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Wild Mushroom Tartine Recipe and Wine Pairing P

Tartine is French for “open faced sandwich.”  Classically, delicious bread is used for a tartine, as it is not just a vehicle to get the topping into your mouth, but an essential part of the composed flavor profile.  That said, these toppings would do well on a small crostini served as a canape or used on a flatbread pizza. 

The “umami” flavor in mushrooms can be difficult to pair with the tannins in a Cabernet but are perfectly matched with the silky tannins in Frank Family’s 2018 Napa Valley Merlot.  The earthiness of the mushrooms acts as a counterbalance to the bright red fruits in the wine, and the acidity of the goat cheese is a perfect match to the acidity of the wine.

The Ingredients

2ea             Thick Slices of Bread- I like using a Rosemary Sourdough
1T              Olive Oil
To taste        Kosher Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper
2T              Unsalted Butter
8oz             Mixed Wild Mushrooms
2ea             Garlic Cloves, Smashed
2ea             Thyme Sprigs
1T              Flat Leaf Parsley, Chopped
4oz             Fresh Goat Cheese
2t              Lemon Zest

The Method

1. Heat grill or grill pan.  Drizzle bread with olive oil and season with salt & fresh ground black pepper.  Grill bread on both sides and set aside.

2. Heat a sauté pan over medium high heat.  Add butter and cook until butter starts to brown and smell nutty.  Add mushrooms, thyme, and crushed garlic cloves to the pan and season with salt and pepper.  Cook mushrooms, stirring frequently, until all released water has evaporated, and mushrooms are slightly brown, then add parsley.

3. Generously spread goat cheese on grilled bread, top with mushrooms, and finish with lemon zest

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