Mushroom Crostini With Garlic Basil Vegan Ricotta “Cheese” Spread #Christmas #Mushroom

This recipe came to light while planning for our annual holiday party this past December (yes…I know it’s almost April now, but I’ve been sitting on this recipe for months and am finally excited to be able to share it with you guys). Have you tried my vegan Garlic Basil Ricotta “Cheese” Spread yet? If not, you must. I’ve been told it tastes JUST like ricotta cheese, except for my version is dairy-free and made with healthy ingredients. I typically make a batch of it and use it in anything and everything throughout the week. Instead of serving it as part of a cheese plate at the holiday party, I decided to turn it into a crostini. I needed to come up with a savory blend, and of course mushrooms instantly came to mind.


  • 1 sweet french baguette , thinly sliced (or your favorite gluten-free bread)
  • Garlic Basil Vegan Ricotta Cheese Spread
For the Mushroom Mixture:
  • 8 shiitake mushrooms , finely diced
  • 8 white button mushrooms , finely diced
  • 8 cremini mushrooms , finely diced
  • 8 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teasp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp white cooking wine
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary , finely chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh parsley , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1/2 teasp salt or more to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper


To Prepare the Mushroom Mixture:
  1. Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat. Add the olive oil.
  2. Add the minced garlic and fry for a few seconds until fragrant.
  3. Add all the finely diced mushrooms and saute on medium-high heat until all the water released from cooking the mushrooms burns off completely. Mix frequently.
  4. Add the salt, some freshly ground black pepper, and combine.
  5. Add the white cooking wine and mix to de-glaze the pan.
  6. Add the freshly chopped rosemary, parsley, and pine nuts. Combine and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, mixing frequently.
  7. Season with additional salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste if needed.
  8. Turn off the heat and set the mushroom mixture aside.
To Prepare Crostini:
  1. When you are ready to assemble, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the thinly sliced french bread in the oven and bake until slightly golden on both sides.
  3. Remove the slices from the oven and allow them to cool on a cooling rack .
  4. On each slice of toasted bread, spread a generous layer of the Garlic Basil Vegan Ricotta Cheese Spread , and top with the prepared Mushroom Mixture (both should be at room temperature). Enjoy!

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