Garlic & butter mushroom crostinis

I always tell my friends that I should have been born a man. Not that I’m into girl action (although there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it) but more like I act like one all the time, sometimes probably even more so than Yuye. I know, this is sounding a bit weird. Let me explain.

I’m talking about liking to eat oily foods. I’ve seen so many girls, many of them my good friends, picking the skin off chicken, duck and my favourite pork belly, then not drinking the most delicious soups because it was ‘too oily’ or giving their food to the boyfriends because they were ‘full’. Skin on meat in my opinion, are what make the meats tasty. Sometimes a dish just needs that extra bit of oil or butter to lift the flavours and make it shine. But don’t get me wrong, I Have nothing against those girls who take the skin off, just give them to me. 😛

I would always eat a lot whether at restaurants or at home and Yuye has exclaimed more than a few times that ‘you sure eat a lot for a girl’. Ahem, excuse me? I’m allowed to have a good appetite when the food is good. I also eat my food in a way that often might not seem ‘ladylike’ to a lot of people but again, my excuse is that the way I eat pays compliments to the cook for making such delicious food!

Just like my love for skin on meats, I love a lot of butter in my garlic butter mushrooms. I do make mushrooms the oil free way as well but sometimes that buttery goodness is needed to make me feel like myself. The following recipe is a bit more toned down I think, but adjust the butter according to how oily you like your mushrooms. :)

Garlic & butter mushroom crostinis
Makes 4 crostinis


• 4 large mushrooms (you can use different types for this dish) sliced
• 4 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
• Leaves of 1 small bunch of fresh flat leaf parsley (roughly chopping), leave a few leaves for garnish
• 4 pieces of fresh baguette bread, cut to roughly 1cm thick (I used sour dour)
• 120g butter
• Salt & pepper to taste


1. Toast bread until slightly golden, I usually just put them on a flat pan or in the oven.
2. Melt the butter in a flat pan on medium high, careful not to burn it.
3. Fry garlic until just before it turns brown and add in mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms are soft and slightly turned colour.
4. Add in parsley leaves and toss until coated in butter (add more butter or oil if it looks dry at this stage)
5. Add salt and pepper to taste, garnish with parsley leaves and serve on bread or in a bowl as a side.

Question time: Do you like to eat the skin on meats or do you prefer to take them off? It’s ok, I won’t judge you. O_O

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  • love2dine July 4, 2012, 9:10 pm

    WOW, those are some gorgeous photos. Makes me want to get into the kitchen this minute!

  • Vivian - vxdollface July 4, 2012, 9:31 pm

    So simple but sounds so delicious! Must make this one day hehe I like oily food too but only eat it in moderation ^^”

  • leaf (the indolent cook) July 5, 2012, 1:05 am

    I totally steal the discarded fatty bits off other people when they come from delicious things like duck and pork. P.S. Your crostinis look delicious!

  • yummychunklet July 5, 2012, 7:07 am

    What delicious crostini and toppings! Yum!

  • Choc Chip Uru July 5, 2012, 8:09 am

    These crostinis look incredibly delish my friend 😀
    Lovely toppings too!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet July 5, 2012, 11:35 am

    OMG these look better than the mushrooms I get from the cafes that I visit :) YUM!
    Great recipe and it’s so easy and yummy looking! I’m definitely going to give this a go especially since mushrooms are now on sale hehe and they’re SO good for the body!

    I had to laugh when you said you should have been born a man lol just cuz you like oily and hearty food that doesn’t mean your less girly hehe ~

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 5, 2012, 12:15 pm

    Hehe I love skin on meat and manly foods although I love lighter foods too. Hmmm I guess I’m an equal opportunity eater! 😛

  • The Squishy Monster July 5, 2012, 3:11 pm

    How sublime! …and if I wasn’t sold on your descriptions or title, I’m literally selling the cow when I get to the pictures! YUM!!!

  • Miss Kimbers @ Fruit Salad and Mixed Veg July 5, 2012, 9:29 pm

    Mmmmm tasty. You sound like me with all that oil and fat eating. Why would anyone pick chicken skin off chicken? It is so delicious:)

  • Charles July 5, 2012, 9:53 pm

    Alas, sorry poor belly, but for me, the oilier the food the better… I love this – I make something a bit similar with grated cheese too! Beautiful photographs Jenny!

  • Carolyn Jung July 6, 2012, 2:59 am

    I love making this for parties. Nothing gets the appetite going like some meaty, buttery mushrooms on toast.

  • Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) July 6, 2012, 6:04 am

    i love fatty foods :) and i especially love butter. love it. and these crostinis sound amazing, i’m totally wanting to make them this week

  • Deanna July 7, 2012, 8:33 am

    I made a salad yesterday and put bacon in it. I totally fried the croutons for the salad in the bacon fat. I’m with you on loving fat. (And wasting any sort of crispy skin will always and forever be wrong)

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook July 7, 2012, 6:39 pm

    So easy and delicious – mushrooms and butter with sprinkle of good salt and pepper is my favorite but never had it as crostinis! I will definitely try this when I saute mushrooms next time! Love your pictures so much, Jenny!

  • kitchenriffs July 9, 2012, 4:46 am

    Fat carries flavor – and I’m all for flavor. So yes, I eat the skin and other “oily” stuff. Nice recipe, great pictures. That second one is fantastic – such lovely light.

  • Ames July 9, 2012, 11:06 pm

    Simple flavours are the best and mushrooms have so much flavours themselves :). Great food photography as always!


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