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Sausage and Mushroom Bites

Serving Size: 6 or more servings
Try this easy appetizer at your next gathering. You can prepare ahead but wait to assemble until the last minute. 
Appetizers
Maple Sausage

Ingredients:

  • 2 Mild Italian Sausages
  • 36 mushrooms
  • To taste olive oil, for drizzling
  • To taste salt and pepper
  • 1 cup (1/2 tbsp per mushroom) cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup (more or less to taste) pesto
  • 1 tbsp (optional) parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp (optional) chives
  • 9 (2 caps, 2 slices) cherry tomatoes cut in 4 slices, room temperature
  • 36 decorative toothpicks

Preparation:

Preheat over to 350°F. 

In a bowl, mix the cream chesse, pesto, parsley and chives. Refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients.

remove stains from the mushrooms and arrange on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook in the oven for five minutes, until just softened. 

Meanwhile, slice the sausages into 36 rounds (about 1/2 inch thick). Cook in a pan until golden on both sides then let cool completely (they can be prepared ahead and kept in the refrigerator). 

Fill each mushroom with 1/2 tablespoon of the cream cheese, arrange a sausage slice on top and a tomato slice or cap. 

Secure with a decorative toothpick and serve at room temperature.