I guess you could say that I LOVE perogies! I mean, who doesn't? And since I'm equally crazy about mushrooms, I decided the two shall meet in this Potato Pierogi Stuffed Mushroom (gluten free). These potato stuffed mushrooms taste like a potato perogy stuffed into a mushroom, and are both gluten-free and WW friendly!
Mushrooms feel as Ukrainian as perogies to me; maybe because we ate a lot of mushrooms at Baba's and both she and Dad used to forage for wild mushrooms. And until this Potato Stuffed Mushroom recipe, I had yet to taste better mushrooms than those. Maybe it was simply the thrill of wondering whether I'd live or die after eating them. These Weight Watchers stuffed mushrooms are the perfect appetizer and popular during the colder months, but great for any time of the year.
I recall my Dad talking about poisonous mushrooms and how you had to really know what you were picking. I always wondered how he could possibly know which mushrooms were the poisonous ones, given they all looked the exact same! When you're a kid, things are a bit more dramatic. But since he was also feeding them to some neighborhood kids, I assumed he was pretty darn confident in his foraging skills.
Being Ukrainian I grew up on perogies and can't get enough of them. But you don't have to be Ukrainian to love perogies! Obviously. Or you wouldn't see pierogies all over the place, like in poutine at major league baseball games and in loaded perogy platter potato chips. It's comforting to know that the whole world loves perogies right along with me.
If you also love perogies and need even more of them in your life, then check out my Perogy Zucchini Boats, Pierogi Potato Salad, and my Perogy Breakfast Casserole . And if you're looking for additional Ukrainian recipes, my Ukrainian food board on Pinterest has lots of Ukrainian recipe ideas!
I have eaten a lot of different kinds of stuffed mushrooms in my life, but these are the best stuffed mushrooms I've ever had. I may be a bit biased though, so you should really try them yourself.
I also love these potato stuffed mushrooms because it's a tasty little appetizer that can be vegetarian as well (just leave out the bacon bits) and is only 1 Weight Watchers point, on the blue plan, per mushroom! I recently brought it to a potluck at work and since I work with a number of people who don't eat pork or meat in general, I was able to please everyone and provide a vegetarian option that's equally delicious! These little guys were well-loved.
For this mushroom recipe, you'll need:
- large mushrooms (white or brown)
- instant mashed potatoes *I use Idahoan mashed potatoes
- low-fat sharp/old cheddar cheese
- unsalted butter
- bacon bits
- sour cream * I use light
- light parmesan cheese
📖 Variations & Substitutions
- Vegetarian: leave out the bacon bits
- Mashed Potatoes: you can substitute leftover mashed potatoes. But if you are using instant mashed potatoes, I would recommend Idahoan foods mashed potatoes.
- Mushrooms - you can use white or brown mushrooms or Portobello mushrooms.
- Spicy - give them a little kick by adding crushed red pepper
Prep: Preheat oven to 350°F/ 175 degrees C. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, then spray with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
Clean mushrooms, remove stems and set the stems aside . ( *The stems easily pop off when you gently pull them to the side). Finely chop HALF the stems.
Place mushrooms on lined baking sheet, then with a small spoon, gently scoop out mushrooms so there is room for stuffing. Add mushroom scrapings to finely chopped stems.
In a microwave safe bowl, cook butter, onion, garlic and only HALF mushroom stems and scrapings from the mushroom for 4 minutes. You can save the other half, eat or discard in the compost bin.
In a medium bowl, mix together instant mashed potatoes, cheese, bacon bits, sauerkraut, sour cream, salt, pepper. * Eliminate bacon bits if making vegetarian.
Then add the onion, mushroom stem, butter garlic mixture and stir until combined.
Stuff mushrooms with potato mixture, using a small spoon, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese, dividing evenly between all the mushrooms.
Bake until for 15 - 20 minutes or until mushrooms are golden brown and cooked through.
Garnish with fresh herbs (parsley or dill) green onions, and sour cream if desired.
You will need a baking sheet for this recipe. If you are making mashed potatoes for this recipe, you'll need a medium pot and a potato masher.
💭 Top tip
If you are making both the bacon and vegetarian versions, add some additional bacon bits to the top of bacon stuffed version after cooking so you can tell them apart.
👪 Serving size
These mashed potato stuffed mushrooms make 20 servings. If you want to cut the recipe in half, double or triple it, simply click on the blue servings in the recipe card, select the number of servings you'd like and the ingredient amounts will adjust accordingly.
These Perogy Stuffed Mushrooms are 1 WW point each.
Anyway, back to Dad and the wild mushrooms....
Store leftover potato stuffed mushrooms in a single layer in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. These can also be made a couple of days ahead. For best results, do the prep (stuff them) then cook them just prior to serving.
Thy do not stand up well to freezing.
Had some of those mushrooms actually been of the poisonous variety, I suspect it wouldn't have ended in death and I'd likely just have gotten sick. But when you're 7 and you hear poison, your mind automatically jumps directly to death. Either way, since these Pierogi Stuffed Mushrooms are the only mushrooms I've ever eaten that actually rivaled my Dad's wild mushrooms, I think I'll just stick with these easy stuffed mushrooms from here on in.
If you're looking for pierogi appetizer ideas or a great side dish, you'll love this potato stuffed mushroom recipe! They a real crowd pleaser and will make a great addition to your finger food buffet.
Did you make this easy stuffed mushrooms recipe? Please RATE THE RECIPE below!
Here's what others are saying: "Great potluck contribution!! I loved these!! Flavorful and light."⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🍄Easy Pierogi Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe
- 20 fresh, large white or brown mushrooms, washed and stemmed
- ½ cup instant mashed potatoes (prepare as per package directions) * or leftover mashed potatoes
- ½ cup low-fat sharp/old cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoon sauerkraut, liquid squeezed out and finely chopped
- ½ onion, chopped finely
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoon fat-free sour cream
- 2 tablespoon real bacon bits
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 4 tablespoon light parmesan cheese
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- fresh parsley or dill
- fat-free sour cream
- Preheat oven to 350°F/ 175 degrees C. Spray foil lined baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray or line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Wash mushrooms, remove stems and set the stems aside . ( *The stems easily pop off when you gently pull them to the side). Finely chop HALF the stems.
- With a small spoon, gently scoop out mushroom caps so there is room for stuffing. Add mushroom cap scrapings to finely chopped stems in a small bowl.
- In a microwave safe bowl, cook butter, onion, garlic and only HALF mushroom stems and scrapings from the mushroom for 4 minutes. You can save the other half for soup stock, eat them or discard in the compost bin.
- In a medium bowl, mix together instant mashed potatoes, cheese, bacon bits, sauerkraut, sour cream, salt, pepper. * Eliminate bacon bits if making vegetarian.
- Then add the onion, mushroom stem, butter garlic mixture and stir until combined.
- Place mushroom caps on prepared baking sheet and stuff mushrooms then stuff caps using a small spoon. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, dividing evenly between all the mushrooms.
- Bake until for 15 - 20 minutes or until mushrooms are golden and cooked through.
- Garnish with parsley or fresh dill, and sour cream if desired.