Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wild Mushroom Crostini | Friday Night Bites



I am a Crostini enthusiast! I am consistently creating new combinations in my head – often when I am driving or falling asleep. This holiday season was a time for entertaining at my house and that naturally means appetizers will be part of the event.  If you know me or have followed me for a while, “the Crostini” will make an appearance on the blog.  It is that time again.  This Wild Mushroom Crostini was a complete hit at one of my parties, especially since one of my dear friends is a vegetarian.  I actually had her in mind, when creating it.

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I headed to Whole Foods to see if they had any Chanterelle mushrooms on hand but unfortunately there not one in sight.  Shiitake are one of my favorites so I swooped up some of those along with Crimini and knew that I had some dried porcini mushrooms at home.  A bit of greenery on top would just make this Crostini pop and I next went in search of micro greens.  It was such a nice surprise to find micro baby kale next to the micro greens that I instantly dropped a package of those in my basket.  Hopefully you are able to find a variety of micro greens where you live.  If not, a bit of flat leaf parsley or even Arugula would be wonderful to adorn these little delights.


With tomorrow being Friday, I thought these would be perfect for hubby and I to nibble one.  I have a wonderful Pinot Noir that will pair perfectly with the mushrooms.  The earthiness of the mushroom along with the wines earth undertones makes a perfect pairing.  Living in the Bay Area I have to give a BIG shout out to our San Francisco 49ers and wish them all the best on the big game on Sunday and their quest for the Superbowl. Good Luck!


Wild Mushroom Crostini

1 Cup Shiitake Mushroom (stem removed and diced)
2 Cup Crimini Mushroom (stem removed and diced)
1 Cup Porcini or Morel Mushroom (stem removed and diced)
1 Large Shallot, peeled and finely minced
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme
¼ Cup Flat Leaf Parsley Leaves, chopped
2 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
2 teaspoons Truffle Oil
Micro-greens for garnish
Baguette for Crostini

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large Skillet, add the butter and olive oil and cook over medium heat until melted and combined.  Add the diced mushrooms.  Feel free to substitute any of the mushrooms for other varieties if not available.  Cook on medium high heat until lightly browned and become fragrant.  Add the shallot, garlic, thyme and salt and pepper to taste.  Cook for another 3 or 4 minutes.  Toss in the chopped parsley and truffle oil, toss and set aside off the heat.

Cut the baguette into 24 slices about ¼ inch thick.  Brush each side with olive oil and place onto a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for about 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.  Best to flip midway through to provide even cooking.  Remove and let cool.

To assemble, add a heaping tablespoon of the mushroom mixture to the top of each Crostini and top with a bit of the micro-green garnish.  Can be enjoyed at room temperature.

Note:  I topped mine with micro baby kale that I found at Whole Foods.  I typically find micro greens at Trader Joes on a consistent basis.




6 comments:

  1. This might be my favorite crostini yet! Love the mix of mushrooms and the bright micro greens!

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  2. This crostini looks delicious - and beautiful too (love the micro baby kale garnish!).

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  3. I love crostini combinations and this sounds wonderful and it looks so delicious.

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  4. These little crostini's should be called mushroom love! Looks really good especially with those micro greens.

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  5. These have to be the prettiest crostini ever Lisa. I love those micro greens and mushrooms are on my favorite list!

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  6. If I ever turned vegetarian, mushrooms are #1 on my list as "meat replacement" since they are so hearty and meaty! Topped with delicate micro kale? Awesome!!! I need to stop by our local Whole Foods to see if they stock them here in Canada! But you guys get the good stuff there in California...

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