12/08/2015

Mushroom Crostini with Herbs and Garlic

*Update: This recipe is the WINNER of the FBC2015 Appetizer Spotlight Contest with Food Bloggers of Canada and Mushrooms Canada!

When you're trying to eat a healthy diet and the appetizer platter comes around, it can be especially difficult. Made to maximize flavour in one or two bites, most appetizers are deep fried or they're made with high-fat cheese or meat and not much else. Making your own appetizers allows you to control the amount of fat and calories and to choose healthier and fresher ingredients to maximize the flavour in each bite. These Mushroom Crostini with Herbs and Garlic are a great, healthy appetizer idea and they're absolutely bursting with flavour! Gorgeous fresh Canadian Crimini mushrooms are the star of this show: they're sauteed in aromatic thyme and white wine and served on slices of toasted whole grain baguette slathered in a low-fat herb and garlic cream cheese spread. Crimini mushrooms are deeper and nuttier in flavour than typical white mushrooms and so they pair perfectly with the bright flavours of the herbs and the creaminess of the cheese. This is the perfect recipe for any home chef: simple, healthy, and fresh ingredients that speak for themselves. I think you're going to love it!





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You'll need:

4 oz low-fat cream cheese (use high-fat if you prefer), softened to room temperature
1 clove of garlic, finely grated
a pinch of sea salt
a pinch of pepper
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried thyme

approximately 1/2 whole grain baguette (about 16 thin slices)

220g Canadian crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 cup white wine
a pinch of sea salt
a pinch of pepper

fresh chives for garnish


To make:


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet with some parchment paper. Slice the 1/2 baguette into 16 thin slices and arrange them on the baking sheet .


Once the oven is preheated, toast the baguette slices for about 5-7 minutes or until they've reached a light golden brown colour. Every oven is different, so it's best to watch them carefully.

Add the cream cheese to a medium bowl and add the basil, thyme and sea salt and pepper. Using a microplaze zester (or a very fine grater), grate the clove of garlic into the bowl with the cream cheese as well.



Mix these ingredients together very well using a spoon or a rubber spatula. Be sure all the ingredients are combined well before setting the cream cheese mixture aside.



Set a large skillet over medium high heat. When the pan is hot, add the olive oil, the mushrooms, the salt and pepper, and the thyme. Saute the mushrooms in the oil and spices for a few minutes just until they begin to soften slightly and release some of their juices.



Turn the heat down to medium low and add the wine.


Cover the pan and let the mushrooms cook in the wine until they've softened completely and turned a rich, dark brown colour.

Remove the toasted baguette slices from the oven, spread a generous dollop of the cream cheese mixture on each slice and top with several pieces of the sauteed mushrooms warm from the pan.

Garnish with a few fresh chives, and serve!





Don't those mushrooms look divine and, dare I say, meaty??


And the best part is, each piece is only 1 Weight Watchers PointPlus which makes it 4-5 times lower in fat and calories than your average appetizer (but 4-5 times higher in taste and freshness)!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! These Canadian Crimini mushrooms really are the star of the show. If you want to learn more about Canadian Mushrooms, head on over to www.mushrooms.ca for recipes, cooking tips and inspiration!

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20 comments:

  1. I seriously cannot believe these are only 1 WW pt each!! Amazingly delicious. I'll take 5 :)

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    1. Thanks Olivia! If you use low fat cream cheese, a whole grain baguette and only a little bit of oil, they're only 1 WW pt! Gotta love healthy treats :)

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  2. Your pictures are amazing! So yummy looking! I've never tried Crimini mushrooms, just always buy white ones... but I think it's time to try something new!

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    1. Thanks! Crimini mushrooms have a similar flavour to white mushrooms but they're a little bit stronger and they taste a little more "woodsy" :) They're great in a soup, stir fry, etc.

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  3. I love simple recipes and this is one for the books. I refuse to use boring button mushrooms, I always opt for Crimini, or a wild mushroom blend. I think these would be great with goat cheese too!

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    1. Thanks Nicole! Crimini mushrooms are really great. And you're right about the goat cheese! Great idea.

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  4. Those are a beautiful appetizer! I host a Christmas party every year and am always looking for vegetarian options, those would be perfect!

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    1. Thanks Renee! They are a really great vegetarian option :)

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  5. Oh wow! I love how delicious this sounds! I used to have mushroom toasts in the morning but the idea of adding that delicious creamy cream cheese is genius! :)

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    1. Thanks Dini! The cream cheese really takes this dish to the next level! So yummy!

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  6. I am not a big fan of mushrooms, but if I saw a platte of these, I would definitely try at least one because they look delicious!

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  7. Yum! I LOVE mushrooms and YES they do look "meaty!" A perfect party treat!

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  8. Those look wonderful! The fact that you're using cremini mushrooms makes them all the more better. It's the only mushroom I will use. They are the perfect meaty bonus to a vegetarian dish.

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  9. I love that you sauteed the mushrooms to get that flavor into them for this appetizer. Looks delicious.

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  10. LOVE mushrooms! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!

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  11. I just had something similar at a restaurant recently! It was delicious but they used a ricotta cream cheese mixture instead

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  12. All I need is a glass of wine and your mushroom crostini.

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  13. I'd grab one of these off an appetizer plate for sure. They look so tasty. Lovely to know they are healthy too!

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  14. So delicious and simple thyme and mushooms are such wonderful partners and what great pictures, bright perky and they make me smile!

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