Wild Mushrooms with Herbed Cheese

Wild mushrooms with herbed cheese comes together easily with goat cheese, cream cheese, parsley, thyme, chives, and garlic. The perfect appetizer when spread on toast or crostini.

A ceramic bowl filled with wild mushrooms and herbed cheese, sprinkled with chopped chives.

This is a flavor combination that Andy has always liked—wild mushrooms and balsamic vinegar. It’s the way he used to prepare them at Stars in San Francisco, where they also used goat cheese as a counterpoint. At Barcelona, our original recipe used a piece of French goat cheese, but now we use an garlicky herbed goat cheese mixture, which melts much better and more evenly. This dish perks up quickly in the microwave, so it’s a great last-minute piece of a meal.–Sasa Mahr-Batuz and Andy Pforzheimer

Wild Mushrooms with Herbed Cheese

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  • 4 H, 15 M
  • Serves 4
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  • For the herbed cheese
  • For the wild mushrooms


Prepare the herbed cheese

In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and set on medium speed, mix together the goat cheese, cream cheese, thyme, parsley, rosemary, chives, and garlic for about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper and beat for 2 to 3 minutes longer or very well blended.

Spread a sheet of plastic wrap about 12 inches long on a work surface. Spread about half of the herbed cheese along the bottom third of the plastic wrap, leaving 1 inch on each end. Roll the plastic wrap around the cheese to make a log approximately 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Twist the clean ends of the plastic wrap closed. Repeat with the rest of the cheese to make another log. Refrigerate the logs for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days.

Prepare the wild mushrooms

In a large saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over high heat. Add a third of each of the wild mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the mushrooms develop a golden crust. At this point, lift the mushrooms from the pan and set aside. Add more oil and cook the next batch of mushrooms. Repeat with the rest of the mushrooms and oil.

Reduce the heat to medium and add the shallots to the pan. Return the mushrooms to the pan and cook for about 7 minutes or until the shallots are translucent.

Add the stock, vinegar, and thyme leaves, increase the heat to high, and simmer rapidly for 9 to 10 minutes, or until the liquid reduces to about 1/2 cup. The mushrooms should be juicy but without much extra sauce.

Remove the cheese logs from the refrigerator and slice into rounds about 3/4 inch thick. (This is very easy to do with dental floss.) Reserve any extra for another use.

Put about 1 cup of the wild mushroom mixture into each of 4 microwave-safe serving bowls. Top each serving with 1 or 2 rounds of herbed cheese. Microwave for about 1 minute, or until the cheese softens and the mushrooms are piping hot. Serve immediately.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

This works as an appetizer or even a nice tapas-style dish, and it’s easily thrown together. The cream cheese mellows out the goat cheese, the vinegar in the mushrooms add a nice vibrant note, and the veal stock makes the flavor nice and silky. It’s also very adaptable—you could really use any meaty mushrooms if you can’t find shitake, oyster, AND cremini. Also, you end up with the equivalent of (almost) an extra log of herbed cheese, but if you throw it in the freezer, it’ll be ready to use the next time you want to whip up the wild mushrooms. For a cocktail party, I’d top slices of baguette with the mushrooms and cheese, broil quickly, then set it all out.

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  1. We had this dish at Barcelona one evening, and my husband said, “you should make this as a side dish for Thanksgiving.” Sauteeing mushrooms for 20 guests on my stove is no joke, but this is something utterly worth doing. Saving grace is that at least one of the Thanksgiving regulars is mushroom-phobic, which means there’s more leftover for me. Thanks for putting this recipe online so that I could find it quickly and easily!

    1. Eva, my pleasure. So glad you and your family enjoy it so much. This Thanksgiving take a picture or two of the voluminous mounds you make and send them along.

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