Easy Italian Mushrooms Appetizer

4.80 from 5 votes

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These Italian mushrooms are a terrific way to start any special meal. They’re light, full of flavor, and very easy to put together.

They make an ideal start for a holiday dinner or a casual get-together. The best part, you can put this easy appetizer together in just 20 minutes for about $5.00!

A plate of mushrooms with cream and parsley slathered over them.
These Italian mushrooms are one of our many easy appetizer ideas.

About this recipe

These light-tasting Italian mushrooms are easy to make and full of lively flavors. Bathed in a mixture of light lemon-cream sauce and capers, they will have you saying deliziosa! as soon as they hit your palate.

You’ll want to make these Italian mushrooms starters for your next special get-together. They will impress your guests and they pair well with anything.

A pan of mushrooms being sauteed.
  • They are fast and easy to make. 20 minutes from start to finish.
  • They have great flavor. The capers and lemons play well together.
  • They are affordable. Put this together for around $5.

This appetizer or snack of lemon caper portabella buttons has an Italian flair to it, although it pairs well with anything. Beef Recipes, chicken dinners, pork entrees, or turkey recipes, are all good follow-ups to this fast and easy appetizer. 

By the same token, we like our soups recipes and our easy desserts here on Platter Talk.

But let’s not forget snacks and appetizers! These Italian mushrooms are a great alternative to the usual chips and salsa.

A plate of button mushrooms covered in cream.

These will make a welcome addition to any food or course.

Pairing suggestion


Don’t think these easy Italian mushrooms are just there for backup though, they are tasty enough to stand on their own as well. They are perfect for a light snack or an easy side dish for lunch.

My biggest piece of advice for preparing these Italian mushrooms: make a double batch. They disappear quickly. -Dan

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Easy Italian Mushrooms Appetizer

4.80 from 5 votes
Fast and easy appetizer recipe for under $5.00
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


  • 8 oz whole baby portabella mushrooms, stems on and brushed clean
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, thinly sliced
  • juice from 1 fresh leomn
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, coarse chop, divided.


  • Using large saute pan, heat butter over medium high heat and saute mushrooms, garlic and shallot for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly to ensure an even saute.
  • Add wine, stir in lemon juice, cream and capers. Bring to low simmer then reduce heat.
  • Allow to cook another 10 minutes, stirring in flour to desired thickness.
  • Stir in 1 tablespoon parsley.
  • Use tongs to plate and drizzle sauce over mushrooms.
  • Garnish with remaining parsley.


My biggest tip for this easy appetizer idea of Italian mushrooms is to make a double batch!


Calories: 125kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 91mg, Potassium: 234mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 366IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. These may be the most beautiful mushrooms I’ve ever seen! The flavors sound absolutely perfect!

  2. 5 stars
    Dan, these mushrooms look simply amazing! I could eat a whole plate full on their own. Great job!

    1. Linda, we’re happy to hear from you and love your comments; thanks so much for stopping by!