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Mushroom Bruschetta from Chez Us

As we prepare to entertain family and friends at holiday gatherings, we’re always looking for tasty, unique appetizers that are easy to prepare, yet impressive enough to serve your guests on a special occasion! This Mushroom Bruschetta recipe from Chez Us is a delicious option.

The other evening we had some friends stopping by, and we wanted to put out a few little nibbles to serve alongside a glass of wine. I don’t know about you, but I get tired of serving the same old cheese plate, and I am sure my guests are tired of eating the same old cheese plate! I am always on the lookout for a couple new and exciting go-to appetizer recipes for impromptu dinner parties.

This recipe is easily made at the drop of a hat when mushrooms, as well as baguettes, are a staple in your house. I had a portobella and oyster mushrooms left over from an earlier brunch recipe, so I decided to use them. I like the earthy texture of the portobello and the delicate texture of small oyster mushrooms, and thought the two would be perfect together.

Shallots and garlic are quickly sauteed with mushrooms to make this easy topping. I wanted the flavor of the mushrooms to come through, so I kept the seasonings simple, with just a sprinkle of black pepper and fresh thyme. Once the mushrooms were cooked, I deglazed the pan with a high quality balsamic, and then tossed the mushrooms with the rich reduction. Simply serve on the toasted baguette.

With the holidays upon us, it is nice to have something simple to make. This recipe is very easy to make and can be presented elegantly or a bit rustic as I did here. Enjoy!

Mushroom Bruschetta

1 portobello mushroom, stem removed, and cut into small pieces
handful of oyster mushrooms, on the smaller side, or slice larger ones into stems
2 small garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1/4 cup high quality balsamic vinegar
1 baguette sliced thinly
olive oil
1 large garlic clove

Heat oven to broil.  Rub each slice of baguette with the large piece of garlic.  Using a pastry brush lightly coat each slice with some olive oil.  Toast in the oven until golden.  Remove and set aside.  Gently heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan over low heat, add the shallots and minced garlic, slowly cook until caramelized in color;  about 10 minutes.  Add the portobello mushroom, and cook until lightly browned;  about 5 minutes.  Add the oyster mushrooms, stir, and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the thyme and season with some black pepper.  Remove the mushrooms from the pan and set aside in a bowl.  Add the balsamic vinegar to the frying pan, and bring to medium heat.  Using a wooden spoon, keep stirring until reduced in half, about 4 minutes.  Lower the heat, and stir the mushrooms and their juices into the reduction.  Serve on the slices of toasted baguette.

The Mushroom Masters Begins! Breakfast Battle by Shutterbean

The Mushroom Masters is back and we are kicking off National Mushroom Month and our month-long Tastespotting partnership with the most important meal of the day- all of them breakfast!

Team USA is  serving bruschetta for breakfast courtesy of Shutterbean in Week 1- we must really like you guys. If you are inspired by this especially tasty toast, if you’re feeling especially patriotic or both, please do click through to vote for the US and Tracy from Shutterbean over on Tastespotting this week.

A little bit about Tracy:

Tracy Benjamin is obsessed with good food and great photography, both of which are equally evident on her fun and colorful blog, Shutterbean. Completely self-taught, Tracy loves the intimacy and nurturing quality of sharing delicious meals with loved ones. As a busy working mom, she has made it her mission to serve up tasty, home cooked meals, without having to slave for hours in the kitchen.

And what you’ve all been waiting for… the recipe:

Caramelized Mushroom & Shallot Bruschetta

Makes 20-22 bruschette

For the caramelized shallots
-3 medium shallots, thinly sliced in rings (about 1 cup)
-1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
-1 teaspoon light brown sugar

For the mushrooms
-1 ½ cups crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced
-1 ½ cups white button mushrooms, thinly sliced
-3 tablespoons salted butter
-3 tablespoons dry sherry
-kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper
-red pepper flakes
-4-5 sprigs fresh thyme

For the crostini
-1 sourdough baguette, cut into ½ slices on the diagonal (about 20-22 total)
-1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
-1 clove garlic
-4 oz. goat cheese, at room temperature
-aged balsamic vinegar

To make the caramelized shallots, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and add shallots. Saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of water and 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and continue to cook until shallots are browned and caramelized, about 10 minutes. Set shallots aside in a small bowl.

Heat 3 tablespoons butter in the same saucepan. Add the mushrooms and cook on medium- high heat to soften, stirring occasionally. After about 8 minutes, add sherry, salt, black pepper, a pinch of red pepper flakes and 3 sprigs thyme. Continue to cook for another 5-7 minutes, or until mushrooms are slightly caramelized and soft. Add the shallots to the mushroom mixture and set aside.

To make the crostini, put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 350°F. Put bread slices on a baking sheet and brush slices with oil on both sides. Season lightly with salt and pepper, then bake until pale golden, about 10-15 minutes. If you are grilling the crostini, heat over medium high heat and grill each side for 3-4 minutes. When crostini are cool to touch, rub a clove of garlic on the top of each crostini.

To assemble bruschette, spread 1 tablespoon of goat cheese on top, spoon the slightly warm mushroom mixture on top of goat cheese. Repeat until all crostini are topped. Plate the bruschette and sprinkle tops with reserved thyme leaves, a pinch of salt, and drizzle each bruschetta lightly with aged balsamic vinegar.