Mushroom Logs are a quick and easy appetizer you can throw together at the last minute and are guaranteed success, perfect for any party or get together. All it takes is puff pastry, mushrooms and cream cheese.
Teenage vegetarian birthday dinner
Natalie had a murder mystery party for her 18th birthday this weekend and the premise was that they were on a train to Paris in 1940. There was a lot of espionage going on. The game was set around dinner. The only problem is that Natalie’s friends have some eating restrictions. Several are vegetarians and one can’t eat nuts. My challenge was to come up with appetizers and dinner that would not only meet the dietary restrictions but be something teenagers would love. I think I succeeded.
We started with mushroom logs. You just can’t beat these, whether you’re 2 or 80, no one can pass up a mushroom log. I have been making them for 30 years. (that makes me feel really old, as if Natalie’s 18th birthday doesn’t do that already) I think the recipe may have come from Southern Living but I can’t swear to that.
They are so simple that no matter how experienced a cook you are, these will be easy I promise. We’ve tried to improve on them by adding other ingredients, but always come back to this simple recipe. They are best warm, but people will still eat them cold. I plan on having them come out of the oven when the guests are scheduled to arrive. That way the house smells great and your first guests are rewarded with the warm ones. As always, there were none left at the end of the night.
How do you make easy mushroom log appetizers
Step 1: Separate the crescent rolls so that you have 8 rectangles. Pinch the seams together.
Step 2: Combine the cream cheese and canned mushrooms and spread over the crescent rolls.
Step 3: Roll up the crescent rolls into a log shape and slice into 1 inch pieces. Place on a cookie sheet and brush with an egg wash. Sprinkle with poppy seeds and bake.
We followed this with a cold appetizer with fruit, Strawberry Pretzel Crostini, and then had a simple salad and Macaroni and Cheese for the entree. I would have loved to make a desert but she opted for a cake from Delicious, our favorite bakery. They went home with Bourbon Pecan Balls, except for the non-alcohol and nut eater, who got Snickerdoodles.
The murderer was revealed and the food was a big hit.
More delicious appetizers
- You can never go wrong with sausage balls
- Try French Onion Pastry Bites for something a little more fancy
- Pizza Bites are fun when you have a crowd
- You’ll love Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites
- Sausage filled phyllo cups are simple and tasty
If you make Mushroom logs, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! I would love to see your creation.
- 2 packages of 8oz crescent rolls
- 1 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 4 oz canned mushrooms chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 2 tablespoon poppy seeds
- Separate crescent dough into 8 rectangles; press perforations to seal.
- Combine cream cheese, mushrooms & salt mixing well. spread in equal portions over each rectangle of dough.
- Starting at long sides, roll up each rectangle jellyroll fashion. Pinch to seal.
- Slice logs into 1 inch pieces and place seam side down on an un-greased baking sheet. brush each log with beaten egg and milk and sprinkle with poppy seeds.
- Bake 375º 10-12 min.