Easy Goat Cheese & Mushroom Appetizer
I want you to imagine this scene. It’s a busy Saturday afternoon. You’re running around town, checking errands off of your list. You hit the big box store for 78 rolls of toilet paper for 5 bucks. You swing into the liquor store for one...well, two bottles of wine. You wait in a 30 minute line to get your car washed. It’s tedious but you know that once everything is finished, you have a hot date with your pajama pants and Netflix.
And then you get a text like “Hey babe! No big deal, I invited XYZ to our place tonight for games and drinks. Hope that’s cool. Love you!”
Start by heating a small saute pan over medium heat, with a drizzle of olive oil. When the oil is warm, toss in the sliced crimini mushrooms, a dash of the balsamic reduction, and just a touch of water. Saute the mushrooms for two minutes, until they begin to soften before setting aside.
Once the bread is sliced, spread a layer of goat cheese on it. What’s that? You’ve never had goat cheese? What the hell are you waiting for!? This creamy cheese is made from goat’s milk and can range in flavor from strong and pungent to quite mild and delicate. You’ll likely need to experiment to find the brand that you like, but I promise that it’s worth it. It offers a tangy flavor while clocking in with less fat and cholesterol than traditional cheeses made from cow’s milk.
After smearing the cheese on the bread, layer the mushrooms on top. Pop into a 400 degree oven for 3 - 5 minutes or until the cheese is warm and soft. Goat cheese won’t melt like traditional cheese but you’re still able to see a difference in it’s appearance.
When you pull the crostini from the oven, drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Making your own reduction is so easy - simply add balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan and cook over low or medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until it has turned into a thick, beautiful glaze. However, if you are pressed for time use a prepared one like this one I use from Modena, Italy.
Now that the “hard work” is done, Serve these pretty little guys on a nice platter and sip on your wine. Get ready to watch as your guests devour them because they are so ‘effing delicious.
Balsamic Mushroom and Goat Cheese Crostini
1 bag Stone House Bread crostinis
1 4 oz log of goat cheese
1 package of crimini mushrooms, sliced
Begin by cooking the mushrooms. Heat a small saute pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and warm. Toss in the mushrooms with a dash of your prepared balsamic reduction and a touch of water. Let them cook for 2 - 3 minutes or until they have started to soften. Set aside.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Slice the baguette into similarly sized rounds. Spread the bread with goat cheese. Layer on the prepared mushrooms. Bake for 3 - 5 minutes or until the cheese is warmed through.
Remove from the oven and drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Serve immediately!
*Recipe makes as many as you want or until you run out of ingredients. Nutrition facts are per piece.
Hi! I'm Lacie, an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach turned Food Blogger. Welcome to The Vegetarian LunchBox where I celebrate my passion for vegetarian cooking.