Phyllis Diller’s Stuffed Mushrooms

Phyllis Diller was a comedian who one of the first female standups to be a household name making many appearances on such shows as Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In and What’s My Line?. Her self deprecating and eccentric stage persona was known for her crazy hair, clothes and her exaggerated laugh. She had a long career that spanned from the 1950s all the way through to the 2000s that included movies and television as well as stand up.


These are her stuffed mushrooms and just like Phyllis herself they are a bit eccentric. Most of us know stuffed mushrooms to usually have Italian sausage as the main ingredient but not in these.  Instead a can of deviled ham is used in place of the sausage but it strangely works.


Phyllis Diller's Stuffed Mushrooms

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Stuffed mushrooms with an unorthodox filling from comedian Phyllis Diller.

source: Celebrity Cookbook by Johna Blinn


  • 3 tablespoons minced onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 can deviled ham (4 1/2 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoon bread crumbs
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • pinch of pepper
  • 12 mushroom, cleaned and with their stems removed
  • paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degree.
  2. Melt butter over low heat and saute onion and garlic until onion is transparent.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients and then mix in onion and garlic mixture.
  4. Fill mushroom caps with mixture and sprinkle tops with paprika.
  5. Place in a small baking dish and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.


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