28 Simple Puffball Recipes You’ll Love!

Puffballs are fungi that grow underground. The fruiting bodies (the part that looks like a mushroom) appear after several months of growth. Puffballs usually only grow during spring or summer.

28 Simple Puffball Recipes You’ll Love!

They are very versatile and can be eaten raw or cooked. They are high in protein and low in fat. In addition, they contain vitamins B6, C, E, K, and folic acid.

1. Classic Fried Puffballs

A classic appetizer that you can make any time and serve to friends and family. This recipe uses puffy mushroom slices called “puffballs.”

You’ll find them in grocery stores where specialty foods are sold. They’re often found next to the shiitake mushrooms.

2. Grilled Garlic And Rosemary Puffballs

First, you’ll want to brush your mushroom slices with garlic, then place sprigs of rosemary before seasoning with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

3. Puffball Mushroom And Lamb Cannelloni

This is one of our favorite recipes because it’s easy to prepare and tastes great! We love how you can customize it according to what you like best. This recipe makes enough for 4 servings, but feel free to double up if needed.

4. Squash And Puffball Gratin

We love this particular gratin because it is served with a side of roasted tomatoes and basil pesto. We love how simple it is to make, and it tastes great cold, too. 

You can use whatever vegetables you like here — just make sure they are sturdy enough to withstand being covered in layers of cheese and baked.

5. Caviar Puffball

Mushrooms offer many health benefits including cancer prevention, immunity support, and weight management. This mushroom version tastes just like real caviar, without the price tag. You won’t believe how easy it is to make.

6. Mushroom And Puffball Bratwurst

Mix together all of your ingredients, mixing well. Add the puffball powder and continue mixing. Cook the bratwurst over medium heat for about 10 minutes. This recipe makes approximately 8 servings.

7. Mushroom Puffball Burgers

This recipe uses puffballs because they’re easy to find and inexpensive. You can use whatever variety you prefer, but we recommend trying out different varieties to see what works best for you.

8. Puffball Hummus

This healthy snack is loaded with protein and fiber, making it a great addition to a plant-based diet. Plus, the texture is reminiscent of classic hummus—and much easier to make than traditional chickpea recipes.

9. Puffball Lasagna

This recipe for puffball mushroom lasagna combines layers of puffball mushrooms melted butter with delicious creamy tomato sauce, Spinach Filling, and béchamel sauce.

Once your lasagna is baked, top it with Parmesan Cheese and shredded mozzarella. 

10. Mozzarella Puffball Sticks

These tasty treats are perfect for parties because you don’t have to make too many batches. Just fry up a few dozen and keep them warm in the oven while guests munch away. You’ll find yourself making these again and again.

11. Puffball Pizza

Brush the puffball round slices with plenty of olive oil, making sure to coat each slice with the pizza sauce, then go ahead and add some shredded mozzarella, Italian sausage, pepperoni, sliced mushrooms, olives, and green onions, and finish with extra shredded mozzarella.

12. Puffball Mushroom Alfredo

This recipe combines the best parts of Alfredo sauce — pasta, cheese, and butter — with the most delicious mushrooms you’ll ever taste. You won’t believe how easy it is to make this rich, creamy Alfredo sauce.

13. Wild Puffball Mushroom Parmesan

If you like mushrooms, you’ll love this recipe for simple fried puffballs topped with mozzarella cheese, smothered in tomato sauce, baked until steaming, and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

These are great served hot out of the oven, but they’re even better cold the next day. 

14. Fresh Puffball Mushroom Ragù

Cooking puffballs is easy. You just need to clean them well, cut off the stems, and cook them in a skillet over medium heat.

To make a delicious ragù, you can use a mixture of mushrooms and add some herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, sage, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, and olive oil. 

15. Puffball Stir Fry Mushroom Recipe

To make this recipe, get the sauce alone to your wanted thickness after coating the puffball mushroom in the ingredients; then add the meat and stir-fry until cooked through and heated throughout. 

16. Caramelized Puffball Puree

There are two types: the king mushroom (aka shiitake), and the queen mushroom (aka oyster). They grow in clusters, and both have a white cap and stem. Both varieties can be used interchangeably in recipes like this one.

17. Giant Puffball Parmigiana Recipes

A very simple recipe for one of our favorite Italian dishes. I am sure you will like it too.

Heat up olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the puffed puffballs and saute for 5 minutes per side, turning occasionally. Remove from pan and set aside.

18. Sauteed Giant Puffball

Sauteed giant puffballs or king oyster mushrooms are popular. They’re easy to cook and make great appetizers or side dishes. If you’ve never cooked them before, here’s how to do it.

19. Puffball Chicken Mushroom

This is a delicious and easy dish that’ll satisfy any vegan’s craving for chicken. You don’t even need to use puffballs; you can substitute any variety of mushrooms, including cremini, oyster, shiitake, portobello, etc. 

We like to start our prep work early, so we make sure to chop everything into bite-sized pieces ahead of time.

20. Fried Puffball Mushroom

This is a delicious and easy-to-make recipe that is perfect for any time of the year. You can serve it warm, cold, or even at room temperature.

When you want something different from the usual mushroom dish, try serving these crispy little guys with a dip of your choice.

21. Puffball Stir Fry

Sichuan cuisine is famous for its spicy flavors, but there’s one ingredient you probably haven’t heard about. Known locally as “Chongqing,” the little round balls of mushrooms are actually dried-out versions of puffball mushrooms. 

They taste like a cross between oyster mushrooms and cremini mushrooms, but they’re much easier to find.

22. Puffball Style Patties

The puffball burger is a meatless wonder that tastes like it came straight out of the wild. These delicious little patties are made from mushrooms that grow underground and look just like tiny balls.

23. Pickled Vegetables Wild Mushroom Tartine

The crust here is made with brioche dough and baked into a small round cake pan. The filling is a mixture of cremini mushrooms, porcini, chanterelles, and shiitake mushrooms. 

24. Goat Cheese Puffball Squash Gratin

This recipe is the perfect way to show off autumnal squashes at their best. A gratin is a traditional French dish, traditionally made with potato and cream.

Here we’ve added earthy mushroom and tangy goat cheese to make it even better.

25. Puffball Mushroom Pasta Sauce

Fresh puffball mushrooms are one of our favorite ingredients to work with because they’re so versatile. 

They can be sautéed, grilled, baked, or even used raw in salads. We love how quickly they cook up too; they take about 20 minutes to roast. And since they’re so meaty, they make great sauces.

26. Pickled Mushrooms

Pickling is one of those things that sounds like it requires a lot of work but really isn’t. 

You’ll need some basic ingredients, such as onions, carrots, peppers, garlic, salt, sugar, and sometimes mustard seeds.

While there are many variations, the general idea is to add these items to a large pot filled with boiling water and vinegar. Then let them simmer away until everything is tender.

27. Puffball Schnitzels

One of the tastiest and simplest ways to enjoy this delicious fungus is by making these breadcrumb-coated puffballs. They are seasoned with sweet paprika, garlic powder, and celery salt and fried until crispy.

28. Easy Crustless Puffball Pie

This recipe is our version of the classic puffball pie. We love puffballs because of their texture, taste, and appearance.

They are easy to find in most grocery stores. If you don’t know what to do with them, try making some soup or stew. You’ll never look back.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Can You Marinate Mushrooms?

First off, they do take longer to cook than most vegetables. They also tend to release liquid while they’re being cooked, so you’ll need to keep an eye on them.

You also want to make sure you use enough water to cover the mushrooms and add salt to season them. This way, they won’t dry out too much while you’re waiting around for them to finish cooking.

How Should You Store Pickled Mushrooms?

To start, wash the mushrooms well under cold running water. Then pat dry with paper towels. Slice off the stems. If you want to slice them thin, cut each mushroom crosswise into halves or quarters.

Next, place the mushrooms in a large bowl and pour over enough white vinegar to cover them. Let sit for 10 minutes while you prep your brine ingredients.

In a small saucepan combine 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of salt, 4 teaspoons of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.

Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Pour over the mushrooms. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.

Final Thoughts

We hope this guide has given you some ideas for using your own home-grown mushrooms. There’s something special about picking your own mushrooms, especially when you get to choose which ones you want to eat. 

28 Simple Puffball Recipes You’ll Love!

28 Simple Puffball Recipes You’ll Love!

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Puffball recipes are delightful and so easy to make from home, so stick around to find out which of the recipes below will become your new favorite recipe!

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