Easy to make and packed with fall flavors, this recipe for mushroom crostini is perfect for fall. Made with an apricot goat cheese, fresh thyme, lemon, and shiitake mushrooms, this easy-to-make appetizer is a great addition to any get-together or holiday party.

Shiitake & Thyme Crostini with Apricot Goat Cheese | Zestful Kitchen

In our family we celebrate Thanksgiving for two days. Well, it’s more of a thanksgiving eve, or more accurately, a pre-party. In recent years it’s been dubbed Drinksgiving. Now hold on a minute before you roll your eyes and move on.

Shiitake & Thyme Crostini with Apricot Goat Cheese | Zestful Kitchen

Drinksgiving does involve…well…alcohol ­­— most notably the dangerous cosmos Aunt Dee always thinks are a good idea, we should seriously rethink that — but it also boasts an incredible menu of small bites and appetizers.

There’s usually a beautiful charcuterie board of some sorts, slow-cooked or smoked meat, soul-warming dips, spiced nuts, the whole works. And each year, as the holiday nears, it’s always a challenge to decide what to bring to Drinksgiving.

Shiitake & Thyme Crostini with Apricot Goat Cheese | Zestful Kitchen

So this year I’m keeping it rustic with a mushroom crostini that’s full of delicious fall flavors from thyme, pecans, and goat cheese. This crostini is a breeze to prepare and most of the components can be made ahead of time, which makes this appetizer perfect for those of us who travel during the holiday season.

Shiitake & Thyme Crostini with Apricot Goat Cheese | Zestful Kitchen

Mushroom Crostini Variations

If you love this mushroom crostini (which I hope you do), it also makes a great base recipe to change up. With just a few easy ingredient swaps and you can serve a new variation at every party this year!

Thyme ↠ Rosemary

Lemon ↠ Orange

Apricot Jam ↠ Fig Jam

Pecan ↠ Walnuts

Olive Oil ↠ Walnut Oil

Shiitake & Thyme Crostini with Apricot Goat Cheese | Zestful Kitchen

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Shiitake & Thyme Crostini with Apricot Goat Cheese

  • Author: Lauren Grant of Zestful Kitchen
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings (16 crostini) 1x


  • 16 ½-inch thick slices crusty multi-grain baguette bread
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 12 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, wiped clean, and halved
  • 1½ teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1½ teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon minced lemon zest
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ cup toasted and chopped pecans
  • Extra-virgin olive oil


Preheat oven to 375°.

Arrange bread slices on baking sheet and brush tops with 2 tablespoons oil. Bake slices until golden and crispy, 15 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes then rub toasted slices with garlic clove.

In a large skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium until shimmering. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring every 2–3 minutes until softened and golden brown, 12 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and cook 1 minute. Deglaze pan with sherry, scraping up any brown bits. Remove from heat and stir in zest; season with salt and black pepper.

Combine goat cheese, jam, ½ teaspoon pepper, and nutmeg; season with salt.

Spread goat cheese mixture on toasted bread slices, top with mushroom mixture, and sprinkle with pecans. Drizzle olive oil over tops, if desired, and serve.

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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