Sausage Stuffed Cremini Mushrooms
30 cremini mushrooms, tops only
1/2 cup white wine plus ¼ cup, separated (We had a bit of Sauvignon Blanc.)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup bread crumbs
6 sprigs thyme plus 2 tablespoons, minced
1 tablespoon parsley, minced
1 teaspoon oregano
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Swirl a bit of olive oil in a pan and add garlic, sausage and whole thyme sprigs. Pour in 1/2 cup of wine. Cook down until sausage has browned, approximately 5-7 minutes.
When sausage is done, discard thyme stems. Transfer to a bowl and let mixture cool, approximately 10-15 minutes.
Mixed melted butter with remaining wine and pour around mushrooms. Shimmy the baking dish to spread wine and butter around. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until mushrooms begin to brown. (Prepare these ahead of time, and right before company arrives, pour in melted butter and wine and pop into the oven.)