Although my family Thanksgivings usually has at least 15 people in attendance, this year various circumstances resulted in a small group of just four of us. Knowing that our traditional feast would result in too much food (despite our love of leftovers), so I decided to come up with some creative dishes using familiar Thanksgiving flavors but were more suitable for our smaller crowd. Using Ina Garten’s sausage stuffed mushrooms as inspiration, I came up with these mushrooms as a way to get our fill of turkey. Best enjoyed with a cranberry-flavored cocktail in one hand. —Carrie
- Serves 8
baby portabella mushrooms
olive oil, divided
ground turkey, preferably dark meat
cloves garlic, minced
grated Romano cheese
panko bread crumbs
chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Remove the stems from the mushrooms and chop finely. Set aside.
- In a bowl, toss the mushroom caps with the sherry and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine the turkey, garlic, cranberry sauce, Romano, and parsley.
- Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the turkey mixture and cook until cooked through, stirring frequently.
- Add the chopped mushroom stems and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
- Add the panko crumbs and stir to combine with the other ingredients.
- Stir in the mascarpone and cook until it has melted and the mixture is creamy.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Generously fill each mushroom with the turkey mixture. Arrange filled mushrooms in a snug single layer in a baking dish.
- Bake for 50 minutes, or until the stuffing is browned and crusty.