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Sausage Stuffed Balsamic Mushrooms

When I say these mushrooms are stuffed, I don’t just mean with filling (though they are…it really gets heaped on there). I am also referring to the fact that these are positively jam-packed with flavor. I thought about naming these “TOTALLY EXTREME FLAVOR EXPLOSION MUSHROOMS” but I decided to dial it back and let you find out for yourselves. The filling is beyond decadent. It’s thick and creamy and cheesy and hearty and full of spices. The mushrooms have a bit of sweetness from the Balsamic vinegar and pre-roasting them gives them the perfect consistency. No soggy mushrooms here! I also love the way the Parmesan forms a nice crunch on top for added texture.

With the Super Bowl approaching, a lot of us are looking for tasty game-fuel recipes. Stuffed mushrooms are a staple of most appetizer spreads, but these are seriously a step up. With all these rich flavors no one will ever believe they’re only 47 calories each and only one Weight Watcher Point+ a piece!


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Sausage Stuffed Balsamic Mushrooms

Yield: 26 mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • 26 large mushrooms, cleaned with stems removed and discarded
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 T Balsamic vinegar
  • 0.5 oz sundried tomatoes, packaged dry and chopped (I used Bella Sun Luci)
  • 2 links (about ½ lb raw weight total) hot Italian turkey or chicken sausage, casings removed
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped (or 1 tsp dried rosemary)
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • 4 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ½ oz Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, divided (I use the smallest holed side of a box grater)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a jelly roll pan (baking sheet with a rim around the edges) with parchment paper.
  2. Place the mushrooms caps in a large bowl and toss with oil and vinegar until well coated. Place the mushrooms onto the prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, flipping them halfway through. This initial step will allow the mushrooms to capture the Balsamic flavor but also to release a lot of the water they are holding. This is great because it ensures you won’t end up with soggy mushrooms at the end!
  3. Fill a small bowl with water and microwave it until hot. Place the sundried tomatoes in it and let them sit for about 5 minutes. Drain them and chop them up small.
  4. While the mushrooms are in the oven, spray a large skillet with cooking spray and bring it over medium-high heat. Add your poultry sausage and break it up with a spoon while cooking until the meat is cooked through. You want it to be broken into really small pieces, so you may want to further break it up with a fork. Reduce the heat to medium and add the sundried tomatoes, onions, garlic, rosemary and fennel to the sausage. Cook for a few more minutes until the onions are tender.
  5. Place the softened cream cheese in a large bowl and then pour the hot sausage mixture on top of it. Add about 2/3 of the grated Parmesan to the mixture and then stir it together with a fork, making sure it is well combined.
  6. When the mushroom caps are done cooking, transfer them face down to a stack of a few paper towels to drain for 3-5 minutes. Dump out any liquid from the jelly roll pan, wipe it clean and line it with a fresh sheet of parchment paper. Increase the oven temperature to 375.
  7. Lay the mushroom caps face up on the lined baking sheet and fill each one with the sausage filling. You can really heap it on there – they get stuffed! Sprinkle the reserved grated Parmesan cheese over the top of each filled mushroom. Place the mushrooms back in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes until the stuffing is golden.

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
1 per mushroom (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
47 calories, 2 g carbs, 3 g fat, 3 g protein, 0 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

adapted from Sweet Sugar Bean

pre-cooked: pile them high!

   

24 Responses to “Sausage Stuffed Balsamic Mushrooms”

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    Kim — January 26, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

    These look fantastic! Happy to say I’m heading out to get the ingredients to make them. Thanks Emily for another winning recipe!

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    Jacqueline Woods — January 27, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    These look awesome! I will definitely have to try them. Thanks Emily! I appreciate all you do!

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    Anonymous — January 28, 2013 @ 12:29 am

    I use wadded up, then mostly straightened out aluminum foil that has been sprayed when i do mushrooms. That way if the mushrooms are drippy, they aren’t sitting in that liquid.

    • Cameron Michael replied: — January 28th, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

      That’s a great idea. I bet it works well for other things as well!

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    Anonymous — January 28, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    Do you think I could make these to the point of stuffed and ready to go in the oven on Saturday….freeze them and then throw them in the oven on Sunday?

    • Anonymous replied: — February 18th, 2013 @ 12:45 am

      Mushrooms do not freeze well. If you make them on Saturday, they will keep until Sunday if you refrigerate them. Be SURE to cook them well on Sunday.

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    Lauren Blacker — January 29, 2013 @ 2:33 am

    Wonderful idea and looks delicious!

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    Nicole — January 29, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    You know we aren’t going to eat just one!! Are they a bargain at all? Like 3 for 2 points or something?

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    Karen — January 29, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

    I assembled these last night to bake for tonight’s dinner with some soup. They look and smell delicious! (I might’ve tasted a bit of the stuffing, which was very flavorful.) I knew the minute I saw this recipe I would have to try it. Thank you — your site has provided lots of fresh recipes to kick-start this new year on program for us.

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    Anonymous — January 30, 2013 @ 1:32 am

    Can you tell me what kind of mushrooms you used? My family is not a mushroom fan so I have never bought them. I love them and really want to make this recipe. Thanks.

    • Anonymous replied: — January 30th, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

      They appear to be Baby Bellas (young Portabella mushrooms), they may also be labeled as Cremini mushrooms at your store.

    • emilybites replied: — January 30th, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

      They were labeled “large white mushrooms” at wegmans. Hope that helps!

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    Peter — January 30, 2013 @ 1:41 am

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 31, 2013 @ 12:03 am

    These look so good! I do love stuffed mushrooms.

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    Anonymous — January 31, 2013 @ 12:40 am

    I made these with portobello mushrooms for dinner. They are cooking now, and so far so good!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — February 1, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    I’ve been thinking of making stuffed mushrooms for a while now and I think you just convinced me to do it this weekend! Awesome idea to add sausage.

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    Chef Jeff — February 4, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    This looks amazing. You are a wonderful cook. My mouth is watering and it’s 6:50am. Tiem for some Stuffed Balsamic Mushrooms for breakfast.

    Thank you for sharing your delicious food.

    Jeff

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    Audrey — February 4, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

    These were wonderful!! HUGE hit at our Superbowl party and they will be a regular item to make and bring places. Super yummy :D

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    Audrey — February 8, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

    I made these for our super bowl party, they were a huge success! Everyone loved them, I will definitely be making them again

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    Debbie Isaacs — February 25, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    Made these last night. Got big mushrooms from Sams club. They were absolutely delicious! Even thought I forgot to get the tomatoes, I doubled the onions and had 12 of them for dinner! I am on weight watchers so these recipes are such a help to me! Thank you! Thank you! Thankyou!

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    Stacy Myers — February 26, 2013 @ 1:55 am

    THESE ARE TO DIE FOR.

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    yung@foodyoo.com — February 28, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    Wow…this looks so nice. Sometimes, I use crab meat, fish or shrimp for the stuffing. It tastes good too. Sometimes, I also steam or pan fry it. I love this recipe with cheese and vinegar, must be really yummy. :)

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    Anonymous — February 28, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    Amazing… I made this past weekend for a family BBQ… Soooo good, a work of warning, make a lot because a few isn’t enough

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