Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms

These zesty, savory little bites of deliciousness are kid-friendly and make a great game day snack or party appetizer. We made this recipe vegetarian but you can add mini pepperonis, if you like.

PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 25 minutes

16 brown or white mushrooms, brushed clean, stems removed and reserved
1/2 medium yellow or red onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2/3 cup store-bought pizza or marinara sauce
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/3 cup panko or bread crumbs
Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Using a small spoon, scoop out insides of mushrooms to allow enough room for filling.

Finely chop mushroom stems. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, onion and chopped mushroom stems to a pan over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes until mushroom begin to release liquid and onions are fragrant. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Lay mushroom caps, bottom side up, on a non-stick baking sheet. Stuff mushroom/onion mixture into mushroom caps, distributing evenly. Top each with 2 teaspoons pizza sauce, 1 tablespoon cheese and one teaspoon of panko or bread crumbs. Drizzle remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over the stuffed mushrooms.

Bake 18-20 minutes or until mushrooms are cooked and cheese is browned and bubbly. Remove from heat, let cool slightly, garnish with parsley and serve warm.