These dairy-free Meaty Mushroom Puff Pastry Cups are fantastic hearty appetizers to serve at dinner parties, or to serve as side dishes with dinner.
Spring entertaining time is here, and once again, the almighty puff pastry comes to the rescue – with help of one of my favorite veggies!
I love making vol-au-vents for parties, or even for side dishes for family dinners.
Vol-au-vents are basically stuffed puff pastry cups. They are usually stuffed with some sort of meat and cream sauce, but today’s recipe proves you do NOT need a lot of meat or heavy cream to make these hearty appetizers so delicious and satisfying!
Making Dairy-Free Meaty Mushroom Puff Pastry Appetizers (Vol-au-Vents)
This dish starts with store bought or homemade puff pastry sheets. Most common store brands are vegan – they use vegetable oil instead of butter – but you can check the label of your store brands just in case.
To make the puff pastry cups, you simply take two sheets of puff pastry, cut out 18 3-4″ circles, then take half of those circles and cut out 1-2″ center circles. Place the one with the cut-out circle on top of the whole circles, and that creates the cup as the pastry bakes!
I always like to make little designs with the extra puff pastry dough, and made some small stars, flowers, and leaves with this latest batch.
While the puff pastry is baking in the oven, it’s time to make the filling.
Mighty Mighty Mushrooms
The star of this dish is in the main attraction in the filling: the mighty mighty mushroom.
I love mushrooms. They’re fat-free, cholesterol free, low in calories, and provide important nutrients like vitamin D, B vitamins, antioxidants and potassium. I use them for my fast lunch recipes, to help bulk up chilis and stews, and love them simply sautéed with some white wine and vegan butter.
In recipes like this one, I blend finely chopped mushrooms with meat to create more delicious, nutritious and sustainable meals. This is also an easy way to get some hearty nutritious vegetables onto the plate!
The mushrooms, ground turkey, garlic, and herbs sauté up fairly quickly in vegan butter, and the puff pastry is usually done baking around the same time the filling is done cooking.
Allow the puff pastry to rest for a couple of minutes before filling. Then garnish with fresh tarragon, thyme, or micro arugula, as I did here.
I love this dish because it’s super delicious but also very satisfying, and doesn’t involve too much meat. The mushrooms really help add some richness and depth to this dish, and bring out the flavor of the herbs quite nicely.
I’ve long been a Blenditarian – someone who combines mushrooms with meat in recipes – because I adore mushrooms, and it’s important for me to always provide some vegetables at every meal. Blending mushrooms and meat into the main entree, side dish, or appetizers is an easy – and tasty! – way to accomplish that.
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Mushroom Puff Pastry Cups Recipe
- 1 package puff pastry sheets (2 sheets)
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tbsp vegan butter
- 1/2 lb ground turkey
- 1 cup cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp tarragon, finely chopped
- 1 tsp thyme, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp dairy-free sour cream
- optional: garnish of herbs
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Thaw puff pastry according to package directions. Once thawed, place flattened sheets onto a cutting board and use a 4" circle cookie cutter to cut out 18 circles. Then using a 2" circle cookie cutter, cut out center circles in half (9) of those circles. Place full circles spread out an inch or so apart onto the parchment paper-covered baking sheets. Brush each with egg wash. Top each of those with a pastry circle that has a center circle cut out. Brush each top with egg wash. Use a small knife or fork tines to gently place small slits on the puff pastry. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until the pastry has browned nicely. When done, remove from oven and let cool slightly at room temperature.
- While the puff pastry circles are baking, heat butter over medium-high heat in a medium or large sauté pan. Once butter melts, add ground turkey. Sauté until just brown, about 2-4 minutes.
- Add mushrooms and garlic to the pan and sauté for another 2 minutes or so, just until the mushrooms and garlic soften.
- Add almond milk, thyme, and tarragon to the pan. Stir ingredients and sauté together for another minute or two.
- Turn off heat, then add lemon juice and sour cream to the pan, and stir filling ingredients together.
- Fill each puff pastry cup with a tablespoon or two with filling. Garnish with fresh herbs. Serve immediately.
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WINE PAIRING BLISS
Pair this wine with a lovely Chardonnay, like this Pacific Crest Chardonnay ($16.99) from the Pacific Northwest Columbia Valley. It’s well-balanced, and has slightly sweet (but not overpowering) notes of honey, apple, and pear that would help balance out the earthiness of these mushroom puff pastry cups.
More Spring Recipes & Entertaining Ideas
- Mushroom Sausage Lettuce Wraps
- Easy Salmon with Spring Vegetables
- How to Host the Ultimate Wine Pairing Party
- Easy Spring Mini Fruit Tarts
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