Thursday, March 3, 2011

Goat Cheese Croutons with Wild Mushrooms and Madeira Cream

Another Cooking Club smash hit.  Thanks Shirley for sharing this dish with your friends.  A blend of wild mushrooms sauteed in cream and Madeira makes for a perfect Winter appetizer.


Goat Cheese Croutons with Wild Mushrooms and Madeira Cream
Serves 4
Recipe prepared by Shirley Mcfadden

Goat Cheese Croutons

Ingredients:
1/2 cup fresh goat cheese softened to room temperature
1 tablespoon butter, softened
4 slices whole grain bread

Madeira Cream

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
1 cup Maderia
1 cup heavy cream

Wild Mushrooms:

Ingredients:
1/2 pound wild mushrooms ( preferably a mix of oyster mushrooms, shitakes, chantrelles)
2 tablespoons butter
1 garlic clove, minced
Maderia cream
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons snipped fresh chives, plus extra for garnish
Goat cheese croutons

Directions:
In a small bowl, use a fork to combine the goat cheese and butter.  Lightly toast the bread.  Spread equal portions of the goat cheese mixture on the toast.

Trim the crusts and cut the squares in half.  (The toasts will have a cleaner edge, if you trim the crusts after spreading on the goat cheese.)  Set aside.

In a small saucepan, simmer the shallots in Madeira until the liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup.  Add the cream, bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer 5-10 minutes, until the cream thickens slightly.  Set aside.

Turn on the broiler.

Remove the tough stems from the mushrooms and discard.  Slice or tear the mushrooms into pieces.  Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

When the butter is bubbling but not browned, add the mushrooms and cook until they're golden brown and crispy, 4-5 minutes.

Stir in the garlic and Madeira cream.  Turn the heat to high and boil for about 2 minutes, until the mushrooms have absorbed most of the cream.

Season with salt and pepper and fold in the 2 teaspoons chives.

Broil the goat cheese croutons until bubbly and lightly browned.  Arrange the croutons on plates and spoon the mushroom mixture over them.  Garnish with chives.

Enjoy!
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45 comments:

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

This sounds sinfully delicious!

MaryMoh said...

A lovely dish. I love mushrooms. The sauce look really good...mmm.

Joanne said...

I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to stop at an appetizer portion of this and would have to eat it as a main dish! Delicious.

doggybloggy said...

looks like a whole lot of creminis or even agaricus button mushrooms to me but I love the idea...

From the Kitchen said...

I'm with Joanne. I'd like a main dish serving, please!

Best,
Bonnie

Chef E said...

Great one, I am going to use this for my wine tasting dinner gig in may! No matter what mushrooms you used it was the bomb!

Barbara said...

Fabulous, Velva! Going to make this one soon....I love your cooking club!!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Mouthwatering delicious! This would be a wonderful winter appetizer!

Chow and Chatter said...

lovely appetizer adore mushrooms love your get together's great food

Mushrooms Canada said...

Goodness that sounds delicious... then again I love anything that combines toast/bread, mushrooms and cream! Thanks for sharing!
- Brittany

Rita said...

This sounds like the perfect meal; Love wild mushrooms and with this recipe it must be heavenly.I make something similar, but love the idea of adding the goat cheese;a keeper for me.
Rita

Eliana said...

Appetizer? I woud have a hard time stopping at just a few of these. These look incredibly delicious.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

This looks so elegant. I would love to have the whole plate to myself.

That Girl said...

What a fabulous use for mushrooms, and a little different than typical mushroom fare

RamblingTart said...

Oh my! :-) I don't even like mushrooms and this still sounds amazing. :-)

Marguerite said...

Looks scrumptious, especially the sauce! Wonderful appetizer!

Stevie said...

This dish looks quite rich and satisfying. I bet that it would pair excellently with a full-bodied red wine. Would you serve it as an appetizer? I think that's what I'd do. Perhaps at a large cocktail party.

Pushpa said...

Yum Yum Yum looks delicious.

Michael Toa said...

Looks so creamy and delicious. I love the croutons soaking up the sauce. Yum!

FOODESSA said...

Did someone mention goat cheese and wild mushrooms all-in-one? If so...I'm coming over with a bottle of vino ;o)

Well done Velva.

Ciao for now,
Claudia

Stella said...

Ooh, those mushrooms look so delicious, Velva. I had some the other day that didn't look half this good and I loved them. I really should put them on my grocery list more often...
Yum Yum!!!

Jill said...

ONE WORD: Scrumptious!

The Food Hound said...

What a fancy-dancy app idea! It looks delicious and easy, too! Goat cheese and mushrooms go so well together!

Natalie said...

yum! this looks incredible! two of my favorite foods :)

tasteofbeirut said...

Delicious! Wish i could have it right this minute!

Bridgett ~ La Bella Cook said...

Oh just please send me the whole dish! Incredible.

Design Wine and Dine said...

This dish is one of my favorite combinations! Love the flavors and textures!

I think I need to start a club!!!!

Susan Fields said...

Goat cheese + mushrooms = yummy!

Claudia said...

Be still my heart. I found a new love. Perfect!

The Cooking Photographer said...

So beautiful. I would serve this at a fancy dinner. Wow.

L

Katerina said...

Madeira wine is perfect. I made once fillets with Madeira sauce and I was licking the dish afterwards. These mushrooms look divine Velva!

Abbey said...

You've got so many of my favorite things in this recipe! It sounds delicious!

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

this looks so lovely! thank you for sharing this.

roz said...

What a beautiful mushroom dish and photographed so nicely too, Velva. How have you been? Haven't heard from you in a while. Hope all is well!!

Victoria said...

What a great idea for an appetizer. Goat cheese and mushrooms are a great combo, and the Madeira wine is a wonderful addition.

teresa said...

i LOVE this appetizer, the mushrooms look wonderful!

5 Star Foodie said...

Sounds excellent for sure! Love the goat cheese croutons idea and just perfect with mushrooms and madeira cream!

She's Cookin' said...

These beautiful croutons dressed with mushrooms and goat cheese paired with an elegant red wine would be all I need for a satisfying evening!

UrMomCooks said...

This looks divine! Actually about to head out to farmer's market this morning, where local mushrooms have been making an appearance! (They are so good - what a difference!) If I pick up a little goat cheese too I am ready to go! Hope you are doing well! Have a great weekend!!!

Lea Ann said...

This is a smash hit with me and I haven't even tried it yet. ;-)

Raina said...

What an amazing looking appetizer! I would be the one hanging out by this dish at the party:)

Kristen said...

That sounds like something I would gobble up. Other guests would have to elbow their way around me as I hovered over the dish.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Well I can imagine it was a hit! I am drooling just reading the title!! What a perfect app for a get together with the girls...and wine. Love it - thanks for sharing!

kitchen flavours said...

Love this! I could finish the whole plate! Looks really delicious!

SuziCate said...

This sounds divine!

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