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Mushroom Bruschetta with Gruyere and Thyme

Whether it’s a holiday party, a Friday night with friends, or simply a treat-yourself kind of evening, this savory, umami-packed mushroom bruschetta appetizer recipe is checking all the boxes. Taking all the names. On repeat from here until…forever?

It’s like the best of both worlds: bruschetta meets a warm crostini. Plus melty Gruyere cheese, and savory, warm herbs that are like a hug, and hearty mushrooms… ok, there’s a lot to love here.

All of that, AND it’s an elegant appetizer that’s easy to make and ready in just around 15 minutes?!? Dreams do come true, my friends. So let’s get to it because this recipe is going to change fall and winter menus like it’s nobody’s business.

HOW TO MAKE MUSHROOM BRUSCHETTA

The first thing you’ll need to do is prepare yourself to let the scent of butter, garlic, and thyme waft through your kitchen. It’s about to get real good.

PREPARE THE CROSTINI

Slice the baguette on the bias (diagonal) for more surface area, otherwise straight across works, too. Drizzle them with a little olive oil, or brush it on if you prefer. Then, bake until golden and toasty. Find more tips and details in my post how to make crostini.

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ADD THE CHEESE & TOP

The final step is to add the cheese on top of the crostini and broil for just a few minutes until it’s melted. This really takes it over the top in terms of gooey, melty, deliciousness.

Once the cheese is melted, remove the crostini from the pan and top with the sauteed mushroom mixture. Garnish with chopped fresh herbs – parsley is a great one for brightness. Or, a few microgreens are beautiful and fresh additions.

Ingredients:

1 baguette, sliced
2 cups mushrooms, sliced (any variety)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
Fresh thyme leaves
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Prepare Crostinis: Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Arrange baguette slices on a baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes until golden brown.

Sauté Mushrooms: In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and mushrooms, cooking until mushrooms are tender. Season with salt and pepper.

Assemble Bruschetta: Top each toasted baguette slice with shredded Gruyere cheese. Spoon sautéed mushrooms on top.

Bake: Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Garnish and Serve: Sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves. Serve warm and enjoy

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