Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Stuffed Mushrooms and Other Crazy Things


Giveaway Winners please contact me with your info so I can send along the baskets! Dawn and Astra Libris :)

Wow, it's been a crazy week! I wrote my book proposal over the weekend, signed with my agent yesterday, and now I need to start testing recipes so that the proposal can go out to publishers--it's FINALLY sinking in that I AM WRITING A BOOK. Woah! Though I have edits to make to my proposal and I need to test all recipes that I'm including (check and double check that they aren't too close to any other recipe that's been written), and THEN a publisher needs to pick it up... it's still very likely that I'll be spending my summer and fall writing my cookbook/foodoir/advice book that was conceptualized in a single tweet.

Technology rules.

With all that craziness, plus rehearsals for yet another play because clearly I am a masochist who hates having any sort of free time, my time in the kitchen has been very limited. I really wanted to do a week of living off $4 a day for The Giving Table's campaign to fight hunger... but with all the running around I haven't had time to shop or cook for myself and I've had to grab quick bites at local restaurants (aka Taco Bell... I know, I'm sorry!) just to be able to eat--totally negating the purpose of the campaign which is that so many people do NOT have that luxury. I do want to try that challenge though, and am going to make an effort to start next week if at all possible.



Anyway. As always, I am utterly blown away by the amount of support everyone's given me throughout this entire process. I love and appreciate every one of you. Hopefully I'll be able to do another giveaway soon, to say thank you yet again!

These mushrooms fueled me through last week. I made a big batch on Sunday and took a few each day for lunch, snacks, and even ate them cold! They were also a huge hit at my last dinner party. I can't find the rest of the pictures I took of them, though...

In lieu of more pictures of the mushrooms, here is my cat in his attempt to infiltrate the clean laundry. Note his lack of tail, and furry pantaloons.


Stuffed Mushrooms
(Adapted from Back to her Roots)

  • 1 lb ground spicy Italian sausage -- if you can find it without casing, all the better. But I did some sausage-surgery and got it out of the casing just fine
  • 2 cartons full mushrooms, button or baby bella
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano parmesan cheese blend
  • Optional--1/4 cup bread crumbs*


-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Hollow out the mushrooms and dice stems. Grease a baking sheet and place mushrooms about an inch apart, hollow side up.

-Mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Form into meatball shapes and press into mushrooms. Bake for 40 minutes, until meat is cooked through. Top with more cheese, if you wish.

*First time I made these I used the breadcrumbs because I thought they'd make the filling nice and moist. Second try I left them out and they were just as moist and delicious. So, it's up to you. If you need to make the filling stretch a bit, it's a good trick to add the breadcrumbs.


25 comments:

  1. I loooove mushrooms. Might have to make these with field roast! BTW, love your cats fluffy legs. In my house, we call those goat pants.

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    1. What's field roast? Is that a veggie protein type thing? I'd love to know how to veggify these!

      Finn's legs are spectacular. And his lack of tale makes it even better. What are goat pants??

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  2. I love stuffed mushrooms, especially with sausage. Yum! I do mine with a mixture of sausage and ground pork, spinach, cheese, and bread crumbs.

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  3. That pic of your car is hilarious! My dog (whom I pretty sure thinks she's a cat) loves to jump in baskets of clean clothes and curl up. I'm a stuffed mushroom fanatic and I can definitely tell why you spent all week eating them :)

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  4. LOVE his furry pants. My dog loves to get into the washing when it is fresh out of the dryer. Yummy mushies. I made stuffed mushrooms the other night. Best comfort food with mashed potatoes :)

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  5. I am so excited for you! I'm sure it will keep you very busy but it's so worth it - you have a lot to be proud of, lady, congrats! Also, I was just thinking about stuffed mushrooms. Get out of my brain. :)

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    1. Thanks so much! It's going to be a challenge but it'll be good for me, and an AWESOME experience. I am pumped.

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  6. You're right, that's a crazy week! Are you going to try to find a job and work this summer too, or dedicate it to your book?

    These mushrooms look so easy, but so good!

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    1. I'm on the fence about finding a second job. As it stands, all but one paycheck per month goes to something else: Week 1--rent. Week 2--student loans. Week 3--Various Car stuff, repaying my surgery, credit card. Week 4--free!...aka gas and groceries for the month. So I save VERY little and am literally living paycheck to paycheck. We'll see, I guess. I feel like I WANT to dedicate it to the book, because that's an investment in itself, right?

      Yeah, the mushrooms are SUPER easy. I am so glad I found the recipe. The original called for mild sausage, but I just like spice too much!

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  7. That's just about the cutest kitty behind I've ever seen! (and I have four that rule the house right now)

    And also, I really feel like these mushrooms could take me through a lot too. YUM!

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  8. i love that pic of your cat! so funny! congrats again on the book stuff. that is so totally awesome!! :)

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  9. Ashley, first of all congratulations on winning the contest to write a cookbook! And thank you also for stopping by my blog and leaving such a lovely comment - I looked at a number of your posts and I have to tell you that I really enjoy your fun and entertaining blog! I will gladly return for many visits in the near future! And I should not forget to mention that your recipe for stuffed mushrooms would be a hit at our house - they are just a fabulous appetizer!
    "See" you soon and congratulations, again!

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    1. Aw, thanks so much! I have been on a "find new blogs" kick lately and was so glad to stumble upon yours! Immediately after seeing your pictures, I want to return to Europe. Gotta start saving my pennies to make that happen :)

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  10. Congratulations on your book! Those mushrooms look incredible and I have an overwhelming desire to buy your cat some lace up boots and a feathered hat! :)

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  11. Congrats on writing your own cookbook! I love your cute cat and thanks for stopping by..

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  12. I just keep getting more and more excited for you!!! This is so surreal. :)

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  13. Congrats on the book deal. That's awesome! I'm sure it'll be as fun and engaging as your blog posts are. (Also, I hope there will be at least one cat photo in the finished product.)
    I'm totally loving these stuffed mushrooms, too. You just can't go wrong by pairing sausage and mushrooms and cheese. Ever.

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    1. Thanks so much for the sweet words! I am loving your blog as well :)

      Not a deal just yet--a publishing house will have to pick it up--but it's likely :)

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  14. Hehe. My cat has furry pantaloons too. Every time I see him from behind it cracks me up. These stuffed mushrooms look delicious!!

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  15. Congrats again on the book deal! That's awesome!

    These mushrooms sound delicious. I used to make stuffed mushrooms for almost every party or gathering - but it's been a while since I've made them. I think it's time!

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  16. Congrats on the book deal!! Mmm I love stuffed mushrooms. This picture of your cat is great :)

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  17. YAY!! So excited for you and can't wait to read the book! :) These mushrooms look fabulous :)

    Sues

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  18. I heard about the news on Facebook blogger friends and I was so excited to hear you won!!! Congrats Ashley!! I guess it can be quite overwhelming but you deserve it. Good luck with everything! :) I love mushrooms and stuffed mushrooms are one of my favorite go to recipes too!

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    1. I keep seeing blogs I recognize on there :) Glad everyone is so welcoming! It's going to be a huge challenge but I'm ready for it.

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