Sausage and Fennel Stuffed Mushrooms

These earthy delights are very straightforward to make and even easier to eat. Their vitamin rich combination of mushrooms, herbs and veggies packs a tangy punch, while the sausage adds a hint of heat, and the goat cheese ties it all together. Just one of these babies is guaranteed to spice up even the most tedious family gatherings.


Caution: May be habit forming!


Ingredients:

Crimini mushrooms, 8oz, wiped clean

Ghee, 1 Tbs

Hot Italian sausage, 1 link, casing removed and coarsely chopped

Shallots, 0.25 cup, finely minced

Leeks, 0.5 cup, finely minced

Fennel, 0.5 cup, finely minced

Dry sherry, 2 Tbs

Garlic, 1 clove, finely minced

Fresh thyme, 0.5 tsp, minced

Worcestershire sauce, 0.5 tsp

Sourdough bread crumbs, 0.25 cup

Goat cheddar cheese, 1.5 cups, finely grated & divided



Preparation:


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F


Trim the hard ends from mushroom stems, pull the stems off and remove the white spongy flesh around the inside of the mushroom cap.


Finely dice the stems and set aside.


Add ghee to a large skillet, on medium heat. Mix in diced mushroom stems, sausage, shallots, leeks and fennel.


Add sherry and sauté until vegetables are soft and translucent, stirring frequently (6-8 minutes).


Mix in garlic, 1/4 tsp thyme and Worcestershire sauce. Cook until liquid is incorporated, then add breadcrumbs. Stir until heated through (2-3 minutes).


Remove from heat and work in 1/2 cup cheese.


Stuff mushrooms cups with mixture and place on a greased baking sheet.


Bake for 10 minutes, then top each mushroom with a small handful of remaining cheese and return to the oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted as desired.

Sprinkle remaining thyme on top to garnish.



Required Cookware:

greased 9x13 pyrex baking dish or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

large skillet


Notes:

Feel free to substitute any type of sausage to suit your preference. For a vegetarian version, simply omit the sausage, and add more vegetables. Pairs well with a dry Rosé.


Servings: 13 mushrooms

Prep: 20

Cook time: 25

Total time: 45


Source:

Adapted from, "Easy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms" http://allrecipes.com/recipe/234844/easy-sausage-stuffed-mushrooms/



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