Mushroom Poutine Bites

Mushroom Poutine Bites

Who doesn’t love a big plate of gravy dripping, cheese squeaking poutine?  Well in Canada at least.

I’ve taken some of the best parts of poutine and created these wonderful little bites of perfection. Fries, cheese and a rich mushroom gravy all surrounded by a buttery crust that fit into the palm of your hand.

Recipe courtesy of Heather Lang from The Tasty Gardner

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes (includes cooling time) | Makes: 24


1 tbsp olive oil
3 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
1 medium onion, sliced
3 tbsp flour
1 cup beef broth, vegetable broth, dark beer or combination of any of those three
1 tsp dried thyme
4 sheets puff pastry, thawed
2 cup shoestring French fries
1 cup cheese curds


  1. In a large sauté pan over medium heat the oil until shimmering.  Add the onions and mushrooms and cook until caramelized about 30-40 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle the mushrooms with flour and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add your liquid of choice and increase to high. Bring to a boil and stir until thickened. You want your gravy very thick.
  4. Place mushroom gravy in a long narrow dish and place in fridge. You want the mixture to be cold when you assemble to keep the pastry from getting super soggy. By putting it in a long dish you are giving it more surface area to cool quicker. Should only take about 20 minutes.
  5. Cook your French fries according to package directions. Cut into smaller pieces.
  6. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roll out your first sheet of pastry.
  7. Make little hills of about 1 tbsp fries, mushroom gravy and cheese. Brush some water around the edges of the hills and place the second sheet on top. Press the dough down around the little hills to seal in the ingredients.
  8. Using a pizza/pastry roller or a knife cut the little packages into individual pockets. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
Mushroom Gorgonzola Spanakopita

Mushroom Gorgonzola Spanakopita

Recipe courtesy of Carole Nelson Brown from The Yum Yum Factor

Makes: (30 approx.)


1 454g package frozen filo pastry, *thawed at room temperature
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tbls olive oil 1/2 leek, sliced thinly 1 clove garlic, chopped
1 lb mixed mushrooms ( I used 3/4 button and 1/4 shiitake) slice
2- 3 tbls butter
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoon port
2 handfuls baby arugula
145g gorgonzola, crumbled ( you will get a heaping cup)
1/4 cup ricotta

*Thaw the filo pastry overnight in the fridge then let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before using or you can also let it thaw for 3 hours at room temperature. Unused filo can be kept in the fridge, wrapped in plastic wrap for 5 to 7 days.


Make filling:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium sized, heavy pan and throw in the leeks. Saute over medium heat until the leeks start to take on colour and brown, adding the garlic in for the last minute. At this point, push the leeks and garlic to the side of the pan and start adding the mushrooms in batches. Add just enough to cover the pan in one layer, sprinkle with a small pinch of kosher salt and a couple of grinds of black pepper and brown.
  2. When they are nice and brown, push them to the side of the pan and pile them up on the leeks, add about 1/2 a tbls of butter and add the next batch of mushrooms, salt and saute and continue to do this until all the mushrooms are browned. At this point, mix all of the mushrooms with the onions and add the port to deglaze the pan.
  3. Stir a few more times and then scrape the contents of the pan into a shallow bowl. While the mushrooms are still hot, throw in a couple of handfuls of baby arugula and keep stirring until the arugula is completely wilted and then let it cool to room temperature.
  4. When the mixture is room temperature, add in the crumbled gorgonzola and the ricotta and mix well until everything is totally incorporated into the mushrooms.
  5. You can make the pastries right away or you can store the filling in the fridge but take it out 30 minutes before to bring it back to room temperature.

Making the Spanakopita:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C)
  2. Unwrap the filo pastry and cover with plastic wrap, then cover the plastic wrap with a damp towel. Work swiftly as the dough is delicate and dries out quickly, taking out only two sheets at a time.
  3. Place one piece of filo dough on a clean work surface so that the long edge is closest to you. (make sure the rest of the dough is covered while you work) Brush the sheet with some melted butter and then press a second sheet on top, smoothing it down so that the butter makes them stick together.
  4. Cut the piece, lengthwise, into four strips or five strips (roughly 12” x 2 3/4” strips – how many you get will depend on the brand of filo you buy as they are all slightly different sizes) . Use a ruler and a pizza cutting wheel or a very sharp, long knife to make it easier and to ensure a straight cut.
  5. Put 1 tbls of filling 1 cm from bottom of each strip and then fold the right hand corner over so the bottom edge meets the side edge to enclose the filling and form a triangle. Continue folding the strip like a flag, keeping the triangle shape. When you get to the last turn, brush the end with some more butter to serve as glue and finish the fold. Transfer each finished triangle pastry to a parchment lined baking sheet. Keep going until you have used all of your filo and/or filling.
  6. Brush the tops of the triangles with more butter, sprinkle a pinch of sesame seeds on each one and bake for about 15-20 minutes , until nice and golden. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  7. If you want to make them ahead of time, you can form them, brush with butter, sprinkle with sesame seeds and then place them in a single layer in a large freezer bag, covering the top with a piece of parchment and freeze them Bake the spanakopita straight from the freezer in the same way as you do for freshly made.


Roasted Mushroom Scones

Roasted Mushroom and Aged Cheddar Scones

These are a savory-breakfast-lovers’ dream! We make a few different types of scones, both sweet and savory, each year to bring to our family brunch gathering, and these are without doubt my favourite. So full of salty, savory mushroom flavour and ooey gooey aged cheddar cheese. They freeze wonderfully, too! Just take one out and warm in the oven and you’ve got a homemade treat to indulge in.

Recipe courtesy of Kelly from The Gouda Life. 



  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher/sea salt
  • ½ cup COLD butter,
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ⅔ cup buttermilk
  • ⅔ cup grated aged cheddar
  • 1 cup chopped roasted mushrooms, recipe follows
  • 1 egg, beaten lightly, to brush tops of scones

Roasted Mushrooms

  • 450g whole cremini, wiped clean and stems removed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp fresh ground pepper



  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or two knives until you’ve got a crumbly mixture with butter pieces no larger than peas.
  3. I like to put the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes here to make sure everything is as cold as possible. If you skip this step, no problem.
  4. Add the lightly beaten eggs and buttermilk and stir to combine. It will be wet and sticky.
  5. Add in the cheddar and cooled chopped mushrooms and knead the dough, folding it over on itself 5-6 times to incorporate the mushrooms and cheese.
  6. Again, I like to pop it in the freezer at this point for another 10 minutes.
  7. On a lightly floured surface, turn the sticky dough out and knead lightly a few more times. Roll the dough ¾ inch thick. Cut out 3 inch squares, then cut diagonally to make triangles. You should have about 10 scones.
  8. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet, brush with a little beaten egg and a sprinkle of fresh ground pepper if you’d like.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.


  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Toss whole mushrooms in the oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Spread on a baking sheet and roast, stirring a few times, until tender and browned, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely before chopping up and adding to scone mixture. If you have leftovers, save them for an omelette in the morning.


I’ve used Cremini mushrooms here, but you feel free to use what you like best.

For cheese, I used a cheddar aged for 3 years but again whatever you like will be great. Something sharp and tangy works really well.

Ham, Cheddar and Mushroom Muffins

These muffins are packed with delicious goodness and are perfect for snack time, breakfast, or even dinner when they refuse to eat what’s put in front of them. A parent’s job is hard enough. Let them eat muffins.

Recipe and photo by Jenny of The Brunette Baker

Prep Time: 25 mins. | Bake Time: 20 mins.


3 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons of chives, chopped finely.
4 tablespoons ground flax seeds, optional
3 large eggs
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup white onion, finely chopped
1 cup white button mushrooms, finely chopped
1 cup diced ham
1 cup grated cheddar cheese


1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or use cupcake liners.
2. In a frying pan over medium heat, add in one tablespoon of canola oil. Toss in onions and cook until translucent. Remove from pan and add in chopped mushrooms. Cook only until tender. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, and flax seeds.
4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, oil, and butter. Stir in the chives, mushrooms, onions, ham, and cheese.
5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix using a wooden spoon until moistened.
6. Scoop the batter into prepared muffin pan (heaping ¼ cup each for unlined muffin pan or scant ¼ cup each for lined.
7. Bake the muffins for 20 minutes or until the tops are a golden brown. Let the muffins cool in pan for 15 minutes then loosen the edges with a knife (if necessary). Transfer muffins to cooling rack.
8. Muffins will keep in an airtight container for several days. These also freeze beautifully once baked.

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Mushroom & Thyme Cheddar Tart

It works well year-round as mushrooms fit with every season. I just love the combination of the earthy mushrooms, caramelized onions & fresh herbs.

Recipe and photo by Marcella of Hey Modest Marce

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 30 mins.


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, sliced thin
1-1.5 cups of mushrooms, sliced thin (I used crimini mushrooms)
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry
1 cup Irish cheddar cheese, grated
2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme, for garnish


1. In a saucepan over medium heat add the olive oil & garlic. Once the garlic has infused into the oil, add the sliced onions, mushrooms & thyme.
2. Let cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, until the onions begin to caramelize & the mushrooms cook down. Remove from heat & let cool.
3. While the mixture cools, prepare the puff pastry. Roll out frozen puff pastry into a square, trim edges & place on a baking sheet.
4. Brush with olive oil, top with grated cheddar & evenly distribute the mushroom mixture.
5. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, or until the pastry edges have puffed & turned a golden brown.
6. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, slice & serve.

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