Mushroom Cap Pizza Bites (For the Mushroom Haters!)

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Hollowed out mushroom caps are stuffed with any combination of pizza toppings, sprinkled with shredded cheese, then baked ’til golden brown. The perfect, healthy pizza bite!

Last Saturday Ben and I were on a romantic lunch date at Costco, eating samples and looking at tents hanging from the ceiling, when we turned a corner past the hummus tubs and both let out a tiny gasp.

Bagel Bites! we whispered in unison, both way too excited about the bite-sized frozen pizzas on wee bagels that were being demo’d in front of the freezer aisles.

“I seriously ate bagel bites like, everysingleday when I was a kid.” Ben confessed.

“Um, me too! So much better than pizza…not on a bagel!”

“Dang, that guy just took the last sample. Should we wait for the next batch?”

“Obviously!”

So we did, indeed, stand there like those Costco people until the next piping hot batch of bagel bites came out of the sampler woman’s tiny portable oven all hot and cheesy 2 minutes later.

These are even better than I remember!” I reminisced, burning the roof of my mouth.

“We should probably get a bag, don’t you think?”

“Are you crazy?! I’ll eat all 1800 bites in one sitting, then where would we be? No, I’m going to recreate these at home…and make ‘em healthy!”

“Yaaaay…”

Thus, Mushroom Cap Pizza Bites were born! Hollowed out cremini mushroom caps are stuffed with any combination of pizza toppings, sprinkled with shredded cheese, then baked ’til golden brown. The perfect, healthy pizza bite!

First things first, if there’s one thing you gotta know about me, it’s that I hate mushrooms. The only thing worse than their cholorine-like smell when cooking, is their rubbery, squeaky texture. I’d rather eat cooked carrots, which is really sayin’ something.

Something about the idea of stuffing mushroom caps with pizza toppings sounded oddly appealing to me though. Perhaps it was the idea of baking the mushrooms instead of sauteing them? Stuffing the caps instead of slicing them up? The promise of melted cheese?

I couldn’t pin point it, but Ben adores mushrooms so, I said to heck with it and decided to give them a go.

Start the Mushroom Cap Pizza Bites by snapping the stems off a carton of cremini mushrooms that have been washed and patted dry. You could use white button mushrooms, or even big shitakes it you want, but I thought baby steps and went with the medium-sized creminis.

Scrape out the insides of the caps with a small measuring spoon. I’m not a huge fan of saving stems for other uses, but I would definitely freeze the scooped out part to add to soups, stews or anything made with ground meat, as mushrooms pump up the volume for virtually no calories, and are high in Vitamins B and D.

Be careful not to crack the caps, and don’t scoop too much out or else your mushrooms will collapse. You’ll know how much is enough when you’re doing it.

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees, then bake the hollowed out mushroom caps for 6 minutes.

Afterwards they’ll be a little shriveled, and filled with liquid. Pour the liquid out, then place the caps back on the baking sheet, and turn the oven to broil.

Spoon 1/4-1/2 teaspoon pizza sauce into each cap, then fill the rest of the way with your favorite pizza toppings. Mine is black olives. Just black olives. I love black olives.

Top the caps with finely shredded mozzarella cheese, then pop under the broiler for a minute or two, until the cheese is melted and golden brown.

I ate a mushroom, and I liked it!

Mushroom Cap Pizza Bites

Print this recipe!

makes ~15 bites

Ingredients:
1 carton medium-sized cremini mushrooms
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese
Pizza toppings of your choice

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Wash, then pat dry the mushrooms and snap the stems off. Using a 1/4 teaspoon, gently scrape out some of the insides of the mushroom caps, being careful not to crack the cap. Don’t scrape out too much or your mushroom pizza bites will be flimsy and collapse. Bake the mushrooms on a non-stick sprayed, foil-lined baking sheet for 6 minutes. Pour out any liquid that’s pooled in the caps, then set the oven to broil.
  2. Spoon 1/4-1/2 teaspoon pizza sauce into each cup, then fill with desired pizza toppings and top with shredded cheese. Place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Serve immediately.

I devoured 6 cheesy, delicious bites before I started getting a little gaggy. The flavor of the cremini mushrooms actually reminded me of pizza crust a little, but it was still a mushroom ya know? Totally a texture thing!

Mushroom lovers: you will rejoice, much like Ben did, at these hot, stuffed Mushroom Cap Pizza Bites! Healthy, customizable, easy (seriously, ready from start to finish in 15 minutes) and just fun, ya’ know? Make a double batch to serve as a light supper with a side salad, or even as an appetizer that will go quickly at your next get together.

PS can I please show you the hilarious appetizer plates my friend Lindsey got me from Crate & Barrel? It’s a set of 4 and each plate has this little man interacting with images of food, including riding a biscotti like a sled, and burning his tongue on jalapeno slices. So cute! ;)

Off to go do a sun dance – it’s been raining for the past three days, which is seriously cramping my outdoor running style! ;)

Toodles!

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Mushrooms: Yay, or nay?

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Comments

  1. Lindsey 03.21.2012

    Yay! And this recipe would be a great appy idea!

  2. Oh bagel bites…. brings back SO many memories. We made these all the time in middle and high school. Late night hang out with friends = way too many bagel bites consumed!

  3. these are so cute and delicious looking!! i love mushrooms… and cheeeeeese. olives, not so much, but i would think the ingredient options are endless!!

    super adorable plate :)

  4. Jessica Sliman 03.21.2012

    Ohhh…I feel like this post was written for me. I was feeling lazy after cooking a good lunch and was thinking about ordering pizza. And then I saw this, and I just happen to have crimini mushrooms from the market. I think I will try it tonight!

  5. Lauren 03.21.2012

    love this idea! and mushrooms – yay! olives…nay. but that’s ok, i’ll substitute:)

  6. Katie 03.21.2012

    Oh my goodness…these sound amazing! I’ve recently had to cut out gluten and pizza is something I have missed sooo bad. I will be making these soon…thanks for sharing :)

  7. Olivia 03.21.2012

    Oh man! I’ve not bought sooo many things at Costco for fear that I would eat the entire pack in a few days only.

  8. JennP 03.21.2012

    I love cooked mushrooms, but raw ones (like the ones you might occasionally find in a garden salad) are a big ol’ NAY for this girl.

  9. Lauren 03.21.2012

    ate them as a kid and grew to hate the texture until about a week ago when I had a mushroom risotto, then yesterday i made blackened mushrooms.. guess i’m a lover again. this is a ridiculously good idea. def making it soon!

  10. Jeri 03.21.2012

    Hmmm…..I hate mushrooms also, with a passion..rubber, squeakiness.. blah! I think your palette might be a little more advanced and adventurous than mine (you like avocado..I tried them when my daughter needed to gain a bunch of weight and they were nasty!)
    I am going to show this post to my husband, he might develop a wee crush on you though, he loves mushrooms AND black olives.

  11. Amy 03.21.2012

    Okay, this looks super e-z, I heart mushrooms………..thank you again, for giving us new ways to enjoy food IGE!

  12. Tracy 03.21.2012

    Ew and double Eeewwww to mushrooms. I loathe them. I can’t imagine myself buying mushrooms, thus I probably won’t try this recipe. But I do love good Bagel Bite! :)

  13. Shonda 03.21.2012

    I love mushrooms I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  14. Daisy 03.21.2012

    yay shrooms!

  15. Reina 03.21.2012

    Wow. I swear this was written for me – I hate mushrooms (and cooked carrots) and my husband LOVES them. I have been determined to learn how to eat mushrooms since they are so good for you so I’m sure this will help….I love pizza so if there is any hope of me enjoying a mushroom, it is this.
    Side note – Shake Shack (in NYC) has a portobello burger that is good….of course that is because it is breaded and deep friend and smothered in cheese. So of course that mushroom is edible.

  16. Jennifer 03.21.2012

    I love mushrooms! Can’t wait to try these!

  17. Michelle 03.21.2012

    These sound easy and healthier then pizza bites! And I would love to make it even bigger in portabello mushrooms with even more toppings stuffed in there:-)

  18. Taryn 03.21.2012

    YUM!

  19. Dee 03.21.2012

    Even you cannot convince me that these will compare to bagel bites…I’m more cynical than that. HA!

  20. GENIUS!!!!! :) but I love mushrooms already, so this is even better!!! yum!

  21. Lindsey 03.21.2012

    Oh yum! I have waited for the day you FINALLY post a recipe with mushrooms in it! :) I could put them in everything!

  22. This is brilliant. I LOVE mushrooms!

  23. Is it weird that when I read “I ate a mushroom, and I liked it!” I sort of sang it to the Katy Perry “I Kissed a Girl” tune? Probably. These look yummy!

  24. Elyse 03.22.2012

    Thank you SO much for this!! My boyfriend loves mushrooms and I can’t bring myself to. Therefore he never gets them with my cooking. If you say you can eat this being a fellow mushroom hater, then it’s worth a try! If anything he will finish these off without my help ;-)

  25. Lisa 03.22.2012

    Clearly you dont HATE mushrooms as much as I cuz there’s NO WAY I could eat these!! I can’t believe YOU did!!!
    YUUUUUK!!!
    But, kudos to you for takin one for the team. LOL!

  26. These look great!! I’m not sure if I could get my mushroom-hating boyfriend to eat them though… he really hates them. But I really love them so I’m sure I’d have no trouble polishing them off :-)

  27. Life's a Bowl 03.22.2012

    YUM! I love mushrooms in all forms, raw or cooked, plain or jazzed up! And strangely enough, one of my fave ways is to pop the stem off and fill the [raw] cap with salsa, tomato sauce, or parm cheese :D I’ll have to try the same thing but with a cooked cap!

  28. Sharla 03.22.2012

    I’m learning to like mushrooms, and this appears to be a tasty way to make better friends with them. I’ve never had Bagel Bites, though.

  29. Yay mushrooms! Can’t wait to make these… Maybe our next poker party!

  30. Lori 03.22.2012

    I love mushrooms but only when cooked. I just cannot eat raw mushrooms on my salads which is a bummer. I like how you can customize these mushroom pizza bites. No black olives for me!

  31. Elizabeth 03.22.2012

    Oooh I have been making pizzas with portabella mushrooms.. Bigger for more pizza and theyre soooo good and healthy! I ads chicken sausage to eat and spinach and its delishous!!

  32. Erin 03.22.2012

    I’m more of a tostinos pizza roll girl. (Hangs head in shame) Seriously used to devour them with a bottle of ranch EVERY SINGLE night after coming home from a night out in college. However, I’m more of a raw mushroom fan and would love to try these as a gateway into enjoying cooked mushrooms. Thanks so much!

  33. Angie 03.22.2012

    romantic date at Costco…you crack me up. Last week my hubs took me on a romantic date night at an auto show.

    We lurve mushrooms howevs, so I will definitely be trying this recipe! Hubs hates olives so probably other toppings. Italian turkey sausage?

    love the blog!

  34. Haley 03.22.2012

    haha, the way you described your hate for mushrooms, and then comparing it to cooked carrots, is me exactly! i hate cooked carrots and really don’t like mushrooms… however i have had mushroom pizzas like this and they’re pretty delicious! i think i’ll make them soon :)

  35. Cathie 03.22.2012

    these look great. quick question, do you think the caps would be ok or collapse if you turned them upside for the first 6 mins? Then the juice would drain out on its own.

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  38. Barbara Ovittore 04.22.2012

    I Love mushrooms.. I stuff them with cream cheese, herbs, chopped stems, minced onions & garlic.. Yummy!

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  40. veggieatlas 10.05.2012

    I’m a bit slow to find you but oh lord, I’m in love! Wonderful, witty post and even though this Melbourne girl knows nothing about Bagel Bites, I’m glad they inspired this recipe. I know what I’m snacking on tonight – thanks.

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  42. Kathy 03.31.2013

    I made these for my parents who are on weight watchers. They were delicious, filling, and very few “points.” thank you for sharing!

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  44. Callan 12.05.2013

    I LOVE stuffed mushrooms! I always make pesto stuffed topped with fresh grated parmesan cheese – SO good! I’ll have to give this pizza version a try.

  45. Sally G. 12.05.2013

    Genius! How have I never thought of this? Roasted mushrooms are one of my favorite things, but I don’t make them very often anymore because the hubs isn’t a mushroom fan. I bet he’d eat these though :-)

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