FBC2015 Appetizer Contest: Coconut Mushroom Puffs by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

We’re excited to be welcoming another newcomer to the Mushrooms Canada Blog! Samantha of It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken is sharing her Coconut Mushroom Puffs, qualifying her as a contender for our FBC2015 Mushroom Appetizer Spotlight Contest!
Do you have a favourite yet? I absolutely love the coconut flavours in this creative appetizer!

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Coconut Mushroom Puffs
Prep time: 20 mins | Cook time: 25 mins | Total time: 45 mins | Serves: 24 Puffs
 
Ingredients
1 Puff Pastry, thawed (Check ingredients to make sure it is vegan, most are)
16 oz Mushrooms (two of those little boxes, or one of the big ones)
4 Cloves Garlic
½ Cup Canned Full Fat Coconut Milk (shaken well before measuring)
2 teaspoons Corn Starch
1 Tablespoons Coconut Oil or Canola Oil
1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
½ teaspoon Dried Thyme
½ teaspoon Dired Oregano
¼ teaspoon Salt
Several Grinds of Pepper
Flour for rolling the puff pastry
Chives, Cilantro, or Parsley for Garnish (optional)
 
Method
1. To Make the Coconut Mixture: Start by making the coconut mushroom filling. Slice the mushrooms and mince the garlic.
2. Mix together the coconut milk and corn starch and set aside.
3. Heat the coconut oil in a pan over medium high heat. When it’s hot, add the mushrooms and garlic.
4. Sauté the mushrooms for about 5 minutes until they soften and begin to release their juices.
5. Stir in the coconut milk mixture, nutritional yeast, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to a simmer.
6. Continue to cook for about another 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens a bit. Remove from heat.
7. To Make the Puffs: Preheat the over to 400F (200C).
8. Lightly flour a clean work surface and use a rolling pin to roll out the puff pastry to a rectangle that’s about 9″ x 12″.
9. Use a long knife to cut the puff pastry into 24 squares. that’s 3 cuts down the longest direction, and 5 cuts across the shortest direction.
10. Push each puff pastry square into the mini cupcake pan, so that the edges of the puff pastry, come up the sides forming a little cup to hold the mushroom mixture. If any of your squares are a little too small, just use your rolling pin to roll it out a little more.
11. Divide the mushroom mixture evenly among the cups.
12. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes, rotating the pan once, until the edges of the puff pastry are golden. To remove them, use a knife to pop them out of the pan.
13. Finely chop chives, cilantro, or parsley, and sprinkle on the mushroom puffs for garnish.
 
Notes
*If you like, you can make the mushroom mixture ahead of time and store in an airtight container until you are ready to full the puff pastry.
*You will need a rolling pin which you can purchase here, and a mini cupcake pan which you can purchase here.
 
Follow Samantha over at It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken and on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest!
 
Hi, I’m Sam. I created, run, write, and photograph the blog It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken. I wasn’t always vegan so I know that making the switch isn’t always easy, but I am here to help. I’m a strong believer that any recipe can be made vegan, and taste even better than the original. I create scrumptious recipes that appeal to all, whether you are vegan or not. They are familiar, comforting, colourful, and filled with easy, step by step instructions. I also love writing posts about vegan life, cool products, cooking tips, and anything else that’s fun. Bring on the veggies!

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Join the competition for your chance to win an “Appetizer Spotlight” at the Mushrooms Canada table at the FBC2015 in October. 

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