Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Creamy Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms with sun-dried tomatoes and basil are cheesy flavor explosion on the inside and buttery, crunchy panko delight on the outside!  They are show-stopping, make ahead appetizer perfect for all your holiday parties!
Servings Prep Time
24-28 mushrooms 30minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Servings Prep Time
24-28 mushrooms 30minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
side view of best sausage stuffed mushrooms on a baking sheet with cream cheese filling and panko topping
Ingredients
Filling
  • 24-28 white button mushrooms (approx. 2 1/2-inch-diameter)rinsed and dried
  • 1/3lb. Hot Italian sausagecasings removed
  • 1/2cup packed sun-dried tomatoesrinsed, drained and dried
  • 1/4 yellow oniondiced
  • 1teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4tsp EACH dried oregano, paprika, salt, pepper
  • 4-6 garlic clovesminced
  • 8oz. Cream Cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/3cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 2tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Topping/Coating
  • 4tablespoons melted butterdivided
  • 2teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2cup Italian style panko breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Twist off mushroom stems and add the stems to a food processor along with sun-dried tomatoes. Pulse until finely chopped (alternatively you can chop by hand). Set aside.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage and onion and cook while crumbling until sausage is almost cooked through. Drain grease. Add mushroom/tomato mixture, Worcestershire, and all seasonings. Cook for 3 additional minutes or until sausage is completely cooked through. Add garlic and sauté 30 seconds.
  4. Turn heat to low and stir in cream cheese until melted followed by sour cream, mozzarella and parmesan until melted. Remove from heat and stir in fresh basil. Set aside.
  5. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium bowl in the microwave. Add panko and stir until evenly coated. Set aside.
  6. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a separate medium bowl and stir in 2 teaspoons lemon juice. Dip the outside of each mushroom in the lemon butter mixture. Set mushrooms on prepared baking sheet, cavity side up.
  7. Add Filling to a freezer size bag and snip off a corner. Squeeze filling into mushrooms until it is overflowing. Pat mixture down to create a rounded top then dunk the top of each mushroom into panko mixture then return mushrooms to baking sheet.
  8. Bake mushrooms for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees F or until the filling is heated through and mushrooms are golden. Broil for 1-2 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve warm.
Recipe Notes

Tips for Stuffed Mushrooms

  • Try and find mushrooms similar in size so they cook evenly.
  • Dry the mushrooms very well so they don’t release excess moisture.
  • Use a rimmed baking sheet because the mushrooms will release juices when cooked.
  • Use jarred sun-dried tomatoes.  Rinse them very will so they don’t add excess oil to the sausage cream cheese filling.
  • If you can’t find hot Italian Sausage, then you can use mild or sweet and then season with some red pepper flakes.
  • You can substitute the hot Italian Sausage for lean ground beef, ground turkey or turkey sausage but take care to season it with some Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes.
  • Full fat cream cheese will melt the best but you can use reduced fat as well.
  • Italian Style panko comes seasoned with Italian seasoning.  If you already have plain panko on hand you can use that instead and add ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning.
  • If you find you have left over filling, it is fabulous in pastas, as a spread or dip for vegetable or crackers.

To make Stuffed Mushrooms ahead of time, you can either:

  1. Make the dip up to 3 days in advance, cover and refrigerate. When ready to bake, follow remaining instructions, adding a few minutes extra baking time due to chilled filling.  OR
  1. Take care to use the freshest mushrooms.  Stuff your mushrooms per instructions, place on baking sheet, cover tightly and refrigerate but do NOT brush with butter.  When ready to bake, brush with lemon butter and bake per instructions, adding a couple extra minutes due to chilled filling.