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40+ Easy Appetizer Recipes

Here is a collection of our best appetizer recipes! You can find all kinds of delicious appetizers including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. These are easy appetizer recipes that are perfect for gatherings and parties but also a good choice for a casual family dinner. Here is a recipe for spicy crab stuffed mushrooms. Check out all the other recipes above.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 242kcal


  • 20 white button mushrooms cleaned
  • 8 oz crab meat
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic  minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup Monterey cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup cheddar cheese  shredded
  • 4 tablespoon panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup green onions  sliced
  • ¼ cup parsley chopped


  • Heat the oven to 375F and coat a cast iron skillet using olive oil. Set aside. 
  • Remove the stems of the mushrooms and place them in a cast iron skillet. 
  • Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil in another pan and heat it over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic in the pan until golden brown. Add in the crab meat and cook for a few minutes. 
  • Add in bay seasoning, paprika and salt to the crab and stir. Add in the cheeses and half of the bread crumb. Mix well until all incorporated. 
  • Turn the heat off and stuff the mushroom caps with the filling. Top with some more bread crumbs. 
  • Bake in the oven for 25 minutes until the mushrooms are cooked. 
  • Top with green onions and parsley. Serve immediately. 


  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. 
  • Adjust the old bay seasoning to your liking if you'd like the filling less or more spicy. 
  • You can use fresh crab or canned crab meat, but imitation crab might not work as well. 
  • Add a squeeze of lemon juice right before serving for more flavor. 
  • You can make large appetizer by using Portobello mushrooms. The cooking time would be about the same. 


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 968mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 708IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 231mg | Iron: 2mg