Mushroom Pate filled Puff Pastry Stars

This recipe is one of our suggestions for a special vegan holiday meal.

Mushroom Pate filled Phyllo Pastry Stars


  • 1 pkg. vegan puff pastry, frozen (app. 8-10 sheets)
  • mushroom-almond pate (recipe below)

Thaw the puff pastry.
Make the mushroom-almond pate. (recipe below)
Using a large star shaped cookie cutter, cut out star shapes. You will need 2 for each filled star.
Oil a cookie sheet or use baking paper to keep the stars from sticking to the cookie sheet.
Preheat the oven to the temperature indicated on the package (220 C).
Place a star on the cookie sheet and using a spoon, place a spoonful of the mushroom pate in the center.
preparing the pyhllo pastry stars
Take a 2nd star, put some water along the inside edges of the star and lay it carefully over the star with the mushroom pate.
Gently line up each of the points of the star to match, they will swell and close as they bake.
Do this procedure for the rest of the dough.
preparing the pyhllo pastry stars
With the left over pieces of dough, you can put them together and roll out the dough again to cut more and thus use all of the dough.
Bake the stars for 15-20 minutes or until golden.

Note: When we prepared this recipes we made 14 stars from 10 phyllo dough sheets.

Mushroom-Almond Pate


  • 1 cup almonds, ground
  • 50 grams margarine
  • 200 grams mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 tbs. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/8 tbs. white pepper
  • 1/2 cup water

Melt the margarine, add the herbs and olive oil and sauté the mushrooms.
Add the water and allow the mixture to season and cook off a bit.
When the liquid is about halved, remove from the heat add the ground almonds and and puree to a fine pate.

16 responses to “Mushroom Pate filled Puff Pastry Stars”

  1. Patti says:

    what size star cutter did you use?

  2. Chris says:

    Hi Patti,
    The cutter I used is about 5 inches or 13 centimeters from the tip of one end of a point to the tip of an opposite point. But, basically you could use various sizes, if your cutter is smaller, then you could make more and give people more. It used about the full square of puff pastry…you could also create a freehand star and cut them out with a knife.
    The look very pretty on the plate and are especially nice for the holidays. You could also use a heart form for Valentines.
    Hope you enjoy them

  3. Kathy says:

    Did you leave all the pastry layers as one piece? Also, would this work with a vegan margarine?

  4. Anne Leblanc says:

    Hello Chris
    I am about to do this recipe, but I notice that you are mentioning “oil” without giving the amount required in the ingredients.
    Can you please tell how much oil is needed.
    Thank you

  5. Beth says:

    In the directions you mention phyllo, but the ingredients list puff pastry. Which is it?

  6. Anna says:

    Can they be frozen and reheated? Or, lacking that, made the day before?

  7. Jenifer says:

    Puff pastry is not vegan… it is made by folding butter in between dough layers.

  8. Chris says:

    Hi Jenifer,
    Thank you for your comment. Yes, indeed..real puff pastry is not vegan. However there are many brands available stores that use vegetable margarine instead of real butter. If you read the ingredients lists, you can find more than one brand available that is vegan. Thank you for pointing this out so we can also help others to remember to read the labels.

  9. Natascha says:

    Hi there!
    I would like to make this dish for a christmas dinner party, but I was wondering if it would be okay to make it beforehand? I have to travel to get to the party, but I’m afraid that it’ll turn soggy…

    Natascha (from Holland)

  10. Chris says:

    Hi Natascha,
    Thank you for your question.
    I would not recommend making it ahead of time, and bringing them to a party. I am sorry. They are delicious, and is lovely for a diner party. But, the puff pastry becomes soft with time, even after 1 hour or so. They are really best right from the oven.
    Is there a possibility that you bring the prepared ingredients, assemble and then put them in the oven there???? Once the ingredients have been made, it’s only about 15 minutes to cut the puff pastries out as stars, fill them..and then put the tops on, then about 15-20 minutes in the oven. But if that is not possible, I would suggest choosing another sort of recipe to bring. We have many listed o the index under appetizers, and also may ideas in brunches. I would not want to disappoint you, nor have you disappoint your friends by bringing pastries that were not at their best…so do please choose another yummy if they can’t be assembled there.

  11. Em says:

    I love the idea of this recipe, but I’m allergic to mushrooms. What other fillings do you think might be good?

  12. Chris says:

    Hi Em,
    Sorry to hear you are allergic to mushrooms. I think any vegetable pate recipe would be good. Broccoli puree, Green Pea and Walnut
    Tempeh pate
    or an Eggplant spread wold also be good
    Any of these would work well. Hope you have a happy holiday season.

  13. Marcie says:

    I made this over the weekend and it was absolutely delicious! Thank you soo much for sharing this wonderful dish. It will become a mainstay at future holiday dinners.

  14. This sounds like an easy and neat idea! I’ll have to try them soon. Thanks!

  15. Marcia Layden says:

    You did not respond to the question of whether puff pastry or Phillo dough is used. I will hold off making this till i know the answer.

  16. Chris says:

    Hi Marcia,
    I’m sorry, I did not get your earlier question…
    I used Vegan puff pastry. Sort of like what Pepridge Farm has. Check the label to make sure it is vegan.
    Sorry about the delay…
    Sincerely, Chris the cook at Vegalicious

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