Day 2 – Mushroom Bruschetta and Sandwich

I wanted to make bruschetta with a french baguette.  It was extremely cold yesterday and could not get myself to walk down to the store to pick up a loaf.  So, I used regular sandwich bread that I had in my pantry.   Since I used regular bread, I was in a dilemma weather to name these bruschetta or toast.  Well, what is in a name, isn’t it?  I sauteed the mushrooms,  topped it on the bread and then toasted  the bread in the oven.  I was very liberal with the cheese (at least to my taste)  so I made bruschetta with half the filling and sandwiches with the rest of the filling, using less cheese.  You see, a girl needs to watch out her waistline, right?  Mr. U doesn’t really care much for mushrooms and I love them.  Since I was going to eat all these, I made a few of each.  These were my lunch and dinner yesterday.  Bruschetta are great starters!

Mushroom bruschetta

Mushroom Bruschetta

Total Time: 20 minutes
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Baking Time: 5 minutes


  • ½ tbsp Oil
  • 10 oz Mushrooms
  • 3 Green Chilies chopped or ½ tbsp chopped Green Chilies
  • ½ – ¾ tsp fresh Rosemary chopped (Can skip it. I did not really like it.. I had some in the fridge so added it)
  • 1 small Onion chopped or ½ cup chopped Onion
  • 1 tbsp crushed Garlic (I forgot to add it)
  • ¾ – 1 tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tsp Tamari Sauce (Can be substituted with Soya Sauce)
  • Cilantro
  • 6 slices Bread
  • ½ – ⅔ cup Cheese (Add less/more to your preference. I used Italian cheese but you can use your favorite cheese)
Mushroom bruschetta vertical


  • Heat ½ tbsp oil, add onion, rosemary, green chilies, chopped mushrooms and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add salt, pepper, garlic and mix well.  Then add tamari sauce to give the mushrooms some color.  Saute until the mixture  is dry for, 1 – 2 minutes.  Total sauteing time is about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let it cool.

    Sauteed mushrooms

For the bruschetta -

  • Meantime, preheat the oven to 400F.
  • I used 2 slices of bread, half the mushroom mixture and 1/3 cup cheese.
  • Butter the bread slices, trim the edges and cut them into two rectangular pieces.
  • Add half the cheese to half the mushrooms (the other half for the sandwiches), cilantro and mix it.
  • Top each bread piece with mushrooms, sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of it.

    Bruschetta before grilling

  • Bake it for 5 minutes in a preheated over or until the cheese melts and the bread is toasted.

    Grilled bruschetta

  • Serve hot.

For the sandwich -

  • For each sandwich, place the mushroom mixture and cheese (I used ⅛ cup or 1 ½ tbsp cheese per sandwich).  Heat a frying pan with little bit of oil and grill/toast the sandwich.  When it turns bronw, carefully turn it around and toast it.  By now the cheese will begin to melt.  Remove from the pan, cut each sandwich diagonally into 2 pieces and then cut each piece into 2 pieces.  We will have total 4 pieces.  Serve hot.

    Mushroom bruschetta and sandwiches

These Bruschetta and sandwiches are my entry to Only:Cooking with breads and Celebrating Sandwiches.

For the next two rounds, I am going to serve some non vegetarian starters.  Now lets head over to my marathon buddies to checkout what they have for us.

Starters: Santosh,, Veena

Street Food: PJ

British Cuisine: Padma

Kids Friendly: Azeema, Jay, Pavani, PriyaVaasu, Srivalli,

Rice Varieties: Kamalika, Sowmya, Harini, Smitha

Sweets: Champa

Bookmarked Recipes: Gayathri Kumar, PriyaSuresh, Mina

Special Ones (one each form the above themes): Bhagi, Gayathri Anand,
Priya Mahadevan, Minu, Rujuta, Saraswathi, Savitha, Shobana, Suma,,

Following PJ’s idea This day That year:

In 2009, this day I posted Chikkudukaya kura or Indian broad beans fry

20 Responses to Day 2 – Mushroom Bruschetta and Sandwich

  1. Wow usha that looks excellent and I liked your categorisation even better..kudos!

  2. Mushroom is my fav, but i never had it in a sandwich … have to try it next weekend :)

  3. good one..categorization sure gives more clarity!

  4. love the step by step procedure & perfect for tea time snack..

  5. that looks so not sure my kid will like it,,but am too tempted to make it for myself..

  6. Delicious looking snack

  7. I love these open faced sandwiches

  8. Looks so yumm..

  9. Omg, am just drooling here..irresistible brushcetta..

  10. I love the bruchettas. Great for lunch.

  11. that look wonderful and delish!

  12. So tempting..

  13. These looks so delicious …would love to try it soon…I am sure kids will love it ..

  14. Love the way you categorized the marathoners. Mushroom brushetta or you can call them open faced mushroom sandwiches, they look delectable. Even my husband is not a fan of mushrooms, so I like you I would be eating all those by myself.. yummmm…

  15. Looks so tempting.Great that u categorized the themes:)

  16. mushroom is my all time favourite and the sandwitch souns good.thanks for sharing

  17. Usha
    Gr8 starter with mushroom…will try it soon…
    Lovely idea to categorize the marathon blogger making it easier for us…
    The clicks are so tempting and inviting….
    Best Wishes

  18. Great dish sweetie, Am gonna make this, one of these coming week-ends for my guests.

    Also, as requested earlier, is it possible to figure our the calories?

    • Raj, I thought you wanted the calories for that recipe and did not realize you were requesting for all the recipes. Will see what I can do.

  19. Looks and sounds yummy…

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