Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms - delicious, homemade bite-sized mini-appetizers loved by adults and kids alike! The stuffing is made with Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses, cream cheese, bacon bits, finely chopped green bell pepper, with a touch of Cayenne pepper. Baked in a small amount of butter, with a splash of lemon juice.
As most of my recipes are, this one is very easy to make. I made these bacon and cheese stuffed mushrooms one day right after work at 6:00pm, and I was able to take pictures too, even though the days are noticeably shorter. That tells you how easy and fast these are to make. These mushrooms are a great appetizer to serve before pasta dish, such as Creamy Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato and Mozzarella Sauce or Chicken Pesto Pasta with Mushrooms.
- Clean mushrooms by carefully wiping them with a damp paper towel.
- When making the cheese stuffing, make sure the cream cheese is softened but not too soft. The cheese stuffing should be very thick and should be able to hold its shape.
- Once the stuffed mushrooms are done, add lemon juice to the butter. Use butter for dipping bread.
- Garnish stuffed mushrooms with freshly diced bell pepper, chopped green onions, or chopped parsley.
How to make stuffed mushrooms
First, start by pre-baking the mushrooms in the oven to help them lose some of the moisture. Dip each mushroom cap in butter and place mushrooms caps side up in a medium baking dish. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 400 F:
Remove from the oven, and flip mushrooms over, draining any excess liquid from the caps:
Make the cheese and bacon stuffing by mixing softened cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, Mozzarella cheese, bacon bits, finely chopped bell pepper, and a splash of cayenne pepper, season with salt if necessary:
Using a little spoon, fill each mushroom cap with a generous amount of cheese and bacon stuffing, slightly mounding the mixture. Arrange the mushroom caps in the same baking dish:
Sprinkle a small amount of paprika over the cheese stuffed mushrooms (for color). Pour any remaining butter you have into the baking pan:
Bake cheese and bacon stuffed mushrooms for about 20 minutes until mushrooms are piping hot:
Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
- 10 oz mushrooms (20 small whole mushrooms)
- 2 oz butter , melted
- 4 oz cream cheese , slightly softened
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese , shredded
- ¼ cup Mozzarella cheese , shredded
- 2 slices bacon , cooked and finely chopped
- ¼ green bell pepper , very finely chopped
- cayenne pepper
- fresh lemon juice , optional
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a medium baking dish with a small amount of butter.
- Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Carefully break off stems.
- Dip all mushrooms into melted butter to coat the outside of the caps. You will have some butter left - use it later to pour into the baking pan. Place mushroom caps upside down (caps side up) into the baking dish, sprinkle a little bit of salt on top, and bake for 10-15 min to get extra water out.
- After 10-15 minutes, remove mushrooms from the oven, flip them all over, draining the caps of any accumulated liquid - drain it right back into the baking dish.
- In the mean time, in a medium bowl combine and mix softened cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, Mozzarella cheese, bacon bits, finely chopped bell pepper, a splash of cayenne pepper. Season with salt to taste. Note: cream cheese should be softened but not too soft, not melted. Mixture should be very thick.
- Using a little spoon, fill each mushroom cap with a generous amount of cheese and bacon stuffing, slightly mounding the mixture. Arrange the mushroom caps in the same baking dish. Sprinkle a small amount of paprika over the cheese stuffed mushrooms (for color, mainly). Pour any remaining butter you have into the baking pan, not over the stuffed mushrooms directly, but in the bottom of the pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the cheese and bacon stuffed mushrooms are piping hot.
- Optional: Add lemon juice to the butter in the end.
- Garnish mushrooms with freshly diced bell pepper, chopped green onions, or parsley.
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