Stuffed Portobellos

This past Saturday, after a great run in the cold and pouring rain, I could just not warm up. The solution, as always, a hot bubble bath and then some quality time spent in the kitchen. While doing the week’s shopping at Trader Joe’s I came up with a recipe for an easy stuffed Portobello mushroom. I couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen to get started. image

Smuckers loves Foodbuzz too! The starring ingredients of this easy dish: 2 large Portobello mushrooms, cleaned 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or fresh garlic, I was too lazy to be honest) 2 Italian chicken sausages (I used Trader Joe’s spicy Italian chicken, but you could use anything from plain sausage to tempeh to tofu)
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I would say the hardest part of this recipe is removing the gills from the mushrooms. They gross me out so. Once that is done, I brushed them with olive oil and popped them in the oven at 375 to get some of the rawness out of them. While they baked, I chopped the sausage and combined it with garlic powder, breadcrumbs, and enough olive oil to make everything sort of bind together. I also used a paring knife to cut thin shavings of the Kerrygold cheese, which, by the way, is total cheesy  bliss. After about 10 minutes, I took the mushrooms out, stuffed them, and put them back into the oven for about 10 minutes, topped with cheese. In the last minute, I put the broiler on, and the cheese melted down over the tops.
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So. . . I am just getting used to using the hubs’ fancy Olympus camera, and I wanted to know from you all. . . which photos are better, the ones on top with flash or the ones without? Apparently using flash is a sin in photography/blogger universe, but I personally think the quality of the top ones is better. I would love to know your thoughts so that I can get better at this photog thing and maybe someday have some top 9 photos!

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  1. Cajun Chef Ryan’s avatar

    Love stuffed mushrooms and these bellas with the chicken sausage are a great alternative to pork or beef sausage stuffing.

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  2. talesfromtwocities’s avatar

    Those look delicious! I like the top photos. I’ve had trouble myself with no flash at times and I think it depends on the camera (and, perhaps my photography skills ;) ?) Other people seem to have great luck with no flash though.

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  3. Jillian’s avatar

    What a fantastic idea! I can’t wait to try this with tempeh. PS between your’s and Simply Life’s recipe deliciousness, I’m constantly starving for whatever you post about at various random times throughout the day. It’s a conspiracy ! :)

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  4. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite’s avatar

    Love this recipe! I think if you don’t use the flash, you need to play with the settings so you don’t get that yellow quality. I NEVER use the flash on my camera for food shots… (not that I am an expert…. I am doing a digital SLR photog course next year followed by a specialised food photog one…)

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  5. Kelly’s avatar

    I don’t really get the whole “no flash” thing- I use mine all the time, but I’m not claiming to be a fantastic photographer, or even a good one. I totally agree that I like your top pics better though :) I really want to stuff some mushrooms now…mushrooms, squash, what else can I stuff haha

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  6. Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write’s avatar

    i’m terrible at photography too, but i know that you need better lighting in the room you’re taking pictures in. It will eliminate the need for flash.

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  7. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)’s avatar

    I like the top pics better. Those portabella mushrooms look SO good – mmm, melty cheese!!

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  8. Simply Life’s avatar

    Oh the stuffed mushrooms sounds so great with breadcrumbs!

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  9. theredmenaceeats’s avatar

    I feel like the flash/non-flash thing depends on a lot of factors, including the light you already have. In this case, the flash looks better, but if it’s already pretty bright, sometimes flash photos look weirdly shiny and off in their colors. I think Mardi’s comment about adjusting the settings in your non-flash to get rid of the yellow is spot on, but I usually just post the photo I like the best!

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  10. Rochelle (Acquired Taste)’s avatar

    I love stuffed mushrooms, and porobello are the best! Too bad they cost so much here, I have to just deal with the little button ones. I also like the idea of chicken sausage, sounds so good!

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  11. Jessie’s avatar

    great recipe, sounds really delicious and flavorsome!

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  12. brandi’s avatar

    i love stuffed mushrooms! those sound great.

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  13. traveleatlove’s avatar

    Its so hard to find good light when the sun is gone well before dinner! :)

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  14. traveleatlove’s avatar

    I think its definitely about half me being bad at photography!! Maybe I should read the manual :)

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  15. traveleatlove’s avatar

    I would LOVE a food photog class! When I get home from San Diego, I am spending half a day researching classes and events I want to attend. Hopefully a good photography one will be available! I can’t believe you never use the flash. Your photos are always amazing so I am definitely doing something wrong!

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