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Mushroom Toast

Mushroom Toast 2.000

Goran Kosanovic For The Washington Post

May 9, 2017

The preparation couldn't be simpler, and yet the result is elegant enough to serve as a dinner party starter as well as for a special brunch; it's rich, you bet.

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Tested size: 2-4 servings

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large, thick slices sourdough bread (about 4 ounces total)
  • 2 cloves garlic, each cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 6 ounces beech mushrooms, separated into pieces
  • Leaves from 2 or 3 sprigs thyme, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Sancerre (wine)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons crème fraîche
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest


Heat a grill pan over high heat.

Use 2 tablespoons of the oil to brush both sides of each slice of bread, then place it in the pan; toast on both sides until golden. Transfer to a plate and immediately rub with the cut sides of half the garlic.

Heat the butter and the remaining tablespoon of oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the remaining garlic, the mushrooms and most of the thyme leaves; cook for about 5 minutes, stirring a few times.

Stir in the Sancerre; cook for about 3 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced. Stir in the cream (to taste) and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring, then remove from the heat.

Stir in the creme fraiche, then season lightly with salt and pepper.

Place a piece of toast on each plate. Divide the mushroom mixture between them, spooning it atop the toast. Sprinkle with the lemon zest (to taste), the remaining thyme leaves and a little salt. (Cut each slice crosswise in half, for 4 servings.) Serve right away.

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Adapted from “Simple Fare Spring/Summer: A Guide to Everyday Cooking and Eating,” by Karen Mordechai (Abrams, 2017).

Tested by Jessica Weissman.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 340

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 28g 43%

Saturated Fat: 12g 60%

Cholesterol: 55mg 18%

Sodium: 250mg 10%

Total Carbohydrates: 17g 6%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 2g

Protein: 5g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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