Thursday, February 2, 2012

Touchdown Stuffed Mushrooms

I wasn't planning on posting another Super Bowl recipe, but this idea came to me in the shower yesterday and I just had to make it for you. Yes, I was thinking about you in the shower. Specifically, I was thinking about what to bring to my sister's Super Bowl party on Sunday. Don't judge me. I knew you would want to make this for your Super Bowl party. I did this for you. You're welcome.

I told her I would make stuffed mushrooms, but I knew I had to make them special because I love themed food for parties. I used to make football shaped rice krispie treats or a cake decorated as a football field. But since I no longer eat foods where "Red 40" or "Modified Corn Starch" are on the list of ingredients, those treats will not be making an appearance this year.

I decided I would make two teams of stuffed mushrooms, facing off on a mini football field, okay, serving tray. But how to differentiate the teams from one another? Multi colored peppers - very cute! I ran to the store on my way to work and purchased my supplies. I was determined to test this theory before Sunday to see how it worked out. Luckily for both of us, it was a winner.

In the pan...                                                    Stuffing...                                  Going into the oven...                              
Touchdown Stuffed Mushrooms
Serves: 8-10
Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 30
Total Time: 45

-22 whole button mushrooms (11 for each team!) 
-1/2 lb spicy pork sausage
-1/2 medium white onion, very finely diced
-3 garlic cloves, finely minced
-1 egg
-1/4 cup almond meal
-dash of salt and pepper
-1 tsp basil
-1/2 tsp paprika
-2 tbsp olive oil
-1 to 2 small red chili peppers
-1 to 2 small yellow chili peppers 
(you could substitute any color of small, round peppers that you have)

-Remove stems from mushrooms and dice, set mushroom caps aside.
-Heat a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add sausage and brown for 3-4 minutes until no longer pink, making sure to break up the sausage into small crumbles as you cook.
-Add diced onions, garlic and mushroom stems to the pan. Cook with sausage until sausage is completely browned and veggies are soft.
-Pour contents of pan into a bowl and stir in egg, almond meal, salt, pepper, paprika and basil.
-Toss mushroom caps in a bowl with 2 tbsp of olive oil
-Spoon an equal amount of the mixture into each mushroom cap, about 1 heaping tablespoon. Place mushroom caps in a large glass baking dish.
-Slice one of the red peppers into 11 thick rings (if you run out of pepper, start cutting up a second one in the same color), place one ring on top of 11 of the stuffed mushroom caps
-Slice one of the yellow peppers into 11 thick rings (again, if you run out of pepper, start cutting up a second one in the same color), then cut the rings in half and place them on top of 11 of the mushrooms in an "x" formation (see picture for detail)
-Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes
-Turn heat up to broil and bake for an additional 3 minutes, until a nice crust begins to form
-Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes.
-Once mushrooms are cool enough to handle, place them on a platter in opposing team formations.
-Who will win? "X's" or "O's"? Everybody is a winner!