Bacon wrapped grilled enoki mushrooms (with spicy Thai dipping sauce) are the perfect party appetizer to share with your guests. Prepare yourself for flavor explosions!
If you love bacon and mushrooms, this appetizer is the perfect marriage made in the kitchen. The smoky grilled bacon wrapped around the earthly lightly charred Enoki mushrooms. Then finished it all with a dip in the explosive flavors of a Thai chili dipping sauce. Have mercy. I'm done. (;
This recipe is from my Thai family from my recent trip to Thailand. Enoki mushrooms' smoky and grilled texture wrapped with lightly crispy bacon makes it difficult not to overindulge! But it's a treat, so indulge and live a little with some balance! -(:
I added some twists, whole garlic, and Thai chilis to make it even more addictive! What our taste buds, flavor bombs are coming your way!
For more grilled Thai food, check out this Thai grilled garlic shrimp, the popular Moo Ping recipe, Chicken Satay, and Bacon-wrapped Enoki mushrooms. They are the perfect summer food to try out this summer!
- Why this recipe works
- Ingredients for grilling Enoki mushrooms
- Thai spicy dipping sauce
- How to make bacon-wrapped Enoki mushrooms
- Helpful kitchen notes and tips
- Leftovers and storage suggestions
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Why this recipe works
- It's a perfect party appetizer, especially during the summer months
- It can be served either as a side dish or as a main dish for a lighter meal.
- You can make this appetizer ahead of time!
- The sauce can be used for many grilling dishes! It's easy to make and lasts a while in the refrigerator.
Ingredients for grilling Enoki mushrooms
- Enoki mushrooms. They are white, long, and soft-stemmed mushrooms in a cluster resembling large noodles with small round caps at the top.
- Bacon. Use thick-cut bacon slices or thinly sliced pork belly for a meaty taste.
- Garlic. Crush the whole garlic first before wrapping them with
- Fresh Chilis. For added heat for those who love spicy food. These are optional. Jalapenos or Serrano peppers are great options as well.
Thai spicy dipping sauce
- Thai chilis. Use fresh Thai chilis or any spicy peppers to add some heat. Jalapenos, Serrano, and even dry chili flakes work too.
- Garlic. Finely mince the garlic for the sauce. You don't want a big chunk in one bite. (:
- Shallot. Minced into small pieces. Red or purple onion works as a substitute.
- Cilantro. Adds a herbaceous and light taste to the sauce.
- Fish sauce. The fish sauce makes this dipping sauce. Use a lighter and more expensive fish sauce like three crab brands, Red Boat, or Mega Chef if you have it.
- Lime juice. Lemon juice works, too, as a substitute.
- Water. Add as needed to balance out the salty, sour, and sweet sauce.
- Sugar. Use white, palm, or brown sugar. Agave or maple syrup works well for this sauce as a sweetener.
See the recipe card below for quantities.
How to make bacon-wrapped Enoki mushrooms
Step 1. Make the sauce by adding minced Thai chilis, garlic, shallot, cilantro, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and water. Set aside.
Step 2. Wash the mushrooms well with water. Cut the bottom part of the enoki mushrooms with a sharp knife and discard the root. Separate the clusters of the mushrooms into 1x1 inch pieces for wrapping.
Step 3. Start the wrapping process by combining the mushrooms, garlic, and chilis on top of a half-sliced piece of bacon. Roll the wrapped mushrooms tightly, then thread them through the skewers. Using 4-5 pieces of the mushrooms per skewer is best for keeping the grilling temperature evenly.
Step 4. Finish wrapping the mushrooms with the rest of the ingredients. Place them on a large-rimmed baking sheet. You'll have yourself a beautifully wrapped bacon bouquet!
Step 5. Turn the grill to medium heat. Before grilling, brush a small amount of oil on the mushrooms to prevent them from burning on the grill. Do this on both sides of the mushrooms.
Step 6. Grill the mushrooms between 5-10 minutes per side on medium heat, depending on how well you like your mushroom. Grill a bit Longer if you like your food on the well-done side.
Placed the finished Enoki mushrooms on a serving platter with fresh vegetables on the side. Placed the serving sauce on the side. Another great dipping sauce option is this sweet Thai chili dipping sauce. Enjoy!
Helpful kitchen notes and tips
- Feel free to skip the crushed garlic or chilis in the wraps if you don't want these ingredients in your mushrooms.
- Add green onions, sliced shallots, or cilantro stems to increase the flavor!
- For a more charred taste on the mushroom, press the bacon part of the wrap with your tongs to squeeze out the bacon fat, causing the flame to quickly charr the mushrooms.
- Bring plenty of paper towels with you when grilling the mushrooms. They are handy to have while grilling.
Leftovers and storage suggestions
Bacon-wrapped enoki mushrooms are best to finish all in one meal. However, if you have leftovers, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The bacon and mushrooms will turn soft and not crispy anymore. You can lightly pan-fried on medium heat for 2-3 minutes before eating.
For Vegan or vegetarian versions, use bacon substitutes instead. Brush extra oil on the mushrooms to keep them from burning on the grill.
Enoki mushrooms are thin white mushrooms used often in East Asian cuisines like Japanese and Chinese cuisine. They have a mild flavor that takes on the flavor of whatever seasoning is used, making them a popular mushroom in soups, salads, and grilling. They are also called golden needle mushrooms due to their long, stringy, and needle-like shape. They can be easily found at most Asian grocery stores.
Enoki mushrooms have mild flavors with a slightly crunchy texture. If eaten in soups, they are soft with a slightly chewy texture. If grilled, the mushrooms turn lightly crispy and taste earthy and smokey. If stir-frying, especially when adding garlic, the mushrooms turn tender and take on full flavors of whatever seasonings are used.
Enoki mushrooms are light mushrooms that take on flavors of what seasonings are used, making them great for soups, stir-fries, and grilling. They are also great on salads, but lightly cook them before serving to reduce negative food reactions. They can be easily found at most Asian grocery stores.
Yes! Enoki has many healthful benefits. Enoki mushrooms contain nutritional values and vitamins that help reduce inflammation,
boost your immune system, slow down cancer cells, and support heart and brain functions. Check out the full benefits of Enoki mushrooms here.
Enokitake is a Japanese word for mushroom, where the name comes from. Enoki mushrooms are popular in Japanese and Chinese cuisine, especially in soups, hot pots, and stir-fries.
No. Like all other mushrooms, they should be washed and cooked thoroughly before eating to reduce the chances of food poisoning from Listeria and other harmful bacteria.
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