Hot Cheddar-Mushroom Spread Recipe
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Hot Cheddar-Mushroom Spread Recipe

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One of my high school friends brought this fuss-free appetizer to a get-together and the rest of us couldn't get enough of it. I've since made it for family parties and potlucks, where it is always a hit.—Becky Ruff, Monona, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cans (4-1/2 ounces each) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • Minced fresh parsley
  • Assorted crackers


  1. In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, cheeses, mushrooms and dressing mix. Spread into a greased 9-in. pie plate.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with crackers. Yield: 3 cups.
Originally published as Hot Cheddar-Mushroom Spread in Taste of Home October/November 2007, p15

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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astrour User ID: 6596278 163274
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"This recipe is amazing! So easy, so fast, so delicious! Made this as an easy appetizer. Rave reviews. Worth using good cheddar :) Leftovers are just as good."

HomeCook121 User ID: 6269181 163801
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"Everyone raves about this recipe. I make it according to the directions, only I use cooking spray to coat the dish and it turns out wonderful."

Gegj0004 User ID: 5944764 94882
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

"Hello all, After seeing this recipe in "Taste of Home", I knew I loved the ingredients and had to try it. After reading the reviews I made a few alterations: 1) I sauteed 20 oz. of fresh mushrooms chopped into medium size pieces in a bit of olive oil and butter. I don't like canned mushrooms at all, nor does my family, so this was a personal preference. 2) I omitted the Parm. Cheese as I didn't have any on hand, and used Swiss cheese instead. 3)This was key, I cut way down on the mayo, only using 1/4 c. I wanted to taste the mushrooms instead of the mayo. This helps keep the oil down too. I also did not grease the pie plate as there was enough fat in the sauteed mushrooms. Watch the cheese carefully, and be sure to stir it as it gets close to the 20 minute mark. This will help it from clumping up. P.S. You can make the ranch seasoning from scratch instead of using the Ranch salad Dressing envelope called for by combining the following: 1/4 tsp dried parsley 3/4 tsp ground pepper 1 tsp. seasoned salt 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/4 tsp. Hungarian paprika 1/4 tsp. onion powder 1/8 tsp. dried thyme It's much better-and cheaper-than using the envelope, and no extra mystery additives either! :-)"

Kabbas User ID: 4348836 208709
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"This is a hit whenever I make this. It is greasy but it tastes great with chips or crackers."

katejudy311 User ID: 3820802 163272
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2009

"Hmmm...every time i make this dip it turns out fine and everyone loves it. There was no extra grease. I did not grease the pan.I did use light mayo as well as a 2 cheese blend instead of the cheddar though. It seems to make a difference in the end result. (i.e. the pool of grease)"

Mom2GR8kidz User ID: 3796498 95028
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2009

"I had the same problem--it was a pool of grease, unappetizing, and disgusting. I was disappointed and put it in the trash."

patcleans User ID: 1879329 148770
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2009

"Re: Hot Cheddar-Mushroom Spread

This was a pool of oil, and the cheddar did not melt, but became hard, perhaps because of the oil, are the measurements off a little?"

??????????????? User ID: 3566742 67547
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2008

" I'm confused.  The total volume of the ingredients called for is about 6 cups but the recipe only yields 3 cups.  What am I missing?

keverwann User ID: 1807985 94881
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2008

"This was SUPER greasy! No need to grease the pie plate. Too much grease for me."

maureendev User ID: 3054589 149385
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2008

"Do not use lite or fat free mayo."

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