Mushroom Cap Pizza Bites Recipe

Ingredients

  • Mushrooms: 16-20 medium-sized white button or cremini mushrooms (larger caps work best!)
  • Olive oil: 1-2 tablespoons
  • Pizza sauce: About 1/2 cup of your favorite
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese: 1 cup
  • Toppings of choice: Mini pepperoni slices, sliced black olives, diced bell peppers, crumbled Italian sausage (pre-cooked), etc.
  • Seasonings: Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper

Instructions

1. Prep the mushrooms

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  • Gently wash and dry the mushrooms. Carefully remove the stems (save these if you like).
  • With a small spoon, gently scoop out a bit of the gills (the dark underside) of each mushroom cap to create more room for toppings.

2. Initial bake

  • Drizzle mushrooms with a little olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place the caps upside down on the baking sheet. Bake for about 6-8 minutes to release moisture.
  • Remove and carefully drain any liquid from the caps.

3. Build the pizza bites

  • Flip the mushroom caps over.
  • Spoon 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of pizza sauce into each cap.
  • Add your favorite toppings. Be mindful of the size of the mushroom caps, you don’t want to overload them.
  • Top with a generous sprinkle of mozzarella cheese.

4. Bake to perfection

  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted, bubbling, and slightly golden brown.
  • For extra crispiness, switch to the broiler for the last 1-2 minutes, keeping a close eye to prevent burning.
  • Let the pizza bites cool slightly before serving. Garnish with fresh herbs like basil or parsley if desired.

Tips

Stuffing alternative: Combine the chopped mushroom stems with breadcrumbs, a little ricotta cheese, and Parmesan for an extra savory stuffing before filling the caps.

Get creative: Experiment with different cheeses, sauces, and toppings!

Leftovers: Store in the refrigerator for a couple of days and reheat gently.

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