Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Denise from Chez Us shows us how to easily make bite-sized appetizers for your next soiree with these delicious sausage-stuffed mushrooms – baked to perfection and ideal for holiday entertaining.

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I am always on the lookout for quick but elegant appetizers to serve when entertaining or if impromptu guests stop by for some pre-holiday bubbles. One of my favorite ingredients that I always have on hand is a stash of mushrooms, as they can mingle during breakfast all the way through dinner. This recipe for sausage stuffed mushrooms does exactly that; mingles well in the kitchen and with my guests.

I am a big fan of simple, fast and delicious appetizers that can be made at moment’s notice.  Using The Blend method makes this recipe very approachable, and it makes a great go to appetizer recipe to have on hand.  I simply add sausage along with the chopped portabellas to help “beef” up the filling.  The earthiness of the portabella mushroom goes well with either a mild or spicy Italian sausage.  I prefer to use a mild sausage, but go crazy if you dare.

These stuffed mushrooms are loaded with mushroom goodness, and the fresh rosemary (which I think is the perfect holiday herb) and fontina cheese pairs really well with the earthy mushrooms as well as the sausage.  Light enough to enjoy before dinner or as a light meal on a busy night during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

 

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • 16 medium sized cremini (brown) mushrooms, slightly firm
  • 2 small portabella mushrooms
  • 1 italian sausage, mild or spicy, casing removed and crumbled into small pieces
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, minced
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated fontina cheese
  • extra rosemary and cheese for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400.
  2. Using a paper towel or mushroom brush clean the mushrooms.
  3. Remove the stems from the mushrooms, and lightly scoop a small amount from each cremini mushroom.  Set the cremini mushrooms onto a baking sheet.
  4. Cut the portabella mushroom into pieces then place in the food processor.  Chop until it resembles ground meat.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  6. Add the onion and garlic, stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Stir in the chopped mushrooms, and cook for 2 minutes.  Then crumble in the sausage, stir and cook for 2 minutes over low heat.  No need to cook the meat all the way through as it will continue to cook in the oven.  Using a tablespoon remove any oil that has collected in the pan.
  8. Place the mixture into a large mixing bowl.
  9. Add the panko, rosemary, salt to taste, and the fontina cheese.  Stir to mix well.
  10. Lightly stuff each mushroom with the mixture, then drizzle with a little olive oil.
  11. Slide into the oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.  The mushrooms are done when lightly golden and slightly soft.
  12. Remove from the oven, and place the mushrooms on a serving platter.  Sprinkle with some grated cheese and minced rosemary as a garnish.
  13. Serve.
  14. Eat.

 





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