Mushroom caps are stuffed with savory stuffing, topped with cheese and then baked until tender and toasty! These Cheesy Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms are a totally easy game day or Thanksgiving appetizer!
My family has been making some version of stuffed mushrooms for as long as I can remember. Every Thanksgiving, my step dad would clean out button mushroom caps, render sausage or make stuffing, fill mushrooms and bake them until the cheese was bubbly and browned. Our kitchen was a mess, but our bellies were full.
While they may not be pretty, these stuffed mushrooms are super simple and super delicious! Yay for easy appetizers!
Cheesy Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms
We always used button mushrooms when I was a kid, but I love baby bella (baby portabella) mushroom caps for this recipe. They are a little ‘meatier’ and tend to be a little bigger than the button/white mushrooms in my grocery store.
To clean the mushroom caps, use a barely damp towel to brush off any dirt and debris from the caps. If your mushrooms are pretty grubby, you can rinse them briefly and dry them well, but don’t submerge or soak them in water or they will absorb the water and get soggy and mushy. Once the mushrooms are cleaned, remove the stems and the gills (the dark area surrounding the stem) to make room for the stuffing.
Place the mushrooms on a sheet pan prepared with non-stick cooking spray and fill them with prepared stuffing. This is a great recipe to make to use up leftover stuffing from Thanksgiving for game day grub!
Once they are filled, top each mushroom cap with sliced cheese. We used provolone because it was what we had in our fridge, but you can use mozzarella, pepper jack or even cheddar cheese. (Shredded cheese would probably work in a pinch, but I would imagine it is a little harder to get it to stay on top of the stuffing.)
Pop these guys in the oven and let them bake until the mushrooms are tender (you’ll see them shrink a bit and begin to release a little liquid) and the cheese is melted. Then, pop them under the broiler to really bubble and brown that cheese …
That melty cheese is my favorite part! I’m that girl that will peel off any stray browned cheese from the sheet pan. And yes, the crispy cheese around the edge of a pizza is the best! Anyway, mushrooms …
Made as is, these Cheesy Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms are a delicious meatless appetizer for your party or game day spread.
If you want to please the carnivores in your life, stir some browned sausage (pork breakfast sausage or mild Italian sausage work well) into the stuffing before you fill your mushroom caps. Either way, these Cheesy Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms will disappear in no time!