Pugliese Mushroom Hodgepodge with Green Olive Crostini

Go authentic Italian with Mario Batali's spicy mushroom dish.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television, March 1999

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces chanterelle mushrooms, brushed clean and broken into pieces
  • 4 ounces cremini mushrooms, brushed clean and broken into pieces
  • 4 ounces oyster mushrooms, brushed clean and broken into pieces
  • 4 ounces yellow foot mushrooms, brushed clean and broken into pieces
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon hot red-pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4 scallions, green and white parts, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2/3 cup)
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 ripe plum tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup Mario Batali's Basic Tomato Sauce
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 one-inch-thick slices Italian peasant bread
  • 1 cup Green Olive Pesto

Directions

  1. In a heavy 4-quart saucepan, combine the mushrooms, red onion, red-pepper flakes, scallions, garlic, wine, tomatoes, and tomato sauce; bring to a boil. Lower the heat, and simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes. The mixture should be thick, like a ragu. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and transfer to a large, shallow serving bowl.

  2. Toast the bread, and smear with pesto. Stand the crostini upright at varying angles in the mushroom hodgepodge, and serve immediately.

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