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WATCH: Tailgate with Billy’s Italian Sausage Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms

Get your friends excited about tailgating season and serve up these crowd-pleasing Italian Sausage Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms from Billy Parisi.


Football is in full effect and I couldn’t be any happier.  I love all things tailgating and comfort food, so what better to serve up than these Italian Sausage Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms. They are incredibly easy to make, absolutely delicious and are sure to be the hit at your next tailgate. I’m all about packing a ton of flavor into little bites, and these stuffed up mushrooms do exactly that. They truly deliver a lot of flavor in just one bite.

You’ve got mushrooms, you’ve got bacon, you’ve got Italian sausage, how on earth could any of this go wrong? Not to mention, bacon and mushrooms are bursting with delicious umami flavor – forcing you to go back for more to quench your taste buds. I love this recipe and not just because it’s easy but also because I get to use the whole mushroom. Once the stems are removed, I like to process them in a food processor until they are finely chopped, and then fold them into the loose Italian sausage for a more mushroomy flavor.

From here on out, it’s all about stuffing up the mushrooms. Just as a note, you won’t need as much Italian sausage as you might think, so don’t go overboard buying pounds of it. Once you’ve added a small amount to the mushroom caps, top off with some boursin cream cheese and sprinkle on some bread crumbs. Honestly, these guys would be a hit just like this, but wrap’em up in bacon just because!

Cook the mushrooms until the bacon is nice and crispy, which takes about 30 minutes or so at 400°. Once they’re done do your best not to eat all of them! Let me know how you like ’em!


Italian Sausage Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms

Makes 22 stuffed mushrooms

  • 22 domestic mushrooms
  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ pound of loose Italian sausage
  • ½ cup of boursin cream cheese
  • 1 cup of bread crumbs
  • 11 strips of bacon, cut in half
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and place them in a food processor and process on high speed until they are finely chopped.
  3. Fold the chopped steams in with the Italian sausage until combined.
  4. Next, place the mushrooms gill side up on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and drizzle on olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Stuff the mushrooms with a small amount of the Italian Sausage-Mushroom blend until it’s all gone.
  6. Layer on a small amount of the boursin cheese and then sprinkle on the bread crumbs.
  7. Finish by completely wrapping the mushroom in bacon and baking it at 400° for 30 to 35 minutes or until the bacon is crispy.
  8. Serve hot!

Turn Up the Heat: Mushroom & Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos

Welcome fall and football season with bell’alimento’s Mushroom and Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos.

Mushroom and Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos


If you’re looking for a quick and easy appetizer that’s perfect for fall and football season, look no further. These mushroom stuffed jalapenos will disappear faster than you can make them.

We’ve used white button mushrooms but feel free to use any fresh mushrooms you’d like.

When selecting your jalapenos, try to get them as close to the same size as possible so that they cook at the same rate. To save time you could even make the mushroom/cheese mixture in advance, stuff the jalapenos and then bake them just before you’re ready to get your nosh fest on.

Although we’ve listed the crispy prosciutto and chives as optional, they are highly recommended.

Mushroom and Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos

Yield: 24
Prep Time:  15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes


12 jalapenos, halved, seeds removed
8 ounces button mushrooms, finely minced
1 clove garlic, minced
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup grated aged cheddar
kosher salt/black pepper

2 slices prosciutto, crisped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Place jalapeno halves on top. Set aside.

Into a large bowl combine: mushrooms, cream cheese, cheddar. Season with salt and pepper.

Scoop mushroom mixture into jalapeno halves. Bake for 20-25 minutes OR until cheese is bubbly and jalapenos have softened.

Garnish with prosciutto and chives if desired.

Guest Blogger: Dr. BBQ’s Marinated Grilled Portabellas

As National Grilling Month comes to a close, we asked grilling expert Dr. BBQ to share his favorite way to cook with mushrooms.

Can you grill mushrooms? Yes of course you can. In the meaty world of BBQ cooks we typically think of grilling a big portabella as a way to satisfy vegetarians who we are sure want something that tastes like a steak. I was that guy when I wrote my first cookbook. So I marinated these big ‘shrooms in Italian dressing and grilled them. After a while I flipped them to grill-side up and topped them with a handful of blue cheese. And it was good. Really good. In my early days working as the Big Green Egg spokeschef I visited a lot of their local dealers to do cooking demos. It was effective, but there was only one of me. So I started teaching them to cook. Teach a man to fish (or cook) and he’ll eat well and sell grills. One of the recipes that I taught these folks was the one described above. I also taught them to cook steaks, pork tenderloins and even BBQ ribs. But when I’d see these folks later or re-visit their stores the one recipe they’d been using and were raving about was the grilled portabellas. They loved it and felt like they were really doing something fancy. After all every grill guy cooks steaks and ribs. Some good and some bad but they all do it. They don’t cook mushrooms so this was a dish that set them apart from the rest. But forget the originality and the perceived fanciness of this. It’s a great combination. The bold portabella pairs beautifully with the garlic and herbs of the Italian dressing and it all comes to life with the salty tangy blue cheese melted all over it. I’ve cooked them a little short where the mushroom is al dente and I’ve overcooked them until it’s crispy. Both were good. I’ve overloaded the Italian dressing with garlic and it was better. I’ve added parmesan to the blue cheese and it rocked. My fiancé, Sandi, recently bought some mini portabellas and made a bite-size version that was perfect for a more civilized event. Yes, you can grill mushrooms and keep it simple and they’re delicious. The best part is they’re not just for vegetarians.

-Ray Lampe, Dr. BBQ

Here’s the original recipe from my first book “Dr. BBQ’s big Time Barbecue Cookbook” written by me and published by St. Martin’s Press. There’s an Amazon link for that one and all of my books at

Marinated Portabellas

Of all the different things I cook for people these are the most requested and also the thing they go home and cook themselves more than anything else I show them. It’s a very simple recipe and I guess that accounts for some of it but it’s also the exotic nature of the portabellas and the blue cheese. These have converted many a non-mushroom person.

4 large Portabella Mushroom caps
1 bottle Italian Dressing
6 oz crumbled Blue Cheese

The morning before you plan to cook twist the stems off the portabella caps and discard them. Put the caps in a Ziploc bag and pour the dressing over them. Seal the bag and toss to coat. Refrigerate. Prepare the grill direct and hot. Put the portabellas on the grill with the gill side facing down. Grill for about 5 minutes. Flip and top with the cheese dividing it equally among the caps. Grill another 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. The great thing about these is that everything is already cooked. If you like the mushrooms al dente feel free to serve them that way. If you like them grilled hard and crispy, that’s fine too. I like them both ways. Serve whole as an appetizer or cut into bite size pieces for grazing.

Serves 4

WATCH: Get Your Grill on with Billy Parisi’s Shiitake Pork Burger

Infuse umami in your grill game and make Billy Parisi’s Shiitake Pork Burger, complete with shiitake mushrooms and banh mi slaw served on a brioche bun.


“I know you won’t believe me after saying this, but this Shiitake Pork Burger with Banh Mi Slaw on Brioche Bun may be the best burger I’ve ever tasted, and I’m not even kidding.  I always say that simplicity is elegant and the subtle flavors in the banh mi slaw compliment the shiitake pork burger with soy-balsamic glaze so perfectly.  The burger is refreshingly light and so loaded with delicious umami flavor that I literally did not put it down one time while eating it.

So how did I make this tasty burger you ask?  It all starts with the amazing umami flavor in the shiitake mushrooms and then blending them in a food processor until it’s the consistency of a duxelle, or finely chopped.  Yes, the stems are just fine to process as well.  From there add it to a bowl with the ground pork, onion, ginger, garlic and salt and pepper and you’ve got one tasty burger.  To add on to that umami flavor from the shiitake mushrooms, pork also inherently has it, and the soy and balsamic glaze is a double punch of umami to finish off this burger.

The banh mi coleslaw is a recipe that originates from the original banh mi sandwich from Vietnam, which seriously has like 9,000 ingredients in it.  While this slaw does have a few things going on, it’s absolutely delicious on top of this burger, or eaten by itself.  It has a perfect blend of sweetness from the honey, saltiness, tart and spice making for the perfect marriage between it and the umami burger.

This burger is a winner, and I will DEFINITELY be making it again sometime in the near future.  Please find me on social and let me know if you make it, I’d love to know what you think!”

Shiitake Pork Burger with Banh Mi Slaw on Brioche Bun

Yields 6 burgers

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 2/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

For the Coleslaw:

  • 2 cups of shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup of shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup of matchstick carrots
  • ½ sliced red bell pepper
  • ½ sliced cucumber
  • 1 sliced jalapeño, seeds removed
  • 2 to 3 sliced radishes
  • 1 cup of fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup of rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • ¼ cup of sesame oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

For the Burger:

  • 2 cups of packed shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 pounds of ground pork
  • ½ small diced sweet onion
  • 1 teaspoon of finely grated ginger
  • 3 cloves of finely grated garlic
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 6 toasted brioche buns


  1. Preheat the grill to high heat.
  2. Glaze: Add the ingredients into a medium size pot and cook over medium-low heat until it becomes thick, about 10 minutes. Remove and let stand.
  3. Slaw: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until completely combined. Keep cool before serving.
  4. Burgers: Add the shiitake mushrooms to a food processor and process on high speed until they are finely chopped.
  5. Combine the mushrooms into a large size bowl along with the pork, onion, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper and mix together. Form 6 patties.
  6. Place the pork burgers on the grill on high heat and cook them for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, or until dark grill marks are formed and they are cooked throughout.
  7. To plate: Place the grilled burger on top of the toasted bottom brioche bun. Glaze the burger with the soy-balsamic glaze and top off with a heaping scoop of banh mi slaw followed up with the toasted brioche bun top.


Watch: How to Make Blended Burgers

Classic Blend Burgers

For National Burger Month, we’re putting a twist on an American classic. Whether you’re looking to cut a few calories or stretch your dollar, blending mushrooms into your favorite protein is an easy way to create a sustainable and nutritious burger without sacrificing any of the flavor.

Now that you’ve got the basic recipe down, we want to see your creations! Hashtag #blenditarian on social to show us how you BYOB (blend your own burger).