These crostini are the perfect start to any dinner party. The creamy artichoke purée paired with garlicky mushrooms and finished with freshly grated horseradish really takes these to the next level.
Artichoke and Mushroom Crostini [Vegan]
Ingredients You Need for Artichoke and Mushroom Crostini [Vegan]
For the Crostini:
- 1 whole-grain baguette*
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic (optional)
- sea salt, to taste
For the Artichoke Purée:
- 1/2 cup pine nuts (or walnuts)
- 2 cups artichoke hearts (from a jar)
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest ( to 2 lemons)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons chives (1/4 bunch)
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
For the Wild Mushrooms:
- 1 1/2 cups wild mushrooms*
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- sea salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
To Serve the Crostini:
- 3-inch fresh horseradish root (for garnish)
How to Prepare Artichoke and Mushroom Crostini [Vegan]
Making the Crostini:
- To start the crostini, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Cut the baguette into 1/2 inch slices and place the pieces onto a parchment-lined baking tray. Brush lightly with olive oil. Bake oil-side up for 5 to 7 minutes or until just slightly golden.
- While the bread is cooking, peel the garlic and set aside. Once the bread is ready, lightly rub the oiled side with the raw garlic and sprinkle with a little sea salt.
For Preparing the Artichoke Purée:
- To start, place the walnuts onto a tray and toast in the oven until golden, about 4 to 6 minutes. Once the walnuts are done, set them aside.
- Strain and rinse the artichoke hearts and zest the lemon. Finely mince the chives and set aside.
- Using a food processor, pulse together the walnuts, artichoke hearts, lemon zest, olive oil, and salt. Place this mixture into a bowl and fold in the minced chives. Taste for seasoning.
For Preparing the Mushrooms:
- First, clean the mushrooms. Depending on their size you may need to cut up a few of the bigger ones. Leave some whole or in bigger pieces to give the dish more contrast.
- Next, mince the garlic and parsley and set aside, separately.
- Heat a fry pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once heated, add the mushrooms. Let the mushrooms cook for 3 or 4 minutes or until their liquid has been released and the excess liquid starts to evaporate. When the pan is almost dry, add the garlic and continue to cook for another 30 seconds or so.
- Lastly, fold in the parsley and taste for seasoning.
For Serving the Crostini:
- To serve the crostini, place a spoonful of the artichoke purée onto each crostini and then top with a few of the mushrooms.
- If using fresh horseradish, peel first and then grate a bit over top of each crostini, using a fine grater, such as a microplane. Serve immediately.
Note: Feel free to use your favorite bread here. For a gluten-free option, omit the bread and use gluten-free crackers instead. Note: while most wild mushrooms would work here, chanterelles work particularly well with this dish
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