Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

by Marla on December 6, 2010 · 83 comments

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Could something as simple as stuffed mushrooms make a difference? I think it can & here is why. Before Thanksgiving I was asked to participate & create awareness for Share Our Strength. We are having a virtual dinner party & we invite each of you to attend & join in if you wish.

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This progressive dinner party was developed to increase awareness & alleviate childhood hunger in the USA. The goal this holiday season is to raise funds to feed these kids. Spreading the message as a community can bring the best results –  so no child goes hungry.

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Why stuffed mushrooms? Bloggers were assigned a date and we got to choose our course. I went with a family friendly appetizer. I believe these little mushrooms offered a lot of promise. They are simple, quick, easy & inexpensive to prepare. Even though a bit messy, little fingers can pick them up with ease. Most kids and adults love cheese & bacon.

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These appetizers are filled with mushroom stems, fresh herbs your favorite cheese and little bits of smoky bacon. The bacon & cheese puts smiles on everyones faces over here. On a crisp cool day the smell of these baking is very comforting. Makes me feel warm & grateful for our blessings.

We LOVE winter!

I wish I could share my cooking with all of the folks who cannot afford to feed themselves. In the mean time I can help create awareness.

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This is the second event I have participated in for this wonderful charity. Last year I brought Gluten Free Maple Peanut Butter Cookies to the National Food Bloggers Bake Sale. You can follow updates and become involved in that event too. They hold bake sales in many locations around the US. You can also start your own.

Share Our Table Food Blogger Charity Event

Here is the link if you would like to donate to theNo Kid Hungry Share Our Strength campaign. Every donation counts, no matter how big or small.

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What is your favorite holiday appetizer? Do you have a charity that you support this time of year? It is not too late for you to join the Virtual Holiday Table. Share your recipes & help raise funds to feed hungry children.

*If you have a moment please check out the interview I just did over at Dishin’ In the Kitchen

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms – Share Our Strength

Rating: 51

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 Mushrooms

Serving Size: 3 Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms – Share Our Strength


  • 12 medium Crimini Mushrooms, rinsed & pat dry
  • 3 tablespoons Bacon crumbles, set 1 tablespoon aside for topping
  • 1 ounce varied Cheese, cut into pieces (I like Brie & shaved Parmesan) set 1/2 aside for topping
  • 1 teaspoon fresh Thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Chives, plus some for garnish
  • pinch of Garlic Salt
  • pinch of cracked Black Pepper
  • pinch of Smoked Paprika
  • Cooking Spray


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with rack in the middle. Cook bacon according to package directions. Let cool, crumble up a few pieces and set aside. Gently remove stems from the mushrooms. Chop stems into small pieces.
  • Spray a small non stick skillet. Over medium heat sauté mushroom stems, chives, thyme with garlic salt, pepper & smoked paprika for a few minutes. Mushrooms should be nice and soft. Remove from heat. In a medium bowl combine 2 tablespoons bacon crumbles with mushroom mixture. If you are filling mushrooms with two types of cheese then divide mixture in two. I added parmesan to one bowl & brie to the other. (see note above)
  • Place mushroom caps snugly onto a baking sheet or baking pan. With a small spoon gently fill the mushrooms with mixture(s). Top each stuffed mushroom with the remainder of the cheese & bacon crumbles. Bake for about 20 minutes until cheese is melted. Garnish with some extra cheese & chopped chives.
  • Notes
  • These mushrooms are great straight out of the oven but good at room temperature too.
  • I used two types of cheese in this recipe. 1/2 the mushrooms had shaved Parmesan the other 1/2 had Brie. I encourage you to try whatever you like. See Variations below.
  • If you use dried Thyme & Chives you might need a little more.
  • To re-heat I put ours in the toaster oven at 350?F for 8-10 minutes until warm.
  • Simply adjust ingredients in same ratio depending on your crowd.


  • To make these for the Jewish holidays (Hanukkah) – simply omit the pork bacon and use turkey or vegetarian options.
  • Instead of Thyme, fresh Rosemary would be an excellent choice.
  • Cheese choices: Gorgonzola, Blue Cheese, Romano, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Gruyére, etc. The list can go on & on!

Stuffed Mushroom Recipe Links

Food Blogger Virtual Dinner Party Links

Check out these bloggers who are also participating in Share Our Strength’s Virtual Progressive Dinner Party.







{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Estela @ Weekly Bite December 6, 2010 at 5:55 am

What a wonderful charity!

These mushrooms look delicious! My favorite holiday appetizer is spanikopita :)


2 Heather December 6, 2010 at 6:08 am

Beautiful pics, delicious appetizer and an awesome cause!! You are the best!

We usually serve brie en croute for an appetizer on Christmas eve. It’s a tradition. :)


3 Joanne December 6, 2010 at 6:41 am

It’s definitely important to remember the ways in which bloggers can raise awareness about important topics, hunger of course being one of them. Stuffed mushrooms are always a favorite at my family functions. Love this stuffing!


4 Jessica @ How Sweet December 6, 2010 at 6:42 am

If it has bacon, you know I’m in!


5 Rosa December 6, 2010 at 6:44 am

Lovely shots! That mushroom dish is fantastic and must be succulent.




6 Maria December 6, 2010 at 6:49 am

Fantastic appetizer for a fantastic event:)


7 Wenderly December 6, 2010 at 6:56 am

Absolutely gorgeous! The red ribbon heart is both brilliant & beautiful!! Lovely post! Just lovely!


8 Jenny Flake December 6, 2010 at 6:57 am

LOVING this girl! Such a great appetizer for any occasion! Really beautiful :)


9 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 6, 2010 at 7:06 am

bacon, cheese, and mushrooms are my favorite food groups.

those are food groups, right? :)


10 cat December 6, 2010 at 7:17 am

these look great, I love stuffed mushrooms. Adding bacon and cheese is just genius


11 Faith December 6, 2010 at 8:02 am

Stuffed mushrooms are always a favorite around my family’s holiday table too…yours look fantastic, Marla! Thanks for helping to raise awareness for such an important cause.


12 Cathy/ShowFoodChef December 6, 2010 at 9:12 am

Marla, I think I can feel the cozy just by looking at your beautiful pics. Great recipe, and a cause I support also. Lovely post!


13 Daydreamer Desserts December 6, 2010 at 9:35 am

Great work for Share Our Strength Marla… stuffed mushrooms happen to be one of my favorite appetizers especially those containing bacon! 😉


14 Shirley @ gfe December 6, 2010 at 11:54 am

What an amazing post with all the gorgeous photos, reflections, and recipe! I know my husband will fall in love with me all over again when I make these stuffed mushrooms! No, I’m not kidding. The man loves some stuffed mushrooms. And, these are phenomenal!

I’m happy to be part of this event with you. I truly hope we make a huge difference via our fundraising efforts!



15 Marla December 6, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Shirley: Yes, this is such a great way to promote a wonderful cause. Glad we are both a part of it. Cute that your hubs will fall in love all over again with these mushrooms. Nice to have a simple & satisfying way to make people love us.

Georgia: After preparing this recipe stuffed mushrooms have become one of my favorite little bites to eat too.

Josie: I know, anything containing bacon is a hit over here :)

Cathy: Glad I can make you feel the cozy thoughts.


16 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking December 6, 2010 at 12:08 pm

This is such a wonderful recipe to compliment a wonderful foundation. Stuffed mushrooms are my absolute favorite little “bite” to eat, and these look marvelous. Saving this recipe to try for my next dinner party! Thanks, Marla!


17 A Canadian Foodie December 6, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Where have I been – thank you for the detailed information. I AM IN! This is what I do. What a beautiful (as always) post, Marla. Your opening photo and the other with they thyme and the ribbon had me wanting… the mushrooms look so tasty and your photos are so artful. Did I tell you I am headed to photography bootcamp in Feb. I cannot wait to get my money’s worth out of my DLS… like you do. Your children are so gorgeous, and that is what it is all about. YES! Feed the Children. I am now going to look up the links.
Big hug,


18 Lori @ RecipeGirl December 6, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I wish, wish, wish that my little one would eat mushrooms. He’d like everything inside of these but the mushrooms he’d shove aside. I keep trying…

I’d eat all of them though. Delicious choice, Marla!


19 Cookin' Canuck December 6, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I love that first shot, Marla! These mushrooms have all of my favorite ingredients in one place – mushrooms, cheese (Brie!) and smoked paprika. Perfect!


20 Cookin' Canuck December 6, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Oh yeah – and bacon! How could I forget?


21 Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect December 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Your photos are gorgeous!!! And I just know my husband would love these mushrooms. He likes mushrooms a lot more than I do, and when you add cheese and bacon (two of his favorites)? Perfection. :)

Thanks for sharing this recipe. It’s great to work with you for Share our Strength!


22 louise December 6, 2010 at 3:32 pm

this is a great organization “Cooking Matters”- I will be partnering with them in 2011 to teach cooking classes to inner city families, I’m really looking forward to it.
C’est Si Bon,


23 Marla December 6, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Louise: You are awesome! “Cooking Matters” sounds like an excellent event & you will be the perfect teacher. You have so much culinary wisdom & talents. Those people will benefit greatly from your knowledge.

Dara: I know you and I have a thing for brie. We both use it often!


24 SMITH BITES!! December 6, 2010 at 4:21 pm

my favorite appetizer? this. absolutely these mushrooms – stuffed w/bacon and cheddar – seriously! and your kids are just the cutest things evah!!


25 SMITH BITES!! December 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm

and disregard those two obnoxious !! after Smith Bites – have NO idea where those came from . . . UGH . . . i must be tired tonight . . .


26 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best December 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm

This is a worthy cause to share, especially at this time of year when people are reminded that we all have to participate to give.

Those mushrooms look terrific! A bite sized appetizer.


27 Alicia December 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm

This is such a wonderful event idea.
The mushrooms look amazing. I know my boyfriend would love these!


28 Jeanette December 6, 2010 at 7:06 pm

What a beautiful post and gorgeous photos in support of such a needed and wonderful cause. It’s so apparent through your photos that you whole heartedly support Share Our Strength. Thank you for sharing this!


29 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit December 6, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Mushrooms with bacon and cheese? Who could resist? And thanks for raising awareness of this very worthwhile cause. With all of the excesses in our country, no one should have to go hungry.


30 Diane-thewholegang December 6, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Wow I’m drooling! You had me at bacon. This is a great event and I’m excited to be participating with you. I hope we can inspire people to donate.


31 Carol Peterman/TableFare December 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm

That is a beautiful start to the Share our Holiday Table dinner! I’m looking forward to posting a dessert next week.


32 the urban baker December 6, 2010 at 8:33 pm

marla, these are some of your best photogs! love this post. i am on tap for next week…be on the lookout! xxx


33 Anna Johnston December 6, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Oh Wow.., these mushroom shots look fabulous. Just what I feel like.., getting hungry reading these, might take a trip to the store and pick up some mushrooms and make these for dinner tonight.


34 Brooke@foodwoolf December 7, 2010 at 12:01 am

Marla, this looks sooooo good. What I would do for one of those mushroom caps!
A great dish for an even greater cause.xoxoxox


35 Katrina December 7, 2010 at 4:04 am

These look beyond good. Guests would swoon over these!


36 My Man's Belly December 7, 2010 at 8:42 am

These are the best looking stuffed mushrooms I think I’ve ever seen. And they sound delicious.


37 Kristen December 7, 2010 at 10:08 am

Such a beautiful appetizer for a beautiful cause.


38 fooddreamer December 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm

A worthy cause and a lovely looking appetizer! Caught my eye because I am right beside you on Foodgawker…in good company again!


39 Gluten Free Diva December 7, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Stuffed Mushrooms – this recipe sounds (and looks) wonderful as an appetizer. AND I bet you could serve this as a main course by filling the large portabello mushroom caps with the filling. Either way, little or big, it looks sensational. Love the pictures – especially the B&W ones (with the added coloration) of your kids. Beautiful post! I’m so honored to be contributing my salad recipe on Dec. 8th. This is an amazing way to bring attention to a topic that so desperately needs our attention.


40 Marla December 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Ellen: I completely agree with you – in larger portabello mushrooms these would make a great meal with a side salad or steamed veggies. The fact that there are no breadcrumbs in these makes them a good for gluten free meal plans.
Thanks for your sweet words. That is one of my fav photo of my kiddos.

Fooddreamer: Glad to see you gracing the pages of Foodgawker these days. Always fun to see you over there.


41 Martine December 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I love stuffed button mushrooms! they’re too cute. this recipe is my default one but i can’t wait to try yours


42 Mags@OtherSideof50 December 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Great mushroom recipe (how can you go wrong with bacon, right?)

Loved being on Foodgawker with you today too!


43 Ellie (Almost Bourdain) December 7, 2010 at 9:14 pm

What a great mushroom recipe and great charity. Thanks for sharing.


44 Mariko December 7, 2010 at 11:27 pm

I’ve been seeing SOS all over lately and I must have been totally out of it last year because I think it’s been around for a while!
Great that you’re participating in this. I’ll check out the other peeps too.

I {heart} stuffed mushrooms. Especially these ones. I could eat them for dessert.


45 grace December 8, 2010 at 4:55 am

stuffed shrooms are such a quality appetizer. very nice, marla.


46 Heather @ Multiply Delicious December 8, 2010 at 7:32 am

Such a wonderful charity Marla! And these mushrooms look absolutely amazing. Your photos are breath taking too. Beautiful!!


47 Shaina December 8, 2010 at 9:11 am

These sound fantastic, Marla! Love the bowl of mushrooms. 😉


48 lisaiscooking December 8, 2010 at 1:29 pm

This is such a great cause, it’s nice to see attention brought to it! Great-looking appetizer too!


49 BIg Boys Oven December 8, 2010 at 2:44 pm

wow this is truly awesome, those mushroom looked fabulous!


50 Damaris @Kitchen Corners December 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm

the mushrooms look amazing, your kids look happy, and you’re doing this for a good cause. you’re my hero!


51 theUngourmet December 8, 2010 at 10:46 pm

There aren’t too many things on earth that beat a bacon stuffed mushroom! Yum! Share Our Strength is such a terrific charity!


52 Heavenly Housewife December 9, 2010 at 3:54 am

The mushrooms look spectacular, but the cause makes them even more beautiful. *kisses* HH


53 Cherine December 9, 2010 at 5:13 am

What a fantastic mushroom dish!!


54 Barbara Bakes December 9, 2010 at 6:16 am

The mushrooms look delicious. I recognize the little baking dish we got at BlogHer. I need to pull mine out and use it. I helped Maria with the Bake Sale last year. Cute kids!


55 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. December 9, 2010 at 7:35 am

These look beyond amazing! I have bookmarked this one! You go girl!


56 Jennie @ Oh, Sweet Day! December 9, 2010 at 10:34 am

Amazing charity, mushrooms and photos!!!! :) You rock!


57 Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids) December 13, 2010 at 8:24 pm

OMG – those look SO good! Thanks for joining our awesome virtual progressive dinner party sistah! xoxoxoxoxo


58 Ingrid December 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Great charity! Love this appetizer!


59 Rosey September 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm

These look delicious! I love mushrooms, although my family doesn’t. I’m thinking that I’ll 1/2 the recipe and make them for an upcoming lunch with one of my mushroom-loving friends!


60 Mary Arling May 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm

This sounds like it would be my boys fav,


61 aneesh January 18, 2013 at 8:54 am

thanks Marla another wonderful recipe you have shared with us.


62 February 3, 2013 at 9:30 am

“Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe: Quick &
Easy Appetizer on — Family Fresh Cooking” honestly makes me personally ponder a somewhat more.

I adored each and every individual part of this post.

Thanks a lot -Cassie


63 Sewa Mobil Semarang April 11, 2013 at 12:20 am

These look delicious! I love mushrooms. Thanks Marla another wonderful recipe you have shared with us :)


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