Cremini Mushroom & Camembert Cheese Crostini [Italy]

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“Crostini” translates into “little crusts” in Italian and the variations are endless. They can be simply brushed with extra-virgin olive oil before being seasoned with salt and pepper, or topped with any combination of meats, vegetables, cheeses and herbs! For today, we have a baguette slice that has been brushed with butter and toasted until the exterior is just crisp before being topped with a slice of gooey Camembert cheese followed by cremini mushrooms that’s been cooked with shallots, garlic and parsley. A hit of lemon juice during cooking and even right before serving adds a burst of brightness that takes each bite to the next level.

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Ingredients (Yields 6 crostini)

  • 6 slices baguette, 1/3 inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more for buttering baguettes
  • 6 slices Camembert cheese
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Small handful fresh parsley, minced
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Lightly butter the baguette slices on both sides and arrange on a baking sheet. Bake until the baguettes are crisp and lightly golden, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and top each baguette with a slice of Camembert cheese before setting aside.
  4. In a cast iron skillet over high heat, melt the butter.
  5. When the butter is melted, add in the olive oil and the mushrooms. Allow the mushrooms to cook undisturbed until lightly brown, about 1 minute. Stir and allow the mushrooms to cook for another minute undisturbed.
  6. Add the shallot and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Toss everything together and cook for another minute.
  7. Turn off the heat and squeeze in the juice of half a lemon before adding the parsley. Quickly toss the ingredients together one last time before serving immediately over each crostini.
  8. Garnish with fresh parsley, optional.

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