I am completely obsessed with this mushroom toast. Everything about is just brilliant, and I’ve been stuffing my face with it as fast as I can manage. (And, if you’re curious, I’m managing just fine). There are countless versions out there, so what makes this one great?
Deliciousness is what.
More so, you don’t even need an exact recipe, just a general formula. Seared mushrooms are hit with herbs and white wine before being glazed in homemade crème fraîche and piled on toasted bread. It works with any mushroom but becomes spectacular with a mix of hearty, earthy porcini, oyster, king trumpet, and hen of the woods.
Thankfully, the Toast Gods* knew what’s what, and Wolf Gourmet sent me one of their 4-Slice Toasters, which makes my favorite mushroom toast that much easier. I’ve honestly never owned a toaster before, but I love this thing because it can toast four pieces of extra-thick bread at once. Plus it has a setting just to keep the toast warm. You know you’re #adulting when you toaster has a warming setting. I’ve never made so much toast in my life, but, after some deep inner reflection, I’m not so sure that’s a bad thing. I’ve been trying all sorts of combinations (like the edamame, mint, and lemon pictured below) but this mushroom toast is by far the winner. Make it, pair it with a glass of wine — maybe a salad if you’re ambitious. Enjoy.
Now, the giveaway part. I am giving away a Wolf Gourmet 4-Slice Toaster to you good peoples. To enter, all you have to do is follow @add1tbsp on Instagram and tag a friend OR leave a comment on this post before April 29th at 11:59 PM EST. The winner will be chosen at random. You must be 18 years or older and reside in the 50 United States.
*totally a real thing
Buttermilk stirred into a good-quality heavy cream and left out overnight turns into something incredible. Thick, tangy crème fraîche so much better than what you’ll find at the store. It may seem unsafe to leave dairy unrefrigerated, but that’s the point. The live cultures in the buttermilk multiply and prevent the harmful bacteria from spoiling everything.
I find that one Tbsp of buttermilk per cup of heavy cream is perfect to make a super rich and creamy crème fraîche in about 12 to 24 hours.
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Mushroom Toast with Buttermilk Crème Fraîche
- Half a loaf of hearty bread, like ciabatta or focaccia, halved horizontally and then cut into 4 pieces
- 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 lb (455 g) mushrooms, such as porcini, oyster, king trumpet, hen of the woods, crimini
- 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
- 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1/2 cup (4 oz) dry white wine
- 1 1/2 cups (12 oz) Buttermilk Crème Fraîche
- 1 Tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Homemade Buttermilk Crème Fraîche
- 2 cups (16 oz) heavy cream, pasteurized, not ultra pasteurized
- 2 Tbsp cultured buttermilk
Make the Crème Fraîche: Combine the cream and buttermilk in a clean glass jar. Partially cover and let stand in a warm spot until thickened, about 24 hours. The crème fraîche should be very thick like a pudding.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
For the Toast:
Toast the bread and set aside.
Heat a large frying pan over high heat. Heat the olive oil and then add the mushrooms. Be careful not to crowd the pan, so that the mushrooms sear. Cook, without stirring until the mushrooms are well browned, about 3 minutes. Shake the pan to toss the mushrooms and sear on the other side for about 1 minute.
Add the garlic and thyme to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Add the wine and cook until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. With a wooden spoon, stir in the crème fraîche until incorporated. Cook until slightly thickened and then season with more salt and pepper, if necessary.
Place the toasted bread on a large serving dish. Spoon the mushrooms and the pan sauce evenly on top of the bread. Top with the chopped parsley and serve immediately.