Once again Phoenix and I are going to trot down the mushroom path and bring about the polarizing love/hate relationship so many folks have with them. Obviously, they get used in a ton of my cooking, they are very good for you, and yet they can always be left out of a recipe if it were made for a non-fan. This time the most succulent, delicious stuffed mushrooms are stepping up to the plate for discussion!
I swear to you I make every attempt not to drop food on the floor but I have the tiniest kitchen counters. The one man floor assault team has known this for the past 11 years and is always ready to pounce. Phoenix’s strategy did not pay off as the stem he grabbed got stuck in between his lip and cheek. Sooooo funny despite his sentiments otherwise. He was not amused.
I browned up a half pound combination of Hot and Mild Pork Sausage. I made a half-dozen patties with the leftover pork, froze them and used them over months following this for breakfast. I did not season the sausage with salt or pepper as I felt it did not need it whatsoever. There was already a ton of salt and more than enough spice.
Oh my, I wish you could have smelled the onions, mushroom stems, salt, pepper and garlic marrying with the wine and sausage fat as my nostrils flared at the inviting aroma. This is the beginning of building up the base flavors in the mixture to put on top of the stuffed mushrooms.
Then a really big key here is to let it cool down, cover the bowl and let it set up in the fridge. I left mine in there for 3 hours to really let the flavors become immersed with each other. Then it was time to generously top each mushroom with the mixture…
Then the final product which was crazy delicious! The mushrooms were thoroughly cooked and tender and melted in my mouth. Each bite of these stuffed mushrooms contained that cheesy, sausage goodness with a hint of the white wine tang pleasantly lingering.
Phoenix and I are giving a big thanks of support to our blogger friends, Corinne and Jim, at Reflections Enroute. I stumbled across one of their posts via a Comment Luv link and found out not only that they are American teachers who travel but are doing so living in Germany at this time! My parents were teachers and my #1 bucket list country is Germany. So, it was a perfect match. They truly do travel all around the world and you never know where they will pop up around the globe on their next post. Please go click over to their site here and you will see what I mean and be as captivated as I am! Thank you again Corinne and Jim!
The original Stuffed Mushrooms recipe can be found here at The Pioneer Woman.