Shiitake Ragoût on Chèvre Crostini

Serves 8 as an appetizer

This elegant little appetizer features shiitake mushrooms sautéed with a touch of garlic, shallot and thyme. Sherry vinegar and wine add depth of flavor.

Ingredients: 
  • Crostini
  • 8 slices baguette, cut thin
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 ounces soft chèvre
  • Ragoût
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shallots, finely chopped
  • 4 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
  • 2 cups shiitake mushrooms, julienned
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sherry wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon crème fraîche
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Method: 

For the crostini, preheat oven to 350°F. Brush baguette slices lightly with butter. Bake until toasted and lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Lightly season with salt and spread with chèvre.

For the ragoût, heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add garlic and shallot and cook until translucent, 1 to 2 minutes. Do not let garlic brown. Add half of the thyme and all mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Let mushrooms cook over medium-high heat without excessive stirring so they will brown.

Once mushrooms are browned and tender, 5 to 7 minutes, add sherry vinegar and reduce until the pan is dry. Combine cornstarch in sherry wine, mix until dissolved and add to the pan. Cook until reduced or until there is very little liquid left in the pan.

Remove from heat and stir in crème fraîche. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Place a tablespoon of ragoût on each crostini and spread to cover the entire toast. Garnish with remaining chopped thyme and serve warm.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:150 calories (80 from fat), 9g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 380mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 4g protein
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