Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App
Stuffed mushroom make great appetizers, or can be the star for a light meal.  I've made them with several different kinds of "stuffing" but this one is a favorite.

The basic stuffing is cream cheese and/or Parmesan with other additions such a sausage, bacon or crab meat; other stuffing can include cheese, spinach and bread crumbs.

Stuffed Mushrooms
8 oz.  large (2 inch wide) button mushrooms, about 8
2 to 3 oz. seasoned breakfast or Italian sausage
1/8  cup finely diced onion 
1 clove finely diced garlic
2 oz. softened cream cheese
1/8 cup mayonnaise 
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese,
salt and pepper to taste

Stuffed Mushrooms, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppClean mushrooms by wiping with a damp clean cloth or paper towel.  Twist and pull, or scoop out stems using a teaspoon or melon ball gadget to hollow out cap. Finely chop stems and set aside.
Stuffed Mushrooms, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppStuffed Mushrooms, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App
Over medium high heat, crumble and brown sausage, add diced onions and garlic and cook a few minutes until onions are soft, then add diced mushroom pieces.  Saute a few minutes more. Salt and pepper to taste.

Set aside to cool. In a bowl, combine cream cheese and mayonnaise,  Stir in Parmesan cheese, then add cooled sausage mixture. With a spoon, smear mixture into of each mushroom cap, making a mound on top.  

Mushrooms can now be frozen and baked later, baked and served, or baked, cooled, frozen and reheated later for serving.
Stuffed Mushrooms, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppBake at 350 degrees on a cookie sheet for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool slightly before serving or keep warm until ready to serve. Makes 8 stuffed mushrooms, serves 2 to 4.

As a light lunch or dinner for two serve with a salad or soup, allow 4 per person. As an appetizer allow two per person.  Recipe can be doubled or tripled for larger gatherings or a buffet table.

Estimated cost: $3.00 or less.   
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