Black Trumpet Mushroom Puff Pastries

I’d like to clarify that what you are about to see is not from an episode of the X-Files, but in fact actual food.

Black Trumpet Mushroom Puff Pastries / Bev Cooks

Would you just look at that?! It’s mega creepy, isn’t it? I can’t tell you how dangerously yummy it is. Even if it looks like tarantulas baked on some puff pastries.

It’s black trumpet mushrooms, you guys. Black trumpet mushrooms! You buy them dried. You can get them anywhere you buy dried mushrooms. I like dried mushrooms.

Anyway, I was headed to a little tapas party at my girl’s house last week, and I wanted to bring something baked, warm, and weird.

Black Trumpet Mushroom Puff Pastries / Bev Cooks

Think I achieved it?

Don’t answer that.

Okay, let’s walk through this suuuper simple appetizer recipe, so you can watch the Halloween transformation of these ‘shrooms.

Black Trumpet Mushroom Puff Pastries / Bev Cooks

And you know what, you can swap in any mushrooms you want! Mix them up, or stick to cremini, or add in chanterelle, or swap in oyster, or put your right foot in, take your right foot out, put your right foot and you shake it all ab- oh you want to stab me right now? Oh.

We all know butter and ‘shrooms are magic together. So melt your butter, add your (re-hydrated!) mushrooms to the pan. I let mine sit in a bowl of water for about 20 minutes, then pat them dry with a couple of paper towels.

Sauté the ‘shroomies (<–ugh) with some minced garlic and a little bit of chopped rosemary. Pinch of salt. You know.

Black Trumpet Mushroom Puff Pastries / Bev Cooks

In the meantime you’ll thaw some puff pastry. Remember to thaw! I forgot to thaw and had to put off the actual baking for another 40 minutes. Then I panicked because I could hear toddler napping stirs from the nursery and I thought my life was over and wouldn’t have time to finish shooting. And then I’d have to battle them off my pastries (not to be confused with pasties) because they so desperately need a snack after naptime. So remember to thaw. Because maniacal toddler behavior.

Then you’ll cut out little puff pastry circles with a cookie cutter. Or a jar lid! Whatevs.

Black Trumpet Mushroom Puff Pastries / Bev Cooks

Grate a little bit of Asiago cheese on each pastry round, then place a small heaping mound of tarantula – I mean mushrooms!- on top of the Asiago. Slide her into the oven for 15-20 minutes. That will give you enough time to cry/watch this video on repeat, because hello – girl speaks the truth.

Black Trumpet Mushroom Puff Pastries / Bev Cooks

LOOK. ^^^ I can’t help but be totally obsessed with the aesthetic of these. They look completely loco. Like black squid ink pastry explosions. Insane. I couldn’t love it more.

And let me tell you, those mushrooms have a gooooorgeously distinct taste. Almost like cocoa. They’ll slightly crisp up during baking, so the flavor/texture party in your mouth will probably call the cops. On top of that, the garlic and rosemary carry through like whoa.

I basically dare you to make this. If not now, save it for a Halloween appetizer! But also make them now. For practice. You know.

Black Trumpet Mushroom Puff Pastries / Bev Cooks

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  • 2 cups dried Black Trumpet Mushrooms
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed and cut into 8 rounds (you might need both sheets)
  • 1/2 cup-ish grated Asiago cheese, plus more for garnish
  • salt and pepper


  1. Place the mushrooms in a bowl of tepid water and let reconstitute for 20 minutes. Drain and pat as dry as you can.
  2. Melt the butter and oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Once the butter foams, add the mushrooms, garlic and chopped rosemary. Sauté for about three minutes, until the mushrooms turn very dark and the garlic is fragrant. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Place a little bit of grated cheese on each pastry round, following by a Tbs. of sautéed mushrooms. Place on a baking sheet and bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden grown and nicely puffed.
  4. Once you take it out of the oven the pastries will fall a little, but that's good. Makes the bites easier to inhale.
  5. Garnish with more grated Asiago cheese, and a scattering of rosemary leaves. Devour.
  6. Makes 8.

Black Trumpet Mushroom Puff Pastries / Bev Cooks

Don’t tell anyone I called them Tarantula Bites.


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5 Responses to Black Trumpet Mushroom Puff Pastries

  1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature February 23, 2016 at 9:22 am #
    Normally I am not a mushroom person, but I think I'm going to have to give these a try! So simple and spooky!
  2. papricannelle February 23, 2016 at 12:26 pm #
    Pinned these tarantula bites so I won't forget when Halloween comes around! Kids will love it!
  3. Laura @ Raise Your Garden February 24, 2016 at 6:19 am #
    Before I forget, cutest shoes ever in that one photo. I honestly don't know what to make up these but I'm ready for my sample! But the rosemary and garlic sound divine. And you can't go wrong with a puff pastry. You just can't. It's the right decision.
  4. Jen Renee October 2, 2017 at 5:10 pm #
    Remembered this and just did a search for it to make for Halloween. Super excited!
  5. Sheilagh March 15, 2021 at 7:28 pm #
    I really enjoyed reading this. You sound like someone who would be easy to get along with. Oh ya, thank you for the recipe

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