Sauteed Mushroom Butter and Bacon Tea Sandwiches
Balance flavors and textures to please every palate with crunchy arugula, salty bacon, and earthy mushroom butter.
- Yield: Makes 2 dozen
Source: Annual Recipes 2003
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound shiitake mushrooms, cleaned, tough ends of stems removed, diced
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 cup Madeira or sherry
- 24 thin slices whole-wheat bread
- 1 1/2 pounds (about 24 slices) bacon, cooked
- 1 bunch arugula, cleaned and trimmed
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons butter and the oil. Add mushrooms, and season with salt and pepper; saute until mushrooms begin to soften and juices evaporate, about 8 minutes. Add Madeira, and remove from heat; deglaze pan, stirring with a wooden spoon until liquid has evaporated. Let cool, and place in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Add remaining butter; pulse until mushrooms are finely chopped, about 1 minute.
Thinly spread two slices of bread with mushroom butter; cover one slice with a single layer each of bacon and arugula, and top with other bread slice. Use a serrated knife to trim crusts and cut in half diagonally into two triangles. Cover with damp paper towels until ready to serve. Repeat with remaining ingredients.