Wild Mushroom Melts

This may just be the wonderful Autumnal/Wintery dish known to man.

Rich, comforting and delicious.

They make a lovely light lunch, a simple supper or a rather decadent treat.

Me: “Do you know The Mushroom Man?

You: “The Mushroom Man?”

Me: “Who lives on Drury Lane… uh, I mean Portobello?”

The recipe came about when I was shopping on Portobello Road last week. I met Tom, who is fondly known by local foodies and chefs alike as The Portobello Mushroom Man. (It’s a very cryptic title, I have no idea how they came up with it.)

Anyway, he sells mushrooms.

You can pick up a box of field mushrooms for as little as 50p. The wild, foraged ones are a little more expensive, or you can really splurge on some of his unbeatable truffles (he let me sniff a £600 box of white ones he’d put aside for a lady’s dinner party).

Choose whatever sort of delights you fancy (whether they’re from Tom or your local market) and squirrel them away back home.

To make two huge, generously stacked pieces you’ll need:

3-4 handfuls of mushrooms

1/2 an onion, finely chopped

1 big clove of garlic, crushed

Big lump of butter

Fist sized chunk of cheese (I used raclette but gruyere, emmental and fontina melt beautifully too)

Pinch of dried sage

Pinch of dried thyme

Pinch of salt

Good sprinkling of black pepper

A really nice, rustic loaf of bread cut into thick slices.

On a medium heat melt your butter in a frying pan. When it’s melted throw in your onions and cook until clear & soft. Add your garlic and cook until the onions and garlic just start to turn brown.

Add your mushrooms and sweat them out until they’re soft, brown and smelling gorgeous. Add another little pat of butter if you think they need it.

In the meantime toast your bread.

Sprinkle your dried herbs, salt and pepper into your mushroom mix and stir. Cut your cheese into small chunks and add to the pan, stirring lots. Cover the pan for just a couple of mins until all the cheese has melted. Give it a good stir and scoop onto your waiting toast.

Grind a little more pepper over the top and serve.

Bish bash bosh!

Look at those babies!

All gooey and glistening… You can drizzle over a little truffle oil if you like, too.

They’re just begging to be nibbled.

Go on, take a bite. No-one will notice…


Told you they were good.

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  • These look delicious! Also such a useful little recipe for uni students who are trying to find good veggie meals- cuts down on buying more expensive meat!


    • Jo

      I agree. This is such a good recipe for students. Also, Katie Jane, your blog is amazing. Thank you for the link! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    Beautiful photos! I LOVE mushrooms, but unfortunately my other half hates them, so I don’t eat them as often as I would like, but there’s nothing like picking your own mushrooms and then have a lovely shroom melt afterwards. Yum! Xx


  • Hannah Pearce

    Oh my goodness they look sooooo good!! I’m getting hungry!

  • sweetmonday

    These look delicious. Mushrooms and cheese are my two favourite things so I’m going to have to give this a go. If only I had Tom the mushroom man nearby, those mushrooms look amazing. x

  • AdventureHan

    This has made me want to try them, and I’m not even a big fan of mushrooms!

  • I have to say, these made me so very hungry just looking at them. One of our favourite lunches is garlic mushrooms on posh toast, though we usually go for a standard garlic cream sauce, melted cheese looks like it would be an added bonus! Will have to try these next time ๐Ÿ™‚ xx


  • Amber

    Oh my god another recipe to try!


  • Nichola Allan

    oh my goodness – a combination of my favourite things…mushrooms, bread and cheese! I need to get to Notting Hill market…it’s the only place I can buy fresh harissa! And that makes everything better! Have you tried it? TRY IT!


  • Aah I love mushrooms, thanks for sharing so I can try this! http://liquidgrain.blogspot.co.uk/

  • These actually look unreal.
    I’m not sure what else i can say!


  • I am most definitely trying this recipe out at some point this week – you had me drooling all over my keyboard! Delicious, thanks Rose!

  • Oh, wow – this looks so good and has me wishing it were already lunchtime!

    Meghan xo


  • The Broke Boy

    I saw the link to this on Facebook and screamed GET IN AND AROUND MY MOUTH at the top of my lungs… Parents are a little worried about me…

  • Queenie Lee

    These look absolutely amazing! I’m definitely going to give them a try ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Anon

    Looks delish Rosie! On a side note – one of my fave Sydney restaurants had opened in London and i feel it my duty to tell you to try it!! Its Vietnamese and called miss chu and if its anything like its australian stores it will be fab ! xxx http://www.misschu.co.uk/

  • Oooh these look amazingly delicious, gonna have to make them for lunch one day. That mushroom stall looks fabulous!

    Wishing you a wonderful week Rosie xoxo


  • Sarah

    Sounds incedible! I used to dislike mushrooms- but now LOVE them especially wild ones- cant wait to try these- Thank you!

  • Aurรจ

    Ciao Rosie…these look so sensual…so irresistible!

  • Amy Lau

    I just had lunch…. and your post made me hungry again.

    These will do as a mid afternoon snack ๐Ÿ˜› hahah


  • looks so delicious!! Oh my..I also feel awful that I’m a Londoner who doesn’t know the mushroom man, this must be rectified!! x

  • Lottie Greenwood

    These look so good… and the fiance doesn’t like mushrooms…..

  • Michelle

    lovely post. this really sounds delicious


  • Alisha

    This looks too good right, so tempted to try and make it this week…


  • This look absolutely delicious!


  • Sepideh

    Although I’ve never been a fan of mushrooms…these pictures make them look delicious!! Then again, almost anything with cheese is good ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Amanda Johnson

    Looks amazing!

  • These look so cheesy and wonderful! I might just have to try them!


  • Oh Rosie, every time I venture onto The Londoner, I became a laughing, slobbering mess. So thanks for making me into that attractive sight ๐Ÿ™‚
    Perpetually Caroline

  • MissEmmySue

    Oh my goodness- this recipe looks to die for!
    But, give me anything with bread and cheese and I’m sold. (:

  • Jacob Phelps

    I have to make this! Yum!

  • Janne

    I wish I liked mushrooms, but I really really don’t. I can’t stand that chewy texture and dirt taste. They look good thought!

  • If I wasn’t lactose intolerant I would be ALL OVER THIS!! I LOVEEE mushrooms! Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚


  • The slow pace

    Ooohhhhh! Mushrooms and cheese… oooohhhh! I will try this for sure! I love your recipes!

  • TheUniStudent

    Oh Rosie. Just wow.
    I’ve got mush-room for that in my belly…

    Was that too bad?


  • This looks so delicious, I adore cheese and mushrooms so will be trying this for sure!

  • Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina

    Wow these look delicious, I’m craving mushrooms now!

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • Laura

    You can not beat good local produce- plus you’re helping out a local business. Looks delicious. x

    Heroine In Heels

  • Reading this at nearly one in the morning and I am so freaken hungry ๐Ÿ˜‰ I need these in my life. NOW.

  • Amanda @ A Latte Learn

    I’m not one for mushrooms, but I’m all for trying something new and this recipe looks perfect!

  • Eat Shop Party

    oooh…looks yummy and it’s vegetarian so I can try it too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sevimin AลŸkanasฤฑ

    looks so delicious

  • I made these today as a late lunch and added spinach. They were Uhmazing.

  • Golden

    This looks divine… Especially love that you used raclette, but I might need to throw an egg on top of mine!


  • maureen

    omg, i’ve died and gone to mushroom heaven.. I have to make these amazing Rosie..

  • Jo Fisher

    Mushrooms are my weakness – some people like them, some don’t – anything with them in the menu and I’m hooked. THESE look like my idea of heaven – thank you so much for sharing! I can’t wait to tuck in on a frosty weekend morning ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jo x


  • these look absolutely amazing. i need to go get some mushrooms, stat!