Stilton is an English blue cheese that adds a unique flavor to these blue cheese and bacon stuffed mushrooms.


Stilton cheese has a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status and there are only seven dairies licensed to produce it.

The blue Stilton is a semi-soft, blue-veined cheese with the characteristic smell and taste of a blue cheese, only milder and creamier.

stilton blue cheese and bacon stuffed mushrooms
Then there are the English cheeses. There are not many of them, but I fancy that Stilton is the best cheese of its type in the world, with Wensleydale not far behind.
George Orwell, In Defense of English Cooking
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Stuffed mushrooms can be refrigerated until you’re ready to bake them which makes them a perfect make-ahead appetizer.

Stilton Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

  • 12 large cremini mushrooms
  • 2 thick slices of bacon, coarsely chopped ((about 1/2 c.))
  • ½ c onion, minced
  • 3 oz Stilton, crumbled ((about 1/2 c))
  • ½ c Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.

  2. Clean mushrooms with a moist paper towel. Remove stems and coarsely chop, set aside. Place mushroom caps, underside up in a medium baking dish.

  3. In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook bacon about 3 minutes stirring occasionally, until slightly crisp and fat has rendered. Add onion and cook 2 minutes. Add chopped mushroom stems and cook an additional 1-2 minutes, until mushrooms are tender and onions are translucent. Remove from heat.

  4. Transfer onion mixture to a medium bowl and allow to cool 3-5 minutes. Add crumbled Stilton, panko and parsley. Stir until mixture is well combined and holds together when gently squeezed. Fill mushroom caps with about 1 tbsp. of filling.

  5. At this point, mushrooms can be refrigerated until ready to bake. Bake mushrooms for 25-30 minutes until mushrooms are tender and filling is golden brown. Serve immediately or at room temperature.

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Recipe by Christine Hyatt at the American Cheese Society.

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