Wednesday, August 29, 2012

mushroom marsala bruschetta




I love bruschetta…and crostini!  It's so tasty - and the perfect lunch, light dinner, or appetizer!       A lightly toasted, crisp, crusty bread, with a melding of delicious flavors stacked upon it -  the toppings are literally limited only by your imagination.  I recently read a delectable recipe using figs, gorgonzola and honey…oh my goodness, hold me back! ;)  I'm definitely trying that soon!

Traditional bruschetta is toasted over coals, a grill, or an oven, brushed with garlic, then topped with chopped tomatoes and basil, and drizzled with olive oil.  Crostini meaning "little toasts", is topped with any of the same lovely ingredients you would stack on bruschetta, only using little pieces of bread, usually a sliced baguette.



the lovely ingredients:  cremini mushrooms, gorgonzola, walnuts, butter, fresh parsley and thyme,
olive oil, marsala, and crusty whole grain bread



My lovely daughter, Kelly, came to visit a couple weekends ago.  She lives only a half hour from me, but with our busy schedules, we're unable to enjoy each other's company as often as I would like - it's usually by phone or text. She loves the biking and running trail near my home, so she decided to go out for an afternoon run before we went out for dinner.  I knew she would be gone for a couple hours, so decided to surprise her and prepare a nice late afternoon appetizer / light dinner for when she returned, rather than going out like we had planned.  My thoughts went directly to bruschetta.  I had all the ingredients, except the crusty bread, which I ran out to buy. We could enjoy the tasty bruschetta, with a bottle of wine, sitting in my pretty pastel colored backyard adirondack chairs, and catch up on everything.  Those poor adirondack chairs never get the use they deserve, so this was the perfect opportunity.

All my lovely ingredients gathered together, I went about quickly preparing the mushroom marsala bruschetta, before she returned home.  I decided to photograph along the way, so I could share this great recipe with my readers, who I appreciate so much!  Kelly returned home to the plate of four incredibly delicious mushroom marsala bruschetta sitting on the plate above.  It turned out to be a wonderful evening together over lots of talk, laughter, eating, and wine! :)

Enjoy this easy to make, great blend of flavor on your favorite lightly toasted, crusty bread with friends this weekend.  I may have to join you, and create it again myself!

Until next time…mangia!  xox

Carol






Mushroom Marsala Bruschetta
Yield:  4 - 5 large slices or 8 - 10 small slices

Ingredients:

2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
8 ounces cremini or baby bella mushrooms sliced (I used cremini)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
salt & pepper to taste
1/3 cup sweet or dry marsala (I used dry)
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons toasted chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
4 - 5 slices large crusty bread or 8 - 10 small slices
1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese crumbles

Create the Bruschetta:

Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the mushrooms, and cook over medium heat until they are tender and lightly browned.  Add the thyme, salt and pepper, and marsala.  Cook over medium-high heat until the wine begins to reduce and thicken.  Remove from the heat and add the butter, walnuts, and parsley.

Toast the bread slices under the broiler until lightly browned on both sides.  Place the bread slices on a platter and spoon the mushroom mixture unto each slice.

Sprinkle the cheese crumbles on top of the mushroom mixture and serve!

Carol's note:
I thought it would be nice to feature this recipe after my tiramisu cupcakes.  If you happened to have bought a bottle of Marsala for the cupcakes, you can put it to good use with this savory appetizer as well!  And coming next, another sweet recipe you can also utilize the Marsala with.  I hate any lovely ingredient going unused! :)

Recipe adapted from Italian Food Forever.

18 comments:

  1. I'm in love with this appetizer, Carol! Perfect flavor combination and a wonderful start to an evening :).

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    1. Thank you, Laura! It's so good! Hope all is well with you - can't wait for your next sweet treat! Have a beautiful day!

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  2. Carol, these look so delicious! Will have to try these next! All of your recipes and photos are wonderful. I love your blog!!!

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    1. Thanks for your sweet comment, Donna! You'll have to let me know how your guests liked the eggplant caponata too!

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  3. Another awesome recipe, Carol. Can't wait to make it this weekend - perfect for Labor Day ... beautiful presentation, great flavor, and not much labor! Right up my alley. Keep 'em coming. Trish

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    1. Thank you, Trish!!! Can't wait to see how you like it! Thanks for stopping by and leaving me such a sweet comment!

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  4. That looks delicious! Great photos, too!

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  5. I couldn´t agree more Carol: bruschettas, friends and wine make for a perfect moment! These look just wonderful. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much, Paula! You have a wonderful weekend, yourself!!! :)

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  6. What an incredible looking bruschetta! :)

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  7. What a lovely mum you are preparing her this for after her walk! :D

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    1. Love your comment, so Nigella! :) Thank you very much!

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  8. You have one lucky daughter! This bruschetta looks absolutely delicious! Can't wait to try this out myself... thanks for sharing such a wonderful appetizer!

    -Shannon

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    1. Hi Shannon! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your lovely comment! I think you will love the mushroom bruschetta! I just checked out your beautiful blog! What a wealth of wonderful information! -Carol

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  9. Made these tonight for a side to our steak. Wanted to eat only these, they were so delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know, Kim! So happy you enjoyed them!!

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Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by a cup of mascarpone, and taking the time to leave a comment! I read, smile, and cherish each and every one of them! xox

Carol