Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam Mushroom Toast

A spread of sourdough bread, Cowgirl Creamery's Mt. Tam cheese, mushrooms, thyme, and a bottle of Emeritus Vineyards Hallberg Ranch Pinot Noir on a cutting board, ready to make mushroom toast.
Recipe Date: February 1, 2022
Serving Size: 5
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Measurements: Imperial (US)

PAIR WITH: Hallberg Ranch

This hearty, vegetarian snack can be whipped up in a flash! Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. Serve with a glass of 2017 Hallberg Ranch!

From the kitchen of: Cowgirl Creamery


  • 8oz (25g) of shiitake and chanterelle mushrooms(or any kinds of mushrooms you have), cleaned
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed or chopped
  • ½ tsp dried thyme (or 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped)
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1½ tsp lemon juice OR 1-2 tbsp of white wine
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 2 slices of yummy bread, sourdough or your choice
  • Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam Cheese
  • 2 small sprigs fresh thyme (for garnish)


1. In a large pan, dry-sauté your mushrooms over medium heat. Turn them frequently to avoid burning, until they are slightly brown.

2. Add the olive oil (or butter). Once the oil begins to sizzle, stir in the garlic, mushrooms, salt, and pepper, then continue to sauté until the mushrooms release all their liquid.

3. Cook off the liquid until the mushrooms are golden brown and slightly crispy at the edges.

4. Add the thyme, red pepper flakes (if using), and lemon juice (or wine) and cook off the liquid again, 1-2 minutes, before taking off the heat.

5. If the mixture seems dry you could drizzle with a little more olive oil. Meanwhile, toast the bread until golden.

6. Spread the Mt. Tam in an even layer over the warm toast, to whatever thickness desired.

7. Spoon the mushrooms over the cheese and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy while hot, along with a glass of Hallberg Ranch!

Optional Toppings:

A drizzle of truffle oil.

A poached egg on top.