Holiday Party Appetizer: ‘Caviar’ Mushrooms

December 21, 2009 | By | Comments (1)


This is a tightwad take on a wonderful recipe from Smitten  Kitchen. Confession time: I’ve never had a crumb of caviar in my life.  But this recipe is
exactly what I love to do in the kitchen– jazz up something simple to
make it taste like much more than a few simple ingredients. It looks very elegant on toast points.   I'm planning to bring it to my family Christmas party.

Serves: 12 or more as an appetizer

Preparation Time:  20 minutes

  • 1/2 pound fresh button mushrooms
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4-6 pieces of sliced bread
  • Additional butter, for buttering bread

Mince onion.  Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large sauce pan
over medium heat.  Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until
onion is soft and beginning to get some browned bits, 3-5 minutes.

onion cooks, wash and mince mushrooms.   When onion has browned just a
bit, add dried thyme, 2 more tablespoons of butter, and the minced

Sautee over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.  Add evaporated
milk, and cook for a couple more minutes, until it liquid reduces a
bit.  Salt and pepper to taste. 

Toast and butter several slices of
bread. A crusty good quality bread
would be best, but I used what I had: the tail ends of two different
loaves of whole grain store-bought sandwich bread, and it was still
wonderful. Cut buttered toast into quarters.  Spoon a tablespoon or so
of mushroom mixture onto each toast point.  Serve and enjoy!


  1. zinc

    I like to create and cook new recipe.This seems very delicious and mushrooms are my favorite ingredients.I will definitely try this recipe in holidays.Thank you very much for this tasty recipe.

    December 23, 2009 at 5:06 am

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