished product… we were eager to eat and the lighting was dimmed for the party. They were excellent, and they were gobbled up rather quickly by our gourmet friends.

Our hosts had a fabulous idea for a holiday ‘gift’ activity. They had each of us bring a wrapped toy that represented our personality. We then took turns unwrapping the toys and guessed which of our friends we thought the toy matched with. My wrapped toy wasn’t hard to guess… an Easy-Bake Oven, and my gregarious, speaker husband wasn’t too tough either… a play microphone. The activity generated a lot of laughs, and we ended up with 40 toys to donate to charity.

The Pancetta- Wrapped Mushrooms recipe can be found HERE.
Lots more finger food appetizer recipes can be found HERE.

33 Responses to “Pancetta- Wrapped Mushrooms”

  1. postedDec 28, 2008 1:22 PM
    Robin Sue

    I love Gourmet Club! We have been in one for about 5 years now with the same people and we have so much fun. The mushrooms look wonderful!

  2. postedDec 28, 2008 4:09 PM

    Absolutely nice and yummy! Gloria

  3. postedDec 28, 2008 5:34 PM
    noble pig

    That is such a great, great idea with the toys! And the mushrooms look great as well…easy and perfect for a large crowd.

  4. postedDec 28, 2008 5:43 PM

    Never have I seen such perfect and perfectly homogeneous sage leaves. How did you get those? They look like little yummy soldiers in a row. Great pic.


  5. postedDec 28, 2008 6:25 PM
    Snooky doodle

    Seems such great fun πŸ™‚ the mushrooms look so nice and really easy to while being so eye catching πŸ™‚ thnks

  6. postedDec 28, 2008 6:31 PM

    Looks like a fun & easy appetizer to make! I'll have to try this for the next holiday party…New Years! Hope you enjoyed the holidays.

  7. postedDec 28, 2008 7:31 PM

    Loved the idea for the mushrooms. I always have an abundance of sage in the herb garden. I will have to try this soon.

  8. postedDec 28, 2008 7:39 PM

    What a great way to enjoy mushrooms!

  9. postedDec 28, 2008 8:05 PM
    Gretchen Noelle

    I love the toy part, that is really sweet and such a good way to collect for donation! These mushrooms look really adorable all wrapped up!

  10. postedDec 28, 2008 8:11 PM

    Yum to the shrooms.
    What a fun gift “exchange” idea. And funny about the Easy Bake Oven, which is just what I would have picked for me and everyone would have guessed that. But even the microphone is a good one for my husband, a professor–that or maybe something really boring, like a kids bookkeeping kit/desk-I’ve seen those. My husband teaches accounting. zzzzz jk
    The club sounds so fun!
    Happy New Year!

  11. postedDec 28, 2008 8:31 PM

    What a great gift exchange idea!

  12. postedDec 28, 2008 8:38 PM

    What a fun gathering this was and your mushrooms sound great.

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  14. postedDec 29, 2008 1:58 AM

    What a great appetizer! I love the toy idea, how fun!

  15. postedDec 29, 2008 2:17 AM

    Great appy! Sounds like a wonderful gathering, and I love the toy donation idea… that must have been so fun!

  16. postedDec 29, 2008 4:38 AM
    alexandra's kitchen

    Oh, this sounds like a great dish. I’m meeting two friends for New Year’s Eve this year and we are making a feast, which we’ve outlined on a collaborative Google doc. I think I might have to add these mushrooms to the menu. Happy New Year RecipeGirl!

  17. postedDec 29, 2008 6:00 AM
    That Girl

    Sage is truly underused and adds such a great flavor!

  18. postedDec 29, 2008 12:45 PM
    Bellini Valli

    What a fun way to give to charity over the holidays. I wish there was a gourmey club close to here..perhaps I need to start one!!

  19. postedDec 29, 2008 4:26 PM
    The Short (dis)Order Cook

    Yummy. Anything wrapped in bacon gets kudos in my book.

    SIXTY of them? You are a patient woman.

  20. postedDec 29, 2008 5:19 PM

    What a great idea!!! Those mushrooms look so good!

  21. postedDec 29, 2008 5:59 PM
    Ari (Baking and Books)

    I bet those tasted incredible! And I love that holiday game, what fun. Yes, Easy Bake Oven does seem to fit your personality, lol. πŸ™‚

  22. postedDec 29, 2008 7:31 PM
    Ellie from Kitchen Caravan

    Great gift idea! This year our family decided to have a book exchange. We’re always looking for a new gifting idea so I’m going to keep the toy game in the back of my mind for next year.

    By the way, the mushrooms look wonderful. Just so happens I have loads of mushrooms and sage. Perfect timing!

  23. postedDec 29, 2008 8:53 PM

    did you say you have loads and tons of sage growing in your yard!!?! Lucky you! I looove sage. Nice work on the mushrooms. Great poppers for party’s.

  24. postedDec 29, 2008 9:40 PM

    Perfect for parties!! Happy Holidays to you! Keep the wonderful recipes coming:)

  25. postedDec 29, 2008 11:25 PM
    Half Baked

    The mushrooms look like a great appetizer! Love the idea of a Gourmet Club and the gift exchange sound too fun!

  26. postedDec 29, 2008 11:30 PM
    Stacey Snacks

    I can’t believe your sage is so beautiful! Each leaf perfect.
    The mushrooms look nice and I am envious that you have a gourmet club with 22 people!
    Happy New Year!
    Stacey Snacks

  27. postedDec 30, 2008 12:28 AM

    What a great appetizer, I’m think New Years Eve food!

  28. postedDec 30, 2008 2:32 AM

    What a fun idea! Both the gourmet club and the donated gift one!

    Your mushrooms look great! Everyone except the baby LOVES mushrooms!

    Happy 2009!

  29. postedDec 30, 2008 4:40 AM
    Proud Italian Cook

    I swore I commented here, I looked at these mushrooms 3 times! Yumm! Love the sage, and envious of your club! Happy New Year Lori!

  30. postedDec 30, 2008 6:34 PM

    What a fun party Lori.. and those pancetta wrapped mushrooms look so SO good!
    What a wonderful idea to donate the gifts later..and we are a two easy bake oven family.. cute idea!

  31. postedDec 30, 2008 10:14 PM

    What a fun way to be generous! Kudos to you and your friends.

    The sage, ah the sage. I’ve so been enjoying it this season. What a great appetizer in every way.

  32. postedDec 30, 2008 10:38 PM

    What a great idea for the toys… fun and generous!

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