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Brie and Mushroom Crostini

Brie and Mushroom Crostini
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The recipe and photos for this post were provided by Sally Roeckell of Table and Dish and were originally published at

It is the season for appetizers, so naturally, I’m bringing you another delicious finger food recipe perfect for the holidays! This simple crostini with garlic, mushrooms and creamy brie cheese is made even more delicious by the use of Pain Paillasse Artisan Bread. You can find this hand made rustic bread in the bakery at Heinen’s.

Brie and Mushroom Crostini on Serving Tray

What is Pain Paillasse, you ask? It is an artisanal bread made with selected wheat. It typically has a crispy crust, a honeycomb texture and a long twisted shape. Paillasse is often flavored with herbs and fruit. I purchased three loaves to try them out. The first variety I bought was plain. It is delicious as is and even better toasted. I also tried pumpkin seed and fig (YUM!) and apricot-cranberry (my favorite). I used the apricot-cranberry loaf to make these crostini and the bits of sweet fruit grilled with butter in my cast iron pan added delicious texture and flavor.

The sautéed mushrooms with garlic and fresh thyme atop smooth, creamy brie cheese made the perfect topper for this delicious pan-toasted bread. It makes a nice two-bite appetizer, easily handled with one hand, which is very important for the holidays. We all need a free hand for our cocktails.

Brie and Mushroom Crostini

Brie and Mushroom Crostini


  • 1 loaf of Pain Paillasse
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. baby Portobello mushrooms
  • A large pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 6 oz. Brie, sliced
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme


  1. Lightly toast the bread on both sides under a broiler, or in a hot cast iron pan with butter. I prefer the cast iron method as it creates delicious caramelized edges.
  2. Heat the butter and oil in a large skillet. Place the mushrooms in the pan and fry on medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes until the mushrooms turn brown and crisp at the edges.
  3. Turn down the heat and stir in the salt, pepper and garlic. Cook for 1 more minute, then turn the heat down very low.
  4. Place the slices of brie on the toast and put back under the broiler for just a few seconds to melt.
  5. Strip two of the thyme sprigs of the leaves and stir through the garlic mushrooms. Spoon on top of the brie, then top each toast slice with a sprig of thyme.

Interested in making this recipe? Order the ingredients online for Curbside Grocery Pickup or Delivery.

Heinen's Grocery Store

By Heinen's Grocery Store

In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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