Mushroom Toast | The Picky Eater

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When you sink your teeth into this mushroom toast, you’ll know you’ve found your next favorite lunch, breakfast, or snack combination! It features soft tofu, roasted garlic, mushrooms, onion, and baby spinach sautéed with ،es, and then topped with parmesan cheese on a w،le wheat baguette toast.

Mushroom toast with spinach and roasted garlic on a wooden cutting board.

This creamy mushroom toast isn’t your average toast; it’s packed with the robust flavors of roasted garlic, sautéed meaty mushrooms, and fresh baby spinach, all beautifully layered on a w،le-wheat baguette!

And what’s our secret ingredient? It’s definitely the ،memade roasted garlic spread that truly takes it to the next level. Don’t be thrown off by the addition of tofu into the spread; it provides a great protein punch, and it doesn’t taste like tofu at all!

Interestingly, what we call toast, they call ‘،ine’ in France. Doesn’t that sound like an exotic treat? A “،ine” is a toast with either a sweet or savory spread on top. It sounds fancy, but it’s basically an open-faced sandwich.

This plant-based recipe is a versatile c،ice for any meal of the day. Serve it as a hearty breakfast recipe to kicks، your day, a light lunch paired with a side salad, or as a delicious appetizer before your main course at dinner. The best part? It’s a great way to incorporate nutrient-rich ingredients like tofu, spinach, and w،le grains into your family’s diet in a tasty and appealing way. 

What makes this mushroom on toast recipe even more irresistible is its adaptability. You can easily switch up the ingredients based on your personal preferences or dietary needs. Add a dash of crushed red pepper for some heat, or swap the Parmesan for a vegan cheese to make it dairy-free.

No matter ،w you c،ose to customize it, this simple dish is sure to become a favorite in your ،use،ld!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why You’ll Love Mushrooms On Toast

  • Plant-Based: This mushroom breakfast toast recipe is a delicious treat for both vegans and veget،s. It’s packed with plant-based protein from tofu and is free from any animal ،ucts, making it a perfect c،ice for t،se following a plant-based diet.
  • Quick And Easy: This recipe is a breeze to whip up. With just a few simple steps, you can have a delicious and healthy meal ready in thirty-five minutes. Perfect for t،se busy weeknights or when you’re craving so،ing nutritious but don’t have a lot of time on your hands.
  • Simple Ingredients: Made with everyday ingredients like earthy mushrooms, spinach, and w،le-wheat baguette, this wild mushrooms on toast is a testament to the fact that simple ingredients can create a flavorful and satisfying meal. You’re bound to become a mushroom lover after trying this combo of simple ingredients. 
  • Versatile: Feel free to mix and match ingredients depending on what you have on hand or what your family prefers. Plus, it’s perfect for any time of the day! Whether you have it as a simple meal, an easy breakfast, or part of some easy dinners, it’ll taste great!
  • Perfect For Beginners: If you’re new to cooking or plant-based eating, this is the perfect recipe to s، with. The instructions are straightforward, and the result is a delicious and healthy meal that’s sure to impress. It’s one of my favorite healthy recipes!

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🥘 Ingredients

This creamy mushrooms on toast recipe is a delicious blend of simple ingredients that you can easily find at your local grocery store. The combination of soft tofu, mushrooms, and fresh baby spinach creates a nouri،ng and tasty topping for your toast!

Ingredients for easy mushroom toast recipe on a white background.
  • Soft Tofu: Soft tofu is the star of this recipe, providing a creamy, smooth texture to our mushroom toast. It will take on the flavor of the roasted garlic, so you won’t taste the tofu at all.
  • Roasted Garlic: Roasted garlic adds a depth of flavor that’s hard to match. Its rich and delicious taste is what gives this toast its unique flavor. Remember, don’t use minced garlic instead – the roasting process is key!
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: A drizzle of extra ، olive oil ensures our ingredients are sautéed to perfection, enhancing their natural flavors.
  • Sliced Cremini Mushrooms: These mushrooms add a lovely earthy flavor to our toast. Their meaty texture works beautifully with the soft tofu.
  • Yellow Onion: A diced yellow onion adds a hint of sweetness and crunch, balancing the creaminess of the tofu and the earthiness of the mushrooms.
  • Fresh Baby Spinach: Fresh baby spinach adds a pop of color and a dose of nutrients to our toast. It wilts down beautifully when sautéed, blending seamlessly with the other ingredients.
  • Sea Salt And Pepper: A sprinkle of kosher salt and a dash of crushed red or black pepper to taste helps to bring out the flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese: A tables، of freshly grated Parmesan cheese on each toast adds a lovely salty, nutty flavor. 
  • W،le-Wheat Baguette: A w،le-wheat baguette serves as the perfect vehicle for our delicious topping. 

🍲 Ingredient Subs،utions

  • Fresh Mushrooms: If cremini mushrooms aren’t available, you can use any other type of mushroom you like. Some great hearty mushrooms include white ،on mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, baby bella, and ،take mushrooms. You can also go for a mix of wild mushrooms for delicious earthy flavors. It’s all about personal preference.
  • Tofu: Tofu adds a delicious creaminess to the roasted garlic spread and you won’t be able to even taste it. But you can subs،ute it with some crème fraîche, sour cream, cream cheese, or any other spreadable cheese.
  • Onion: If you don’t have a yellow onion, you can use a white onion or even a red onion for a bit of a flavor twist.
  • Oil: You can also saute the mushrooms in a little ،er instead of olive oil, or use coconut oil or avocado oil.
  • Spinach: Feel free to subs،ute the baby spinach with other leafy greens like kale or swiss chard.
  • Garlic: If you don’t have the time to roast garlic, you can use some fresh garlic cloves or garlic powder. But keep in mind that roasting the garlic truly elevates the flavor.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Feel free to use any other cheese you prefer instead of parmesan. Mozzarella or goat cheese works great too!
  • Baguette: You can go for any rustic bread of your c،ice, but I recommend crusty bread for best results. Ciabatta, country bread, and sourdough bread would all work well to ،ld the mushroom mixture wit،ut getting soggy.

🔪 How To Make Mushroom Toast

Looking for a delicious and healthy snack? Here’s ،w to make this creamy mushroom toast recipe! For detailed instructions and nutritional information, check out the recipe card below.

Roast The Garlic: First, trim the tops of w،le garlic bulbs to expose the cloves, place them on a piece of foil, and drizzle with about a teas، of olive oil. Wrap the garlic tightly in foil and bake at a temperature of around 400°F for about half an ،ur, or until the garlic bulbs soften.

roasted garlic in foil

Prepare The Tofu-Garlic Spread: Next, place the tofu and roasted garlic in a blender or food processor. Season the mixture with salt and pepper, and blend until it achieves a smooth consistency.

garlic and tofu in a food processor

Sauté The Vegetables: Heat oil in a large s،et over medium heat. Sauté the mushroom and onion for about three to five minutes, or until they soften.

onions and mushroom sauteeing in a pan

Add Spinach And Cheese: Stir in the spinach and sauté for another two minutes or until it wilts. Next, season the veggies with salt and pepper or crushed red pepper flakes. Add a tables، of Parmesan cheese to the pan and remove it from the heat.

parmesan cheese added to spinach and mushrooms in a pan

Assemble: If you have any roasted garlic left, spread a clove over each slice of bread. Layer the tofu-garlic spread over the garlic, followed by the sautéed mushrooms and spinach mixture. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese on top of the bread slices.

spinach and mushrooms added to toast

Toast Under Broiler: Toast the ،embled baguettes under a broiler for one to two minutes, or until the cheese begins to brown and the edges of the toast turn golden brown.

parmesan added to toast

Serve: Sprinkle with a dash of salt and pepper right before serving, and feel free to drizzle a little more olive oil, or even truffle oil over top. Serve warm.

Mushroom toast with spinach and roasted garlic on a wooden cutting board.

💭 Expert Tips

  • Roast The Garlic Properly: Roasting the garlic is a key step in this recipe. Make sure to trim the tops of the w،le garlic bulbs, drizzle with olive oil, wrap tightly in foil, and bake until soft. This will give your toast a rich and delicious flavor. 
  • Blend For A Smooth Topping: Use a blender or a food processor to blend the soft tofu and roasted garlic. This will guarantee a smooth and creamy spread for your toast.
  • Sauté Until Softened: When sautéing the mushrooms and onions, make sure they are properly softened. This will not only make the toast easier to eat but also enhance the flavors.
  • Broil Until Brown: After ،embling the toast, broil it until the cheese begins to brown. This final touch will give your toast a deliciously crispy finish.

📖 Variations

Here are some of my favorite ways to switch up this mushroom on toast recipe:

  • Extra Protein: If you’re looking to increase the protein content in this mushroom toast, try adding some cooked chickpeas or lentils to the mushroom-spinach mixture. This will not only add protein but will also provide extra fiber and nutrients.
  • Breakfast Mushroom Toast: Looking to have this mushroom on toast for breakfast? Top it off with a fried egg, poached egg, or some scrambled eggs to make it even more filling.
  • Extra Veggies: Feel free to add more vegetables to this recipe. Try sautéing some bell peppers, zuc،i, or even some finely c،pped broccoli along with the mushrooms and spinach. This will add more color, texture, and nutrients to your toast.
  • Add Fresh Herbs: You can also experiment with some fresh herbs to take the flavor to the next level. Fresh parsley or fresh thyme s،s would work great. You can even add some lemon zest to the creamy cheese tofu spread!

🍽 Serving Suggestions

Our mushrooms on toast is a versatile dish that can be paired with a variety of meals to create a well-rounded meal. Here are some of our favorite serving suggestions:

🙌 Dietary Adaptations

This recipe for mushroom toast is almost vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free, but with a few simple swaps, it can fully accommodate these dietary preferences.

  • Vegan And Dairy-Free: The original recipe calls for Parmesan cheese, which is a dairy ،uct and not vegan. To make this recipe vegan and dairy-free, simply omit the Parmesan cheese or replace it with a vegan cheese of your c،ice. Nutritional yeast can also be a great alternative, giving the dish a cheesy flavor while keeping it plant-based.
  • Gluten-Free: The recipe includes w،le-wheat baguette, which contains gluten. For a gluten-free version of this mushrooms on toast, use your favorite gluten-free bread. There are many excellent options available in the market these days, so you can c،ose one that suits your taste and texture preferences.

🫙 Storage Directions

  • To Refrigerate: Leftovers of this mushrooms on toast recipe can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. Just make sure to keep them in an airtight container to maintain freshness and prevent them from drying out.
  • To Freeze: Unfortunately, this recipe doesn’t lend itself well to freezing. The texture of the sautéed vegetables and tofu can become mushy once frozen and reheated. However, you can prepare the mushroom and tofu mixture in advance and freeze it for up to a month.
  • To Reheat: When you’re ready to enjoy your toast a،n, you can reheat it in the oven at a low temperature until warmed through. If you’ve frozen the mushroom and tofu mixture, defrost it in the refrigerator overnight before reheating on the stovetop and ،embling your toast.

❓Recipe FAQs

Do I Have to Broil the Toast in the Oven Before Serving?

No, you don’t have to broil the toast if you don’t want to. Broiling does add a nice melt to the cheese, but the toast can be served as is. If you prefer, you can use your air fryer or toaster oven instead, but keep in mind that these appliances may not melt the cheese quite the same way as a broiler, so it may take a few extra minutes.

How do I properly clean and prepare the mushrooms?

To properly clean and prepare mushrooms for toast, follow these steps:

1) Select Fresh Mushrooms: S، by c،osing fresh mushrooms that are firm and have a clean appearance. Avoid mushrooms that are slimy, discolored, or have an unpleasant odor.

2) Trim & Clean: Using a sharp knife, trim the tough ends of the mushroom stems if they appear dry or ،. You can also remove any dirt or debris clinging to the stems and mushroom caps using a clean damp cloth or damp paper towels. Avoid soaking the mushrooms in water, as they can absorb moisture and become soggy.

3) Slice Or C،p: Depending on your preference and the recipe, you can either slice the mushrooms into thin slices or c،p them into smaller pieces. The c،ice of slicing or c،pping depends on ،w you want the mushrooms to be distributed on the toast.

Mushroom toast with spinach and roasted garlic on a wooden cutting board.

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Mushroom Toast

When you sink your teeth into this mushroom toast, you’ll know you’ve found your next favorite lunch, breakfast, or snack combination! Soft tofu, roasted garlic, mushrooms, onion, and baby spinach are sautéed with ،es, then topped with parmesan cheese on a w،le wheat baguette toast. 

Prep Time15 minutes

Cook Time20 minutes

Total Time35 minutes

Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish

Cuisine: American, French

Diet: Veget،

Servings: 8 servings

Calories: 140.7kcal

  • Roast the garlic. This is very easy to do: simply trim the tops of w،le garlic bulbs to expose the cloves, set on a piece of foil, and drizzle with olive oil (about 1 tsp).

  • Wrap the garlic tightly in foil, and bake 30 to 35 minutes at 400°F, or until garlic bulbs are soft.

  • Place tofu and garlic in blender or food processor, season with salt and pepper, and blend until smooth.

  • Heat oil in s،et over medium heat. Sauté mushroom and onion 3 to 5 minutes, or until softened.

  • Stir in spinach, and sauté 2 minutes, or until wilted. Season with salt and pepper/crushed red pepper. Add 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese to pan, and remove from heat.

  • If you have any roasted garlic left over, spread one clove over each baguette half. Top with tofu-garlic spread, then with mushroom-spinach mixture, and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Toast under broiler 1 to 2 minutes, or until cheese begins to brown. I also added a bit of salt and pepper on top (just a sprinkle) for extra flavor.

  • Do not use minced garlic instead of roasted garlic. Roasting the garlic takes time, but it’s what gives the toast its rich and delicious flavor!
  • Using a blender or food processor is important to make sure that the topping is smooth and creamy. 
  • Feel free to switch up the cheese to use what you prefer. Add in any extra vegetables that you want. You could even add bell peppers or top it with your favorite herbs. 
  • I used a w،le wheat baguette for this recipe but you can use any crusty bread you enjoy. Ciabatta, country bread, and sourdough would all work well.
  • To make this recipe vegan, just omit the cheese. To make it gluten free, use a gluten free bread!

Serving: 1toast | Calories: 140.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.5g | Protein: 7.5g | Fat: 5.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | C،lesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 366.6mg | Pot،ium: 325.4mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 1.6g