This is a fabulous, vegetarian party appetizer where you hardly miss the meat! The wholesome mushrooms cooked in the sherry and fresh parsley and garlic is a delicious, French way of cooking these mushrooms. Coupled with cheese and baguette, you are truly eating like a Parisian!
If you are not a big fan of the tanginess of goat cheese, feel free to substitute with brie cheese (also a lovely combination!) for a more mellow taste, or even thinly sliced swiss cheese.
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound large cremini or button mushrooms, trimmed and sliced through the stem end
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/3 cup sherry (preferably dry sherry, but regular cooking sherry works)
1 teaspoon paprika (ideally use hot smoked Spanish paprika)
4 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
zest of 1 lemon
KosherSalt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Goat cheese, to taste
16 slices baguette (can be sourdough, whole-grain, etc.)
In a large saute pan, melt the butter with olive oil over medium-high heat, until frothing (but not smoking!). Add the mushrooms and cook while stirring frequently, until just cooked through and beginning to brown (approximately 3-5 minutes).
Now add the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer, or until fragrant. Add the sherry, paprika, parsley, and lemon zest, and stir for 30 seconds, or until most of the liquid is absorbed into the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Note: Do a taste taste after you think it is done, and add more salt and pepper as desired.. Set aside.
Spread goat cheese on each slice of baguette and spoon about a tablespoon of the mushroom mixture on top of each slice.
Note: Another way to serve this is to lay out the baguette slices, goat cheese log, and bowl of mushroom mixture and allow your guests to assemble their own slices as they want (I prefer this method since many of my friends do not enjoy cheese, so they can omit that and still enjoy a mushroom baguette!). Whereas, if it was me assembling my own slice of baguette, I would lather on the goat cheese! 😉
Pair it: with a great glass of Chardonnay!