Named after the thick puffs of spores that they release when mature, puffball mushrooms are massive, larger even than a buffalo mozzarella ball. And with their white flesh and sponge-like texture, puffball mushrooms are quite similar to tofu. You can use them in soups, stews, stir-fries, and risottos, or cut larger slices and use them as a base for gluten-free pizzas — endless possibilities!
If you’ve found a puffball mushroom and are unsure about which recipes to try, we’ve got you covered. Here are 15 puffball mushroom recipes to transform these fungi into hearty, delicious meals!
A hassle-free way to create a tasty dish, in this recipe, you dip puffball mushroom slices in a mix of flour, egg, and breadcrumb and fry until crispy brown. These fried puffball mushrooms sport a nutty, cheesy flavor. Serve it as-is with a wedge of fresh lemon or pair it with a green salad or your favorite veggie side dish!
This recipe uses only 5 ingredients to produce a masterpiece. To make, brush slices of puffball mushroom with crushed garlic and olive oil, then tuck rosemary sprigs into the white meat before seasoning with salt and pepper. Once prepped, cook the slices in a frying pan until browned and tender, drizzle with olive oil, and serve!
A fantastic variation of the Italian American classic, this cannelloni recipe includes puffball mushroom, ground lamb/goat, lamb belly, spices, herbs, and veggies paired with deliciously tasty red and white sauces to make a delicious supper that will appeal to even the pickiest of eaters. Sprinkle grated parmesan and mozzarella on top and bake until golden brown before serving!
This recipe calls for layering squash with bechamel, goat cheese, and freshly chopped thyme, adding a layer of puffball mushroom slices, topping it with bechamel, goat cheese, and thyme, then adding a final layer of squash and bechamel. The gratin is then pressed with weight and refrigerated overnight and served with a fresh green salad and tomato sauce.
#5. Puffball Caviar
While technically not caviar, this puffball mushroom version of the delicacy will surprise you. Dice the puffball mushroom into tiny pieces and cook until lightly brown with garlic and thyme. Next, deglaze it with wine and chicken stock and continue cooking until almost dry. Serve it on a cracker with a little sour cream for an otherworldly dish!
To make this recipe, combine the meat and all of the other ingredients in a stand mixer and mix well. The puffball mushroom powder is then added to this mixture to tighten up the sausage as it absorbs moisture, and cook. The addition of toasted puffball lends a unique flavor to the bratwurst, creating an exceptional dish.
A positively delightful recipe, these mushroom burgers have a parmesan crust that delivers the perfect cheesy delight. To make, dip mushroom slices in a mixture of salt, pepper, and flour followed by in an egg mixture, then coat them in parmesan before frying until crisp and golden. Assemble the flavored patties with your favorite burger toppings and enjoy!
Turn the earthy mushroom into creamy hummus with this easy recipe. Baked skinned and diced puffball mushroom until crispy and nutty brown, then puree it along with seasonings in a food processor or blender until smooth. You can also store this creamy, nutty dip in the fridge for later use.
Layers of grilled puffball mushroom slices cooked in oil and melted butter topped with tomato sauce, bechamel sauce, and spinach filling come together to make this scrumptious delicacy. Once the lasagna is assembled, top it with shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese and bake uncovered until the crust is golden brown. Serve hot!
Don’t be fooled by the name; this recipe does not call for mozzarella cheese but the puffball mushroom sticks mimic the mozzarella — from texture to flavor — almost perfectly! Fry the panko-coated sticks until they are crispy golden brown, then serve with some marinara sauce for dipping.
To make this puffball mushroom pizza, brush puffball mushroom rounds with olive oil, coat them with pizza sauce, add a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella and your desired toppings like Italian sausage or red peppers, and top it off with more shredded mozzarella before sliding it in the oven to bake until the cheese is melted. Pizza nights never looked this good!
#12. Puffball Alfredo
Make this rich, creamy Alfredo sauce with powdered dried puffball mushroom, dry white wine, heavy cream, flour, homemade chicken stock, salt, garlic, unsalted butter, and parmesan cheese. Blend this mixture until velvety smooth, and serve with spaghetti with extra parmesan on the side for an indulgent meal.
#13. Puffball Parmesan
Kick up the simple fried puffball mushroom a few notches by topping it with mozzarella, smothering it with a rich tomato sauce, and then drizzling the mushroom with spoonfuls of bechamel sauce and a generous sprinkle of grated parmesan. Broil/bake until bubbly and browned, then top them with arugula, lemon, olive oil, and seasonings, and serve immediately!
#14. Puffball Ragu
Cook your puffball mushroom in a simple ragu or wild mushroom sauce with seasonings and serve it with spaghetti or polenta for a hearty meal. The mushroom is cooked in butter and sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese (optional) to pack a powerful flavor punch.
This recipe, based on the classic ma po tofu recipe, replaces tofu with puffball mushrooms and ground pork with roasted peanuts to create a vegetarian dish that will have everyone salivating! To make, cook the sauce to your desired consistency after the puffball has been thoroughly coated in all of the ingredients, then ladle it over rice to serve.