I love getting to peek into other people’s Thanksgiving meals. Whether it’s via Instagram or a blog post or just hearing someone talk about their holiday. Thanksgiving is such a traditional meal and I think most of us tend to make the same things year after year. I love seeing other people’s menus for inspiration to change it up a little.
I never considered stuffed mushrooms a Thanksgiving dish but on the first Thanksgiving my husband and I spent together, I ate my weight in them at his mom’s house. And they have been a holiday staple in our house ever since.
I don’t think I’ve ever met a stuffed mushroom that I didn’t love but I like to make mine with sausage, a good cheddar, and cream cheese to give the stuffing that super creamy texture.
For these stuffed mushrooms, I used the Smoked Seaside cheese from Whole Foods. It’s a smoked cheddar and it’s super delicious. I love smoked cheeses so it’s no surprise that I’m now obsessed with the Smoked Seaside. And by the way, if you’ve never visited the Whole Foods cheese counter, I suggest that you do. I go about this time every year to stock up on enough Cranberry Cheddar to get me through the holiday season and I always end up talking to the person working the cheese counter for 20 or 30 minutes. They are so knowledgeable and can recommend the perfect cheese for whatever you plan on making.
I also picked up some of the Whole Foods Sage Breakfast Sausage to use in these. And then the usual suspects: mushrooms, cream cheese, and Parmesan. I already had the rest of the ingredients on hand so there wasn’t a whole lot to purchase for these guys.
These are so fantastic, I could easily eat the entire batch myself. That good. I like to put them out before the actual meal is ready as a little appetizer but you can use them as a side dish for the meal too. They work great both ways!
We’re having a Twitter party on the 12th to talk all about holiday food! There will be 10 $50 Whole Foods giftcards given away so go ahead and RSVP!
Make sure you check out the Whole Foods Holiday Guide which has menus, baking tips, brining tips, basically everything you could possibly need. They also have an e-store where you can order your holiday pies or your entire meal if you need to. And finally, check out Kitchen PLAY to see what a bunch of other bloggers cooked up for the Thanksgiving table.
- 24 small white mushrooms stems carefully removed and discarded
- 1/2 pound Whole Foods breakfast sausage
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 cup Smoked Seaside English Cheddar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a large, rimmed baking sheet with oil and place mushrooms in a single
layer on it.
To make the stuffing, cook the breakfast sausage over medium heat until no pink remains. Drain off fat. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add cream cheese and stir around until completely melted. Add Smoked Seaside, salt, pepper, and onion powder. Stir until the cheese is melted and mixture is fairly smooth.
Spoon mixture into mushroom caps. Sprinkle with Parmesan.
Bake for 20 minutes or until mushrooms have softened considerably.