Mushroom and White Bean Bruschetta

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Whether hors d’oeuvre, appetizer, or first course—bruschette are one of the easiest starters to prepare for entertaining. Toast baguette slices, rub with oil and garlic, top with sautéed vegetables and/or a spread and you are ready! For these bruschette, we made a simple and delicious white bean spread and topped each one with a rich and flavorful spoonful of sautéed shitake mushrooms, seasoned with parsley and thyme. Biting into these crunchy toasts, with their creamy bean spread and meaty mushrooms, make these starters a savory treat.

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 8.42.50 AMScreen Shot 2016-01-27 at 8.43.03 AMThe white bean spread is so easy to make and it is loaded with antioxidants.

Suateed shitakes in panIMG_2641We thinly slice the mushrooms and season them with fresh parsley and thyme.

Mushroom and White Bean Bruschetta
8 to 10 servings

For the toasts:
1 baguette sliced into 3/4 inch slices
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large clove garlic, halved

For the beans:
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
One 15-ounce can organic cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

For the mushrooms:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
20 ounces shitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 425°.

Lightly brush both sides of the bread with the oil and place them on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 6 minutes. Remove and rub one side of each toast with the garlic halves and set aside.

For the beans:
In a small saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons of oil over medium-low heat. Add the 2 cloves of minced garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, taking care not to burn. Add the drained beans and raise the heat to medium. Cook the beans for 2 to 3 minutes, until softened. Mash with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add ½ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of pepper, and mix well. Remove from the heat and set aside.

For the mushrooms:
In a large nonstick pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add the 2 cloves of minced garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms, stirring frequently for about 7 minutes, until lightly browned.
Add the parsley, thyme, ¼ teaspoon of salt and a pinch of black pepper and mix well.

Generously spread each toast with the bean mixture. Top each with 1 tablespoon of the cooked mushrooms. Arrange the bruschette on a platter and serve.

Final Photo Mushroom and Bean Bruschetta