Hearty stuffed mushrooms filled with rich cream cheese, tender spinach, melty mozzarella and parmesan, and vibrant garlic then topped with crispy panko bread crumbs. An appetizer or party snack recipe that's sure to impress! They're easy to make and perfect for entertaining.
Ready in: 35 minutesminutes
22largecremini mushrooms or button mushrooms,cleaned, stems removed
Preheat oven and prepare baking sheet: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Optionally you can line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easier clean up.
Squeeze moisture from spinach: Place spinach on several layer of paper towels, spread it out a little then fold paper towels over and squeeze most of the excess moisture from spinach. Place in a medium mixing bowl.
Mix cheeses and seasoning: Add in cream cheese, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, garlic and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir mixture to blend.
Oil mushrooms: Place mushroom caps on a baking sheet and spray top and bottom sides with non-stick cooking spray.
Fill mushrooms: Scoop out a spoonful at a time and stuff into mushrooms. Set on baking sheet, filling upright.
Prepare topping, add to mushrooms: In a small mixing bowl stir together panko, remaining 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and 1 1/2 tsp olive oil. Sprinkle over each mushroom.
Bake: Bake in preheated oven until filling is hot, mushrooms have softened and topping is golden brown, about 20 - 24 minutes (if topping didn't brown enough you can broil just briefly). Serve warm.
Use fresher mushrooms for better flavor and texture.
Go for the larger mushrooms (about 2-inches across) so you can fit more filling.
Try to use mushrooms that are almost even in size so they'll bake more evenly.
Use olive oil spray to add flavor and keep the mushrooms from being dry.
Be sure to squeeze most of the moisture from the spinach or the filling will be too runny.
If you don't have panko bread crumbs on hand regular bread crumbs can be used.
Try swapping parmesan for Romano cheese or mild provolone for the mozzarella.
Use a half the spinach and add some chopped (canned or frozen, thawed and squeezed dry) artichoke hearts.
If desired use fresh spinach (equal weight) instead of frozen, just steam first then cool and squeeze out excess moisture.