Mushroom Strudel

Having lived for a couple of years in Vienna, I knew strudel only as an excellent dessert, filled with apples, pears, sour cherries, or a paste of poppy seeds. The idea of making it savory, with a sautéed mushroom filling, is new for me, and here it is. When feeling lazy, I use bought phyllo pastry, but if you are a skillful maker of the original strudel pastry, feel free.–Antonio Carluccio

LC Phyllo Phobia Note

Truthfully, just about anything can be made more enticing when encased in crisp, crackly, butter-drenched layers of phyllo. And we could all use some of that. So while phyllo phear, uh, fear is understandable, it’s also unwarranted. All you have to remember is to keep the phyllo covered, otherwise it will dry out, which is what causes rips and tears. For such little effort, you get a phenom trick to tuck in your apron pocket. Here it elevates simple sautéed shrooms to a party-worthy hors d’oeuvre. You can also stack buttered phyllo on top of leftover stew, toss it in the oven to warm, and call it pot pie. Or dab some jelly or nutella in the center of a sheet, fold it over and over into a triangle, and slide it in the toaster oven for an instant turnover. Need more ideas to entice you past your phyllo phobia? Ask. We’re full of ‘em.

Mushroom Strudel Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • Serves 4

Ingredients

  • For the strudel
  • 12 sheets phyllo pastry, thawed if frozen
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • For the filling
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms, preferably a mix of wild and cultivated, trimmed
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • Lots of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Leaves from 1 sprig fresh marjoram
  • 4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  • Make the strudel
  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (202°C).
  • 2. Remove 3 sheets of phyllo at a time from the package, keeping the remaining sheets tightly wrapped so they don’t dry out. Place 1 sheet of phyllo on a cutting board, baking sheet, or sheet of parchment paper. Lightly brush both sides of another sheet of phyllo with some of the melted butter, then place it on top of the first sheet and cover with the third sheet. Repeat this process 3 times to make 4 separate stacks phyllo. Cover them with damp cloths while you prepare the filling.
  • Make the filling
  • 3. Coarsely chop the mushroom caps. Cook the onion in the butter until softened. Add the mushrooms and nutmeg and sauté over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the sherry and cook over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the flour, marjoram, and some salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for another minute or so. Let cool. The mixture will be moist.
  • 4. Butter a baking sheet with some of the remaining melted butter from the phyllo. Place 1 of the 4 stacks of phyllo on the buttered baking sheet. Lightly brush the perimeter of the phyllo with the beaten egg. Spoon 1/4 of the mushroom mixture in the center of the phyllo and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan. Fold the sides of the phyllo in over the mushroom mixture, then fold the phyllo-encased mushrooms over and over into a neat parcel. Brush the side of the strudel with the seam with more of the beaten egg, then turn it over so that the seam is on the bottom. Brush the top with egg. Repeat to make 3 more strudels.
  • 5. Bake the strudel for 15 minutes. Serve warm, sliced into pieces if desired.
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Comments
Comments
  1. Testers Choice Testers Choice says:

    [Julie Dreyfoos] This was a big hit, with not a crumb left on any of our plates. It’s a fairly simple appetizer to make—you just need to work quickly so the phyllo doesn’t dry out. The combination of mushrooms, sherry, and marjoram made this a very savory appetizer that can be made any time of year, depending on the mushrooms you can find at your grocers. (I chose portobello, cremini, and shiitakes.) I wanted more mushrooms and less dough, though. Next time, I’ll make more mushrooms, spread them over the phyllo, and roll them up instead of wrapping the dough as suggested in the recipe.

  2. shar says:

    This was delicious and simple to make. It will be even more simple now that I have done it once. Definitely will make again and again.

  3. Terri D says:

    Instead of an appetizer, I’d love to make this as an entree. Any suggestions for a vegetarian side to accompany it? Sauteed kale maybe? Roasted carrots?

    • Renee Schettler Rossi says:

      Terri D, either of those sound lovely. Sautéed rainbow Chard could be nice, too, whether just with olive oil and those lovely sweet-tender stems, or with raisins plumped in booze. If it’s not terribly cold yet where you are, you could instead consider a nice sprightly salad of frisee and perhaps a little mache and radicchio dressed with a sherry or balsamic vinaigrette, something a little lighter and raw to balance the lovely richness of the phyllo….

  4. Mel says:

    Is this suitable for freezing or at least prepare a day ahead?

    • Beth Price says:

      Hi Mel, you should be able to freeze the unbaked phyllo strudels. Just make sure that they are tightly wrapped so the phyllo won’t dry out.

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