Monday, December 28, 2009

Chef Chuck's Mushroom Bruschetta

Bruschetta ai Funghi

Mushroom bruschetta, is an appetizer made with crusty Italian bread, meaty flavored portobello mushrooms, caramelized sweet onions, creamy mozzarella and thyme. Nubian garlic from Sicily rubbed on the toasted bread just melts in the nooks and crannies. Finger food is very festive for the New Years parties, this bruschetta is the perfect choice.

Mushroom Bruschetta
4 thick slices of crusty bread
3 large portobello mushrooms, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves
4 slices mozzarella
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup water

In a pan over medium heat, saute butter and olive oil add onions, salt, pepper and a 1/4 cup of water, cook 5 minutes with lid on. Remove lid and continue cooking for an additional 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, till there are a deep golden brown. In a separate pan heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil, add sliced mushrooms and cook on medium heat, don't stir, flip, add thyme and cook on other side till golden edges appear. Cut bread in thick slices either broil or grill over charcoal till a hard crust appears. Remove and rub garlic clove on bread, top each bread slice with mozzarella. Return to oven or grill to melt cheese. Add onions, mushrooms and a drizzle of olive oil, enjoy.


  1. 10am and I'm craving mushroom bruschetta!!! Yumalicious, Chuck.

    Happy rest of the holidays
    Lola xx

  2. Ciao Lola, This was mouth watering!! You have a happy new year!! Chuck xx

  3. I've got friends dropping by tomorrow night and I think this will be on the menu. Thanks Chuck.

  4. Hello, Ciao Chow Linda, I am glad to have made the list! Happy new year to you and your family! Enjoy.

  5. thanks so much for stopping by my blog! You've got a lot of great food on here.

    I love this mushroom bruschetta. It sounds like it would also make a great pizza topping!

  6. Hello Joanne, Your welcome, I also enjoy your blog!!
    You bet this would be a great topping for a Pizza!!
    Thank You :)

  7. Oh my, my mouth is watering at 8 AM! I can't wait to make these as we love portobello mushrooms here. Thanks for the link!

  8. Hi italianmamachef, So glad you like! Your very welcome! Thank You..

  9. I am going to the market (again!) to get the mushrooms !!!!
    These bruschettas made me homesick! Very popular in Buenos Aires...
    Happy New Year, Chuck!

  10. This is good fromBAtoParis, A little taste of home, we can't beat that! When you say the market, it rings my ear! Enjoy the market as I would too!
    Thank You

  11. Stopped by to see what you had cookin' and it looks yummy. Happy New Year!

  12. Hi Jodi, Thanks for stopping by, this Bruschetta would work well at a New Years Party! Happy New Year :)