Mushroom Pizza Caps


Here’s something I hate admitting but I know a lot of you are like me so you’ll understand ;)

I love control. I hate when things spin out of control and you can’t do anything about it. It absolutely drives me crazy. I like being driver and I don’t like giving up that driver’s seat! Sometimes, though, you just gotta learn to sit back and let someone else do the driving. It’s probably one of the most frustrating things in world but when you have no choice, you just gotta sit back and hold on tight.

Last night was a great test of this “letting go” thing and letting someone else do the driving. My blog was down for 5 hours! I’ve never had it down that long before. I’m on a dedicated server and most times, I can just reboot it myself and it’ll be all better, but when it comes to a database thing, there’s nothing I can do about it. Even more-so, when an entire data center is down, that is DEFINITELY not something I can control. So, I just sat back and kept my fingers crossed that my 999th refresh would somehow bring my site up in the browser.

ANYWAY, you want to know what I DO have control over? What toppings to top these ‘shroom caps with!!

Such a liberating feeling.

So yeah. Before summer REALLY ends and you want to fire up the grill for one last hoorah, I’d make these! They’re fun if you have kids (or not, I mean, you can always do this with a bunch of cool adults too) and you can make this whole she-bang like a “mushroom bar” (haha, a ‘shroom bar if you will) and have all these toppings out in bowls and have everyone go nuts with toppings. Or you can be boring like Jason & I and just do the classic pepperoni & cheese. It’s not BORING, it’s CLASSIC, m’kay?

Okay, so now I’m sending you off to play with toppings! Get creative, you ;)

Mushroom Pizza Caps

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 10 mins Total Time 15 mins
Serves 5     adjust servings

Mushroom pizza caps are a great way to enjoy all the flavors of pizza but with less calories!


  • 5 large portobello mushroom caps
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Pepperoni
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Marinara sauce
  • Basil


  1. Heat up your grill or indoor grill.
  2. Remove the inside ribbing of the mushroom caps with a spoon. Brush olive oil on both sides of the mushrooms & season with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill the mushroom caps until they've shrunk and are tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Remove from grill and with a tablespoon, spoon marinara sauce on inside of the mushroom then top with desired toppings and put on grill again and heat up until cheese has melted.
  5. Serve hot, top with basil before serving.

Recipe Notes

Recipe Notes

You may use whatever toppings you desire. I just chose to use cheese and pepperoni. You can use diced bell peppers, onions, sausage, etc.



Posted on September 07, 2012

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  1. 09/07/2012 at 7:34 am

    Ohmygosh Julie! These sound amazing… beautiful shots too!

  2. 09/07/2012 at 7:38 am

    aww sorry it was down for so long! I know how crazy you must have been going! Glad to see it’s back up now though!!

  3. 09/07/2012 at 7:45 am

    I love love love Mushroom Cap Pizzas!

  4. 09/07/2012 at 9:03 am

    We make these all of the time! My favorite!

  5. 09/07/2012 at 9:20 am

    Sorry to hear your site was down for so long. That is so frustrating! These do look amazing though–even for a mushroom hater : )

  6. 09/07/2012 at 9:53 am

    I’m ALL over this. Actually, I’m just craving pizza….

  7. 09/07/2012 at 10:13 am

    these sound great! + i love that your blog is back up. =) i’m a crazy control freak, so i hear ya, big time!

  8. 09/07/2012 at 10:20 am

    So glad your site is back up and running! And this looks like a great idea. Plus, it’s easy. Thanks!

  9. 09/07/2012 at 10:31 am

    I’ve made these a few times before! They aren’t as pretty as yours though. I’ve made them in the oven, but never the grill!

  10. 09/07/2012 at 10:33 am

    Can you make these when I come over to bring the wine and pry the news out of you?

  11. 09/07/2012 at 11:09 am

    Pizza Pizza! So this is healthy cause it’s carb free? Right? Pizza win!!

  12. 09/07/2012 at 11:11 am

    Mushrooms as a crust?! YES please! Mushrooms are my favorite thing on a pizza.

  13. Dawn
    09/07/2012 at 11:28 am

    I can’t wait to try these with Canadian Bacon! Yum! Thanks for the recipe and super fun ideas!

  14. 09/07/2012 at 11:41 am

    High five to another control freak!

  15. 09/07/2012 at 1:00 pm

    Ugh, it’s hard for me to relinquish control sometimes, too, so I understand completely! Especially when I have controlled how I want things to go and it doesn’t happen that way–ugh. You don’t wanna know me then! Anyway, these pizza caps are cute and I LOVE using ‘shrooms instead of carbs to make it lighter.

  16. 09/07/2012 at 1:23 pm

    A) I’m totes the way when it comes to being a control freak.

    B) I’m totes about to slide out of my chair just looking at these cappies.

    C) I’m totes done saying totes. Maybe.

    D) Totes. SLAMMED.

  17. 09/07/2012 at 1:36 pm

    ugh…that would drive me crazy too! I haven’t made these in so long…great pictures.

  18. 09/07/2012 at 1:39 pm

    I lurve these. So simple, so tasty and so carb-free. Sooo beautiful photos as always!!!

  19. 09/07/2012 at 1:55 pm

    Dude, your photos are awesome! I need to go see you and get some lessons!

    As for the whole control thing, I am the same way! But I’m glad you’re blog is up and running! I think I would’ve died if and when that happens to me. And these mushroom pizza caps are a must-make!

  20. 09/07/2012 at 2:39 pm

    My face wants to dive into 67 of these right now.

  21. 09/07/2012 at 4:05 pm

    I love these. I could live on portobellos!

  22. These are so adorable! They would also be really cute for a party. But for some reason I don’t see it being an easy thing to eat while making casual conversation ;) I am pretty sure I would end up with sauce all over my face!

  23. 09/07/2012 at 6:16 pm

    Oh gurl! You have been on a pizza roll! Get it? I think a lot of us like to pretend we don’t have control issues but when something like that happens, you can’t fight it! I tried to unplu from all social media and blog biz last weekend and it was the hardest thing ever to just give up control for that long.

  24. 09/08/2012 at 12:19 pm

    OK, OMG, these look AWESOME! I can’t tell you how much I love portobello mushroom caps and pizza! I love that you paired the two together, this is brilliant!

  25. 09/08/2012 at 1:32 pm

    What a great idea! I am totally going to try this. PS as a fellow control freak, I completely understand your pain.

  26. 09/08/2012 at 4:46 pm

    Sorry the site was down for so long!!! Glad it’s back up and running!!

  27. Tehan
    09/08/2012 at 7:48 pm

    If I don’t have a grill…think the oven will work? They look great!

    • 09/08/2012 at 7:55 pm

      Yeah, definitely. You just won’t have the char/grill marks but oven is perfectly fine :)

  28. 09/09/2012 at 10:36 am

    Mmm, love these! I’m scared of those massive mushrooms (I know…) but I would get over my fear for these.

  29. 09/09/2012 at 11:45 am

    These are so cute and make for a great, low-carb snack! I hate not being in control either!

  30. 09/09/2012 at 12:48 pm

    I love mushrooms and this is so creative, Julie!!

  31. 09/10/2012 at 9:58 am

    what a brilliant idea for a lower calorie pizza to curb cravings!

  32. 09/10/2012 at 11:54 am

    Haha, I’m a total control freak so I can absolutely relate! Love your mushroom pizzas, these would be an amazing lunch and the possibilities for toppings are seriously endless!

  33. What a fantastic idea instead of using crust! Love these! And I’m a control freak too;) hate that your blog was down, that is so frustrating!

  34. 09/12/2012 at 11:46 pm

    Mmmm, these could not be cuter and look more yummy! I have totally been wanting to make mushroom pizzas! I need to do this soon man!

  35. Sarah
    03/08/2013 at 9:45 pm

    Do you think I could put these on my George Foreman grill and just not shut it and grill that way?

    • 03/08/2013 at 9:57 pm

      Yes, that would work!

  36. Sarah
    03/08/2013 at 10:03 pm

    Great! Thanks so much. :) I keep having to ask questions about everything, sorry about that! I just got married and we moved from Alabama to Connecticut, and living in the South my family just never cooked things like this. We certainly never had a George Foreman! I’m changing my lifestyle, though, and trying to find other recipes to cook that are healthier but still delicious and where everything isn’t fried and the vegetables aren’t made with bacon grease! Your blog is awesome and is definitely helping me get there!

    • 03/08/2013 at 10:09 pm

      Don’t be sorry to ask questions :) Congrats on the marriage!

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