Serve these rich and savory mushroom toasts as a healthy appetizer with a fork and knife. Wild mushrooms give the topping the best flavor, but any type of mushroom will work in this healthy recipe for creamy wild mushroom toast points. This recipe makes more Cream Sauce without the Cream than you'll need for the mushroom toasts. Refrigerate or freeze the extra sauce and use it in place of heavy cream in any sauce or soup that calls for cream.

John Ash
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2013

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
8
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Ingredients

Cream Sauce without the Cream
Mushroom Toasts

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare cream sauce: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add broth and wine and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until the rice is very soft and the liquid is greatly reduced, about 25 minutes. Cool slightly.

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  • Transfer the mixture to a blender and puree, in batches if necessary, until smooth. (Alternatively, puree in the pot with an immersion blender.) The consistency should be similar to a pourable sauce; add more broth or water as needed. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, preferably white pepper.

  • To prepare mushroom toasts: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Place porcini in a bowl, add warm water and let soak for about 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, brush baguette slices with 2 teaspoons oil and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Arrange on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Set aside on the baking sheet until ready to serve.

  • Cut fresh mushrooms into 1-inch pieces. Line a sieve with a paper towel, place over a bowl and strain the porcini; reserve the liquid. Squeeze the porcini to remove excess water, then chop into 1/2-inch pieces.

  • Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallot (or green onion) and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add all the mushrooms and cook, stirring, until they begin to brown and the moisture has evaporated, about 5 minutes. (Add a few tablespoons of the mushroom-soaking liquid if the mushrooms start sticking.) Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl. Add 1/2 cup of the reserved soaking liquid, 1 cup of the Cream Sauce, mustard and sherry to the pan. Heat, stirring, just until the mixture starts to bubble. Return the mushrooms to the pan, season with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste and gently stir until heated through.

  • To serve, top each toast with about 2 1/2 tablespoons of the mushroom mixture and garnish with basil, if desired.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate cream sauce (Steps 1 & 2) for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator or using the defrost setting on your microwave.

Tip: To make the sauce vegetarian, we like to use chicken-flavored vegetarian broth over regular vegetable broth for its hearty, rich flavor and pale yellow color. Look for “no-chicken” broth in the natural-foods section of well-stocked supermarkets.

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

171 calories; protein 5.1g 10% DV; carbohydrates 25.6g 8% DV; dietary fiber 2.1g 8% DV; sugars 1.4g; fat 5.7g 9% DV; saturated fat 0.7g 4% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 44.9IU 1% DV; vitamin c 2.5mg 4% DV; folate 14.2mcg 4% DV; calcium 22.1mg 2% DV; iron 6.5mg 36% DV; magnesium 11.1mg 4% DV; potassium 221.8mg 6% DV; sodium 413mg 17% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 5% DV; added sugar 1g.

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04/09/2013
Easy and Delicious I liked the idea of the cream sauce; it was quite nice. We added more mushrooms to be sure we had enough- I am glad we did because we ate every bit. We will be having this again. My husband liked the sherry- I'm glad the recipe included it. Read More