Goat Cheese Croutons with Wild Mushrooms and Madeira Cream
PUBLISHED ON: 03.03.2011
Another Cooking Club smash hit. Thanks Shirley for sharing this dish with your friends. A blend of wild mushrooms sauteed in cream and Madeira makes for a perfect Winter appetizer.
Goat Cheese Croutons with Wild Mushrooms and Madeira Cream
Recipe prepared by Shirley Mcfadden
Goat Cheese Croutons
1/2 cup fresh goat cheese softened to room temperature
1 tablespoon butter, softened
4 slices whole grain bread
2 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
1 cup Maderia
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 pound wild mushrooms ( preferably a mix of oyster mushrooms, shitakes, chantrelles)
2 tablespoons butter
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons snipped fresh chives, plus extra for garnish
Goat cheese croutons
In a small bowl, use a fork to combine the goat cheese and butter. Lightly toast the bread. Spread equal portions of the goat cheese mixture on the toast.
Trim the crusts and cut the squares in half. (The toasts will have a cleaner edge, if you trim the crusts after spreading on the goat cheese.) Set aside.
In a small saucepan, simmer the shallots in Madeira until the liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup. Add the cream, bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer 5-10 minutes, until the cream thickens slightly. Set aside.
Turn on the broiler.
Remove the tough stems from the mushrooms and discard. Slice or tear the mushrooms into pieces. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
When the butter is bubbling but not browned, add the mushrooms and cook until they’re golden brown and crispy, 4-5 minutes.
Stir in the garlic and Madeira cream. Turn the heat to high and boil for about 2 minutes, until the mushrooms have absorbed most of the cream.
Season with salt and pepper and fold in the 2 teaspoons chives.
Broil the goat cheese croutons until bubbly and lightly browned. Arrange the croutons on plates and spoon the mushroom mixture over them. Garnish with chives.
This sounds sinfully delicious!
A lovely dish. I love mushrooms. The sauce look really good…mmm.
I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to stop at an appetizer portion of this and would have to eat it as a main dish! Delicious.
looks like a whole lot of creminis or even agaricus button mushrooms to me but I love the idea…
From the Kitchen
I'm with Joanne. I'd like a main dish serving, please!Best,Bonnie
Great one, I am going to use this for my wine tasting dinner gig in may! No matter what mushrooms you used it was the bomb!
Fabulous, Velva! Going to make this one soon….I love your cooking club!!
Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
Mouthwatering delicious! This would be a wonderful winter appetizer!
chow and chatter
lovely appetizer adore mushrooms love your get together's great food
Goodness that sounds delicious… then again I love anything that combines toast/bread, mushrooms and cream! Thanks for sharing!- Brittany
This sounds like the perfect meal; Love wild mushrooms and with this recipe it must be heavenly.I make something similar, but love the idea of adding the goat cheese;a keeper for me.Rita
Appetizer? I woud have a hard time stopping at just a few of these. These look incredibly delicious.
This looks so elegant. I would love to have the whole plate to myself.
What a fabulous use for mushrooms, and a little different than typical mushroom fare
Oh my! 🙂 I don't even like mushrooms and this still sounds amazing. 🙂
Looks scrumptious, especially the sauce! Wonderful appetizer!
This dish looks quite rich and satisfying. I bet that it would pair excellently with a full-bodied red wine. Would you serve it as an appetizer? I think that's what I'd do. Perhaps at a large cocktail party.
Yum Yum Yum looks delicious.
Looks so creamy and delicious. I love the croutons soaking up the sauce. Yum!
Did someone mention goat cheese and wild mushrooms all-in-one? If so…I'm coming over with a bottle of vino ;o)Well done Velva.Ciao for now,Claudia
Ooh, those mushrooms look so delicious, Velva. I had some the other day that didn't look half this good and I loved them. I really should put them on my grocery list more often…Yum Yum!!!
Jill from Killeny Glen
ONE WORD: Scrumptious!
The Food Hound
What a fancy-dancy app idea! It looks delicious and easy, too! Goat cheese and mushrooms go so well together!
yum! this looks incredible! two of my favorite foods 🙂
Delicious! Wish i could have it right this minute!
La Bella Cooks
Oh just please send me the whole dish! Incredible.
This dish is one of my favorite combinations! Love the flavors and textures! I think I need to start a club!!!!
Goat cheese + mushrooms = yummy!
Be still my heart. I found a new love. Perfect!
The Cooking Photographer
So beautiful. I would serve this at a fancy dinner. Wow.L
Madeira wine is perfect. I made once fillets with Madeira sauce and I was licking the dish afterwards. These mushrooms look divine Velva!
You've got so many of my favorite things in this recipe! It sounds delicious!
this looks so lovely! thank you for sharing this.
Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina
What a beautiful mushroom dish and photographed so nicely too, Velva. How have you been? Haven't heard from you in a while. Hope all is well!!
What a great idea for an appetizer. Goat cheese and mushrooms are a great combo, and the Madeira wine is a wonderful addition.
i LOVE this appetizer, the mushrooms look wonderful!
Sounds excellent for sure! Love the goat cheese croutons idea and just perfect with mushrooms and madeira cream!
These beautiful croutons dressed with mushrooms and goat cheese paired with an elegant red wine would be all I need for a satisfying evening!
This looks divine! Actually about to head out to farmer's market this morning, where local mushrooms have been making an appearance! (They are so good – what a difference!) If I pick up a little goat cheese too I am ready to go! Hope you are doing well! Have a great weekend!!!
This is a smash hit with me and I haven't even tried it yet. 😉
What an amazing looking appetizer! I would be the one hanging out by this dish at the party:)
That sounds like something I would gobble up. Other guests would have to elbow their way around me as I hovered over the dish.
Miss Meat and Potatoes
Well I can imagine it was a hit! I am drooling just reading the title!! What a perfect app for a get together with the girls…and wine. Love it – thanks for sharing!
Love this! I could finish the whole plate! Looks really delicious!
This sounds divine!