King Oyster Mushroom "BLT" with Basil Mayonnaise

Chef Richard Landau skips the creepy packaged vegan bacon in favor of king oyster mushrooms, also known as king trumpets or royal trumpets. These have a firm, meaty texture and flavor that can mimic bacon on a BLT. While the texture of king oysters is unique, other thinly sliced wild mushrooms, like shiitake, would also be tasty on this sandwich.

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  • Servings: 2

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound king oyster mushrooms (see Note), trimmed and very thinly sliced lengthwise
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded basil, plus more for garnish
  • 4 slices of country bread, lightly toasted
  • 4 small romaine lettuce leaves, whole or shredded
  • 1 large red tomato, thinly sliced

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil until shimmering. Add half of the mushroom slices in a single layer and cook, turning once, until golden, about 6 minutes. Drain the mushrooms on paper towels and season them with salt and pepper. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and mushrooms.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise with the 2 tablespoons of shredded basil and season with salt and pepper. Spread 1 tablespoon of the basil mayonnaise on each slice of bread and top with lettuce. Arrange the sliced tomato on the lettuce, followed by the mushrooms. Sprinkle the sandwiches with salt and pepper and garnish with basil. Serve the sandwiches open-face or close the sandwiches and serve.


King oyster mushrooms are available at farmers’ markets and specialty shops.

Suggested Pairing

Light reds like those from Beaujolais in France are terrific with the fresh tomatoes and earthy mushrooms in these sandwiches.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published August 2013

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Author Name: @RedLeaf

Review Body: I gave it a try last week. Was hard to get it to look the same, but it was yummmmmmy

Review Rating: 4

Date Published: 2016-06-16

Author Name: Sipra0002

Review Body: I wanted to thank you for a very systematic approach as I'm very new to cooking and brought some mushrooms as I like mushrooms but did not have a slightest clue what to do..thanks again for solving my problem.. :)

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Date Published: 2016-06-17

Author Name: Godfilling

Review Body: I'm cooking this mushroom for the first time today, thanks!

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Date Published: 2016-06-23

Author Name: pinkflower323

Review Body: I'm extremely picky with mushrooms....but i'll try this out. It appears to be super delish.

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Date Published: 2016-06-23

Author Name: jobin

Review Body: Very nice and simple.. For sure will try it.

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Date Published: 2016-06-17

Author Name: searstower75

Review Body: Very interesting. This is such a perfect dish. I simply love mushrooms! Love the addition of basil mayonnaise. Incredible recipe!

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Date Published: 2016-06-23

Author Name: Ketchupmonster4

Review Body: Looks so delicious! I made this dish before but have them grilled. Anything with mushroom win in this house. They just taste so good and meaty..

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-06-23

Author Name: linda95

Review Body: Fantastic recipe! It's my way of getting enough protein while on a vegan diet. But I more like fried mushrooms with less salt!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-06-23