Spicy bacon stuffed mushrooms. . . YES PLEASE!!!!! We found these great mushrooms at the store the other day. They were just too nice to cut and use as a supporting veggie in the main course, we had to do something more with these beauties. So, we started looking around the fridge and discovered, we had bacon, cream cheese (that was NOT expired, score!), and some ranch dressing (also NOT expired, double score! No borrowing weird items from the neighbor this time! 😆I’m just kidding, we don’t actually do that.).
Usually, when we make stuffed mushrooms we use ranch seasoning to add flavor to the cream cheese. Lucky for us, this time, we didn’t have any of the ranch dry seasoning in the house, soooo we substituted it for ranch dressing. Let me tell you, this was the best substitute ever!!! The flavor popped and it made some of the most fantastic stuffed mushrooms!
Best way to cook bacon
The hardest part about making these spicy bacon stuffed mushrooms is cooking the bacon and maybe stuffing the mushrooms. Yeah, they are easy to make!
TIP: Don’t pan fry the bacon. First, line a baking sheet with foil and place the bacon on the baking sheet. Bake the bacon in the oven at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, the kitchen will smell great and the bacon is nice and crispy. In addition, NO mess! Just let the bacon grease cool. It can be saved to cook with in the future if you want, or just throw the grease out with the foil. You can also air fry the bacon. Air frying is easy to do but usually, depending on the size of your airfryer, only cook 3 or 4 pieces of bacon at a time, plus there seems to be a little more mess than baking the bacon. After the bacon is nice and crispy, just quickly chop it up, and now its time to make the spicy bacon stuffed mushrooms
How to make Spicy Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms
Rinse the mushrooms with cold water to remove all the dirt. Leave them in a colander to dry or dry them with a paper towel.
Remove the stems and with a spoon gently remove some of the lose mushroom around where the stem was, making sure not to break the mushroom. This just makes it easier to get the cream cheese ranch mixture into the mushrooms.
Mix together the cream cheese, bacon, ranch, garlic, habanero (if you want it spicy) and garlic powder.
Now its time to stuff the mushrooms. Using a spoon, scoop out about a Tablespoon of the filling (this all depends on the size of the mushroom), and gently fill the mushroom to the top. Do this for each mushroom until they are all filled with the cream cheese mixture.
Sprinkle additional cheese on top of each spicy bacon stuffed mushroom. The mushrooms are great with parmesan cheese or cheddar cheese. Let us know if you try another cheese.
Bake the mushrooms in the oven for 15 minutes until the cheese has melted and the tops are golden.
Top with cilantro, parsley or green onions.
Spicy Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms
3 Slices Bacon
5 Tablespoons Philadelphia Cream Cheese Whipped Cream Cheese
1 Tablespoon habanero Optional
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
2 Tablespoons Lite Ranch Dressing
12 Bella Mushrooms
2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese or Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Cup Cilantro Optional for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Wash mushrooms and de-stem. Gently pat dry with a paper towel and place the mushrooms on a foil lined baking sheet.
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