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Garlic & Thyme Mushroom Toasties

Let’s talk mushrooms. Summer mushrooms, with an easy to prepare dish you can whip up for one, or to please a crowd. I’m sure some of you have made new year’s resolutions to eat better, so let’s start with eating smart this Summer.


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Garlic & Thyme Mushroom Toasties
January 6, 2014

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Garlic & Thyme Mushroom Toasties

Let’s talk mushrooms. Summer mushrooms, with an easy to prepare dish you can whip up for one, or to please a crowd.

I’m sure some of you have made new year’s resolutions to eat better, so let’s start with eating smart this Summer. If you need more motivation to eat smart which will reward your body, just by buying mushrooms could win you the trip of your dreams to an exotic location overseas. Where would you rather be? (keep reading for more information on the competition).

When I was a wee lass I would LOVE Mum’s mushrooms on toast. I would even request she make it. Then one day I loathed mushrooms on toast. In fact I loathed all things mushrooms. Every time Mum would make it, I would screw my face up and request to be made something else, or perhaps I managed some kind of instant noodle concoction instead. But I hated mushrooms.

Luckily I grew out of that, and now I love mushrooms. Mushroom risotto, mushrooms on pizza, you name it, I won’t screw my face up in disgust anymore. This version of mushrooms on toast isn’t what Mum would cook up, but I’ve made it at least three times since I had it the first time. It does involve mushroom’s best friend, butter. Something about lemon with the rich earthiness of the mushroom tastes adds much needed zing and lightness to the dish. You can eat it for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner; it’s good at all times of the day! The mushrooms add a great “meatiness” to the dish, but feel free to add bacon. I feel like all vegetarian dishes need a little bacon in them 😉

Why Mushrooms?

  • Mushrooms are low in sodium, plus their umami counterbalances saltiness and allows for less salt to be used in a dish without compromising flavor.
  • Mushrooms are low in kilojoules, fat free, and can be an effective substitute for meats thanks to their hearty and fulfilling nature.
  • Mushrooms are a source of selenium and ergothionene, antioxidants that play a role in immunity.
  • Mushrooms are a kitchen staple: they can star as the feature ingredient, or pair with any dish. Try them every day, in every way.
  • Mushrooms naturally have vitamin D. They are the only non‐animal food to have natural vitamin D. Vitamin D mushrooms are now in Coles stores throughout NSW and are being made progressively available throughout Australia as part of a national rollout.
  • The mushroom has all the attributes of a superfood – nutrient‐rich, flavour‐rich, low in kilojoules, high in bioactive compounds, easy‐to‐get and affordable.
  • Further information can be found at:

Garlic & Thyme Mushroom Toasties with Lemon Ricotta

Iron Chef Shellie
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Servings 2


  • 150 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 400 g mixed mushrooms sliced
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme (leaves only)
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 150 g ricotta
  • slices of your favourite bread fresh or toasted


  • Crumble ricotta in a bowl along with lemon zest and a little salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Melt butter in frying pan, along with oil to prevent the butter from burning.
  • Add the garlic to pan and stir for 1 min, or until fragrant. Add the mushrooms and thyme leaves stir until soft and tender. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  • Place some ricotta onto the slices of bread, top with the mushroom mixture and serve.

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12 comments on “Garlic & Thyme Mushroom Toasties
  1. Tina @ bitemeshowme

    i have to admit i used to think the idea of mushies on toast was boring. oh how times have changed – sometimes it’s just all i want!

    January 6, 2014 at 6:52 am
  2. Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    Yum – love mushrooms and ricotta. And I’m going through a mushroom phase at the moment too! Digging portobellos especially!

    January 6, 2014 at 12:47 pm
  3. Ling

    Can I just say I love mushrooms so much. I hate my family as they are depriving me of mushrooms! Why do they hate mushrooms! I just told M no wonder in Vit D deficient since meeting him… No mushrooms in my life.

    January 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm
  4. msihua

    Argh! I bought Mushrooms today and the large pack and threw the receipt out!! Waaaaaaaaaaaa I do so love Mushrooms.. so glad you found love with them!

    January 6, 2014 at 9:04 pm
  5. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    Hmmm yummmm definitely a delicious and healthy recipe after all that Xmas and New Years eating even though I’m still eating chocolate now 😛

    Going to buy more Mushrooms and register really want a HOLIDAY 😛

    January 6, 2014 at 9:52 pm
  6. Martyna@WholesomeCook

    You had me at mushrooms! YUM – my ultimate last supper ingredients for sure. Thanks for the holiday giveaway tip. Will have to enter.

    January 6, 2014 at 10:44 pm
  7. Hannah

    Just a teensy bit of butter. LOVE IT.

    January 7, 2014 at 12:17 am
  8. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I love mushrooms too! I think growing up there was only one kind I didn’t like and they were the tinned champignons which used to always feature in Chinese restaurant dishes. But I’ve made peace with them now 😉

    January 7, 2014 at 9:07 am
  9. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    You don’t need to convince me to use mushrooms, I am always pro it 🙂

    January 8, 2014 at 12:00 am
  10. Agnes

    Corn fritters and mushrooms on toast at your place? Still waiting for that invite. 😉

    January 8, 2014 at 11:17 am
  11. milkteaxx

    you really cant go wron with mushrooms and cheese. if i could only eat one food for the rest of my life, id pick mushrooms!

    January 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm
  12. Helen South

    Thyme is nice, Rosemary is even nicer!

    January 8, 2014 at 11:02 pm

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