Sausage-stuffed mushrooms

Yield: 3 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 Italian sweet sausages
¼ teaspoon Fennel seeds
pinch Red pepper flakes (optional)
¼ cup Yellow onion, minced
1 Garlic clove, minced
Olive oil, as necessary
¼ cup Parsley, chopped
¼ cup Black olives, chopped
⅓ cup B┬échamel sauce, thick
Salt & pepper
12 Mushrooms, large
Parmesan cheese

Remove sausage meat from casings and crumble into a small skillet.

Saut‚ gently, stirring often, until meat is thoroughly done. Season with fennel and, if desired, red pepper flakes. With a slotted spoon, remove sausage to a bowl, leaving the rendered fat in the skillet.

Saut‚ onion and garlic in the fat, adding a little olive oil if necessary, until tender and golden, about 25 minutes. Stir in chopped parsley and add to reserved sausage meat.

Stir (imported) olives and b‚chamel into the sausage mixture; combine thoroughly. Taste the mixture and season with salt and pepper if necessary.

Pull the stems off the mushrooms and save for another use. Wipe mushroom caps with a damp cloth and season lightly with salt and pepper. Fill each cap generously with the stuffing. Arrange caps in a lightly oiled baking dish. Sprinkle the tops of the stuffing with Parmesan cheese to taste.

Bake at 450øF. for about 15 minutes or until bubbling and well browned. Let settle for 5 minutes before serving.

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