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Crispy and Cheesy Stuffed Mushroom Appetizer

This crispy and cheesy stuffed mushroom appetizer is the perfect bite-sized snack for game day, a side dish, or to gobble up as a meal (if you’re like me!). These button mushrooms are stuffed with veggies, cheese, and spices to ignite your tastebuds! 

vegetarian stuffed mushroom bites on a beige serving platter with a white and grey striped tea towel beneath it, and bowls of ingredients out of focus in the background

Why We Love This Stuffed Mushroom Appetizer

These scrumptious vegetarian stuffed mushrooms are the ultimate appetizer! They’re similar to my baked stuffed mushroom recipe, except these yummy mushrooms are cheesy, creamy, smaller, and packed with different flavors. 

This is a really easy recipe to make so you’ll be popping these bite-sized snacks into your mouth in no time! The ingredients are really simple too – they’re all well-known staples that you probably already have in your kitchen. 

Consider these nutritious mushrooms a must-have for your next party or gathering! (Pssst, you can also make them ahead of time!)

Key Ingredients

Baked stuffed mushroom bites ingredients red bell pepper, olive oil, spinach, cream cheese, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, parmesan, bread crumbs, pepper, salt, and mushrooms.
  • Mushrooms: Large button ones, baby bells or white ones work great.
  • Veggies: Onion, bell pepper, spinach
  • Herbs: Garlic
  • Cheese: Cream cheese, parmesan cheese
  • Spices: Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper.
  • Crispy: Breadcrumbs. For a gluten-free version, you can use almond flour.
  • Oil: Extra virgin olive oil

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How To Make Stuffed Mushrooms

Step 1: Preheat

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2: Cook Onion + Garlic

Heat olive oil in a pan on medium heat and cook your sliced onion and minced garlic for about 2 mins, mostly until the garlic is fragrant and the onion is translucent.

oil with chopped onion in a skillet.

Step 3: Cook Bell Pepper

Add chopped bell pepper and cook the mixture for 5 more minutes.

chopped onion and red bell peppers in a skillet with oil.

Step 4: Add Spinach

Add spinach to the pan and cook while stirring for one more minute, or until the spinach has wilted.

mushroom stuffing mix in skillet with wooden spoon onion garlic oil bell pepper spinach.

Step 5: Add Cream Cheese

Remove the pan from heat and add the cream cheese. Stir it to combine with the veggies.


Step 6: Add Breadcrumbs

Add 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs, along with salt and pepper. Stir again to combine.

crispy mushroom filling with cream cheese in a skillet.

Step 7: Prep Mushrooms

Wash and dry the mushrooms, remove their stems, and trim their edges. Arrange them on a baking sheet.

Step 8: Stuff Peppers

Stuff your mushrooms with the cream cheese, veggie, and breadcrumb filling.


Step 9: Make Topping

In a small bowl, mix 1 tbsp of breadcrumbs with 1/4 cup of grated parmesan, and add 1/2 tsp of Italian seasoning. Sprinkle this mixture on top of the stuffed mushrooms.


Step 10: Bake

Bake the vegetarian stuffed mushrooms for 20-25 minutes. The mushrooms should be cooked through and the tops golden brown. Enjoy!

stuffed-mushroom-bites-on-baking-tray baked.

Recipe FAQs

Can stuffed mushrooms be made ahead?

Yes, you can make these veggie-stuffed mushrooms ahead of time! It’s a great idea to stuff them and have them all prepared ahead of time and then bake them off when you’re ready. Just keep them refrigerated for up to a day in an airtight container, and then place them in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes when you’re ready to eat.

How do you get the moisture out of mushrooms before stuffing them?

Dry the mushrooms thoroughly before stuffing them! You can also turn them upside down on a cooling rack to allow excess moisture to drip out.

What pairs well with stuffed mushrooms as a side dish?

Although these stuffed mushrooms are often eaten as a little bite-sized appetizer, you can also enjoy them as a side dish to complete your meal! If you’re a meat-eater, you can pair them with baked chicken wings, this chicken skewer salad, or seared salmon. If you’d like to keep the meal 100% vegetarian, enjoy them with a salad or something like this roasted spaghetti squash with a creamy sauce.


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Crispy and Cheesy Stuffed Mushroom Appetizer

This crispy and cheesy vegetarian stuffed mushroom appetizer is the perfect bite-sized snack for game day, a side dish, or to gobble up as a meal (if you’re like me!).
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Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Side Dish, Starters and Sides
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Nut Free, Sugar Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings7 people
Calories: 122kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov



  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • cup cream cheese
  • cup bread crumbs
  • 1 lbs large mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Heat olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Cook sliced onion and minced garlic for 2 min.
    1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 small onion,, 2 cloves garlic,
  • Add chopped bell pepper and cook for 5 more minutes.
    ½ red bell pepper,
  • Add spinach, cook for 1 min, or until spinach has wilted.
    2 cups spinach,
  • Remove from heat and add cream cheese. Stir to combine.
    ⅓ cup cream cheese
  • Add ⅓ cup breadcrumbs, salt and pepper and stir again.
    ⅓ cup bread crumbs, pinch salt, pinch black pepper
  • Wash the mushrooms, remove the stems and trim the edges. Arrange on a baking sheet.
    1 lbs large mushrooms
  • Stuff with the filling.
  • Mix 1 tbsp breadcrumbs with ¼ cup of grated parmesan and ½ tsp Italian seasoning in a small bowl. Sprinkle on top of the mushrooms.
    1 Tbsp bread crumbs, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • Bake for 20-25 min, mushrooms should be cooked and the tops golden brown.


  • For a gluten free option use GF bread crumbs. 
  • Ovens may vary in time, keep in eye on the mushrooms to make sure they don’t burn. 


Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1246IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg
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