Garlic Mushroom Toast
Having the option to taste and experience different sides of life, even those that are of a more earthy or gritty nature gives our existence a more balanced flavor. Also, when it comes to nourishment, nothing says “earthy” better than savory Garlic Mushroom Toast topped generously with Herbed Ricotta Spread.
Life comes at us briskly.
Childhood goes by instantly, and we are thrust into youthful adulthood, and afterward just plain-old adulthood, where we will stay for the rest of our lives, and where we assume on liability for what seems, on occasion, similar to the entire world.
Also, if we become parents, we watch our children grow up completely excessively fast, and we’re left, eventually, with just our memories of how their infant bodies were so soft and squishy in our arms when we lifted them up and held them; or of how they used to ask for the same sleep time story to be perused and over once more; or of the times that knees were profoundly skinned from falling off the bicycle; or how we, at last, left them at home without anyone else without precedent for their initial teens, when they never again needed to be seen out in the open with mother and father.
There’s a real earthiness, a profound, beautiful grittiness to life, right?
It’s both incredibly sweet and miraculous, yet also difficult and a touch bitter, on occasion.
What’s more, I find that it’s in the middle of those two contrasting spaces where the most flavor is discovered, the most intense feeling, and the most astounding opportunity for encountering and tasting the two sides of things.
I discover a great deal of earthy flavor, a ton of rich, dull, savoriness, in the transitional times of life.
Like sweet-smelling garlic, mushrooms seared off and sauteed with a pinch of white wine, and afterward cautiously yet generously spooned over the top of toast slathered in a velvety herbed ricotta spread, the times of life when we move from one spot (or one job) into another, are intensely profound.
They stick with us, feed us, illuminate us, fill us, and enable us to become stronger.
Also, if we choose to stroll through them with our eyes all the way open, searching for ways to develop and to be made more mind-boggling by them, at that point those times end up shaping and transforming us in beautiful ways, ways that lone add to our wholeness and our experience.
So my expectation is for as much deliciousness as possible en route, for any of us experiencing transitional times; for openness in tasting the profound, earthy flavors that life brings to us, once in a while; and for boldness and strength to stroll into obscure territory and discover God in it, in its test, and to be agreeable and content with the stunning and earthy kind of what we experience.Print
Garlic Mushroom Toast, and the Deep
- • Thyme leaves, for garnish
- Herbed Ricotta Spread (recipe below)
- 6 slices of your favorite rustic-style bread
- Black pepper
- 2 teaspoons thyme leaves
- 4 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press, plus 1 whole clove, peeled, divided use
- ¼ cup white wine
- 2 (8 ounce) packages sliced crimini mushrooms
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Place a cast iron or other heavy bottom skillet or pan over medium-high heat; add in the butter, and once it has melted, add in the mushrooms and saute for about 7-8 minutes, until they become a deep golden-brown, and begin to caramelize. (They will, at first, release a good bit of liquid; but then it evaporates, and the mushrooms become almost sticky, and caramelize.)
- Add in the wine, and once it has reduced (after about 30 seconds), add in the 4 cloves of pressed garlic and the thyme, and stir those in to incorporate; once the garlic becomes aromatic, add in a couple of pinches of salt and pepper; set aside and keep warm.
- Toast your slices of bread, and then rub the remaining whole clove of garlic over each slice.
- Spread the Herbed Ricotta Spread generously over each slice of the garlicky toast, then spoon generous amounts of the sauteed mushrooms onto each piece; garnish with a little addition thyme, and enjoy.
Like aromatic garlic mushrooms seared off and sauteed with a touch of white wine, and then carefully yet generously spooned over top of toast slathered in a creamy herbed ricotta spread, the times of life when we move from one place (or one role) into another, are intensely deep.