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Want Football Grub? This Is It! Pizza Stuffed Mushroom Caps

by Mike DuBord

When I was putting together this appetizer, I wanted to try and come up with a combination of ingredients that didn't use any type of breadcrumb to bind the filling together. I really can't imagine what wouldn't taste great stuffed inside of a mushroom, but, this filling is super easy, and it tastes just like pizza without the crust!  You could vary the filling ingredients to suit your taste, or dietary needs, if you like.  These mushrooms could be made and assembled the night before and baked when you're ready to enjoy them.  

You'll need:
24 x-large mushroom caps [more if smaller]
1/2 lb ground spicy Italian sausage 
olive oil
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup diced green pepper
salt & black pepper to taste
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 
1/3 cup pizza sauce
4 oz softened light onion & chive cream cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 tsp dried parsley
1 [4 oz] can sliced ripe olives, drained
pizza sauce for dipping

Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Clean the mushrooms and using a paring knife, remove the stems, hollowing them out.  Arrange them on the baking sheet.  In a stove top pan over medium high heat, cook the sausage in a drizzle of olive oil until it's almost completely cooked, then add the diced onion and green pepper.  Saute until the sausage is completely cooked and the vegetables are still crisp tender.  Salt & Pepper to taste.