Dairy Farmers of Canada

Pancetta and cottage cheese stuffed mushrooms

Whether you're hosting a sophisticated dinner party or a casual get-together, these stuffed mushrooms are guaranteed to be a hit. They're easy to make, packed with flavour, and can be served as a chic appetizer or a delightful side dish. So, let's dive into the recipe and get ready to wow your guests with this mouthwatering treat!

  • Prep: 20 minutes
  • Cooking: 30-40 minutes
Yields 6
cottage cheese stuffed mushrooms


  • About 20 medium-sized mushrooms
  • 200 g (7 oz) Canadian cottage cheese
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) pancetta
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Canadian butter
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml or 4 oz) grated Canadian cheddar cheese
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
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Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).

Drain your cottage cheese to remove the excess liquid.

Remove the stems from the mushrooms by gently twisting them off. The stems will be kept to add back into the mixture.

In a bowl, mix the drained cottage cheese and about ¼ cup of grated Canadian cheddar cheese.

Cook the pancetta in a pan with the butter for a few minutes until it becomes golden and slightly crispy.

Incorporate the pancetta into the bowl with the cottage cheese and cheddar, and also add the chopped mushroom stems.

Season with salt and ground black pepper to taste.

Fill each hollowed-out mushroom with the cottage cheese mixture. Make sure to stuff them well.

Arrange the stuffed mushrooms on a baking sheet that has been greased or lined with parchment paper.

Sprinkle the remaining grated cheddar cheese over the top of the stuffed mushrooms.

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 180°C, or until they are nicely browned and the cheese has melted and is slightly golden.

Remove the stuffed mushrooms from the oven and let them cool slightly for a few minutes before serving.

Add chopped fresh parsley (optional).



To drain cottage cheese, in order to remove excess liquid and achieve a firmer consistency, here are some methods you can use:


  1. Using a Fine Mesh Strainer or Cheesecloth

Place the cottage cheese in a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to let the cheese drain. To speed up the process, you can gently press the cheese with the back of a spoon.


  1. Using a Clean Cloth or Cotton Fabric

Place a clean cloth or piece of cotton fabric over a strainer, then pour the cottage cheese onto the fabric. Gather the ends of the fabric to form a bundle and gently squeeze to extract the liquid.

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