Tuesday 1 October 2019

Mushrooms on Toast


Mushrooms on Cheese Toast 
Brioche or Boule? Both taste just as delicious. Any well-toasted bread will do. Ooey gooey melted cheese is the very basis of my own version of a French recipe that I once ate at a deli in London that I enjoyed.
A beautiful melange of freshly sautéed wild mushrooms topped the cheese toast.
A sharp cheese like Gruyere or cheddar works best. 
Individually served or baked in a dish to share at the table.

                 Toasted Boule with gruyere - wild mushrooms with crisp shards of lettuce.

Just one serving of the brioche topped with the mushrooms

Serves 12 

Toast the brioche bread, x 12
Butter it well with salted delicious butter. 
Optionally slather with Dijon mustard
Generously top with sliced or shredded cheese, Gruyere and white sharp cheddar works best
Place all the twelve pieces of brioche next to one another in a large 13 x 9 shallow dish.

Grill until melted and bubbles.

In a skillet melt 2 tbsp of olive oil and 2 tbsp of butter, 
Add 1 kg of sliced mixed mushrooms, chantarelle, brown, cremini, shitake, portobello
2 springs of fresh thyme
salt to taste
1/4 cup of sherry or port or cognac

Optionally 1/4 cup whipping cream.

Bring to a boil, cover, lower and cook for 30 minutes. 
With the flame on high and removing the lid, allow it to boil, evaporating the liquid leaving a few tablespoons of liquid for the topping. Stir and mix - pour all over the prepared brioche and serve immediately. 


You may prepare the mushrooms well ahead of time. Simply reheat them to a boil before pouring them on.
Adding a dash of cream changes the consistency and gives it a creamier finish. 

Brioche freezes well. Its simple to make as little or as much as required on the day off.

Fresh oregano, mixed dry herbs de provence all work well with the mushroom.

My published cookbooks are available for sale through myself and on Amazon.

The World of Parsi Cooking: Food Across Borders is a 3 award winning book. It has been self published in July 2019 and will be going into its second print in 2022. 

The Art of Parsi Cooking; reviving an ancient cuisine was published in 2016 by Austin Macauley and continues to be available through amazon book depot book depository and from the publishers.

Photo courtesy Niloufer Mavalvala

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