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Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

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posted: 12/14/21

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Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are a great appetizer for parties. You will love how quick this recipe comes together – a winner for sure!

a close up of a stuffed mushroom

If your family and friends love appetizers around the holidays and on New Year’s Eve, you are going to adore these Stuffed Mushrooms. Made with simple ingredients and a special trick to make them faster, this is a must make appetizer.

How to Make Stuffed Mushrooms

  1. Prepare the mushrooms. Remove the mushroom stems and clean them. Toss the mushrooms with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Microwave the mushrooms. Place them gill side down on a paper towel lined plate. Microwave for 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Prepare the filling. While the mushrooms are in the microwave, dice the bacon, and cook until crisp. Drain the fat and put on a paper towel lined plate. Beat together the cream cheese, cheese, garlic, bacon, and paprika.
  4. Bake the mushrooms. Place mushrooms on a foil lined baking sheet. Add a little of the cream cheese mixture to each mushroom. Bake and enjoy.

The Trick to Fast Stuffed Mushrooms

The key to speeding up this recipe is to cook the mushrooms in the microwave while preparing all the other ingredients. This is a tip I got from America’s Test Kitchen and it worked magically.

Tossing the mushroom caps with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and then placing them on a paper towel lined plate makes them tender when before going in the oven. This means less time in the oven, and means they will be in your belly sooner.

stuffed mushroom caps on a platter with wine in the background

Tips for Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

  • You want to look for mushrooms that are relatively the same size. This can be hard to do when buying packaged mushrooms. Do your best. They will still be delicious.
  • Use freshly shredded cheese. This makes for the best recipes. Pretty much always. It is worth the extra few minutes it will take.
  • Use full fat cream cheese. It melts better and will work better in this recipe.
  • Top with more Parmesan and fresh parsley. When these are done baking, they are prettiest when topped with more freshly grated parmesan and a little fresh parsley.

Make Ahead

These cream cheese stuffed mushrooms are perfect for bringing to a party! And the great news is that they can be made ahead of time and then baked right before serving.

  • Make these up to the point of putting them in the oven.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours.
  • Bake and serve.
overhead of easy stuffed mushrooms on a platter

Keto Stuffed Mushrooms

These stuffed mushroom caps are great because it will work for your guests who are on a low carb diet.

Most stuffed mushroom recipes have bread crumbs in them. We skipped those, so this is a perfect recipe for those doing low carb or Keto diets. You don’t even have to change a thing in these baked stuffed mushrooms.


Can you freeze stuffed mushrooms?

Because these are cream cheese stuffed mushrooms, I would not recommend freezing them. Freezing cream cheese changes its consistency. These are so easy to make, I recommend only making them fresh.

Are stuffed mushrooms gluten free?

Yes! These are completely gluten free, there are no swaps that you need to make.

Can stuffed mushrooms be served cold?

While these are best when they are warm out of the oven, they are still delicious once they have cooled to room temperature. Though you could bake these ahead of time and then serve them from the refrigerator, they won’t be quite as good as warm from the oven.

Which mushrooms are best for stuffed mushrooms?

This recipe calls for white mushrooms. But we have made these with mini portabellas, and they were also delicious. The more important thing than the type of mushroom is the size. Look for mushrooms that are 2 to 3 inches wide so that they will hold the stuffing.

close up of cream cheese stuffed mushrooms on a platter

What Goes with Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

If you are making a spread of appetizers, here are some other great ideas that would go with these perfectly.

If you make these Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

a close up of a stuffed mushroom
5 from 2 votes

Stuffed Mushrooms

Serves: 24 mushrooms
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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are a great appetizer for parties. Follow my easy recipe for quick stuffed mushroom recipe everyone will love.


  • 24 white mushrooms about 1 pound (see note about what to buy and how to prepare)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 ounces bacon diced and cooked until crisp
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup monterey jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika


  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, and set aside.
  • In a large bowl toss the mushrooms (see note about preparing them) with salt, pepper, and olive oil.
  • Line a large plate with a paper towel and put the mushroom tops gill side down on it. Microwave for 8 to 10 minuts or until the mushrooms are soft and tender.
  • While the mushrooms are cooking, cook the bacon until crisp. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, monterey jack cheese, and parmesan. Beat in the garlic, paprika, and bacon.
  • Place the prepared mushrooms on the lined baking sheet, gill side up. Spoon a little bit of the mixture into each mushroom. Bake 10 minutes.
  • Top the mushrooms with more fresh parmesan and fresh parsley. Serve and enjoy!


Look for mushrooms that are 2 to 3 inches across. Do not buy button mushrooms as they will be too small. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and discard. Use a wet paper towel to wipe the mushrooms clean.
Serving: 1mushroom cap Calories: 87kcal (4%) Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 4g (8%) Fat: 7g (11%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 17mg (6%) Sodium: 205mg (9%) Potassium: 76mg (2%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 32IU (1%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 19mg (2%) Iron: 1mg (6%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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  1. Maria Faria Gonçalves says

    Great recipe, very tasty. Thank you ????

    • Lisa Longley says

      You’re welcome!

  2. Carole Chapman says

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to make these!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love them Carole!

  3. Sandi says

    Can hardly wait to make them. They look delicious.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love them!

  4. Eileen Ralston says

    can i use pre cooked bacon?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes, that will work great in this recipe.

  5. Carl Pirro says

    Great recipes Lisa, thank you. Happy New Year.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Happy New Year!

  6. Connie says

    The mushrooms look delicious! Gonna have to try them

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love them!

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