21white button mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
8ozcream cheese, softened to room temperature
8slicesbacon, cooked and crumbled
1cupshredded cheddar cheese
4ozcan minced jalapenos, drained
2clovesgarlic, grated or finely minced
salt and pepper, to taste
additional cheddar cheese for topping(optional)
sliced green onions(for garnish)
minced fresh parsley(for garnish)
Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and set aside.
To a small mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, bacon, cheese, jalapenos, garlic and salt and pepper. Stir well.
Spoon approximately 1 Tbsp of filling into each mushroom cap (this amount will vary depending on the size of your mushrooms), then sprinkle with additional cheese (if using).
Bake 20-25 minutes, until mushrooms are piping hot and cheese is lightly golden brown.
Carefully remove mushrooms from baking sheet (they won't feel very firm - a wide spatula is good for this), and let sit at room temperature on a plate for 5 minutes or so. Serve sprinkled with sliced green onions and/or minced parsley (if using).
Serves 8 as an appetizer. Serving size = 3 mushrooms (as an appetizer)