Ciabatta with garlic mushrooms

    20 min

    Garlic mushrooms make a delightful starter, but classic recipes tend to use generous quantities of butter. This version, pepped up with mustard, is deliciously buttery without being over-indulgent. A simple salad of finely shredded white cabbage and chopped spring onion would be a good accompaniment.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 part-baked ciabatta loaf
    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 30 g (1 oz) unsalted butter
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 450 g (1 lb) button mushrooms, halved
    • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
    • dash of Worcestershire sauce
    • 30 g (1 oz) Parmesan cheese shavings
    • salt and pepper
    • sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley to garnish

    Prep:20min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F, gas mark 6). Cut the ciabatta diagonally into eight 2.5 cm (1 in) thick slices – they should be long and oval in shape. Place the slices of bread on a baking sheet and brush them lightly with oil. Bake the bread for 8–12 minutes or until crisp and golden.
    2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a frying pan. When the butter starts to sizzle, add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and cook over a moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, for 4–5 minutes or until the mushrooms are lightly cooked.
    3. Stir in the mustard. Reduce the heat slightly and add the Worcestershire sauce and seasoning to taste. Cook for a further 1 minute, then remove the pan from the heat.
    4. Place 2 slices of ciabatta bread on each plate. Spoon the mushrooms and their cooking juices over the bread. Scatter on the Parmesan shavings and garnish with sprigs of parsley. Serve immediately.

    Parmesan cheese

    Parmesan cheese is not truly vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet. To make this dish 100% vegetarian, omit the cheese or find a suitable vegetarian substitute made without animal rennet. In supermarkets look for the 'parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.

    Some more ideas

    Instead of part-baked ciabatta you can use part-baked French bread. Or, alternatively, use fully baked ciabatta or French bread and simply brush the slices with oil and toast under the grill.

    Plus points

    Mushrooms contain the water-soluble B vitamins B2, niacin and B6, all of which are important for the efficient metabolism of other nutrients. Mushrooms also contain copper, an essential component of many enzyme systems. Copper helps the body to absorb iron from food. * The small quantity of Parmesan cheese here contributes useful calcium as well as a wonderful flavour.

    Each serving provides

    copper * B2, folate, niacin, selenium * A, B1, B6, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc

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    Loved this, did it with a grilled steak sat on top - very nice steak sandwich with a twist.  -  03 Nov 2009


    Did as a starter, loved it. Very tasty. Thank You.  -  05 Mar 2014


    nice, very easy. Added about 100mls of single cream. Also, could do with a bit more garlic but tasty.  -  24 Nov 2012