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Friday, June 25, 2010

Mushroom Truffle Flatbread a la Branch 27

I have been craving the mushroom flatbread from Branch 27 in my neighborhood for days. There are three reasons that I haven't gone over there to get it: 1) I'd have to buy a drink too, and I have enough of that at home, 2) I could probably make it myself, and 3) I have already had it twice in the last week.

So, after a trip to my wonderful neighborhood Green Grocer for the cheese, crackers, shallots, garlic and mushrooms, and a quick stop by the liquor store for the dry vermouth and olives, I was headed for the comforts of home with the tastiness of Branch 27!

Who doesn't like cheese?!
Here's a new take on a fave.
Trust me. You'll love it.

  • Crackers, preferably Potter's White Crackers
  • Cremini mushrooms (2 cups)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • herbed goat cheese (or plain, really will do)
  • Frisee, or other lettuce
  • Butter - plenty
  • White truffle salt
  1. Heat the pan, add half a stick of butter and heat over medium for 30 seconds, until butter melts. Add the garlic and cook for one minute, add the shallots and cook for a minute more. While pan is heating, butter is cooking and garlic and shallots are sauteing, wash and chop the mushrooms and lettuce.
  2. Add the mushrooms to the pan and saute for 5 minutes, stirring, until they have lost much of their liquid.
  3. Remove the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside. Add 2 Tbsp butter to what is left in the pan, and turn off the heat, stirring to melt. Add approx. 1 tsp white truffle oil, to taste.
  4. Prepare meal by spreading goat cheese on the flatbread or cracker, and topping with mushrooms, then chopped lettuce, and finally drizzling with truffle butter.
  5. Enjoy with a martini (Hendrick's gin, extra dry vermouth, olives).

Pictured above is the flatbread from Branch 27. They used mascarpone cheese and real flat bread. I chose to use crackers to avoid turning on my oven and to make dinner occur SOONER.

For an idea on how to use this as part of a meal, check out my Summer French Dinner Menu.


  1. Uh-yum! What a great simple appetizer idea!

  2. Black truffle salt is even BETTER, though you need less of it.


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