Mushroom Bruschetta with Goat Cheese

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Crostini smothered with whipped lemon-scented goat cheese, then topped with perfectly browned mushrooms with butter and thyme.

This appetizer is so easy but super impressive. You’ll look like a 5-star chef at your next dinner party.

The flavors are simple. Rich, tangy goat cheese with a bright bite of lemon zest. The mushrooms have a buttery-thyme flavor. The combination is perfect.

easy mushroom bruschetta with goat cheese spread

I love having dinner parties but don’t like being stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is having fun!

Easy appetizer recipes are the solution! You can make them ahead of time and mingle just like everyone else when the party starts.

Why You’ll Love This Mushroom Bruschetta Appetizer Recipe

  • Both crunchy and savory appetizers
  • The recipe is easy and has only a few simple ingredients.
  • Mushroom Bruschetta is gorgeous. You’re sure to get a ton of requests for the recipe.
mushroom bruschetta appetizer recipe

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Bread: Make sure it’s a good sourdough or French baguette. Slice it on the diagonal. The slices should be about a half-inch thick.
  • Goat Cheese: Find unflavored goat cheese.
  • Butter: I always cook with unsalted butter.
  • Fresh Lemons: Buy organic unwaxed lemons if you can. You’ll be using the zest in this recipe.
  • Mushrooms: I usually use baby Bella mushrooms for this recipe.
  • Fresh Thyme: You can usually find fresh herbs in the produce section. I have mine in the yard. Using fresh thyme makes a difference in this recipe.

How to make Mushroom Bruschetta

Step 1 — Make the Mushroom Topping

  • Start by warming the butter in a large skillet. You want to have enough room to spread the sliced mushrooms out so that they can get brown.
  • Add the sliced mushroom and salt and pepper. Sauté until the mushrooms are a nice golden brown. Remove from the heat and toss with the fresh thyme.
mushrooms sauted in butter and thyme

Step 2 — Make the Lemon-Scented Goat Cheese

  • Add the zest and pepper once the goat cheese is at room temperature. Mix well using a fork or spatula.
  • Add a little cream or milk to thin the mixture to a spreadable consistency.

Step 3 — Toast the Crostini

  • Slice the baguette into half-inch slices. Make sure to slice the bread on the diagonal to have a larger surface area. Place them on a baking sheet and toast in the oven at 325℉. Watch the bread closely.
  • You can also use a toaster oven to toast your crostini.
  • For an extra layer of flavor, I like to rub the toasted crostini with raw, fresh garlic cloves. This step adds a spicy, garlicky note to the bread.

Assembling the Mushroom Bruschetta

  • Butter each crostini with about a teaspoon or so of goat cheese.
  • Top with a few of the mushrooms.
  • Sprinkle with more fresh thyme if desired. This adds beautiful color to the dish.
easy crostini recipe slathered with goat cheese and topped with sauted mushrooms

Recipe Variations

Bruschetta is a versatile recipe that can be made in a million different ways.

The basic concept is Bread + Topping = A Delicious Appetizer.

You can’t go wrong if you follow this general formula.

Can I use Gluten-Free Bread?

Yes, absolutely. There are a lot of really good gluten-free bread options available these days. Before toasting, you can use a gluten-free sandwich loaf and cut the pieces into squares or triangles.

Can I make this recipe Dairy-Free?

You can use a store-bought vegan cheese variety, such as Kite-Hill, or try to make my super simple Spreadable Cashew Cheese. You can adjust the herbs and spices in this cheese if desired.

mushroom crostini on a black slate board

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assortment of mushroom bruschetta appetizers, with goat cheese. recipe by foodoology geek.

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Crostini, lemon scented goat cheese, perfectly browned mushrooms with butter and thyme. Any complaints? I didn't think so. These are so easy and so good. You will look like a 5-star chef if you bring these to your next dinner party.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Cooking School, Italian
Servings 12 people


  • 1 sourdough baguette, sliced ½ inch sliced, toasted
  • raw garlic cloves, for rubbing hot toasted bread

Goat Cheese Spread

  • 5 oz goat cheese
  • 1 lemon zest
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream


  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • ½ stick unsalted butter
  • 8 stems fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper



  • Slice sourdough baguette into ½ inch slices.
  • Toast until crispy. Watch closely. You can do this in a toaster oven or on a baking sheet at 400℉.

Goat Cheese Spread

  • Add goat cheese, lemon zest, and pepper to a small food processor. Pulse until mixed. 
  • Add cream until the texture is like that of a nice spreadable butter. 
  • Set aside. 


  • Melt butter in a french skillet (or a large surface skillet) on medium-high heat.
  • Add mushrooms, salt generously. 
  • Saute mushrooms until they are a deep golden brown. 
  • Reduce heat and add thyme. 


  • Optional step: If you LOVE garlic, rub the toasted bread with a piece of raw garlic. 
  • Butter each slice with a sufficient amount of goat cheese. 
  • Top with golden mushrooms. 

Laura’s Tips + Notes

I have tried with and without the garlic rub – they are both really tasty. It is a matter of preference… Do you need to repel vampires or not? That is the real question. 


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  1. I go to a local restaurant that serves this and this is all i get from there plus a glass of red wine. Finally found a recipe close enough to it! Thanks so much!!

  2. Since I love garlic, I would mince several cloves & add it to the skillet you are going to cook the mushrooms in. After sautéed, add mushrooms.

    1. Yum Garlic. I have also rubbed the freshly toasted bread with a raw garlic clove before adding the topping. It adds a spicy garlic flavor.

  3. 5 stars
    These tasty treats were like an appetizer, entree, and dessert, all in one! Meaning, they were tasty, bite-sized snacks to curb the initial hunger pains; savory and flavorful enough to satisfy; and delectable enough to to satiate. They were easy to make, and even easier to eat!

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