If the gang is coming over to watch football, you can nix the bagged snacks and serve this healthier, tastier appetizer. 

The recipe is infused with classic Italian flavors, but you won’t have to spend hours chopping, stirring and sautéing. With only four ingredients, it’s light on effort, but long on enjoyment. 

Prep time is 20 minutes, cook time is 20 minutes, and all of the ingredients should be available at your local natural and organic food store. 

If you’re catering to a gourmet crowd, dress up the serving plate with sprigs of fresh basil or rosemary.

Tuscan Stuffed Mushrooms

Makes 40 appetizers

1 container (10.5 ounces) prepared bruschetta sauce
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese
40 medium fresh white mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
40 small basil leaves (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease large baking sheet.
  2. Combine bruschetta sauce and cheese in a medium bowl.
  3. Fill each mushroom with 1 heaping teaspoon bruschetta mixture. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to a serving platter, and top with basil leaves.     

Recipe and photo courtesy of Buitoni