Serves a Crowd

Creamy Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

February  9, 2010
4.6 Stars
Author Notes

This is a twist on my ex-boyfriend's mother's recipe which I couldn't help but think I could make so much better, and I did. This is something I make for Thanksgiving and even the children who don't like mushrooms love it. —ADRIENE

Test Kitchen Notes

Adriene's stuffed mushrooms are the kind of coveted hors d'oeuvres that go all too fast at a party -- so it's a good thing this recipe makes enough for a big crowd. The splash of balsamic that cloaks the mushrooms prior to their first go-round in the oven infuses them with a touch of sweetness and acidity that acts as a wonderful counterpoint to the savory sausage-laced cream cheese stuffing. We chose an aged Asiago and, though it didn't melt as well as a fresh one would, we loved the earthy, piquant accent it added to these rich, addictive little 'shrooms. —The Editors

  • Serves 15 to 20
  • 5 pints button mushrooms
  • 4 Italian sausage links
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 yellow onions, minced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 ounces asiago cheese, shredded
  • 7 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F. Wipe mushrooms clean with a damp cloth and pull out the stems and discard. Toss the cleaned de-stemmed mushrooms with 5 tablespoons of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Spread out on a sheet pan and bake for 30 minutes. Set aside and cool.
  2. Slit the Italian sausage and remove casing. Crumble in a heated pan and sauté until golden brown. Break up into small pieces while it is cooking. Set aside and cool.
  3. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a sauté pan and add the onions. Cook until dark and caramelized, about 15 to 20 minutes. Then add in the garlic and cook for a minute.
  4. Now add the cooked sausage, onions and garlic, cream cheese, salt and pepper, and 3 oounces of shredded Asiago cheese to a bowl and mix well with your hands. Break apart any large pieces of sausage.
  5. Heat your oven to 375° F. Line up your mushrooms in a greased baking dish with the core side facing up. Stuff each mushroom with a generous portion of the creamy sausage mixture. Top the mushrooms with the remaining Asiago cheese.
  6. Bake your mushrooms for roughly 45 minutes or until the cheese on top is golden brown. (This dish can be made up to 3 days ahead of time and put in the cooler until you are ready to put it in the oven.)
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77 Reviews

Darian January 2, 2022
These were a HUGE hit at my family Christmas gathering, even among the non-mushroom lovers. I used cream cheese that had jalapeno in it, partly to use it up, but I loved the little added kick. I also shortened both cooking times for the mushrooms based on other reviews and they were perfect. I had a little extra filling, but it was so good on its own, we had no trouble finishing it.
cosmiccook November 29, 2021
Not a review but a suggestion. Recipes that are published by everyone should have accompanying measurements.
Harper November 29, 2021
I made these mushrooms a few years ago for the 1st time. Ever since then, my nephew in-law always politely finds a way to ask if I can make them for Thanksgiving dinner. This Thanksgiving I changed the recipe a little by using Soy Chorizo. It gave them a nice little kick. I have a lot of the "stuffing" mix left over. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to use it for another dish or meal? Thanks
zoumonkie November 29, 2021
Use real sausage and there won’t be any left overs
Achefwannabe December 4, 2021
That made me laugh, touché.
Achefwannabe December 4, 2021
I use leftover filling for stuffed mushroom from a different recipe in stuffed shells. I add some ricotta cheese, more roasted garlic and some Italian seasoning.
Harper December 7, 2021
Thank you. Thats a great idea!
cosmiccook November 2, 2021
I just don't care for cream cheese. Has anyone tried this w Ribiolina cheese (for those fortunate enough to get it) --not to be confused w Bosina Robiola--? Or w a ricotta & mascarpone?
Achefwannabe October 1, 2021
I made the filling last night and and did the initial bake of the mushrooms early this morning. Finished them tonight and they were excellent. You could definitely taste the sweetness of the balsamic vinegar on the mushrooms.
I took the advice of earlier reviews and baked the the mushrooms for only 15 minutes the first time and 25 minutes for the final bake. I think the suggested bake times would result in small shriveled mushrooms.
Jc September 15, 2021
P.S. save those mushroom bottoms! I marinated them separately, chopped, browned and used them with the leftover stuffing to enhance a Moussaka.

Save the liquid off the roasted mushrooms- it can be your secret something in your next sauce or soup.
Jc September 15, 2021
This was good, the balsamic vinegar really works. On another occasion I might try sherry vinegar instead.

I reduced the cooking time for both baking periods and still felt the mushrooms were overdone so I will adjust further next time.

I used a pound of large, 2-3” cremini and a half recipe of filling - still had leftover filling which is a nice bonus.
leal_luis August 13, 2021
So good! Reused leftover filling with some pasta!!
Laura S. December 23, 2020
I love these mushrooms and my family always requests them for parties. They are delicious!
1 major note- I only bake for 10min convection or 15 regular bake the first time. When I tried baking them for 30min, they shrunk way too much.
I use chicken sausage instead of pork for a lighter variation and they are fabulous!

Lastly- it makes a lot of filling and you will always have leftover. I either buy more mushrooms or use them as a decadent filling for stuffed shells!
Laura S. December 23, 2020
I love these mushrooms and my family always requests them for parties. They are delicious!
1 major note- I only bake for 10min convection or 15 regular bake the first time. When I tried baking them for 30min, they shrunk way too much.
I use chicken sausage instead of pork for a lighter variation and they are fabulous!
Elif December 18, 2019
I make this for almost every party I host. It's such a crowd pleaser. The best is, I usually make the filling and oven-cook the mushrooms the day before and put in the fridge (or just prep the filling the day before and do all the baking on the day of). On the day of the party, I stuff the mushrooms and do the final baking just before the party starts, so everything is still warm when the guests arrive with minimal work on the day of the party.
brian November 25, 2019
I've made this recipe a few times now as a Thanksgiving appetizer, and everyone loves them, plus they are gluten free.

I believe when the recipe calls for 5 pints (pint = 16 oz by volume) of mushrooms, it's really five 16 oz (by weight) packages of mushrooms. Yes, 5 pounds. Seems like a lot, but the mushrooms cook down before you stuff them, and there is enough stuffing for 5 pounds worth. At least in my experience anyway. Hope this helps.
Malka L. November 29, 2018
and one more question: Would it work to make the stuffing ahead of time and freeze it? I'd like to do this in two batches for two different gatherings. Thank you.
JR November 29, 2018
i honestly dont know how the sausage would be thawed out. i wouldnt do it. you could probably make the stuffing one day ahead and keep it in the fridge.
zoumonkie November 29, 2018
Sure you can freeze it; fresh is better. Frozen food is leftovers. If your guests aren't important, frozen is fine. It's like bringing a box of store bought cookies to a pot luck dinner.
JR November 29, 2018
Good luck, Malka. I think there are steps of this recipe that you can do ahead (a day maybe) but not much more. Dont freeze this one. If you end up making this dish, I promise that you will enjoy it.
Malka L. November 12, 2018
So my question is re: quantity of mushrooms. Is it 5 pints or 5 pounds of mushrooms?
zoumonkie November 12, 2018
Fill mushrooms until you run out of stuffing. By looking at the ingredients, 5 pints should be more than enough. Five pounds would feed an army.
Frank P. August 12, 2018
Very popular when I have served them. I would cut back on the cream cheese a little
anaevas January 1, 2018
Made these for our NYE family party and my family and cousins were eating these two and three at a time. They were really tasty and easy to do :) This recipe is a keeper.
hltruelove December 23, 2017
Is this okay to make one day ahead for bringing to a party?
zoumonkie December 23, 2017
Who takes leftovers to a party?
hltruelove December 23, 2017
Huh? No, not leftovers—I'm asking can you make ahead so you're not rushing on a busy holiday-day. Do they reheat well, that kind of thing.
JR December 24, 2017
i would do all the steps ahead up to stuffing the mushrooms and then do the baking (step 4) at the party.
hltruelove December 24, 2017
Genius, thanks!
Sarah November 29, 2017
Made these for Thanksgiving as appetizers, and they were a GIANT hit. I could see people eyeing them who already had their share and wanted more (including myself)! I also kept getting asked what the sweetness was, the balsamic is a great touch. I will definitely be making these on every holiday.
nancy E. October 31, 2017
I have a feeling everyone complaining about mushrooms shrinking and creating juice in cooking, washed them rather then rubbing off the surface. Mushrooms are like a sponge and should not be washed.
JR May 4, 2017
this is highly addictive. you wont be able to limit the amount that you eat. for real. the trick to success is to bake the mushrooms first. i saved the liquid to use for stock at a later date.