Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The best appetizer you've never had

If you ask me what my favorite foods are, mushrooms will be at the top of the list. I LOVE mushrooms and don't discriminate against any: raw, canned, cooked, sauteed. I love them all. But my all time favorite mushroom dish has to be these stuffed mushrooms. I am submitting this recipe for the SITS recipe contest because it is DELICIOUS, easy, quick, and requires only a few ingredients....all things I look for in a recipe. Let's begin, shall we?

You need 12 portobello stuffer mushrooms (or 4 large cap mushrooms), mozzarella cheese, one small chopped onion, sage sausage, 8 ounce block of cream cheese, bread crumbs, and Italian seasoning. You with me so far?

First, brown the sausage with the chopped onion. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning.

While the sausage is browning, scoop out the stems and mushroom guts.
Once the sausage is browned, add the block of cream cheese.

Heat the cream cheese until soft and stir together.
Fill each mushroom with the sausage mixture.

Sprinkle each mushroom with mozzarella cheese.

Next, spoon some bread crumbs on top of the cheese. (I used Italian style bread crumbs.)

Drizzle melted butter or margarine on top of the bread crumbs.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. (The large caps take a little longer, about 20 minutes.) If you want to crisp the top, just put them under the broiler for about 5 minutes. Just look at these babies. Are they calling your name yet?

These go perfectly with any pasta dish, steak (which is how we ate them tonight) or you can eat them as they are. They are very filling and so delicious. I'd love to hear your verdict if you try them!

If you want to see more SITS recipe contest entries, click here. Wish me luck in becoming of the 5 finalists!

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26 comments:

Mamahut said...

OMG those look yummy! I just finished eating too.

Tiffany said...

You just made my day.... I LOVE stuffed mushrooms... almost as much as the russian peasant!!!!!!!

AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Karen said...

Oooohhhh ... stuffed mushrooms, my favourite!!!

This recipe looks good and I have some mushrooms in the fridge. have to check on the rest of the ingredients.

In best spirit of competition, I wish you the best of luck!! :-)

Mrs4444 said...

Holy YUM! The only mushrooms I don't like are the CANNED ones; can't get past the texture!

Rhea said...

I just can't do mushrooms. This looks good, but I just can't do it. It's psychological, I know.

LINDA said...

I share your love of fungi. I have a portabella pizzetta recipe over at my recipe blog.
Have you ever ventured over there?
I'm having a giveaway there. You could look around and sign up.
http://parkersgeneral.blogspot.com
Good luck!

Delberta said...

yum ! will have to make some soon, I LOVE mushrooms.

sassy stephanie said...

My husband loves mushrooms. Guess I could give it a go and try to make this for him.

Me said...

Thanks for the nice comment on SITS :)

I have seen your blog before! It's great. Shared it with a friend too, who is way in to John Deere.

Lula! said...

These look fabulous, but I have to admit--I'd just eat the stuffing out of them! Not a huge fungi fan! My husband would LOVE them, too.

Z's Mom said...

I'm not a fan of the fungi either....Fun Guy - yes, fungi - no! I wish you all the luck though....I do love cheese.....so that part looks pretty darn good in that last pic!

Merrie said...

I love the sound of all that. Big mushroom fans here. I'll be trying that one, and I love that it's a side and not just an appetizer. (Either/or, right?)

absurdly yours said...

Oh my....I just tried to lick my computer because those looked sooooo good. Unfortunately, all I got was dust.

absurdly yours said...

Oh my....I just tried to lick my computer because those looked sooooo good. Unfortunately, all I got was dust.

greedygrace said...

These look delicious! I'll have to try them!

Breanne Vasquez said...

Those look wonderful - I am going to have to make for my husband he loves stuffed mushrooms.

Finding Normal said...

Got the stuff for these for tonight! They didn't have portobello stuffers, so I got big buttons. We'll see how that works out!

Finding Normal said...

Got the stuff for these for tonight! They didn't have portobello stuffers, so I got big buttons. We'll see how that works out!

Finding Normal said...

Got the stuff for these for tonight! They didn't have portobello stuffers, so I got big buttons. We'll see how that works out!

Jules said...

These look yummy. I wonder if I cn do them with ground turkey? Hmmm........

Tiffany said...

YOU MADE THE SEMI-FINALS! CONGRATS!

Karen said...

Congratulations on being in the semi-finals!!!! :-)

Junior Mints said...

I'm making these this weekend.
I can't wait, they look awesome!

Michelle said...

I've seen sage sausage, but I gotta say I've never tried it. Now's a good time as any! I'm off to wipe the drool off my chin and head to the grocery store!

4funboys said...

yummmmmmmmmmmmmm

I know my boys would love these... maybe next week after I get a little more into a routine!

thanks for sharing

Mrs4444 said...

Shared this recipe on Facebook tonight-YUM!