I have an idea.

Spinach, Bacon + Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos I howsweeteats.com

And noooo it’s the not the magical way I’ve found to insert myself into an episode of Nashville. But that does need to happen. Gah. I love it so much.

Liam and Deacon and Gunnar oh my. Connie Britton, my pretend BFF. In my perfect world we would do each other’s hair and then maybe I’d grow a foot and a half so I could wear her liquid leather-like pants.

Yep, these are the things I actually think about.

Spinach, Bacon + Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos I howsweeteats.com

Anyway, idea = spinach and artichoke dip in portobellos.

Back in the day, when my vegetable-hating tendencies were so strong that I’d turn down anything and everything with a touch of green, I wouldn’t go near spinach artichoke dip. That’s how bad it was. One look at dark leafy greens and my appetite was kaput. It probably wasn’t until high school that I came around and pulled my head out of my… yeah. Thank goodness.

I find it kind of crazy because even though I learned to enjoy spinach artichoke dip (with ten thousand chips of course), it wasn’t until a year or two ago that I’d even consider purchasing a mushroom and now here I am, shoving one into the other.

How times change.

Spinach, Bacon + Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos I howsweeteats.com

I don’t know how much it counts since my veg consumption has a lot to do with whatever four cheeses I’ve bought that week, but a start is a start. And this is suuuuuch a good start.

Here’s what I love about this recipe: you can use itty bitty mushrooms and stuff them for a party. You can use medium-sized mushrooms, like I did, and stuff them as an appetizer or little side dish for a smaller dinner with guests. OR! You could take the biggest portobellos you can find and stuff them so it’s like you’re eating a little mushroom pizza.

A little mushroom pizza whose insides are cooked in bacon grease and topped with garlic butter breadcrumbs.

Spinach, Bacon + Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos I howsweeteats.com


Spinach, Bacon + Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos

Yield: makes 12 mushrooms, serves about 4

Total Time: 40 minutes


12 baby portobello mushrooms, stems removed
2 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
1 shallot, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (6-ounce) bag of fresh spinach
1 (12-ounce) jar of marinated artichokes, drained and chopped
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
6 ounces white cheddar cheese, freshly grated
2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Prepare breadcrumbs first by heating a small saucepan over medium-low heat and adding 2 tablespoons of butter. Add in 2 minced garlic cloves and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant, then stir in bread crumbs well, tossing for a minute or two until the mixture is combined and slightly golden. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet oven medium heat and add bacon. Cook until all fat is rendered and bacon is crispy, stirring often. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and place to drain on a paper towel. To the same skillet, add in onion and garlic with salt and pepper, cooking for 2 minutes. Stir in spinach and artichokes, cooking for 5-6 minutes until spinach is fully wilted. Reduce heat to low and stir in mascarpone cheese. Once melted, add in bacon, 4 ounces of the cheddar cheese and all of the parmesan. Stir well until combined and melted, then turn off heat.

Place the mushrooms stem side up on a baking sheet. Stuff each with an equal amount of the spinach mixture, then top each with the remaining grated cheddar. Top that with the garlic butter breadcrumbs. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and golden. Serve immediately.

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If you’re not down with the fungus, I promise I’ll make it up to you tomorrow.

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65 Responses to “Spinach, Bacon + Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos.”

  1. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — May 2, 2013 @ 6:52 am

    I don’t like mushrooms no matter how much I try, but with your recipe, I may give it another try. It looks amazing and i love the idea of spinach, bacon and artichoke! Sounds so good! Ohh and your pictures really look amazing!! Hmm, am I craving a mushroom???


  2. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 2, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    I am totally down with the fungus! And in fact, have a whole drawer full of baby ‘bellas because I eat them practically every day. I love them. Great stuffage, too! Artichokes are also a huge fave of mine!


  3. #
    Rayna — May 2, 2013 @ 6:57 am

    I’m always looking for new ways to use artichokes! And bacon makes everything better anyway.


  4. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 2, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    SImply incredible Jessica! I am a fool or spinach artichoke dip (and mushrooms!)! I used to work at a restaurant who served up the BEST of the best and I never got sick of it, even working around it every single day. Now I’m craving spin dip for breakfast :)


  5. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — May 2, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    Enormous portobellos for the win! I think it’s time to head to Costco and stock up. As a kid I was never really a fan of spinach dip but there’s no stopping me when it comes to veggies of any sort now. As you said, oh how the times have changed!


  6. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — May 2, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    i am so excited by this, I have never had artichokes before but this combination has my mouth watering.


  7. #
    Linda TP — May 2, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    I sooo love Mushrooms!! Thank you Jessica for this delciouse recipe!! btw how is that adorable doggie of yours? Havent heard about him for awhile!


  8. #
    Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy — May 2, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    I am so down stuffed mushrooms anytime of the day… call me a lover of fungus! :-)


  9. #
    leslie — May 2, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    I am embarrassed to say I have not yet seen Nashville. Sad.
    These.MUSHROOMS!!!!!! Oh mY!


  10. #
    Jenn from Much to My Delight — May 2, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    I am definitely down with the fungus, and every other thing you’ve shoved into these shrooms. Looks like another winner.


  11. #
    Tieghan — May 2, 2013 @ 7:45 am

    Holy smokes Jessica!! This amazing! Like wow! I love these. Spinach and artichoke rocks, but then you stuffed it in a mushroom with bacon!! just yes!


  12. #
    SaltySweetSour — May 2, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    I’m not really into the texture of mushrooms. I like the flavor that they add but a big bite of them usually isn’t appetizing to me. Then again, can you really even tell this is a mushroom? I think the cheese, bacon, and artichokes might cover it up just enough.


  13. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — May 2, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    OMG to die for. These bite sized ones would be perfect for a party! I think these alone are reason enough to host a party.


  14. #
    DessertForTwo — May 2, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    My 3 favorite foods in one bite. You’re my hero!


  15. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — May 2, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    Super YUM. How can this actually be a thing… so hungry!


  16. #
    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} — May 2, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    I am totally down with the fungus. Love those baby portobellos from TJ’s!


  17. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — May 2, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    I’m in love w the idea of this recipe!


  18. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — May 2, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    I’d happily pop these little mushroom pizza bites into my Nashville loving pants. But then I wouldn’t fit into Rayna’s liquid pair. Loooved the hook up. Finally.


  19. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — May 2, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    I am more down with the fungus than you even know.

    AND that came out wrong.


  20. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — May 2, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    You are speaking my love language.


  21. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — May 2, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    I can’t even deal right now.


  22. #
    Laurie E — May 2, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    OMG (drooling)


  23. #
    Karla | A Season On The Mountain — May 2, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    WOW. These sound soooo good! What a great idea.


  24. #
    Shari @ The Daily Dish — May 2, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    These look fantastic! :)


  25. #
    Meghan @ Cake 'n' Knife — May 2, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    You had me at bacon! These look so yummy, I think I am going to add them to my Mother’s Day dinner menu. My mama will LOVE these – she is obsessed with mushrooms!


  26. #
    Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — May 2, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    I have a thing for stuffed mushrooms and these look outrageous! I wish I had a half dozen or so right now.


  27. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — May 2, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    Love, love, love. Cannot think of a better food idea! OK maybe with chocolate but still.


  28. #
    Moni Meals & Fitness — May 2, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    Oh. MY. GAWD! Yes and Yes on this meal! I think everyone i know would love this. Savory and Rich!


  29. #
    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — May 2, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

    Stuffed mushrooms are one of my favorite appetizers :) This is a great way to blend another app favorite, artichoke dip!


  30. #
    Mr. & Mrs. P — May 2, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    OMG amazing little appetizers!!!! Delicious


  31. #
    Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen — May 2, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    I won’t touch mushrooms with a 10 foot pole, but that artichoke dip is a different story…. maybe I’ll try the mushrooms and just slather them in the dip and even more cheese!


  32. #
    LisaG — May 2, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

    Love shrooms! Im salivating!


  33. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — May 2, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    Love Nashville, too!!! These ‘shrooms look amazing!!!


  34. #
    Tracy — May 2, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    OMG-those look heavenly.


  35. #
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — May 2, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    I absolutely love stuffed portobello mushrooms! I look forward to giving these a try! They look great!


  36. #
    Michelle — May 2, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

    I swear you are like my food soul mate if I could eat whatever I wanted all the time.


  37. #
    Mushrooms Canada — May 2, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    My goodness, these sound fantastic. I’ve always been a huge fan of these flavours and love when they are paired. I know what I’ll be enjoying this weekend! Thanks for sharing…



  38. #
    Kristen — May 2, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    I love Connie Britton and these mushrooms… so much. Wow!


  39. #
    tracy {pale yellow} — May 2, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

    I wish I had 100 of these to shove in my mouth! Spinach artichoke dip in a mushroom, totally there!


  40. #
    Jess — May 2, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    God bless you and your Heaven stuffed mushrooms.


  41. #
    jackie — May 2, 2013 @ 11:23 pm

    Are you kidding me?!?!!? These look so delicious that I can practically smell them!

    – Jackie


  42. #
    FashionEdible — May 2, 2013 @ 11:24 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! I could eat spinach & artichoke dip any way but this way looks amazing!


  43. #

    My wife is crazy about mushrooms. She’ll love this recipe. It’s beautiful.


  44. #
    Charlotte — May 3, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    Aside from the food looking divine (which, of course, it does) I just have to comment on the whole Nashville thing. I love Gunnar. He is absolutely my dream guy, I love the songs and I love EVERYTHING ABOUT THAT SHOW

    I think we’d get along just fine ;)


  45. #
    Rita — May 3, 2013 @ 6:56 am

    It looks soooo good!


  46. #
    Vicki Bensinger — May 3, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    These sound incredible. All I had to do was look at the photo and I started drooling. Great recipe – I’ll be making these soon!


  47. #
    Heather Christo — May 3, 2013 @ 10:06 am



  48. #
    Colette @ JFF! — May 3, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

    I’d probably hide in the closet & eat all of these by myself!


  49. #
    Jamie-Lee — May 3, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

    Wow, These look so yummy! I love mushroom, spinach, bacon, cheese, cheese and cheese! I will definitely be making these when my diet is over! Bookmarked!

    Jamie-Lee | Orangen’t You Lovely | Food, Diet, Health, Fitness


  50. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — May 5, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

    Oh my, these are drool-worthy! I love stuffed portabellos, such a delicious combination!



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