About this recipe: 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.
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.
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.
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.
copper * B2, folate, niacin, selenium * A, B1, B6, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc