Cheeseburgers, Cheese Dips and Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms – Mushroom Masters Wildcard

Mushroom Burger, Mushroom Cheese Dip and Stuffed Mushrooms
Where have you been for the last three weeks?!

If you’ve been anywhere else but here, you’ve been missing out on the Mushroom Masters, a month-long Tournament of Taste during which we feature weekly head-to-head-to-head culinary competitions with food bloggers from Australia, Canada and the United States. Each week during September, different bloggers submit original recipes and photos that use that week’s selected mushroom variety. So far, we’ve seen perfect portabella mushrooms, cute-as-a button mushrooms and th ever-so-holy shiitake mushrooms.

In this fourth and final round of the Mushroom Masters, the bloggers get to choose their own variety in a Wildcard Week. Kath of Kath Eats Real Food represents the US with an autumnal recipe for Rosemary, Brie and Hazelnut Stuffed Mushrooms. Kevin from Closet Cooking is representing Canada with his Hot Cheesy Mushroom Dip and Peter from Souvlaki for the Soul has entered a recipe for a meaty Mushroom Haloumi Burger for Australia.

You can find the full recipe from each blogger on their respective country’s sites: Australian Mushroom Growers Association, Mushrooms Canada and the Mushroom Council — but make sure to scroll down this post to check out the gorgeous photos and vote for your favorite recipe here on Tastespotting.

But before we get to this last week’s competition, let’s recap the standings from previous weeks:

Week 1 Portabella Playoff Winner: Canada – Oh Oh She Glows Stuffed Portabella Pizza

Week 2 Button Battle Winner: Australia – Kitchen Wench’s Lasagna with Slow Roasted Mushrooms

Week 3 Shiitake Showdown Winner: Australia – Fig & Cherry’s Shiitake Mushroom Okonomiyaki

Week 4 Wildcard Winner: Who will it be? Australia is already up 2 and Canada has 1 win. Will this final round be the one in which the US finally takes a win?

Recipe from Australia: Grilled Haloumi Burger

Grilled Haloumi Cheese Burger
Click to get the complete recipe at Australian Mushroom Growers Association

Recipe from Canada: Hot Cheesy Mushroom Dip

Hot Cheesy Mushroom Dip
Click to get the complete recipe at Mushrooms Canada

Recipe from US: Rosemary, Brie and Hazelnut Stuffed Mushrooms

Brie Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe
Click to get the complete recipe on the Mushroom Council site

Vote below, and check back next week to see which country — Australia, Canada or the US — wins the Mushroom Masters Wildcard Week!

Which country should win the Mushroom Masters Wildcard Week?

  • USA: Rosemary Hazelnut Brie Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms (32% Votes)
  • CAN: Hot Cheesy Mushroom Dip (32% Votes)
  • AUS: Grilled Mushroom Haloumi Burger (36% Votes)

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by Sarah J. Gim on September 21, 2010 · 14 comments

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Chris (Mushroom Enthusiast) September 21, 2010 at 9:16 pm

How can you lose with three great looking recipes like this? As an Aussie however there is only one way to vote – go Peter!


Christie @ Fig & Cherry September 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm

The mushroom burger is the clear winner for me – what a great combination!! Nice work Peter.


Hannah September 22, 2010 at 11:11 am

They all look good, but I would have to go for the dip! It’s very creative, while the others are delicious classic mushroom dishes. I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy one of my favorite foods.


julialikesred September 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Can we, um, please keep this contest going? I can’t get enough!

Stuffed mushrooms are really doing it for moi, but then again, I am having a rosemary craving.


stacey-healthylife September 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm

I love Kaths little mushrooms from the USA. But all three do look delicious.


Mushrooms Canada September 23, 2010 at 10:32 am

Let’s Go Canada, Let’s Go!!!


The Mushroom Channel September 23, 2010 at 11:26 am

Much though we love all three of these bloggers and their recipes, Kath has provided a clear winner here. Keep it up Kath- you are a champion of champignons! Go USA!


Lynnbo September 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm

How can something that combines grilled portabellos, Haloumi cheese, onions and peppers NOT be amazing! This Yankee is voting for the Aussie.


babamoto September 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm



Pam @ Cooking World September 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Wow, I love all three, so it is tough choice to make. I loved the dip as I made it last night, and it tasted great, other two I have to make it and see. Three-way tie sounds good.


polwig September 25, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Even though I would love to vote for US I think the most creative dish is the Portabella Grilled Haloumi Burger from Australia.


Anders September 27, 2010 at 7:04 pm

They all look great, but the Rosemary, Brie and Hazelnut Stuffed Mushrooms wins me over.

By the way, any chance I can join the competition (maybe next month), I got a nice little food blog at… ?


TasteSpotting September 27, 2010 at 7:09 pm

anders! how about competing NOW in the $300 sur la table gift certificate giveaway?! just make something with mushrooms by this thursday, september 30, and submit to tastespotting!

all the details here:


caterina borg October 24, 2010 at 4:57 pm

My vote goes to the recipe for Souvlaki for the Soul with the mushroom and halloumi cheese…what a great dish!


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