This luxurious appetizer, while quick and easy to make with inexpensive ingredients, is sophisticated and divine with mushrooms, broccoli, and hominy kernels, cooked in wine, garlic, and butter. Piled on crusty crostini toast, this easy recipe is the perfect touch to add to any holiday spread.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidayzzz! We are all in the thick of it right now, aren’t we? Amazon Prime, thank you for existing.
This is precisely why I wanted to make this recipe. To give you something easy to prepare, but have it still be all perdy and grown-up and elegant and healthy and posh and just a really great addition to a holiday spread.
Okay, so hominy. This is actually the first time I have ever had it straight up. I literally opened the can, poured it out, tasted, and declared “Yes. Yes I will cook with this”. Hominy are corn kernels that have been dried, then soaked in a mineral lime bath. This softens up the kernels, loosens the hulls, and makes them double freakishly in size. They can then be made into masa, and this is where we get such necessities in life as tortillas and tamales. Long story short, they end up surprisingly not-corn-like, but instead are beautiful, little starchy gems with a flavor more reminiscent of potato to me than corn.
And THAT is why I used them in this recipe. I wanted a pretty, mushroom-based something on toast, but I wanted it be creative and different from what is already out there (a Google search for “mushroom crostini recipe” yields 471,000 results. Oyyy, try competing with that). …So, I was feeling a winter vegetable bruschetta-meets-hash kinda thing. But I wanted it easy, so I ditched my original idea of using potato (which would take much longer to cook), and instead opted for my first foray into hominy-ville. This cut the cooking time in half and I was so happy the flavor melded with the other ingredients prefectly to result in a delicious bite. My mission for this tasty nibble was accomplished.
The preparation here takes just a couple minutes. We saute some mushrooms, then add the broccoli, onion, and garlic. We add a bit of white wine, then boil that off leaving that flavor that complements all food 😉. Hit it with some butter, the hominy, and fresh herbs, and it is ready to be piled onto crunchy, toasty crostini rounds. Yummayyy.
The flavor here is all Earth. Does that even make any sense? Maybe not, but that was my reaction – a sexy, scrumptious earthy flavor. Really different in such a good way. Subtle crunch and gorgeous color from the broccoli, zippy hint of onion. Fresh herbs. Garlicky and buttery. This just works.
So that’s it folks. Here is a brand new party app, fresh from my kitchen to you, the world. With all the Christmas love in the world. Peace. 🌎
- 1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 1 (8oz) pkg button mushrooms, chopped fine
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup finely diced onion
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1/2 heaping cup canned hominy, drained
- 2 Tbs vegan butter (such as Earth Balance)
- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tsp fresh sage leaves, minced
- kosher salt
- fresh cracked pepper
- 1 skinny French baguette, sliced into ~3/4-inch slices
- olive oil in a mister or cooking spray
- Heat the olive oil in a large, nonstick skillet over high heat. Add the mushrooms and saute until nicely browned.
- Meanwhile, finely chop the broccoli. Add the chopped broccoli, onion, and garlic to the mushrooms. Saute until the garlic is fragrant. Add the wine and cook, stirring often, until the liquid is dissolved and broccoli is tender. Add the hominy, butter, and fresh herbs, and toss well until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Turn on the oven broiler. Lay the crostini out on a baking sheet. Spray both sides with olive oil. Broil, 1-2 minutes per side, until golden toasty.
- To assemble, spread the toasted crostini on a serving dish. Top each with a spoonful of mushroom mixture. Yields: ~14-16 appetizers (depending how much is spooned on each crostini round).
- This recipe can easily be scaled up to make more servings. Simply double the ingredient amounts.