Whenever I think Super Bowl… I think sausage cream cheese stuffed mushrooms. It just became an annual event in our home. My kids (minus one who absolutely hates… I.Mean.Hates mushrooms) love this appetizer and always request it. It’s so easy and is a huge YUM!

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  • button mushrooms ( approximately 24)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley (or to taste)
  • 16 oz package of mild pork sausage
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1-2 tsp minced garlic

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Remove stems from mushrooms ( I use a spoon) and finely chop both stems and parsley. Spray sauté pan with Pam and lightly brown chopped mushrooms, garlic and parsley. In a larger pan brown sausage until crumbly. Add mushroom mixture and cream cheese to sausage over medium heat. Mix thoroughly (cream cheese should become quite soft as you mix it with the sausage mixture).

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Fill each mushroom cap with sausage mixture.

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Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. Place mushrooms under the broiler for about 3-5 minutes. Watch carefully. Place on a serving platter and enjoy the game!

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This has always been a favorite whether we serve it at a party or for Super Bowl Sunday. Hope you enjoy making this recipe. I’d love to hear back! Oh, and go 49ers! 🙂


fico formaggio con crostini

by jani on August 22, 2012

Ahhhh…  crostini. It sort of just rolls off the tongue… especially if your like-a-me and add the Italiano accent… crrrosteeeeni! I happen to love these little Italian biscuits. Figs, or fico in Italian are a favorite fruit of mine. As a small child growing up in the San Joaquin Valley of California had its special perks. Every summer day I’d run across the road to our orchard, where stood a stately black fig tree. Those juicy ripe figs were sun-kissed and warmed by the afternoon sun… just waiting for me, I know. Sheer delight in every bite! So here’s a quick and easy crostini appetizer. If you’re a lover of figs, the burst of flavors will not disappoint!


  • 1 Tbsp Nakano seasoned rice vinegar (or to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp apricot jam (or to taste)
  • Cambozola Black Label cheese (or other mild bleu cheese)
  • black California figs, sliced
  • chopped fresh chives

To save time you can purchase olive oil-baked crostini pieces. Mix together equal parts Nakano rice vinegar with apricot preserves( or to taste). I use this particular glaze on so many recipes… the savory sweetness is perfect harmony. Brush each piece of crostini liberally with vinegar mixture., then spread softened Cambozola cheese onto each slice. Add sliced black fig, then brush with vinegar mixture. Add chopped fresh chives (I pick mine from our herb garden). Enjoy!


I’m always looking for a quick and easy appetizer. This particular crostini with the blend of flavors – love it! I hope you do as well.

Do you have any favorite crostini recipes? Please feel free to leave a comment and thanks for your visit!