Mushroom Toast

Our Mushroom Toast features sautéed baby Bella mushrooms and garlic on a bed of soft cream cheese seasoned with fresh thyme all served on toasted bread.

The finished mushroom toast on a rectangular plate.

Mushroom Toast

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Author: John
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings


Cream Cheese Mixture

  • 8 ounces block-style cream cheese, softened
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste

Sauteed Mushrooms

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound baby bella mushrooms, chopped
  • ¼ cup white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 pieces Italian bread, or French bread, toasted


For the Cream Cheese Mixture

  • In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, salt, pepper, and thyme. Set aside.
    8 ounces block-style cream cheese
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
    ½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
    Softened cream cheese in a mixing bowl with herbs.

For the Sauteed Mushrooms

  • Heat a medium pan over medium heat. Add the oil, and heat until warm. Add the mushrooms and onions. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until softened. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper. Saute for an additional minute then remove from heat. 
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 pound baby bella mushrooms
    ¼ cup white onion
    1 garlic clove
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
    Mushrooms and garlic in a saute pan.
  • Place 1 to 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture onto a slice of toast. Top with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the mushroom mixture. Sprinkle with additional fresh thyme if desired.
    12 pieces Italian bread
    Aerial view of the toast on a sheet pan.
  • Serve immediately.

Suggested Equipment


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card for 2 slices of mushroom toast. Actual calories will vary.
*Please refer to the post below for additional notes and tips.


Serving: 2slicesCalories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 9gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 523mgPotassium: 492mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 29IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 150mgIron: 1mg
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Up-close view of the finished toast on a plate.

This easy, creamy appetizer tastes delicious and adds a touch of elegance. It’s no secret that we love small, bite-sized appetizers. This cheesy mushroom toast with fresh herbs is just that!

This toast is simple, flavorful, and pairs well with nice Pinot Noir. Best of all, it can be prepared in as little as 15-minutes. Serve it up on slices of sourdough bread or Italian bread. Whichever is your favorite will work.

Keep the mushroom theme going through dinner with Creamy Mushroom Broccoli Pasta or Mushroom Risotto.

John’s Tips

  • We love herb cream cheese as a base for mushroom toast. If cream cheese isn’t your thing, try making the mushroom appetizer without the cream cheese. Or, use shredded cheese instead. Gruyere, Monterey jack, or even mozzarella would be great additions.
  • Mushroom release a lot of liquid as they cook. Try to drain as much of that excess moisture off before adding the mushrooms to the bread.
  • Adjust the salt, pepper, and herbs to your tastes. No one likes an over or under seasoned dish.
  • We think toast with mushrooms makes a fantastic appetizer recipe, but did you know it’s also great for breakfast and brunch? Pair mushroom herb toast with eggs, a slice of avocado, or a green smoothie for a filling meal.
Aerial view of the toast on a sheet pan.

Why use cream cheese on mushroom toast?

Mushrooms have a lot of moisture. The cream cheese creates a flavorful barrier between the mushrooms and the toasted bread keeping the bread from becoming soggy.

What’s a substitution for thyme?

Some people don’t care for fresh thyme. A great substitution is an Italian seasoning blend. While it still contains dried thyme, it also provides an earthy blend of flavors that can provide a balance to the overwhelming taste of thyme. Some other good options are basil, oregano, or marjoram.


Creamy mushroom toast is best enjoyed immediately. Once it’s assembled, it doesn’t store well. However, you can make the cream cheese and sauteed mushrooms and store them separately for up to 1 day in advance. Prepare the bread just prior to serving.

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