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November 20, 2023

Caramelized Mushroom Toast (Gluten-free, Vegan)

A Tasty, Gluten-Free Christmas Appetizer

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Caramelized mushrooms on gluten-free toast holiday appetizer.

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It can be challenging to cater to everyone's dietary needs when planning Christmas party food. This gluten-free, vegan mushroom recipe is guaranteed to please vegans and meat-eaters alike! It’s the perfect healthy vegan snack or Christmas appetizer.

Caramelized Mushroom Toast Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 mins

  • Cook time: 15 mins

  • Total time: 30 mins

  • Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsps vegan butter, plus 1 Tbsp vegan melted butter for toasting bread

  • 2 8 oz cartons of button mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed and thinly sliced

  • 1 clove garlic 

  • 2 Tbsps balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard (optional)

  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme leaves

  • ¼ tsp salt 

  • Pinch of ground black pepper

  • 1 loaf gluten-free baguette or sandwich bread, sliced diagonally 

  • For garnish: fresh thyme leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the thinly sliced mushrooms and cook until browned and caramelized; about 10-15 minutes. Keep stirring so that they do not burn. 

  2. Add the balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic and fresh thyme and stir for 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper then remove the pan from the heat.

  3. Lay the bread slices onto a baking tray lined with aluminum foil. Brush each slice with melted butter and toast in the oven for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.  

  4. To serve, spoon a heaping tablespoon of the mushroom mixture onto a slice of bread. Garnish with fresh thyme leaves and serve. 

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the thinly sliced mushrooms and cook until browned and caramelized; about 10-15 minutes. Keep stirring so that they do not burn. 

Mushrooms sautéed in butter to make a vegan holiday appetizer.
Mushrooms sautéed in butter to make a vegan holiday appetizer.
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Step 2

Add the balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, and fresh thyme and stir for 3 minutes.

Adding condiments and herbs to mushrooms as part of a Christmas party appetizer.
Adding condiments and herbs to mushrooms as part of a Christmas party appetizer.
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Step 3

Lay the bread slices onto a baking tray lined with aluminum foil. Brush each slice with melted butter and toast in the oven for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.  

Toasting gluten-free bread to make a vegan Christmas appetizer.
Toasting gluten-free bread to make a vegan Christmas appetizer.
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Step 4

To serve, spoon a heaping tablespoon of the mushroom mixture onto a slice of bread. Garnish with fresh thyme leaves and serve. 

The finished mushroom Christmas appetizer for holiday parties.
The finished mushroom Christmas appetizer for holiday parties.
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Notes

  • Drizzle some honey on top of the mushroom toasts for a sweet and savory flair! 

  • Feel free to substitute vegan butter with coconut oil or olive oil.

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