Southern cooking is often very meat-focused, but chef Ford Fry likes to emphasize vegetables. For these crostini, he tops creamy ricotta with a mix of garlicky mushrooms and a handful of herbs.
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1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 pound oyster mushrooms, sliced 1/2 inch thick
1 shallot, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
Freshly ground pepper
Four 1/2-inch-thick slices of rustic sourdough bread
1/2 pound fresh ricotta cheese (1 cup)
1/4 cup tarragon leaves
1/4 cup snipped chives
How to Make It
In a large skillet, melt the butter in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the shiitake and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until browned, 4 minutes. Add the oyster mushrooms and cook until softened and lightly browned, 4 minutes. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until fragrant, 2 minutes. Stir in the wine, lemon juice, thyme and the 1 tablespoon of parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the bread with olive oil and grill until toasted and charred in spots, about 1 minute per side.
Spread each toast slice with 1/4 cup of the ricotta. Spoon the mushrooms on top and and sprinkle with the tarragon, chives and additional parsley. Cut the crostini in half, drizzle with olive oil and serve.
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