Looking for something a little fancier to serve your guests than cheese and crackers? Warm appetizers, such as these Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms are a great way to level up. And there are several ways you can give them your creative flair.
This recipe can be doubled up for larger parties.
Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms
- 3 Tablespoons extravirgin olive oil, divided
- 1 lb. bulkturkey sausage
- 4 oz. goatcheese, roomtemp, cut into small chunks
- 16 oz. mediumPortobello mushrooms, rinsed,stems removed, and patted dry
- Seasalt and black pepper , to taste (optional)
- Preheatoven to 350°F and lightly grease a large roasting pan with one tablespoon oliveoil. Set aside.
- Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Cook turkey sausage until no longer pink, approximately 6-8 minutes, breaking up the sausage into small pieces while cooking.
- Add goat cheese to skillet and cover for 1-2 minutes.
- Remove cover and stir until cheese is completely melted and combined with the turkey. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Fill each mushroom cap with some of the turkey mixture.
- Drizzle the mushrooms with remaining olive oil and season with salt and black pepper,as desired.
- Place pan in the pre-heated oven and roast until the mushrooms are slightly browned around the edges, approximately 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
Suggested Twists for Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms
The recipe above is pretty basic — and tasty — as is. Why not get a little creative and make this recipe your own?
Spice It Up
- Before you add the turkey to the skillet, cook a seeded and diced Poblano pepper until it softens and develops a bit of color, approximately 3-4 minutes.
Play Meat Matchmaker
- You don’t have to limit yourself to turkey sausage. Any kind of sausage will do. If it doesn’t come in bulk, you can simply remove the casings.
- You don’t have to limit yourself to sausage, either. Any kind of ground meat will work. Just be sure to add in some seasonings for flavor.
- Experiment with other types of soft cheeses. Instead of goat cheese, try out cream cheese, mascarpone, or Port wine cheese spread.
- You can even top with cheese. Before you put your stuffed mushrooms in the oven, put a little shredded Parmesan, Romano, or Cheddar on top.
Have Fun with Fungus
- There are a variety of mushrooms, big and small that could work with this recipe. Explore your produce section and experiment with them. Shitake or white button mushrooms are commonly found at most grocery stores.
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