A refreshing and tasty shiitake mushroom starter recipe that is a crowd pleaser at any gathering.
This tasty combo of shiitake mushrooms, goat cheese, and arugula comes together in less than 30 minutes and can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a meal. The spice from fresh arugula pairs well with the cold and creamy goat cheese. Add a cold beverage of choice and enjoy every bite!
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How this recipe came about:
This was one of my most wanted cravings during my pregnancy days. I first had it at a local restaurant in Oakland and ever since then, shiitake mushrooms + goat cheese have changed the way I view the combo. If I am being honest here, I never liked goat cheese before this dish won be over. So if you are against goat cheese, give this a try and see if it changes your mind.
Goat Cheese Alternative:
If you are absolutely against trying goat cheese, then any spreadable herbed cheese will work. Boursin Garlic and Herbs is an option as well as Laughing Cow spreadable cheese. However, I highly recommend you give goat cheese a try with this combo.
Shiitake Mushroom Salad, Appetizer, or Meal?
You can have it your way when it comes to this recipe! I love every single combo there is when it comes to mixing arugula, goat cheese, and shiitake mushrooms. When I have brunch, lunch, or dinner gatherings I prefer to make this into crostinis or pizza slices for a time saving recipe!
How do I cook Shiitake Mushrooms?
I highly recommend anyone to saute mushrooms in butter. When the mushrooms are cooked in the butter the flavor blends well and gives mushrooms a great texture. This is true whether you are making shiitake mushrooms, buttons, or oyster. This tip can change the way you love mushrooms... forever!
How to make Shiitake Mushroom Crostini.
- Chop and saute your shiitake mushrooms with salted butter.
2. Make the garlic butter by blending together garlic, butter, and the herbs. You can also use whatever garlic butter you have on hand.
3. Cut the bread into thin slices (or use a pizza crust). Spread butter on each and bake in an oven for 5 minutes or until crispy at 350 degrees.
4. Spread a generous amount of cheese and then top it with arugula and mushrooms. Parmesan cheese and olive oil toppings are optional. I personally have a newfound love for Burroughs Farms Olive Oil. They are a true gem of a family company and I can't support this small business enough! Check out their products here.
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Shiitake Mushroom Crostini Recipe
Shiitake Mushroom Crostini
- 1 baguette/french bread/pizza crust
- 4 cups chopped shiitake mushrooms
- 4 tablespoon salted butter
- 6 oz herb goat cheese
- 2 cups arugula
- 3 tablespoon salted butter
- 1 teaspoon fresh garlic
- 1 tablespoon parsley (fresh or dry)
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Blend all ingredients together and set it aside.
- TIP: Make extra to use in the future. It's pretty sustainable in the refrigerator.
- Heat salted butter in a pan, add mushrooms, and saute for about 5-7 minutes stirring continuously.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. CAUTION: Do a taste test before adding salt since the butter is already salted
- Continue to saute until mushrooms are translucent.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut baguette/french bread into thin slices (or use a pizza crust)
- Spread garlic butter on each piece of the bread or pizza crust and bake for about 5 minutes or until crispy.
- Take it out of the oven and let it cool for about 2 minutes. Then spread a generous amount of goat cheese on top.
- Add the chopped argula by gently pushing it down into the bread. Push down as if you are trying to fit more onto the bread.
- Top with warm shiitake mushrooms.
- Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and extra virgin olive oil (both optional).