Phyllis Diller’s Stuffed Mushrooms

Phyllis Diller was a comedian who one of the first female standups to be a household name making many appearances on such shows as Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In and What’s My Line?. Her self deprecating and eccentric stage persona was known for her crazy hair, clothes and her exaggerated laugh. She had a long career that spanned from the 1950s all the way through to the 2000s that included movies and television as well as stand up.

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These are her stuffed mushrooms and just like Phyllis herself they are a bit eccentric. Most of us know stuffed mushrooms to usually have Italian sausage as the main ingredient but not in these.  Instead a can of deviled ham is used in place of the sausage but it strangely works.

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Phyllis Diller's Stuffed Mushrooms

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Stuffed mushrooms with an unorthodox filling from comedian Phyllis Diller.

source: Celebrity Cookbook by Johna Blinn

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons minced onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 can deviled ham (4 1/2 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoon bread crumbs
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • pinch of pepper
  • 12 mushroom, cleaned and with their stems removed
  • paprika

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degree.
  2. Melt butter over low heat and saute onion and garlic until onion is transparent.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients and then mix in onion and garlic mixture.
  4. Fill mushroom caps with mixture and sprinkle tops with paprika.
  5. Place in a small baking dish and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.

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