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This is a mushroom. And, this is a potato in the mushroom. Really. Profound, I know.

Have you ever had days where you looked in the fridge and there were all of these leftovers and you just felt this innate desire to DO something creative with them? Not to create your typical fare, but to design something exquisite. Something refined. Something elegant. Something to set the world of common cuisine as we know it on fire! A culinary masterpiece with fine china as your canvas? Something all… Picasso on a platter? I do this. Almost daily.

But it wasn’t that kind of day, and this was no Picasso.

The fact was, I had leftover mashed potatoes, and I had a basket of fresh mushrooms. Mushrooms, meet potatoes; potatoes meet mushrooms. I married them with some cheese, a sprinkle of Paprkia and that’s all there was to it.

I say that in jest, but if you’re looking for something super quick, super easy, and pretty dang tasty, this may be exactly what you’re looking for! As a snack, appetizer or side dish, it hit the spot pretty well at the Hassienda.

Some days it’s awesome to be the Picasso of Le Cucina, and some days…well… we shove leftover mashed potatoes in mushrooms.


Cheesy Mashed Potato Stuffed Mushrooms

  • 1 container of stuffing mushrooms
  • Leftover mashed potatoes
  • Grated cheese of your choice – I used cheddar
  • Smoked paprika

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Mix cheese into leftover potatoes. Remove stems from mushrooms. Using a cookie dough or ice cream scoop, fill mushrooms with potatoes. Sprinkle with Paprika and bake at 400 for about 20-30 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender.

You CAN get fancier with this and add bacon, feta, multiple cheeses, scallions or even chopped spinach to your potatoes before filling. Let me know what you create. It’s your canvas Picasso 😉


Say it with me… Life is too short to eat ugly food. Bon Appetit y’all!