Tuesday, December 29, 2009

best appetizer...

with new years fast approaching these are truly a hit with everyone...
• 3 tablespoons butter
• 1/2 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps chopped
• 4 ounces crimini mushrooms, chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1/2 cup whipping cream
• 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 2 ounces)
• 1/2 cup chopped thinly sliced prosciutto (about 2 1/2 ounces)

• 18 1/2-inch-thick diagonal bread slices cut from 1 sourdough baguette
• Chopped fresh parsley

melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. add all mushrooms and garlic and sauté until mushrooms are cooked through and brown, about 10 minutes. add cream and boil until liquid is completely absorbed, about 2 minutes. remove from heat. add blue cheese and stir until cheese melts. mix in prosciutto. season to taste with salt and pepper. transfer mushroom topping to bowl. (mushroom topping can be made 1 day ahead. cover and refrigerate.)
preheat oven to 375°F. arrange bread slices on baking sheet. bake until just golden, about 5 minutes. mound 1 generous tablespoon mushroom topping on each slice. return to oven; bake until topping is heated through, about 6 minutes. sprinkle with chopped parsley.

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