Easy Homemade Wild Mushroom Vol-au-Vent: A Classic French Puff Pastry Recipe

Easy and Delicious Wild Mushroom Vol-au-Vent - Classic French Pastry Recipe

Indulge in the ethereal lightness of puff pastry with our exquisite Wild Mushroom Vol-au-Vent recipe. These delectable French canapés are a perfect blend of flaky, crispy pastry and a luxurious mushroom filling. The name “vol-au-vent” literally means “flying in the wind,” aptly describing the airy nature of these bite-sized treats.

Our version stays true to tradition while offering a quick and easy preparation method. Using store-bought puff pastry, we create crispy shells filled with a creamy wild mushroom duxelles. The earthy, woodsy flavors of mixed mushrooms and thyme are beautifully balanced by the smooth richness of crème fraîche. These elegant appetizers are sure to impress at any gathering, flying off the plate and into delighted guests’ mouths in no time!


Ingredients for Wild Mushroom Vol-au-Vent

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed but very cold
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces wild mixed mushrooms, chopped to a rubble
  • 1 whole, smashed garlic clove
  • 2 stems fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons crème fraîche

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) to ensure it’s perfectly hot for your pastry.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, unfold your cold puff pastry. Using a 2.5-inch biscuit cutter, cut out 9 circles. Create a shallow indent in the center of each circle with a 1.5-inch cutter, being careful not to cut all the way through.

  3. Place the pastry circles on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until golden and puffed.

  4. While the pastry bakes, prepare your mushroom filling. In a wide sauté pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add your chopped wild mushrooms, smashed garlic, and thyme stems. Sauté for about 4 minutes, until the mushrooms have reduced in size and the pan looks dry. Season with salt and pepper, then pour in the white wine, allowing it to reduce. Remove the garlic and thyme stems, take the pan off the heat, and stir in the luscious crème fraîche.

  5. Once your pastry shells are baked and cooled slightly, use a sharp paring knife to carefully remove the center discs. Fill each shell generously with your fragrant mushroom mixture, then gently replace the pastry tops.

Serve these delightful Wild Mushroom Vol-au-Vents warm and watch as they disappear before your eyes. They’re perfect for cocktail parties, holiday gatherings, or as an elegant start to a French-inspired meal. Bon appétit!

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
191 Calories
14g Fat
14g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 9
Amount per serving
Calories 191
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 248mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 112mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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