These mushrooms are a great appetizer for a little dinner party or holiday gathering needing some meatier appetizer options. The Italian sausage gives that wonderful herby, savory flavor you want in a good meaty stuffed mushroom. I will say though that the type of sausage does make a difference in a dish like this. I've made stuffed mushrooms with ordinary store bought sausage (pretty flavorless and super greasy) and then made them with some great quality local fresh sausage and wow....what a difference. When you're cooking with real ingredients instead of just fillers, you will taste the difference and get so much more excited about the results, trust me.
Stuffed mushrooms are something I would not have touched, even through my 20's. It took me a long time to enjoy the taste of mushrooms. I still can't enjoy all types of mushrooms, it's a texture thing, but stuffed mushrooms like these can be enjoyed even by the finickiest of eaters.
I was so opposed to eating mushrooms when I was a kid I even wrote out a declaration to my parents stating (in other words) that they should stop trying to feed me mushrooms (peppers and onions were also listed) because I will not eat them anyway because I could not stand the taste of them. I now love onions and peppers and have eaten plenty of mushrooms dishes excitedly. I have to thank my husband for this transformation since he cooked me up some amazing mushroom dishes while we were dating, not even knowing I couldn't stand them. I was won over in more ways than one with that cooking.
If you're not a mushroom fan as I was not even a few years back, these are some mushrooms to possibly help you overcome your fear of these delectable fungi.
Stuffing the Shroom
Don't be afraid to stuff these little mushroom bowls full, even creating a small tower of filling. They stay together quite well and your samplers will appreciate the extra filling. Fill them up, pack them in real tight and let the oven do the rest for you.
Give these delicious meaty fungi a try and let us know how they turn out for you.Print