These mushroom toasts are a mashup of recipes from two chefs I admire Naomi Pomeroy (Taste & Technique mushrooms) and Kristen Kish (Food & Wine toasts). But the real inspiration came from the beautiful shiitake and oyster mushrooms Ken brought home from the Hollywood Farmers Market.
- 1 pound assorted wild mushrooms
- 2 tablespoon olive oil (divided)
- kosher salt and cracked black pepper (as needed for seasoning)
- 2 clove garlic (peeled and smashed, divided)
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme (divided)
- 4 teaspoon sherry vinegar (divided)
- 4 tablespoon unsalted butter (at room temperature, divided)
- 6 slice brioche (halved)
- 8 ounce Délice de Bourgogne cheese (or other triple cream cheese)
- chopped parsley (as needed for garnish)
- sliced pickeled pearl onions (as needed for garnish)
- chopped frisee (as needed for garnish)
- chopped chives (as needed for garnish)
- fresh lemon juice (for drizzling)
- extra-virgin olive oil (for drizzling)
Tear or cut any large mushrooms into quarters and the rest in half. Leave the small mushrooms whole.
In a heavy cast iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat until the surface is rippling but not smoking. Add half of the mushrooms in as close to a single layer as possible and sear, undisturbed until the mushrooms have released their liquid and it begins to evaporate, about 3 minutes. At this point season lightly with salt and pepper then lower the heat to medium. Add a smashed garlic clove, and sauté the mushrooms, moving them around, for 6 to 7 minutes, until they are beginning to color on the edges and the moisture has mostly evaporated. Add a thyme sprig, and 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar and cook one more minute. All of the mushrooms should be soft and tender with no spongy quality or rawness to them. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to a medium bowl. Pick out the thyme sprig and the garlic and discard. Wipe the pan out with a paper towel and repeat with the remaining oil, mushrooms, salt, pepper, garlic, thyme, vinegar, and 1 more tablespoon butter.
Set the mushrooms aside to come to room temperature.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F. Place brioche slices in a single layer on a wire rack set inside a baking sheet. Bake in the heated oven until lightly toasted, about 5-6 minutes per side. Watch them closely. Brush all the slices on one side evenly with remaining 2 tablespoons softened butter.
Spread cheese evenly over brioche toasts. Spoon mushroom mixture evenly over toasts; garnish with parsley, pickled onion slices, frisée, and chives. Drizzle with lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil.