Mushroom, Spring Greens & Lincolnshire Poacher Toasts

It’s finals week and MasterChef has entered the wacky ‘It’s a Knock Out’ stage. The three finalists are being set some fairly arbitrary ‘tough’ tasks such as last night when they were shipped out to Jodhpur in order to cook for some royal toffs in 120 degrees of heat. No doubt tonight they’ll be forced to run around the kitchen wearing giant foam clown shoes as Gregg and John pelt them with wet sponges. Besides, the outcome is already decided – NuDadDhruv with his Fusion Fish’n’Chips is bound to win.

The recipe below is very tasty … but does it show enough cookery skills …?

Mushroom, Spring Greens & Lincolnshire Poacher Toasts

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 – 30 minutes
Skill level: Easy
Recipe: Based on a recipe from Wa’Ro magazine


The quantities stated here are vague/non-existent – the balance of ingredients is entirely up to you so just use your imagination.

  • mushrooms – halved or quartered depending on size – some
  • garlic – thinly sliced – 1 clove per person
  • spring greens (or other dark green cabbage such as Savoy) – shredded – some
  • good bread – sliced – some
  • Lincolnshire Poacher or strong Cheddar – grated – some
  • milk – 1 tbsp per person
  • grain mustard – 1 tsp per person
  • olive oil – some
  • s and p

Pre-heat the grill.

Heat a little oil in a large heavy-bottomed frying pan until very hot.

Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or so until softened and golden.

Remove from the pan and set aside (keeping warm).

Pour a little more oil in the pan and add the Spring Greens. Cook for another 5 minutes or so until softened.

Add the cooked mushrooms, taste, season and keep warm over a low heat.

Mushroom, Spring Greens & Lincolnshire Poacher Toasts

Toast the bread on both sides.

In a bowl mix together the grated cheese, mustard and enough milk to bind.

Pile the mushroom mixture onto the toasts and then spoon over the cheese.

Place under a hot grill until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

Serve immediately.

Verdict: Garlic Mushrooms? Melted Cheese? There was never going to be any doubt that this would be anything other than very tasty. Makes a great weekend brunch/lunch/greedy snack.

Drink: Beetroot Juice.

Entertainment: Nemone on 6Music.

It's a Knock Out
Freelance Writer Alex, Paediatrician Children’s Doctor Tim and NuDadDhruv fight it out in the final of MasterChef.

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