The Best Veggie Piroshki and Yellow Oyster Mushrooms From Scratch 

A Must-Try Lunch!
May 3, 2024
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Planning a Delicious Lunch: Piroshki Power!

Ever get that feeling of excitement as you plan your lunch the night before? Today, I decided to ditch the usual and treat myself to something special – homemade piroshki!

Here’s the thing: piroshki dough needs time to rise, so a little planning goes a long way. That’s why I love whipping up the dough first thing in the morning. By lunchtime, it’s beautifully risen and ready for action.

These aren’t your average piroshki, though. I envisioned warm, fluffy pockets filled with a vibrant vegetable medley starring the one and only yellow oyster mushroom. Now, I love these mushrooms! They have a delightful meaty texture and a subtle sweetness that goes perfectly with veggies.

The beauty of piroshki is their versatility. So, while the dough patiently rises, you can unleash your creativity on the filling. Some online piroshki dough recipes might be different from what I use, but my favorite bread recipe works wonderfully here too!

Today, I chopped up carrots, bell peppers, and snap peas for some satisfying crunch. Red lentils added heartiness, and sun-dried tomatoes provided bursts of tangy flavor. But the real star of the show? The yellow oyster mushrooms! Sautéed briefly to keep their texture perfect, they released their inviting aroma, promising a flavor explosion in every bite.

With the filling simmering away, the kitchen soon smelled like pure comfort food heaven. The rest is, as they say, piroshki magic! The risen dough got transformed into little pockets ready for the delicious veggie mixture. A quick egg wash and a sprinkle of poppy seeds for a touch of fun, and they were off to the oven for their golden transformation.

The wait was almost unbearable, but finally, the timer buzzed, and out came a tray of perfectly golden piroshki. The aroma was intoxicating, promising a burst of flavor in every bite.

Ready to create your own perfect lunch (or anytime) treat with a twist? Here’s what you’ll need and how to make these delightful Yellow Oyster Mushroom & Veggie Piroshki:

What You’ll Need:

For the Piroshki Dough :

  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Warm Water
  • Instant Yeast
  • Salt
  • Honey
  • Melted Butter
  • All-Purpose Flour

For the Yellow Oyster Mushroom & Veggie Filling:

Golden Oyster Mushroom

Get to Know the Oyster Mushroom: 

Have you ever seen these beautiful fan-shaped mushrooms at the grocery store? Those are oyster mushrooms, one of the most popular types of mushrooms around the world!

Imagine this: instead of growing underground like regular mushrooms, oyster mushrooms sprout on and around trees in cooler climates. They’re kind of like nature’s little tree huggers! But don’t worry, these friendly fungi are grown commercially on things like straw or sawdust too.

Here’s what makes oyster mushrooms so special:

  • Flavorful and Fun: They have a mild, slightly meaty taste that makes them perfect for all sorts of dishes.
  • Variety is the Spice of Life (and Oyster Mushrooms): You might find light brown pearl oysters in most stores, but there are also golden, pink, and even blue varieties out there! Don’t worry, the color doesn’t affect the taste much, but it sure adds a fun pop to your dish.
  • Easy to Cook With: Whether you’re sautéing, grilling, or baking, oyster mushrooms are versatile and cook up beautifully.

So next time you’re at the store, keep an eye out for these delightful oyster mushrooms. They’re a delicious and healthy way to add some variety to your meals!

How Many Varieties of Oyster Mushrooms Are There?

Oyster mushrooms, with their scientific name Pleurotus ostreatus, are more than just a grocery store staple. These versatile fungi come in a variety of colors and textures, each offering a unique culinary experience.

While the most common variety you’ll find is the Pearl Oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus) with its mild flavor and meaty texture, there’s a whole world of oyster mushrooms waiting to be explored:

Blue Oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus var.):

 Don’t be fooled by the name! These mushrooms start blue but mature to a grayish color. They share the same delicious taste and meaty texture as pearl oysters.

Pink Oyster (Pleurotus djamor)

Also known as Flamingo, Salmon, or Strawberry Oyster, this variety boasts a vibrant pink color (that fades when cooked) and a slightly ruffly texture. It has a more pronounced meaty texture compared to others.

Golden Oyster (Pleurotus citrinopileatus)

A feast for the eyes, these stunning mushrooms are a bright yellow with delicate, ruffled flesh. They stand out not only for their color but also for their unique fragrance.

Remember, this is just a glimpse into the diverse world of oyster mushrooms. There’s also the King Oyster (Pleurotus eryngii), with its thick stem perfect for vegan “scallops,” waiting to be discovered!

Culinary and Nutritional Benefits of Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster Mushroom Benefits

  • Low in Calories and Fat: Oyster mushrooms are a fantastic choice for those watching their weight. They’re incredibly low in calories and fat, making them a guilt-free way to add flavor and texture to your meals.
  • Fiber Fantastic: These mushrooms boast a good amount of dietary fiber, which keeps you feeling fuller for longer and aids in digestion.
  • Vitamin and Mineral Power: Oyster mushrooms are a natural source of essential vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins like niacin and riboflavin, as well as potassium, phosphorus, and copper. These nutrients are crucial for maintaining good health and energy levels.

Potential Medicinal Properties

While more research is needed, some studies suggest oyster mushrooms may offer additional health benefits:

  • Immune System Support: Certain compounds in oyster mushrooms may help stimulate the immune system, potentially aiding in your body’s defense against illness.
  • Antioxidant Powerhouse: Oyster mushrooms are rich in antioxidants, which help fight free radicals that can damage cells and contribute to chronic diseases.
  • Cholesterol Control: Some studies suggest oyster mushrooms may help lower cholesterol levels, thanks to beta-glucans, a type of fiber found in these fungi.

Important Note: While these potential benefits are promising, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before using oyster mushrooms for medicinal purposes. They can advise you based on your individual needs and health conditions.

In Conclusion:

Oyster mushrooms are a delightful addition to your culinary repertoire, offering a unique flavor and texture alongside a bounty of potential health benefits. So, next time you’re looking to add a nutritious and delicious twist to your meals, consider these friendly fungi from the fungi kingdom!

Where to Buy Oyster Mushrooms

On the Hunt for Oyster Mushrooms? Here’s Where to Look!

Ever wondered “Where can I find oyster mushrooms?” Don’t worry, these delicious fungi are readily available for home cooks like you!

Fresh from the Farm:

Here in Santa Clara, CA, some of the best quality oyster mushrooms can be found at your local farmer’s market. These markets often connect you with local growers who cultivate unique and flavorful varieties.

Grocery Gems:

Many grocery stores also carry oyster mushrooms! Look for them in the produce section, typically near other mushrooms or specialty items. Whole Foods is a reliable option, but other stores with a good produce selection might carry them as well.

A Word of Caution:

While oyster mushrooms are relatively easy to identify, it’s important to never forage for wild mushrooms unless you are a trained expert. There can be poisonous look-alikes, so it’s best to stick to reputable sources like grocery stores or farmer’s markets.

Now that you know where to find them, get ready to unlock the delightful world of oyster mushrooms!

A Guide to Sautéing Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms, with their beautiful fan-shaped caps and delicate texture, are a culinary delight. But unlike some more robust mushrooms, they require a slightly different approach when cooking. Here’s how to unlock their deliciousness with a simple sauté method:

Step 1: Prep Your Oysters

Start by trimming the “heart” of the oyster mushroom cluster – the tough part where all the stems meet. Discard this or save it for making mushroom stock. Roughly chop the caps and stems into bite-sized pieces.

Step 2: Dry Sauté for Maximum Flavor

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Unlike some mushrooms, oysters don’t need a lot of oil or butter to start. The key is to encourage them to release their own natural moisture. Toss the chopped mushrooms into the hot pan and let them cook undisturbed for a minute or two.

Step 3: Embrace the Steam and Sizzle

As the oysters heat, they’ll release water. Don’t be tempted to crowd the pan or stir too frequently. Let the steam rise and simmer away the moisture. This step concentrates the flavor and creates a beautiful caramelized texture on the edges of the mushrooms.

Step 4: Fat & Flavor Boost

Once the moisture has evaporated and the mushrooms are starting to brown, it’s time to add your fat of choice. Olive oil, butter, or even a drizzle of truffle oil can all work wonders. Season generously with salt and pepper for an extra flavor punch.

Step 5: Garlic Goodness (Optional)

If you’re a garlic lover, throw in a few smashed or minced garlic cloves towards the end of cooking. Let the garlic release its fragrance for a minute, but be careful not to burn it.

The Flavorful Finale

Your perfectly sautéed oyster mushrooms will be golden brown, tender, and bursting with flavor. Their texture is smooth and slightly meaty, with a subtle seafood or nutty hint that complements various dishes beautifully.

From Pasta to Piroshki: Endless Culinary Inspiration

Fresh oyster mushrooms are incredibly versatile. Enjoy them in pasta dishes, stir-fries, soups, egg scrambles, or even alongside fish. They can also be a delightful side dish on their own. And as you’ll see in this recipe, they add a fantastic layer of flavor and texture to piroshki fillings!

Veggie Piroshki and Yellow Oyster Mushrooms

The Best Veggie Piroshki and Yellow Oyster Mushrooms From Scratch 

Craving a delicious, homemade lunch? Look no further than piroshki! This recipe uses my favorite bread dough that rises beautifully while you prep the filling. Starring yellow oyster mushrooms with their meaty texture and subtle sweetness, the veggie filling is a symphony of colors and flavors. Carrots, bell peppers, snap peas, lentils, and sun-dried tomatoes add satisfying crunch and tangy bursts. Get ready for a lunch explosion in every bite!
Servings 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


For the Dough:

  • 2 large eggs separated (reserve 1 yolk for brushing)
  • 2 tablespoons Yogurt or sour cream
  • 180 ml warm water around 3/4 cup
  • 9 grams instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt or regular table salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 227 grams unsalted butter melted (1 stick)
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour

For the Filling:

  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 8 ounces yellow oyster mushrooms sliced (about 2 ½ cups)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon sumac
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 carrot chopped (about ⅓ cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped (about ⅓ cup)
  • ½ cup chopped snap peas
  • ½ cup red lentils uncooked
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes homemade or store-bought
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup barberries zereshk
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

For Baking:

  • 1 egg yolk beaten
  • Poppy seeds optional


  • Make the Dough (Morning): In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Stir until the yeast dissolves.
  • (Add Sweeteners and Liquids): Next, stir in the honey, yogurt/sour cream, one whole egg, and one egg white (reserve one yolk for brushing).
  • Incorporate Fat: Whisk in the melted butter until fully combined with the wet ingredients.
  • Mix in Dry Ingredients: Gradually add the flour and salt to the wet ingredients. Use a spatula or your hands to knead the dough until it becomes a soft, semi-sticky ball. Avoid over-kneading.
  • Dough Rise: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise in a warm place for 2-3 hours, or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat the Oven: Since you planned ahead like a champ, your yeast dough should be beautifully risen by now! While you prepare the filling, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) so it's nice and hot for even baking later.
  • Sauté the Vegetables: Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Start by adding the chopped onions and cook until softened, about 1 minute. This step builds the base flavor for the filling.
  • Introduce the Mushrooms: Now, add the sliced yellow oyster mushrooms and cook for just 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. We want to retain their delightful texture, so a quick sear is perfect.
  • Season and Spice Up: Once the onions soften and the mushrooms get a nice sear, it's time for the flavor fiesta! Stir in the turmeric powder, sumac, salt, and pepper. These spices will add warmth and depth to the filling.
  • Incorporate Remaining Veggies and Broth: Toss in the chopped carrots, bell peppers, and snap peas. Cook for another minute, letting them mingle with the seasoned base. Now, add the red lentils and sun-dried tomatoes for a touch of heartiness and tang. Finally, pour in the chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat, cover the pan, and simmer for 10 minutes. This allows the lentils to become tender and the flavors to meld harmoniously.
  • Finishing Touches for the Filling: Once simmered, remove the pan from heat and stir in the barberries and chopped parsley. These add pops of color and brightness to your filling. Let the filling cool slightly while you assemble the piroshki. This ensures the dough doesn't cook unevenly from hot filling.
  • Assemble and Bake: Divide your risen dough into 8 equal pieces. On a lightly floured surface, flatten each piece into a circle. Spoon a generous amount of the cooled filling onto one half of the dough circle. Fold the dough over the filling, forming a crescent shape. Pinch the edges to seal. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  • Brush and Bake: Now that your piroshki are assembled, brush the tops with beaten egg yolk. This adds a beautiful golden sheen during baking. If you like an extra touch, sprinkle them with poppy seeds. Finally, bake the piroshki in your preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Enjoy!: Let the piroshki cool slightly before serving. Enjoy them plain or with your favorite dipping sauce.

I ended up making 6 piroshki from this recipe, but the filling was so good, I had some leftover! Don't worry, it didn't go to waste. I enjoyed the extra filling in a refreshing lettuce wrap. This recipe is easily scalable. Feel free to use half the dough and filling for a smaller batch, and freeze the remaining dough for next time. Just remember to thaw the dough at room temperature for 5 hours before baking for perfect results.



    • Love Meat Fillings? Feel free to add cooked ground beef, chicken, or sausage to the vegetable mixture for a heartier piroshki.
    • Veggie Variations: Don’t like a particular vegetable? Swap it out! Chopped cabbage, potatoes, or spinach would be excellent substitutes.
    • Adjust the Spices: This recipe provides a base for flavoring. Adjust the amount of turmeric, sumac, and other spices to suit your taste preferences.
    • Leftover Filling? No problem! Use leftover filling in omelets, quiches, or even as a flavorful pasta sauce.
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    Calories: 148kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 8gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 364mgPotassium: 606mgFiber: 7gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2728IUVitamin C: 38mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 3mg
    Author: Marzi
    Calories: 148kcal
    Course: lunch
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Mushroom recipe, Oyster mushroom, Piroshki, Veggie Piroshki, Yellow oyster mushroom

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