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With the official start of the holiday season right around the corner, we’re already planning the menu for our upcoming family parties!
Of course, everyone’s favorite classic dishes are on the list for Thanksgiving and Christmas – but we also like to add some new and special recipes to the menu during the holidays. That’s where these amazing Tuscan Stuffed Mushrooms come into the picture!
These delicious, savory stuffed mushrooms – made with Alessi Sun Dried Tomato Pesto and Alessi Pine Nuts – are going to be the talk of your next holiday party.
Plump cremini mushrooms are stuffed with breadcrumbs, Tuscan kale, fennel, Parmesan and mascarpone cheeses, and Alessi Sun Dried Tomato Pesto and Alessi Pine Nuts add amazing flavor to the mix.
The Alessi family has been selling delicious Italian foods and ingredients since the early 1900’s. They believe that the quality and value of the food you eat enriches your life – and they pride themselves on making products that captures the true flavors of Italian cuisine.
The Alessi Sun Dried Tomato Pesto we used in our Tuscan Stuffed Mushrooms recipe is an old Alessi family recipe. It is made with only the finest ingredients including sun dried tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, Romano cheese, basil and garlic. While many competitive brands replace the extra virgin olive oil and pine nuts with less expensive oils and nuts, Alessi Sun Dried Tomato Pesto is authentically Italian and it shows in the delicious flavor.
Alessi Pine Nuts are harvested from the cones of certain Stone Pine trees. Those pine trees only begin to produce usable cones once they reach fifteen years of age. Each cone, which is manually scaled, contains approximately 100 seeds.
After our Tuscan Stuffed Mushrooms are baked in the oven, we added a little more delicious Alessi flavor – with dollop of Sun Dried Tomato Pesto and mascarpone cheese and a sprinkle of Pine Nuts on top.
Our Tuscan Stuffed Mushrooms will be a delicious addition to any holiday meal or a delicious appetizer to serve at a holiday cocktail party.
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Tuscan Stuffed Mushrooms
*Note: For this recipe (including the topping) you will need two 1.75 ounce jars of Alessi Pine Nuts, and two 3.5 ounce jars of Alessi Sun Dried Tomato Pesto and two 8 ounce containers of mascarpone cheese.
1 1/2 pounds cremini (baby Bella) mushrooms (try to buy 20 uniformly-sized, medium-sized mushrooms)
1/2 cup marsala wine
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 cup fennel diced small (use white bulb cored and trimmed)
2 cups Tuscan kale, ribs removed and leaves chopped small (also called Lacinato kale)
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
1 cup Italian style bread crumbs
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Alessi Pine Nuts*, chopped small
1/2 cup Alessi Sun Dried Tomato Pesto*
1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese*
1 cup mascarpone cheese*
2 tablespoons Alessi Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
Alessi Pine Nuts, to garnish each mushroom
Carefully remove the stems from mushrooms. The mushrooms should be about an ounce each, less when stem is removed. Dice the stems small and set aside.
Place mushroom caps opening side up in a baking dish and pour the marsala wine over each. Set this aside while you work on the stuffing.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large sauté pan heated to medium high heat, place one tablespoon of the olive oil.
Add the diced mushroom stems as well as the chopped fennel and sauté for 3 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, the chopped kale and minced garlic and sauté for two additional minutes then remove from heat and set aside.
In a large bowl place bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Alessi Pine Nuts, Alessi Sun Dried Tomato Pesto, salt, pepper and mascarpone cheese. Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until well mixed.
Divided the filling between the 20 mushroom caps, pressing the filling into the mushroom cavity and mounding high. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes.
While mushrooms are baking, make topping by mixing the mascarpone cheese with the Alessi Sun Dried Tomato Pesto stirring until smooth. Place mixture in a pastry bag fitted with a small star tip and refrigerate until needed.
Transfer baked mushroom caps to a serving platter using a spoon to lift each one out. Allow to cool slightly, then use the pastry bag to add a rosette of topping to each mushroom. Add a final sprinkle of Alessi Pine Nuts over the top. Serve immediately.
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