Cheesy Mushroom and Leek Crostinis

We started our last day of our anniversary trip to Portland by indulging in a few sticky buns and croissants at the Standard Baking Company. Of course, we also filled up a bag with a few loaves of bread to bring home. The sourdough was excellent!

Then we headed off to Allagash Brewery for a tour and tasting, which was one of the highlights of our trip since Apolinaras has become quite the brewer. He’s made seven beers so far, and I’ve requested his next one be like Allagash White, which is a twist on a Belgian wheat beer with notes of coriander and orange peel. It was so refreshing and perfect to enjoy on a hot summer day.

We started with the tasting and enjoyed some generous samples of Allagash White, Black, Tripel, and Curieux. Then we headed in for the tour and got to see the whole facility. Apolinaras even managed to chat with a few of the brewers. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable and we left with a huge box filled with delicious brews!

On our way home to Boston, I realized that we hadn’t had any fried seafood, so I suggested we stop at Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery, for what else, fried clams! We ended up splitting The Lillian platter, which also came with onion rings, fries, and slaw. It definitely hit the spot – the breading on the clams was light and you could really taste the freshness of the seafood. We had such a fabulous time on our anniversary trip and I’m already brainstorming about where we should go next year!

Anyway, I used one of the baguettes we purchased from Standard Baking to make these easy crostinis when we got home. I spread goat and pecorino romano cheese onto the toasted baguette slices and then topped them with leeks, mushrooms, and provolone cheese – so good!

Cheesy Mushroom and Leek Crostinis
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 baguette, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices on a bias (I had 30 slices)
3 tablespoons olive oil
24 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 leeks, white and light green parts only, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 ounces goat cheese
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup finely grated pecorino romano cheese
8 ounces sliced provolone cheese, cut to fit the size of the baguette slices

Directions:
Heat oven to 375˚F. Arrange the baguette slices in a single layer onto several large greased cookie sheets. Brush baguette slices with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Bake at 375˚F for 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown.

Meanwhile, heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet and sauté mushrooms for 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from pan and place in a large bowl. Remove any extra liquid from the skillet and add remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Add leeks and sauté for 5 minutes or until tender. Return mushrooms to the pan and add garlic and sauté one additional minute. Stir in salt.

Mix goat cheese, milk, and pecorino romano cheese in a small bowl until smooth. Spread goat cheese on toasted baguette slices and top evenly with mushroom mixture. Top each slice with a piece of provolone cheese and return to the 375˚F oven for 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Makes 15 servings.

Nutrition: 263 calories, 11.9g fat, 1.1g fiber, 12.7g fiber per serving
Cost: $0.97 per serving

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26 Responses to Cheesy Mushroom and Leek Crostinis

  1. You had my attention at cheesy and it only got better! Great recipe and what a fun trip!

  2. Oh my goodness! Those look delicious! I just recently found your blog and I am so happy that I did – I can’t wait to give these a try.

  3. Astra Libris says:

    Sounds like such an amazing trip!! Now that Zach and I are officially married and will have real wedding anniversaries, :-) we want to start taking trips for our anniversaries too – any suggestions for our first anniversary? :-)

    I’m super impressed that Apolinaras brews his own beer! It’s definitely the next level of beer appreciation that we’d like to venture into, although doing research recently I confess I’m a little intimidated!

    Gorgeous, gorgeous crostinis… Mmmmm… I’m in love with all things involving leeks! :-)

  4. Erica says:

    YUM! Sourdough is my fav! And Josh and I love touring breweries and sampling the various beers. Its amazing how good they taste when they are that fresh. What a fantastic trip

  5. i want to go to bob’s clam hut NOW. lol
    i love using sourdough for french toast too.

  6. Shannon says:

    ooh, fabulous use for the sourdough! i need a trip to portland now :)

  7. Pam says:

    It looks like you had fun! The crostini looks wonderful – I love the combination of mushrooms and leeks.

  8. Sues says:

    I love Bob’s Clam Hut and fried clams… And those crostini look out of this world :) Perfect party app!

  9. Joanne says:

    Yay! I’m so glad you had a fun anniversary trip! Looks like a blast!

    These crostini have the perfect amount of cheese for my taste. Yum!

  10. it sounds like you guys had a great trip! I loved the day I spent in Portland last fall…definitely want to go back and enjoy more foodie finds! :)

  11. Dave says:

    What a great day! I need to hunt down that beer now!

    And the little almost pizzas are fabulous sounding. Leeks are becoming a new favorite of mine. WIll be hanging on to this one

    Dave

  12. Megan says:

    If you find yourself in Kittery again, I love Robert’s… right across the street from Bob’s Clam Hut. They have the best mussels… in a cream sauce with sausage and fennel.

  13. Michelle says:

    I love all of these Portland photos! I’m dying to do the Allagash tour!

  14. Oh my goodness, these look wonderful. I will try anything on sourdough!! Sounds like it was a fun trip.Thanks for a great recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

  15. L'Chicken says:

    So yummy!! You’ve inspired me. I’m thinking coastal road trip…

  16. Juliana says:

    So much fun in Portand…the crostinis look yummie…like the idea of mushrooms and all the cheeses.
    Have a great week Kerstin :-)

  17. Bridget says:

    What a fun trip! BRian and I LOVE Portland and he is also a home-brewer so of course we’ve been to Allagash as well haha! I am obsessed with Standard Baking…best ham and cheese croissant I’ve ever eaten!
    Your recipe sounds delicious, pefect for a party!

  18. sophia says:

    I’ve never had fried clams before! They should serve that in a hoagie! Glad you had fun…

    And I love that you used three diff cheeses in a crostini. Genius!

  19. Lauren says:

    What a treat – looks like you guys had a fabulous anniversary trip – happy anniversary!

  20. Lucie says:

    Sounds like a really fun trip–and the crostinis are a perfect evening treat when you don’t feel like cooking up a storm but want something delicious!

  21. Meghan says:

    I loved reading about your amazing anniversary trip and seeing all the great pictures! I love that you two take the time to plan trips for your anniversary. It makes it so special :)

  22. Eliana says:

    I am going to have to make these Crostinis at my next party. The look super super delish.

  23. Emily says:

    Sounds delicious! That’s so cool that your hubby is brewing beer. You should make wine!

    Also, your hair is loooong.

  24. Thanks everyone!

    Astra – Since you’re in Ohio now, I’d suggest heading up to Mackinac Island and staying at the Grand Hotel, it’s one of our favorites!

    Megan – Thanks for the suggestion!

    Emily – I know – it’s the longest it’s ever been my whole life! I’m enjoying it though :)

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