Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Spread

I have gone to wild mushroom heaven.  In the effort to use up the remaining Mothers’ Day mushrooms, I made this delightful recipe that has three of my favorite ingredients: wild mushrooms, goat cheese, and sherry.  But first, a note about the mushrooms.  They were purchased at Costco.com, and came in a basket with 2 pounds of organic gourmet mushrooms.  I have been comparing the prices of various gourmet mushrooms at my local grocery, and at about $20/pund, the Costco mushrooms are actually a good buy for what is, I’ll admit, a luxury food. They were very fresh. The only drawback is that you have to purchase two pounds at a time, which is a lot of mushrooms. However, if you are having a party and want something special to serve, it would be worth buying the two pound basket.

This wild mushroom dish, originally from Cooking Light,  is probably intended as a party dish – a hot dip to be served with crackers or slices of a nice baguette, to be scooped up by guests as an appetizer.  I wasn’t having guests, so I bought a nice French bread at the farmers’ market, toasted a few thin slices, and scooped out several servings worth to have for dinner, with a side of tomatoes with sea salt.  It was a very satisfying dinner that felt like something a bit luxurious – if not terribly attractive.

MUSHROOMS ON TOAST
I also plan to take the spread for lunch with interesting crackers – and maybe experiment with using it as a spread on sandwiches.

Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Spread

¼ cup boiling water
½ ounce dried porcini mushrooms
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon minced shallots
1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary  (or other herb if you don’t like rosemary, like me)
½ teaspoon salt
¼  teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 ounces wild mushrooms, finely chopped (I used all wild mushrooms, since I wanted to use up the remaining mushrooms)
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
5 Tablespoons sherry
6  tablespoons (3 ounces) goat cheese, divided
Cooking spray
1 Tablespoon  chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Combine 1/4 cup boiling water and porcini mushrooms in a bowl; let stand 10 minutes. Strain porcini mushrooms through a sieve over a bowl, reserving liquid. Chop mushrooms; set aside.  Preheat boiler.

Heat butter and oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. (I also sprayed it with olive oil cooking spray.) Add shallots, thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper, and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in reserved porcini mushrooms, wild mushrooms, and cremini mushrooms. Cook 10 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring frequently. Stir in sherry and reserved mushroom liquid, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook 5 minutes or until the liquid almost evaporates. Remove from heat. Place mushroom mixture and 3 tablespoons of the goat cheese in a food processor; process until smooth. Scrape the mushroom mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 3 tablespoons cheese. Broil for 7 minutes or until edges of cheese begin to brown. (Mine got a bit too brown.) Remove from heat, and sprinkle with parsley if you  want to make it prettier.  This makes ten servings (serving size is about 3 tablespoons) with 2.8 grams of fat/servings.

mushrooms in pan
If I were serving this to company, I’d broil it in an attractive oven-proof dish, instead of an old baking pan. I also would consider adding another 2 ounces of goat cheese to sprinkle over the top. It would only raise the fat level by one gram of fat/serving and would make it a more party-like dish.

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2 Responses to “Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Spread”


  1. 1 ziegen milch April 2, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I really love goat cheese desserts, their are awesome. If I have guests, I just make goat cheese deserts and they love it. Are there any other good uses for goat cheese?

    • 2 perpetualfeast April 3, 2010 at 11:10 pm

      I plan to post recipes for a goat cheese macaroni and cheese (grown up mac and cheese) and some quiche. I also just eat it on crackers. Try it with fig jam!


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I have lost 200 pounds. I did not do it through surgery – I don’t like knives and needles – or by joining a club, vigorous exercise, or rigorous dieting. I did it by gourmet cooking. To be precise, by cooking low fat, really delicious food. I love to cook as much as I love to eat. Food magazines are some of my favorite reading. I would feel deprived if I couldn’t have the sensuous experience of good food crossing my lips. This blog is about my perpetual feast, my passionate love of food, with recipes, photos, and occasional advice and principles that I have learned along the way.

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