We are less than a week away from Christmas and I am sharing one of my absolute favorite (new) appetizers today: easy mushroom and goat cheese toast!
Easy Mushroom & Goat Cheese Toast
I don’t know about you, but this year I’m all in when it comes to holiday festivities. The decorations were put up before Thanksgiving, and I have no shame in admitting that I found myself watching Christmas movies while it was still 80 degrees outside. Perhaps I’m so into the holidays this year because I’m heading out of town for the second year in a row so I am actually able to enjoy putting up the decorations and create new recipes without the pressure of having my home invaded by a dozen people, some of whom who have no problems “improving” my recipes with ingredients that simply do not belong there.
Anyone else have a family member who enjoys “helping” in the kitchen? Any kitchen disasters result from their help? :)
This year, I’ve had a motto when it came to creating recipes to share with you all: keep it simple. And this mushroom and goat cheese toast recipe is extremely simple. So simple in fact that it might just be the perfect appetizer to whip up whenever you have a house full of people or last minute unannounced guests. As long as you are armed with assorted mushrooms (I used a mixture of chanterelle and oyster), soft goat cheese and a French baguette, you’ll always have a well-loved appetizer on the table in under 20 minutes.
Since this mushroom toast recipe is so easy, it’s one of those appetizers that can be served throughout the year, simply change out the mushrooms (use what is in season when you plan to make it). If you want to take this appetizer on the road, the mushrooms can be pre-cooked (just keep them warm), and toast the bread in the oven (the toast itself doesn’t have to be warm when you serve it. I have found that the goat cheese does spread somewhat easier when the bread is slightly warm, but don’t stress it if you’ve lost track of time and the bread is no longer warm when it comes time to spread the cheese. Just make sure the mushrooms are still warm when you serve the toast.
While toast doesn’t sound very fancy to appetizing, this mushroom toast recipe is. Pair it with an earthy red wine (Pinot Noir or Grenache), or sparkling wine for a more festive feel.
Be sure to check out other popular mushroom appetizers like savory mushroom turnovers and my go-to mushroom tart. If you’re looking for something free of mushrooms, these baked Brie bites are pretty amazing.
Easy Mushroom Goat Cheese Toast
A simple but elegant holiday mushroom appetizer recipe. While I prefer the taste of grapeseed oil* with these toasts, extra-virgin olive oil can be used in place of the grapeseed oil.
Prep time: 5
Cook time: 5
Total time: 10
Yield: 16 toasts
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoon grapeseed oil*
- 1 pound assorted mushrooms, such as trumpet, shiitake, oyster and chanterelle, stemmed and halved or quartered
- pinch fine sea salt
- 16 slices sliced French bread
- 8 ounces fresh, soft goat cheese
- to taste freshly ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 400º and arrange slices of french bread on a cookie sheet. Bake until the tops of the bread is lightly golden and flip each slice over. Once golden on both sides, remove from oven and set aside.
- Warm a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and grapeseed oil and heat until the butter melts. Add the mushrooms and a pinch of salt and sauté, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms begin to release their juices, about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Spread a thin layer of goat cheese on each slice of bread, and top with a generous spoonful of the cooked mushrooms. Season each mushroom toast with some pepper and serve immediately.