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Toasted ciabatta with herb butter and shiitakes

Expecting guests who you are keen to surprise them with delicious snacks, but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen? Then this toasted ciabatta with homemade herb butter and shiitakes is exactly what you’re looking for!

The advantage of making your own herb butter is that you know exactly what’s in it, rather than all kinds of strange additives that nobody recognises. The added benefit is that homemade herb butter also tastes much better than the pre-packed stuff from the supermarket.

What do you need to prepare this snack?

For the toast:

  • 1 ciabatta loaf
  • A handful of pine nuts

For the herb butter:

  • 100g of unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice
  • The rind of half a lemon
  • 1 finely chopped clove of garlic
  • 3 tbsp of finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp of finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp of finely chopped fresh basil
  • Freshly ground pepper and sea salt

For the mushroom mix:

  • 200g of mushrooms of your choice (e.g. a mix of chestnut, shiitake and oyster mushrooms)
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of thyme
  • A splash of wine
  • Salt and pepper

How do you prepare this delicious toasted ciabatta?

Bake the ciabatta according to the instructions on the package. Mix all the ingredients for the herb butter and place in the fridge.

Slice the mushrooms, heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the mushrooms for five minutes. Add the thyme and fry for another two minutes. Add a splash of wine and let it boil until the liquid evaporates. Although the alcohol evaporates, the flavour of the wine is absorbed by the mushrooms. Season the mushroom mix with salt and pepper.

Finally: cut the ciabatta into slices, spread with your homemade herb butter and add the mushrooms. Garnish the toasted sandwiches with the pine nuts and fresh basil. This enables you to impress your guests by serving delicious snacks in literally no time at all.

Tip: for extra crispy toast, brush the sliced ciabatta with some oil and bake for a few minutes in the oven!

Bon appetit!

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