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Parmesan and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Parmesan and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms on a white plate

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Gluten-Free

1 hour

These Parmesan and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms are the crowd-pleasing appetizers that will be the star of all your holiday parties.

Our family Christmas celebration is a bit…unorthodox. We’re a blended family. I have three half-siblings– all four of us are married, and we all have kids.

To save hassle and struggle, my parents long ago decided that we’d have the celebration for our family the weekend before Christmas—leaving Christmas Eve and Christmas Day free for in-laws, other parents, grandparents, whatever.

The unorthodoxy doesn’t end there. We also nixed the traditional Christmas dinner a while back. With each of us going to multiple big, honkin’ turkey dinners during the month of December, we figured we didn’t need one more carbo-load. I love turkey and stuffing as much as the next girl, but it sorta loses its novelty if you have it every week for two months straight.

Ingredients for Parmesan and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms - Parmesan, herbs, sausage, and button mushrooms

So instead, we do an appetizer buffet for our Christmas dinner. Every family brings an appetizer or two, plus a dessert. It ends up creating this awesome spread of deliciousness that definitely won’t be repeated the next weekend. Because we’ve been doing this for so long, a few appetizers have become staples. I usually make my Christmas quiche, my sister usually smokes a salmon (she lives in Oregon, so Mr. Salmon flies with her, in her suitcase), we have beer-boiled shrimp, and my Dad always makes stuffed mushrooms.

MY OTHER RECIPES

Dad’s stuffed mushroom recipe is incredibly simple, and like most simple recipes, the success of it hinges on the quality of ingredients. I highly recommend getting some great quality sausage (I get mine from US Wellness Meats) and Parmesan—you’ll really be able to tell the difference—and stick with fresh herbs only.

Filling for stuffed mushrooms in a white bowl, with button mushrooms arranged on a baking sheet nearby

These mushrooms are just so dang flavorful, delicious, and… poppable. These guys are the perfect little treat for drive-by eating. Stroll by the buffet table on the way to the Christmas tree, pop a mushroom. Stroll back, pop another. Before you know it, the whole tray is empty. It’s like magic.

Oh! And my favorite hidden little secret about these mushrooms is that there is almost always leftover filling. Unless you happen to find the world’s largest button mushrooms, you’ll probably have some of the flavorful sausage filling kicking around once all is said and done. And that leftover filling makes for some insanely delicious meatballs. So just sauté them up, toss them with some tomato sauce, and put them on a bed of hot spaghetti. Yum. Dinner is done.

Parmesan and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms on a white plate, with fresh herbs nearby

If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing app, these mushrooms will do the trick. Even mushroom haters can’t hate on ones stuffed with delicious Italian sausage. Enjoy!

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Parmesan and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms on a white plate

Parmesan and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms


  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2-3 dozen
  • Category: Appetizers

Description

These Parmesan and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms are the crowd-pleasing appetizers that will be the star of all your holiday parties.


Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 pounds (24 ounces) large button mushrooms
  • 1 pound bulk mild Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, plus more for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Wash the mushrooms and remove and reserve the stems, trimming the bottoms if needed. Dice the mushroom stems.
  3. Using clean hands, mix the diced mushroom stems, sausage, cheese, garlic, sage, and parsley until thoroughly combined.
  4. Overfill each mushroom cap with the sausage mixture, mounding a pile on top. Arrange the mushrooms on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the sausage is browned on top and cooked through. Sprinkle with additional parsley and serve hot.

Notes

  • To make meatballs using any remaining filling, divide the sausage mixture into balls and sauté over medium-high heat in a little olive oil until browned on all sides. Drop the meatballs into a pot of hot tomato sauce and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Feel free to substitute hot Italian sausage if you like things spicy!

Keywords: appetizers, mushrooms, holidays, Christmas, sausage

 

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  • Bookmarking this as a potential dish to bring to my family’s Christmas gathering :)

  • Aggie SAYS

    Our Christmas eve is usually at my grandparents with my side of the family…Christmas itself seems to change a lot. Now that our kids are getting a little older, we are happy to be in our house for them to wake up Christmas morning. But when they were babies, I feel like we were shlepping them all over the place.

    I absolutely love stuffed mushrooms. I can see how these would go fast!!

  • Sarah SAYS

    Our traditions have evolved, but now we do Christmas Day with my parents & grandparents. We have giant stockings, drink mimosas, and have a breakfast feast (staples are always Polish sausage, peel & eat shrimp, ham and rolls, and fruit slush). We do everything in the morning and then are left with the rest of the day for ourselves. My mom and I are both only children so it’s nice to spend this holiday with our family.

  • Julie C SAYS

    I won’t be with my family this year, but normally on Christmas Eve we have a “dinner” of salami, cheese (not fancy cheese, like cheddar and jack cut from the blocks), crackers (Ritz and Club), and apples. We’ve been doing it that way as long as I can remember. To this day I have a huge love for cured meats and cheeses, and I can only guess it started from this tradition :)

    I made a version of stuffed mushrooms for Thanksgiving at BF’s request, and they were super tasty. They involved mixing up cream cheese, sausage, and herbs and stuffing in the mushroom caps, then baking. Pioneer Woman has a similar one where she actually chops up the stems to use in the stuffing too. So good!

  • Julie C SAYS

    And apparently I need to read more carefully because I see you also chopped up the stems :)

  • My stuffed mushrooms have always been vegetarian (stuffed with ricotta and spinach) but I’m anxious to try these. So adorable and bite-sized too!

  • Kirsten SAYS

    Cassie,
    These mushrooms look terrific. My spouse and I are big shroom fans, and it’s like a date night at home to eat shrooms. The kids are about as icked out as they are if they see us kiss, which means all the more for us!
    I love the idea of appetizers prior to the holiday–wish I could get some relatives to think that’s a good idea!

  • Stuffed mushrooms are my jam! Love that you packed these babies full of sausage….yum!

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