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Mushroom Bruschetta

Back in the day when I was this tall, my parents and I would take off into the beautiful forests in Macedonia and hunt for mushrooms all day long. There was no escape, I was on my way to becoming a mushroom-ivore, like the rest of the fam.

At one point in my life my main meal consisted of a bowl of mushrooms with some honey-mustard dressing. :/

I grew out of that. I learned how to cook.

Now I serve them as a side dish, an appetizer, or a topping of some sorts.

Mushroom Bruschetta

But while I know how to hunt for these babies, I really had no clue that one, I could grow them in my kitchen, and two, I can grow them in my kitchen?!

I’ve never grown mushrooms before! But I have been hearing about mushroom kits for some time now, and when the box arrived, I could not wait to tear it open and see what happens!

Mushroom Kit-2

Back To The Roots is the brainchild of two UC Berkeley students, Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora, who went from investment banking to mushroom farmers – genius!

What’s more interesting is that their oyster mushrooms grow in 100% recycled coffee grounds – brilliant!

Therefore, I wanted to share this wonderful product with you and offer one of my lucky readers a kit of their own! The Back to the Roots’ mushroom kit lets you grow up to 1 1/2 lbs of gourmet oyster mushrooms in as little as 10 days!

I also have a 10% discount for all the readers of Diethood! Please visit Back To The Roots, and use the following code at checkout: Mushrooms4me10.

Want to know how you can WIN a Mushroom Kit?!

Main Entry:

Leave a comment below and tell me about your day! Or just say HI!

Extra Entries:

Make sure to leave a comment for each of the following entries! You MUST leave each entry as a separate comment or only one comment will count.


That’s a total of seven chances to win!


  • This giveaway is open to USA residents only.
  • All entries must be completed no later than Wednesday, August 24th at 11:59 p.m. CST.
  • One winner will be chosen via on Thursday, August 25th.
  • Winner will be announced on my blog and the winner will also be notified via the email address they provided in the comments section.

This Giveaway is now closed

Once you receive the box and grow the ‘shrooms, consider making this delicious appetizer of Mushroom Bruschetta.

You will need:

  • 1 medium-sized French baguette or Italian bread
  • olive oil to brush on top of bread
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8-ounces of mushrooms, wiped clean
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  • Preheat oven to 450.
  • Coat one side of each slice with olive oil using a pastry brush.

french baguette

  • Place the bread slices on a foil-lined baking sheet, olive oil side down.
  • Toast for 5-6 minutes, or until the bread just begins to turn golden brown.
  • In the meantime prepare the mushrooms.
  • In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over moderate heat until hot; add in the mushrooms and cook until softened.
  • Stir in the garlic, salt, and pepper, and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 


  • Remove skillet from heat.
  • Remove the bread slices from the oven and let cool for a minute.
  • Turn over the the toasted bread, olive oil side up, and rub lightly with garlic clove while still warm.
  • Top toasted bread with sauteed mushrooms and garnish with fresh parsley.


Mushroom Bruschetta

150 Responses
  1. Food Frenzy

    Congratulations! We wanted to inform you that this post has been selected as a featured Archive Posts during the month of September.

  2. Mark

    I’m going to keep an eye out for those kits. I have bought large amounts of mushrooms at the farmers market a few times and they seem to go bad before I can use them all. The kit id a great idea. I love the bruschetta too, great work.

  3. Kate @ Kate from Scratch

    Oh my goodness! I was just asking for mushroom recipes. This looks wonderful! How cool to have mushrooms always on hand!

  4. Gina

    I came to say Hi and see you are having a major party over here, lol. Love the story about your childhood, I could just picture it.

  5. Karen

    This is such a great idea…love how easy they make it to grow your own mushrooms!
    And your bruschetta look great…

  6. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    It was my youngest daughter’s 1st day in Kindergarten and I had a long day! Glad to find this giveaway at the end of the day, Kate. I am a big mushroom fan…and I want to win this kit!

  7. Letitia

    i, too, stumbled upon this post and am excited to learn about this product! even if i don’t win, i’m going to check out the site. i adooooooooooooore mushrooms and can’t get enough of them!!!

  8. Kate

    Hi, I totally want to win this. It’s really cool, but I hear it’s not as cost efficient as it could be and I’m in college, so money is tight.

  9. Juliana

    Kate. your mushroom bruschetta look beautiful, so simple and so tasty.
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

  10. kita

    My day has been awesome! Beautiful weather and ironically, I cooked with mushrooms, something I am not a great big fan of! Then I smurfed over here and saw this and couldn’t help but smile!

  11. Claudie

    I really feel like I’m spamming your post with comments! But I liked your page on Facebook and forgot to mention that I love your mushroom bruschetta recipe too.

  12. Claudie

    Oooh I love this 🙂 so Hi 😛 I just came back from Chicago last night and checking out my RSS and excited to see your give away!

  13. Amanda

    I love mushrooms when they are sauteed in garlic and butter with a little white wine…yum! I always have to make 2 batches since I basically eat the first batch before I can serve it with anything. 🙂

  14. Natalie

    I want a mushroom growing kit, it’s the coolest thing ever! I’m not eligible for the give away 🙁 but I’m totally checking out whether I can get one here. Your bruschetta sounds divine!

  15. Val

    That grow-your-own-mushroom kit is incredible. Who would’ve thought you can successfully grow mushrooms in your home! I love the simple mushroom bruschetta, I couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy the mushroom.

  16. amy

    Wow, I’ve never grown mushrooms before, never even thought about it either. I love that it is grown from 100% recycled coffee grounds, truly brilliant! I can imagine my day munching on these mouth watering mushroom brushetta! Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway!

  17. kankana

    wow hunting mushroom.. i wonder how it must be! Bruschetta are such nice and quick snack to make and to top with mushroom sounds nice !

  18. Catharine @ BakeBlogging

    Hi there!! My day was exhausting, but I’m looking forward to this week! Why? Because I don’t usually have a “bad case of the Mondays.” 🙂

  19. Celina

    I just recently discovered my love of mushrooms, I thought they were gross before. Now I just can’t seem to get enough!

  20. Klee

    Yay! That is such a neat giveaway! I like that it looks like something I cold do in my tiny second-floor apartment.

  21. Tres Delicious

    Fantastico fabulouso! I love those mushrooms, our family adores it so much. it gives a better twist when in soup. Your bruschetta is enticing, I would love to try it.

  22. Jamie @ the unseasoned wok

    Wow 91 responses!! Everyone wants to win a grow your own shroom kit! As do I! Haha that looks pretty cool. I wish we could go mushroom hunting here. I have a few in my backyard, but I’m pretty sure it’s the poisonous kind.

    The bruschetta looks delicious. I’m a huge mushroom fan so mushrooms on anything is a winner by me.

  23. Celia

    Love when you bring on the Macedonian memories – and I love these mushroom kits. I’m totally going to try this out – I can’t have a garden since I’m an apartment-dweller, but these’ll let me grow a wee bit of my own food…and use it in delicious dishes like this one!

  24. Lindsey@Lindselicious

    Oh Kate this is such a fun dish and giveaway! I love mushrooms and love how you made a bruschetta with them.

  25. Peggy

    I love mushrooms and could eat them plain all day long (not that I do… that would be excessive lol). And I’ve been seeing these kits all over the place too – definitely a great idea!

  26. Parsley Sage

    Squeal! This is like the coolest little thing ever. I put mushrooms on everything. They’re my favorite veg (although eggplant is swiftly going up the ranks) and the thought of being able to make my own is pretty much too awesome for me. Tweeted, stumbled, buzzed and screamed from the rooftops. Mi wan mushrooms!

  27. elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds

    Before I forget, just followed you on twitter, and listed you…please follow back, and list me, as well!
    Don’t know how I could have missed following you on twitter until now!
    Love the beautiful giveaway…would love to get one of this amazing kits!

  28. Valerie

    I have a recipe just like this one, i have it from my Kitchenaid cookbook! I really have to make them… they look extremely delicious!

  29. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I am now following BTTR on twitter now.
    (by the way, the BTTR on facebook was “joining the group” so I joined).

  30. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I love mushrooms!!!! I heard about this kit and so happy to see it here! My day was pretty good. We went to test drive a car and ended up buying one.

  31. Hester aka The Chef Doc

    Hooray for mushrooms! I’m a fungi fanatic 🙂 You’re so lucky to have gone mushroom hunting! I can’t wait to do that sometime in my lifetime. Hope you and your family had a great weekend, Kate!

  32. Kristy

    Mushrooms in a box?! I love it. My kids would go crazy for this…wonder if it would get them to eat a mushroom. I doubt it, but you never know. Besides, I’m sure I could eat them all myself (and even share a few with hubby). 😉

  33. Sarah @ pão e queijo

    Those mushrooms and the bruschetta look divine! Today was a strange day- I went to the farmers’ market pretty early and found some great stuff! But I was so tired because of not sleeping well last night that I slept the rest of the morning. The rest of the day I’ve been doing household chores and errands, but I did make a wonderful tomato sauce with pasta for dinner 🙂

  34. Sandra's Easy Cooking

    Now this sounds like me growing up and going for mushroom hunt, not with my family but with my dog:))
    This bruschetta Kate looks divine!! Love anything mushroom, and I love this too! I like you on facebook

  35. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    I never would use mushrooms as the topping for bruschetta before. I LOVE mushrooms, this looks amazing!

  36. Serafina

    I’m new to this site and boy does that bruschetta look delicious! I’d definitely love to be entered into your contest as well 🙂

    serafinac (at) gmail (dot) com

  37. Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest

    Hi! New to your blog (found it through My day was exhausting because I helped my sister-in-law move to a house!

    I love mushrooms!

  38. Sarah Elizabeth

    What a great kit! I would love to try this out. My husband and I just passed on some very expensive but delicious looking organic mushrooms at our local health food store – this kit would be a great alternative!

  39. Terra

    Ahhhhh, YUM!!! Mushrooms are a weakness for me, I love love them on a pizza, and lots of them:-) I have not commented lately, but time to catch up! I love your blog:-) Hugs, Terra

  40. Kim Bee

    I can’t enter as I’m a Canuck but just wanted to see the recipe is amazing. I don’t like mushrooms but this is making me rethink it. LOL! That kit is pretty cool. My sis would get a kick out of that. Must pass this on to her. Thanks for sharing!

  41. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

    Great idea! I never would of thought to do something like this! And how cool that you were able to grow the mushrooms yourself!

  42. Anne@frommysweetheart

    Kate! Very cool that you are growing your own mushrooms! That’s a great kit! And the bruschetta looks fabulous! : )

  43. Emily @ Life on Food

    Its Saturday and sunny; today is a great day! I love the idea of mushroom bruschetta. I always use my bread to eat up my mushroom sauce, why not just make it a dish? Delicious!

  44. susie bee on maui

    I just read about the mushroom boxes and their use of coffee grinds to grow mushrooms on the WF blog this morning! Great concept. I have never met a mushroom that I didn’t enjoy-great, simple recipe-the best kind!

  45. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    Oh my gosh. I’m not sure which I want more. My own mushroom grower thingy or that bruschetta. I adore mushrooms, and am the only one in my family that does. Let’s just sit out on the deck with these between us and a nice icy beer and talk about life, ok?

  46. Becky

    Beautiful Bruschetta! My husband wants to grow mushrooms, but he hasn’t gotten very far. I need to win this for him.

  47. Michelle

    I love that idea! So smart! And I have a mushroom obsession as well. There is a stand at the farmers market I go to that just sells mushrooms, so many types of mushrooms! I just seasoned salt them and pan fry them like you did, and devour!

  48. Sawsan@chef in disguise

    what great memories and such a wonderful giveaway Kate 🙂
    Growing your own mushrooms and in just 10 days!
    I am not eligable for the giveaway but I wanted you to know I already follow you on facebook and twitter 🙂

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