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Vegan Crispy Mushroom Filo Pastry Bites

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15 minutes


35 minutes



These easy crispy vegan filo bites are made with mushrooms and make for the perfect appetizer!

Do you ever find in the summer you seem like you’re hosting dinner guests and company all the time? I do! I love being a host, but sometimes you just want to be able to whip together something that tastes great, looks impressive, but didn’t take you a million hours to prepare. The suns out, I want to be outside, not always in the kitchen! So that’s where these little vegan filo pastry bites with mushrooms come in handy.

These are perfect for parties, gatherings, events or just to demolish all yourself. They’re super simple to put together despite how fancy they look, and are filled with crunch, flavour and comfort. I also used Bob’s Red Mill’s nutritional yeast which if you know me, you know I love me some nutritional yeast because it’s so good for you, especially in a vegan diet. Nutritional yeast has a good source of vitamin b12 and it has a yummy cheese flavour which means it’s super versatile to toss on or in just about anything.

vegan filo pastry bites with mushrooms exploding out of them on plate.

This vegan filo bites recipe, in particular, was inspired by my Greek roots and spanakopita (PS I have this recipe in my cookbook), but I wanted to do something different and create a fun fish with mushrooms and the crunch of filo. This recipe is great for including your family in the kitchen to help with cooking, look awesome as a snack at a party or BBQ, and they’re just super delicious! You can eat them in around three bites and they pair nicely with a cold beer!


If you’re looking for a few other ideas for your summer party, check out these recipes:

What’s your favourite appetizer to make for entertaining in the summer? Share below in the comments!

Vegan Crispy Mushroom Filo Bites

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These easy crispy vegan filo bites are made with mushrooms and make for the perfect appetizer!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 packet vegan filo pastry - thawed
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter melted - set aside

For the filling:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cups mixed mushrooms I used cremini and shitaki, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh green onions finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet white onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • season to taste
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast - I used Bob's Red Mill
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  • Into a small saucepan add your ingredients for the mushroom filling.  Cook on medium heat for around 10 minutes or until your mushrooms no longer hold any moisture and your onions are soft and brown.  Set this mixture aside to cool while you prepare your filo.
  • Remove your filo from the package and lay flat on a flat surface.  If you're unfamiliar with filo are work a bit slower with it then set a damp cloth on top of the filo sheets to avoid drying.
  • Grab your butter and place a pastry brush into it.
  • Grab your first piece of thin filo and place onto a large, wooden, cutting board.  Brush with butter and repeat around 6 times.  You may need more butter depending on how liberal you are. Cut your filo sheet into quarters.  Place your mixture into the middle of each piece and gather all four corners at the top and pinch to stick together.  Note: Filo is very delicate so move slowly if you feel nervous, you want to avoid the pastry from tearing.
  • Place in the freezer for 10 minutes while your oven preheats to 400F.
  • Cook for 15 minutes (depending on your oven) or until golden brown and perfectly crispy.
  • Enjoy hot!


I suggest doubling or trippling this recipe.
Do not over stuff, you want to make sure they stay closed while baking.
Will last for a couple days in the fridge but best enjoyed fresh.
They will last up to 3-4 weeks in a tight sealed container in the freezer.  Cook from frozen in the oven.
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Jacalyn Webster

Delicious! I didn’t have enough mushrooms so I added about a cup and a half of wilted spinach to the mix, and also switched around some spices with what I had. But the recipe was easy to follow–I’d never really worked with pastry sheets before–and turned out beautifully! Thank you, Maria!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for your love, hun! Glad you loved this!

Dale Puerini

I have a question. You use six sheets total but, Is each phyllo bite one sheet thick for a total of 6 pieces? Or are they each 6 sheets thick and the six oiled sheets are cut into 6 squares that are filled? I can see if they are one sheet thick how delicate it must be. The picture appears to have several layers per.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hi Dale, each little phyllo bite has 6 sheets each! I hope this helps!

Allison Joy

I loved making these! I am still getting used to working with Phyllo so a few of my sheets were not cooperating but overall this was an easy, tasty, new recipe that I would make again. I like that you can make them ahead of time and pop in the freezer until it’s time to eat. Would be a great idea for a dinner with friends and fam. Thx for the inspo!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

This makes me so happy! Thank you for your love, Allison!

Miss M

I just wanted to say that I made this for a group of friends both vegan and omnivorous, and they scarfed it down so fast I didn’t get to try it. Apparently it was delicious beyond compare, but I don’t know because I didn’t get to sample it personally:) Thanks for introducing me to nutritional yeast. I’m not sure what I’ll do with the rest of the jar, but I’m sure I’ll find something.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hello there!!! This is such amazing news. Honestly, you can put nutritional yeast on anything my love. It’s soooo nutrient dense and a great source of B12! Try it on Avocado toast, in sauces, on pasta blended with cashews as “parmesan”, in soups etc. Please let me know if you have any questions, would love to help you!

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