Is there a more iconic TV show then The Golden Girls? No. No, there is not. In a society that views growing older with trepidation and, sometimes, horror, the girls showed everyone that older ladies could be sassy, independent, sexy women. By older, I mean like 50…they were all in their 50s…except for Sophia, of course. As I sit here at 40, 50 doesn’t seem so much older, but that’s Hollywood for you. In any case, the chemistry between the leads was phenomenal and Betty White. I mean, do I really have to say anything else?
I still watch whenever I happen to catch reruns on TV. And we discovered that my dog, who has some serious separation issues, seems to enjoy the girls if we turn them on when we leave. Their appeal is truly universal.
Estelle Getty’s Sophia was mouthy and sarcastic. Maybe that’s why I love her so. She also was the consummate Italian mother/grandmother, with a delicious dish always just a commercial break away. This won’t be the first time we enter the Golden kitchen, but this seemed like a great place to start.
In an early episode, the girls have just had a dinner party and as they tidy up Sophia thinks she is having a heart attack. Once a doctor arrives (because in the 80’s in Miami there were housecalls??) he determines it’s a gall bladder attack brought on by overeating. Through the whole exam, Sophia is trying to feed the doctor. She does get him to try her mushrooms and gorgonzola, which is where we come in.
Here is my take on that dish. This recipe is easily modified if you prefer different cheese or no sausage. I loved them as written and they are perfect as an appetizer or alongside a yummy salad.
Sophia's Mushrooms and Gorgonzola
These are terrific as an appetizer or served along side a salad.
- 1 pound button mushrooms (you could also use baby bellas)
- 4oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup gorgonzola crumbles
- 1/2 cup cooked, drained italian sausage crumbles
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (add more if you want a bigger kick)
- 1/8 cup italian-seasoned bread crumbs (panko works great)
- olive oil spray
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Remove mushroom stems and gently wipe caps with a damp cloth.
- In a medium bowl, mix cheeses, sausage, and red pepper flakes.
- Fill mushroom caps with cheese and sausage mixture.
- Sprinkle bread crumbs on top mushrooms.
- Spray tops of mushrooms lightly with olive oil.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, until mushrooms are softened and bread crumbs are golden and crispy.
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