Mushroom, Sun Dried Tomato and Mozzarella Dip

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By Nancy Buchanan

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6/6/2011

by Nancy Buchanan on June 6, 2011

Camping is one of those things you either love or hate.

Me? I love camping and am a pretty experienced camper. My girlfriend? Not so much – her idea of camping involves staying at a 2 star versus 3 star resort.

So, it was no surprise when we were chatting the other day and she was complaining commenting about her family’s upcoming camping trip – and by “camping” I mean the real deal – sleeping bags, tents, the whole she bang. Needless to say she was NOT happy – the idea of sleeping on and air mattress under the stars  just wasn’t working for her. And then we got started on the subject of food and she shuddered, wondering how she was going to endure several days of eating burgers and hot dogs.

At this point I smiled and asked her “why do you think you have to eat hamburgers and hot dogs?  Just because you are camping doesn’t mean you can’t eat well.”

In response I received a blank stare. “Huh? Well, what else are we going to eat”?

Now THAT is one of my favorite questions!!!

From there I started rattling off dish after dish and after the first few moments she stopped looking at me as if I’d lost my mind and she started to smile – things were looking up!!

You see, the key to any successful camping trip (or any type of trip for that matter) is the food. People may talk about their feet in relation to traveling but let’s face it. We travel on our stomachs. If they aren’t happy…. well, we aren’t happy. We can endure wet, cold, hot, long lines and crazy cab drivers but if the food isn’t good it’s all over.

So let’s start with one of the most important parts of the meal when camping – appetizers. Yup, appetizers.

After a full day of hiking, swimming, horseback riding and  canoeing EVERYONE is ravenous. And there is NO microwave – and dinner is still a good 30 – 45 minutes off.

So, that’s were this little appetizer comes in. Meaty mushrooms with slightly sweet sun dried tomatoes robed in gooey, melted cheese scooped onto a warm piece of toasted bread. A civilized way to stave off the starving hordes (otherwise known as your family).

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But even if you aren’t camping this summer and your biggest outdoor adventure is grilling in your own backyard, appetizers are still essential – and ones that can be made on the grill are even better!!!

This week, Dara of Cookin’ Canuck and Marla from Family Fresh Cooking are kicking off their 6 week  event! So for more recipes, inspiration and a chance to win some great prizes check out  “Get Grillin’ with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuck, sponsored by Ile de France Cheese, Rösle, Emile Henry, Rouxbe and ManPans.”

 

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Cookin' Canuck June 6, 2011 at 10:47 am

I love camping with my family and I will have to agree that great food makes the experience that much better. This gorgeous dip will definitely be on the menu for our camping trips this summer. Thanks so much for sharing it in our Get Grillin’ event. I’d love to see your margarita granita with shrimp in there too (you can enter up to 3 recipes per theme week).

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 7, 2011 at 4:15 am

What a great dip, such wonderful flavors! I’m thinking this would be a great indoors party appetizer too.

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Judy June 7, 2011 at 4:54 am

I’m with you, we always had great food when camping, it just takes a little planning–no one has to settle for hot dogs, though for some families, roasting them over a fire can be a wonderful memory for the kids. Great recipe here, thanks.

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Marla {family fresh cooking} June 7, 2011 at 5:05 am

Hey Nancy, thanks so much for including this dip in our Get Grillin’ event – it looks awesome!

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sippitysup June 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm

“What else are we gonna eat?” What an opener. I am so glad to see you ran with it! GREG

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Mary Ann June 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I like your style. Appetizers on a camping trip??? Guess this isn’t the hiking 10 miles first kind with an iron skillet and sherry…more my speed. This would be excellent after hiking the around the lakes in Mammoth. You are a genius, Nancy. I just love your writing style.

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lisaiscooking June 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I’m afraid I’m a non-camper, but this dip could help to change my mind! I definitely need to try this on the grill. The mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes sound great in the melted cheese.

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julia June 10, 2011 at 5:20 am

We LOVE camping. We always make every meal in pie die casts. Have you ever tried those? We call them ‘pie dies.’ Best invention ever! Anyway, although they are ah-mazing, I would like new camping food, and this is right up my alley!

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Magic of Spice June 10, 2011 at 11:55 am

While I do not enjoy camping, I am enjoying this…a must try :)
Hope you have a great weekend Nancy

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Lentil Breakdown June 11, 2011 at 9:25 am

Maybe I’ll camp out in the living room tonight if I can eat this. Never had anything this good camping in the woods. Oh BTW, I have an upcoming post with a bandana napkin. Great minds…

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anja June 11, 2011 at 11:49 am

that looks delicious.

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Nancy June 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Hi Anja – Thanks so much!!

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Amy | She Wears Many Hats June 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I think I could handle camping for food like this. Although I would rather not and just say I did. ; )

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Nancy June 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Hi Amy – your secret is safe with me!!!

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Lana June 11, 2011 at 11:14 pm

You nailed it: food is the most important part of any trip – I have experienced a lot of grumbling and hissing from the hungry hordes, aka family, on the road when I was growing up and even now:)
I haven’t been camping since before I was married, but it would be a great adventure in every aspect.
I love your appetizer and agree with Adair – camping in my living room is sufficient, as long as I use the cast iron:)

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Priscilla - She's Cookin' June 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm

A tasty appetizer whether grilling at a campsite or in your backyard! Love the story :) Thanks for the sharing and I’ll check out the grill theme for this week at Marla & Dara’s sites, too.

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Charissa June 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I’m such a hobbit at heart…I could eat mushrooms all day. This recipe looks phenomenal.

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Nancy June 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Hello Charissa!!!

Hah!! I think I must be as well! Hope you enjoy this dip!!

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Mushrooms Canada June 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

I love camping! And not the “in a trailer at a campground” kind… the full out “tent, sleeping bag, bed of rocks, in a tent with a hole in it” kind! I can see this recipe being a big hit while camping with my family.
- Brittany

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Kerry @ Yum and Yummer April 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm

It’s simple, delicious and was a crowd favorite at my place. But with mushrooms, marinara and mozzarella, how could you go wrong? :)

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Nancy April 24, 2012 at 11:23 am

So glad that you enjoyed it!!

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banana hobbies rc September 23, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your post seem to be running off the screen in Safari.

I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility
but I thought I’d post to let you know. The style and design look great though!
Hope you get the problem fixed soon. Thanks

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Nancy October 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

Thanks for the heads up! Have contacted my web designer!!

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