Jul 152014


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 took 24 ounces of white button mushrooms and rinsed them thoroughly. Ahhh happy, happy clean mushrooms…Stuffed Mushrooms Rinsed Mushrooms

If you like cute stalkers in your life the ever available and present too often, Parsley, is available! Please, I need a break as she has worn me out as you well know over these past several months!Stuffed Mushrooms - Mushrooms on sheet with Parsley

I cut the mushroom stems off so that I had serving vessels for the stuffing.Stuffed Mushrooms Mushrooms Caps removed

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.Phoenix, Golden Retriever

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.Stuffed Mushrooms Browning Sausage

After the sausage was done I put it on several paper towels so that it could drain.Stuffed Mushrooms Sausage Draining

Phoenix, my Golden Retriever, had dealt with the mushroom stem and the smell of the cooked sausage now permeated out into the backyard and quickly had him giving me the stink eye for just one nibble.Phoenix Golden Retriever

The onions and mushrooms stems got finely diced.Stuffed Mushrooms Chopped Onions and Mushrooms

I put it into the same medium hot skillet that I had just pulled the sausage out of and you guessed it. The sausage fat was now my browning liquid. Stuffed Mushrooms Saute Onions and Garlic

Then I used white wine to deglaze the pan…Stuffed Mushrooms Chardonnay

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.Stuffed Mushrooms Sauteed Onions and Garlic Two

Next it was time to scoop 8 ounces of cream cheese…Stuffed Mushrooms Cream Cheese

…into a bowl with one whole egg yolk (as a binder) and 3/4 cup of Parmesan cheese until firmly and thoroughly mixed together…Stuffed Mushrooms Cream Cheese, Egg and Cheese

Isn’t the love/hate relationship I’m having with the flash on my camera fun tonight? I tossed the drained sausage into the cheese mixture and combined… Stuffed Mushrooms Sausage into mixture

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…Stuffed Mushrooms Mixture into mushrooms

I placed the baking sheet with these future little soldiers of goodness into a 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes and wha-laa!Stuffed Mushrooms

My loyal, loving companion expressing his everlasting affection for me.
Phoenix, “He won’t give me one!! I hate him!!”
Ahhh, how sweet to show your demonic side my beautiful soul mate!Phoenix Golden Retriever

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.Stuffed Mushrooms

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.

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 50+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories and commentary.

  70 Responses to “Stuffed Mushrooms On A Brisk Winter Night”

  1. Yum! Love stuffed mushrooms! One of my favorite appetizers when I go to a resteraunt to eat! These look great!
    P.s. We still have to go to the Coney Island Bar for a round of these!

    • That’s right!! It’s on my restaurant post list so that would be the perfect reason to go, buddy 🙂

  2. Hi Mike,

    I am not a big fan of mushrooms but can definitely taste them if they are cooked so elaborately, with so much of care! I had never heard of stuffed mushrooms though rooms full of affection has been a good joke to keep using them, somehow!!

    Thanks for sharing, it seems to be a good recipe.

    • Yes, they are surprisingly good maybe even for the mushroom naysayer, Balroop! 🙂

  3. I don’t eat sausage, but these look SO GOOD! xx

    • The neat thing about these is that you could substitute and or altogether eliminate any meat you wish! Thank you for the compliment, Scarlett! 🙂

  4. Yes, please!
    Mushrooms are the one thing my husband can’t eat. The one thing! I wish I only had one thing.
    Anyway, mushrooms are NOT on my “Do not fly” list so I will happily eat these with you.

    • Tamara, is he allergic to them? And I’m curious as to what things don’t work for you? I’m always fascinated hearing about peoples likes and dislikes when it comes to food. Regardless, yeaaa that we can be mushroom buddies! LOL…re: “Do no fly…” 🙂

  5. Are you SURE it wasn’t Mz. Parsley making your nostrils flare? Our summer has been so weirdly cool this year that I think I will make these tonight! It looks yummy. I’m not wild about jarred mushrooms but fresh? And fixed like this? Oh yes, yes, yes! Oops, that wasn’t me, it was Mz. Parsley.

    • I’ve been soooo wanting space from Parsley! I have my eye on Basil, Nan. She drives me absolutely crazy in a good way! Let me know if you really make the stuffed mushrooms and what you think! 🙂

  6. I LOVE MUSHROOMS! They are one of my absolute favourite foods. These stuffed mushrooms sound just perfect, I could eat a whole batch in one sitting!

    • SWEET bring on my mushroom fans today! There is still hope! I do prefer them being cooked instead of raw though, Catherine 🙂

  7. Who needs a winter night for this yummy dish? Just ask phoenix!

    • LOL…so very true with Phoenix! There is no seasonal requirement for mushroom eating or any food for that matter. That made me laugh, Lisa 🙂

  8. ****Ahhh happy, happy clean mushrooms****

    Loooooooooove that.

    This dish looks like a superb app, Mike & Phoenix. May I have some, please?

    Mike, you are a man after many female hearts <3 xx

    • Thank you, Kim! You have an open invitation for a seat at our table anytime! Who are these females by the way?

  9. I love this recipe Mike – I don’t cook with shrooms much as I am one of the ones that has a love hate relationship with them but I am always interested in finding out more recipes to try.

    • Thank you, Bintu! I would love for someone who has been on the fence with them to try one of the smaller stuffed ones. I think they might be converted! Now, your lasagna recipe….THAT is something I’m so going to give a go on!! 🙂

  10. I love mushrooms and this looks like a delicious recipe, except for the egg part (allergic). You are obviously a great cook Mike. 🙂

    • The egg was more additional flair than necessity so that could easily be eliminated. Can you eat egg whites, Debbie? Thank you for the compliment! 🙂

  11. Mmmm…these look so good and would be perfect as an appetizer for a cocktail party. Bookmarking this one. Plus, you know I love mushrooms!

    • That’s so ironic that you mention that Dana because over time and so many of my recipes including mushrooms I have started to remember a few of the likes and dislikes of my regular readers. I totally thought of you because I DID remember you liked mushrooms! 🙂

  12. I’ll have to get your recipe from Pioneer Woman and impress my family like you impressed me. I just have to share my mushroom story with you: Years ago, we moved out of town and built our house on five green acres. I was sure there would be a mushroom patch on this land, just mine for the picking. The library book had me confused between edible and poisonous types. I enrolled in a mushroom picker’s class to find out which ones I could safely eat. After picking mushrooms for 40 years, he died just before teaching my class. What killed him? mushrooms! That did it and I’ve bought mine ever since.

    • OH MY GOD!!! That is an AMAZING story, Neva!! Btw…I’m a storyteller so I love hearing stories from folks. And that one literally made me say out loud, “NO WAY!!!” That is so cool that you went to all of that time and effort to prepare to learn. But, I would have likely had the same reaction as you! Now, about that 5 green acres…that sounds wonderful! I’m envious 🙂

  13. This is gonna be tonight’s dosh to impress the guy 😛 Thanks Mike! And i adore phoenix, he sure does participate well in the cooking 😛

    • That is awesome, Rashmi! I hope you both like them!! 🙂 Yes,you will see Phoenix frequently in my posts…he’s a big part of my life story 🙂

  14. hmm that looks really delicious. Phoenix looks a lot like my dog staying in the kitchen & hoping something would fall on the floor … also the same sad eyes when he gets nothing.

    • Please say hello to Tibo from us! Phoenix totally understands sweet boy’s “pain” for not getting the yummy treats and sad eyes, Freya 🙂

  15. Looks delicious, than you for the recipe Mike 🙂

  16. I am not a fan of stuffed mushrooms but these look amazing!

  17. Ain’t nobody got time fo dat Mike.
    No I’m not.
    These do look great. I think that it is a texture thing that kind of deters people from them? I find that they do take on most of the flavour from whatever it is cooked with. My son says that they make squeaky noises in his mouth.
    My dog eats all the things as you know…

    • Nobody has time to make them or eat them, Kimberly? Well, you can let Chunky know that these were Mike’s Special No Squeak Melt In Your Mouth Mushrooms! 🙂 LOL…re: Champ and his insatiable appetite 🙂

  18. Yummy yummy yum yum! I haven’t made them with white wine before but what an awesome addition. This makes me hungry hungry. And awww, poor Phoenix didn’t get a single one? Just that teeeny mushroom stem that got caught in his lip?

    • Yes, that was unfortunately the only mistake he received this go-around, Kristi! 11 years….he is one VERY patient kid waiting EVERY time!! LOL 🙂

  19. ” … the onions, mushroom stems, salt, pepper and garlic marrying with the wine and sausage fat as my nostrils flared at the inviting aroma …” you make me drool!

    A delicious recipe by the looks of it 🙂

    • Oh thank you so much, Rachel! Your comment just made ME hungry! This is like the foodie Twilight Zone! 🙂

  20. thank goodness my lunch is right in front of me or I might’ve done something irresponsible, like eat half a box of cheese-its. This post made me SO HUNGRY. And I don’t even like mushrooms. I’m trying to like them more cuz they’re so healthy. I can eat them sliced on pizza now. Baby steps.

    • Ah Beth, your comment is another great example that I always enjoy hearing as to folks likes/dislikes with food. Interesting that you can tolerate them on pizza! This was really like a mushroom pizza in many regards. Seriously! Just without the dough 🙂

  21. Omg, these sound incredible! I would love to try this (sans the meat!), I’ll let you know how the veggie version turns out!

    • Oh yes Jess, this recipe and most everything I cook is sooo flexible with adding or deleting ingredients! Please do let me know 🙂

  22. I’m a big fan of mushrooms, different kinds, but I never had them stuffed! I really gotta try it soon. I bet the wine suits this dish the best :-). Bon appetite!

    • No, here is where I’m at a huge advantage. Because of mushroom lovers I can send them to infinity and beyond with this recipe, Agness! Sincerely, Buzz Lightyear 🙂

  23. Mike, They look delicious! But really, how can you go wrong with cheese and mushrooms…two of my favorite things!

  24. This recipe has to be filed in my cookbook. (Yep. I still have a paper binder cookbook. How archaic of me!) These will go in the appetizer section. These would be perfect tapas.

    • Well, that’s the ultimate in flattery for a home cook and blogger doing a food post! Thank you so much, Suzanne, and I hope folks like them when you give it a go! 🙂

  25. One of George’s favorite foods is mushrooms :-). We went mushroom hunting several years ago at a resort on Vancouver Island, then sipped mushroom martinis while noshing on the mushroom lunch whipped up by the chef. Lots of fun!

    • Hi Sand In My Suitcase! I love using mushrooms in a lot of my recipes. I’m soooo curious about that martini you had! I spent a long weekend on Vancouver Island (Ucluelet) MANY years ago with my step father on a deep sea fishing charter. It was a stop over on our way to Northern B.C. for the summer 🙂

  26. Oh, Mike! I wish your photos could smell!!!! Can’t look at these food beauties!!
    A great capture of Phoenix’s face with the stem stuck in between his lip and cheek. Funny 🙂

    • If only we could invent Aroma Blog software right, Alex??! That picture was funny and Phoenix didn’t appreciate me laughing so he went out into the yard and worked it out 🙂

  27. I loved stuffed mushrooms and those look really yummy. Unfortunately, no one in the house likes mushrooms other than my youngest son, so I rarely do anything with them. But sometimes I make them as a treat for the two of us…funny to think of them that way…but usually I just saute them up. I might have to try your recipe!

    • It fascinates me (as you read in the post) at how polarizing they are, Michelle! I’m glad I have a fan of mushrooms with you and your youngest son! Sauteed mushrooms…yummy…I can never tire of that 🙂

  28. Yes, I can almost smell the cooking all the way here in the Philippines! Did you finish everything? I love mushrooms. I would love to cook this but I don’t have an oven. *sniff*

    • LOL…no I did not eat all of them at one, Aleah. I did freeze lots of leftovers and warmed them up in the oven when I got a craving. We need to get you an oven, our dear friend! 🙂

  29. Mike, You can always come visit! Thanks for the shout out!

  30. I love stuffed mushrooms! I have never had pork in them though but these look so good! I’ve only made stuff mushrooms twice. They were pretty good. Hmm I wonder if I kept the recipe. You’re making me hungry!

    • Well, if this made you hungry then I will call that a good food post! 🙂 The ground pork was just an added bit of decadence 🙂

  31. I love mushrooms and this stuffing looks amazing!

    • They neat thing about this recipe (and so many that I recreate), Rita, is that you can add/omit any ingredients you wish 🙂

  32. That looks so good! I’ll have to make it sometime! I love mushroom dishes 😀

    • Hi Michelle, I’m a huge mushroom fan too and hopefully you will really like it too! 🙂

  33. I am blown away by how easy these look to make and how supremely delicious I knew they would be. It’s a bad time of the day to be reading food posts as I’m hungry!

    • I get crazy hungry writing these food posts, Leigh LOL! Yes, they are super easy to make and you said it…supremely delicious! 🙂

  34. I love stuffed mushrooms but as I don’t eat meat I would make them without the pork but thanks for sharing, they turned out really well!

    • These are most definitely VERY doable without any meat in them Becky. So, I think you would like them a lot and you can add any stuffing ingredients to suit your taste cravings 🙂

  35. Mike, seriously – why are you not married!! You are such a wonderful cook, and such a great Dad.
    Those Mushrooms, did i tell you Mushrooms are my favorite.
    I am not a big fan of red meat, wondering if this recipe can be done with chicken?
    Looks so delicious!

    • Ground chicken would work perfectly here, Lisa. And to the not married question…I keep hoping some beautiful Aussie gal will sweep me off of my feet! Keep your eyes peeled for me, ok? 🙂

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