Wild Mushroom Dip with Toasted Bread Strips

I recently had the pleasure of creating a recipe for Natasha’s 5 Star Makeover Summer ’10 Special that she just posted this week. For the challenge we received a package of unique ingredients from Marx Foods and were asked to use one to makeover a dish! I chose to use fennel pollen to convert traditional seared salmon into Fennel Pollen and Ginger Salmon with Coconut Lentils, but of course I couldn’t resist playing with some of the other ingredients too! The box also contained Szechuan peppercorns, Madagascar vanilla beans, pasilla negro chiles, marrow beans, tepin chiles, and dried wild mushrooms (candy cap, black trumpet, and porcini!). Apolinaras actually took the mushrooms out and asked me to make a Lithuanian inspired dish with them for him, which was incredibly cute. There are over 400 species of mushrooms in Lithuania so they’re a staple that he grew up with and he especially loves getting his hands on the wild ones.

When we were in Lithuania, we stumbled upon this incredible bar snack that was just genius and served everywhere – fried strips of bread that you dipped in a creamy garlic cheese sauce – yum! So, I decided to make my own lightened up version with the mushrooms. After toasting some dark rye bread, I whipped up a dip with the rehydrated wild mushrooms, cottage cheese, shallots, garlic, and parmesan cheese. We enjoyed it with some ice cold Lithuanian beers and tried to imagine we were back in Vilnius! Thanks Natasha and Marx Foods for hosting such a fun challenge!

Wild Mushroom Dip with Toasted Bread Strips
Printable Recipe

1 ounce dried wild mushrooms
1 cup boiling water
16 ounces dark rye bread, cut into strips
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups 2% cottage cheese
1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt

Place dried mushrooms in a small bowl and pour boiling water on top. Let mushrooms soak for 20 minutes or until rehydrated.

Heat oven to 400˚F. Use a pastry brush to coat bread strips with 3 tablespoons olive oil and place on a large greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400˚F for 15 minutes or until toasted.

Meanwhile, heat remaining tablespoon olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat and sauté shallots for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender; add garlic and sauté 1 additional minute. Add cooked shallots, cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, half the rehydrated mushrooms, and salt to a food processor and pulse until smooth. Coarsely chop the remaining mushrooms and mix into the dip. Return dip to the skillet and heat until warmed through, about 2 minutes over medium heat. Serve with the toasted bread strips. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition: 269 calories, 10.6g fat, 3.4g fiber, 12.9g protein per serving
Cost: $1.03 per serving

34 Responses to Wild Mushroom Dip with Toasted Bread Strips

  1. Marx Foods packages always come with TONS of goodies! This sounds like such a fantastic dip to have on hand. I would SO want to spread it on a toasted sandwich!

  2. I guess I grew up eating lots of mushrooms… maybe that’s why I’m obsessed with them as well. Comfort food.
    The dip sounds very interesting. Do you think it would be good for company or is it a little too our of the box? I know I’d dig it :)

  3. Over 400 types of mushrooms!? Wow!! I pretty much stick to about three kinds, but I love em’ all, so I’d be open to trying different kinds. Very creative recipe by the way!

  4. Isn’t it so cute when husbands pick out a recipe for us to make?! This dip looks awesome! (I love dip of any kind.) Love your idea of using toasted rye strips for the dip! Obviously I’m catching up on my blogging today :) I can’t see the photos on the last two posts, so I’m going to try back later-probably my internet connection. Happy weekend!

  5. Kerstin,
    this is such a fantastic dip, especially if its inspired by Apolinaras request. I am very curious about Lithuanian dishes as well, because that is where my husband grand parent and great grand parent families come from. Unfortunately they didn’t survive the holocaust, except his grand parent were able to move to South Africa. Please, do share more of Lithuanian dishes, I am sure I am not alone to enjoying them. Thx :)

  6. This makes me wish I liked mushrooms 😉 Your dishes always look fabulous. Love when restaurants inspire cooking at home. Madagascar vanilla beans? ow

  7. Mmm this looks fabulous! Dips can be hard to take photos of (especially brown ones with brown bread), but you made it look so appetizing and pretty!

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