mushroom & taleggio crostini

Mushroom & taleggio crostini
Mushroom & taleggio crostini

Not feeling overly enthused by the thought of our usual weekend lunch options, I decided yesterday to cook something I hadn’t made before. My original plan was to use wild mushrooms for these crostini, but after trawling unsuccessfully around various shops, I picked up some lovely-looking brown-cap mushrooms instead. In all honesty, I think that any type would taste good in this dish. Taleggio is an Italian mountain cheese that has a lovely texture when melted and a buttery, fruity flavour, a bit like the cheeses used in hearty Alpine dishes like fondue and tartiflette. The cheese, mushrooms, thyme and garlic make an irresistible flavour combination – perfect for when you come in from the cold on a chilly autumn day.

One of the best things about these tasty slices is that, although they’re really quick to make, they’re a bit fancier than the average sandwich, so they can serve as all sorts of meals, ranging from a quick lunchtime snack to a party appetizer. If you want to add something on the side, I’d go for a simple rocket salad.

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Mushroom & taleggio crostini
Mushroom & taleggio crostini
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Ingredients
Servings
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Ingredients
Mushroom & taleggio crostini
Instructions
  1. Heat the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the mushrooms for 4-5 minutes until the water has evaporated.
  2. Add the garlic and fry for a further 2-3 minutes until the mushrooms are crispy.
  3. Remove the leaves from the thyme sprigs and sprinkle over the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper, stir to combine and set aside.
  4. Set the grill to a medium heat. Grill the ciabatta slices on one side for 1-2 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Arrange the taleggio on the untoasted side of the ciabatta slices. Place back under the grill for 2-3 minutes until the cheese begins to melt.
  6. Spoon the mushrooms over the crostini.
Recipe Notes

One of the best ways to clean your mushrooms is to wipe them with a damp paper towel. If you're short on time, you can rinse them but because they absorb a lot of water, try to do this as quickly as possible.

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