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There is toast…and then there is this Caramelized Garlic Butter Toast with Pan Fried Mushrooms.

Caramelized Garlic Butter Toast with Pan Fried Mushrooms | @hbharvest

Sometimes I have plenty of ideas, some of them I love, some of them never see the light of day. But this toast? It’s been on my mind for a couple of weeks now and I am so excited to finally be sharing it with you guys…even if I despise the photos…pretending I love them as much as I do this recipe!

This toast is not your average toast. It’s an appetizer, but done up a just a bit. It’s garlic bread, but better.

Four key ingredients.

Brown Butter. Caramelized Garlic. Cheese. Roasted Mushrooms.

It’s definitely not a “light” toast by any means, but hey, at least we’re getting our veggies in on this fine Tuesday, right?


Caramelized Garlic Butter Toast with Pan Fried Mushrooms | @hbharvest

The inspiration for the toast came from two places.

Bon Appetit shared a garlic confit toast in a previous issue that literally just looked too good for words. However, the second I saw it I knew I needed to add mushrooms. This might be because I’m in a loving mushrooms moment, but either way, adding mushrooms seemed like the right thing to do.

Gjelina a restaurant in Venice, CA has a mushroom toast that is to die for….trust me. Although I have yet to actually try their mushroom toast, I’ve heard from many reliable sources that it is incredible, and it’s all thanks to the mushrooms. I’m told the mushrooms are cooked in a cream based sauced and spooned over toast.


So, I took the two concepts, did a little tweaking, and now we can all say hello to my version of mushroom toast.

This toast is extra buttery, but with hints of caramelized garlic throughout. It’s a little cheesy, but not overly so, and then the mushrooms…ah, the perfect balance of savory, creamy, and tangy!

Possibly the best mushroom toast ever…and that’s saying a lot from someone who really loves her toast.

Caramelized Garlic Butter Toast with Pan Fried Mushrooms | @hbharvest

A few notes.

If you’re not a huge fan of garlic, that’s totally fine. Just use one to two cloves or omit it completely and make more of a cheesy mushroom toast.

If the mushrooms are feeling like an extra step or you simply do not like them, they can be completely left off and you’ll still have delicious garlic bread. It’s not quite the same, but if you don’t like mushrooms, you don’t like mushrooms!

For the mushroom sauce, I use a mix of white wine, buttermilk, and cream. I know that the buttermilk seems a little odd, but it adds a really nice tang that is unexpected and delicious.

Caramelized Garlic Butter Toast with Pan Fried Mushrooms | @hbharvest

And that’s all I got for today.

This yummy toast is the perfect lunch, or better yet upcoming holiday appetizer (Thanksgiving or even Christmas anyone?!). Anyone else planning? I cannot wait!

Also, how is Halloween just a week from today? This is both exciting and scary. I need some fun Halloween plans for sure. Ideas? …I can bring my garlic butter mushroom toast.

Caramelized Garlic Butter Toast with Pan Fried Mushrooms | @hbharvest

Caramelized Garlic Butter Toast with Pan Fried Mushrooms

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories Per Serving: 252 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. 
    2. In a large skillet, combine the butter, garlic, and oregano. Cook over medium low heat, stirring often until the garlic is golden and caramelized, about 15 minutes. The butter will brown slightly. Remove from the heat and finely mash the garlic with a fork. Stir in the crushed red pepper flakes.
    3. Arrange the bread on a baking sheet. Drizzle/rub the garlic butter onto each cut side of bread. Top with cheese and transfer to the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese has melted. 
    4. Meanwhile, return the skillet to medium heat and add the olive oil. When the oil shimmers, add the mushrooms. Cooking, undistributed until the mushrooms are golden on the bottom, about 3-5 minutes, stir and add the thyme and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, add the wine, buttermilk, and cream. Cook until warmed though, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and season as needed with salt and pepper. 
    5. Arrange the garlic bread on a serving plate and spoon the mushrooms over top. Alternately, you can serve the garlic bread alongside the mushrooms for dipping/spoon over the bread. Top with thyme. EAT!
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Caramelized Garlic Butter Toast with Pan Fried Mushrooms | @hbharvest

Delicious…and sure to scare off the vampires. So cheesy, but I mean, it works!

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  1. This recipe made my mom come back for seconds, and she doesn’t like anything I make!! Absolutely amazing recipe, I’m planning on making it again and again and again!!

  2. Anything with Garlic, cheese, and butter is already delicious! This appetizer is perfect for this holiday season parties.

  3. Hey Tieghan,
    This toast sounds wonderful and seems to be a perfect fall appetizer! Maybe the sauce and mushrooms would even be good in some orecchiette pasta and crispy toast. I feel like this is a nice way to try out wild mushrooms and I’m excited to make some this fall. I hope you’re looking forward to Halloween! Are you doing anything fun with Asher? Or baking any last minute Halloween themed recipes? I hope you’re staying warm! 🙂

    1. Hi! I am so glad you’re liking this toast, and I hope you love it when you try it! I am SO excited for Halloween! I hope you have some awesome plans and a great holiday!

  4. 5 stars
    I thought this was elegant and got great reviews at a brunch and requests for your recipe!. (Easy to prepare too). I used to be able to save your recipes to Big Oven by clicking the heart. Where has this feature gone? I don’t like to print all the recipes off.

    1. Hi Nacy! So happy you enjoyed this recipe. Working on getting the big oven button back, sorry for any trouble. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Shelli! I liked that layout as well, but I think I needed something new and I am totally loving it! I hope you do too!

  5. Oh, yum! Tieghan, I admire you for posting this despite the photos not being your favorite. I just recently heard someone talking about how we are all our own worst critics and sometimes it’s easier to just give into our doubts then to go for it. Keep sharing ALL the goods, Girl! Happy week-of-Halloween!

  6. The photos are great!
    I can’t almost taste this toast….can’t wait to make it.
    Hope you’re feeling much better.

  7. You really shouldn’t feel bad about the photos, I LOVE them! They are pretty tempting.
    Brown Butter. Caramelized Garlic. Cheese. Roasted Mushrooms – this couldn’t be any better.
    I don’t have plans for Helloween either, since we do not celebrate it, so feel free to come over, we can devour the butter garlic mushrooms together! I would die for spending a night with you.. Ehm, this sounded weird, but I hope you get the point. I think you are very interesting and nice person and we can find a lot in common.
    Have a wonderful day, Tiegh!

    1. Haha totally did not take that the wrong way! I would love to hangout with all of you guys if I could! Also, I am really glad you like the photos, thank you so much!