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A delicious and easy appetizer recipe, this goat cheese bruschetta is topped with mushrooms flavored with fresh herbs and lemon.

Goat cheese bruschetta

Mushrooms seem to be one of those divisive foods that inspire passionate debate. The haters usually have a laundry list of complaints (slimy, scary, etc). But the lovers. Well, mushroom lovers generally don’t have words to describe their deep affection! What side of the fence are you on? After having spent my formative years as a hater, I’ve somehow crossed over. And this easy goat cheese bruschetta with mushrooms is one of my favorite ways to enjoy my favorite foods, together.

Mushrooms in pan

How to make this goat cheese bruschetta

Bruschetta is an easy appetizer for a party that tastes like you spent hours on it! This goat cheese bruschetta stars my favorite foods: tangy goat cheese and savory mushrooms. Imagine: tender mushrooms flavored with fresh herbs and lemon juice, salty, savory, and herby all at once. They’re piled on a crusty bread, spread with creamy goat cheese. Alex and I were so impressed by how much flavor came out of this simple preparation! Here’s how to make this goat cheese bruschetta:

  • Step 1) Toast the bread: Instead of simply toasting the bread in a toaster, brush olive oil on each side, then cook it on a griddle on the stovetop.
  • Step 2) Saute the mushrooms: Saute the cremini mushrooms in olive oil with fresh thyme and oregano, then add a squeeze of lemon juice to finish it off!
  • Step 3) Rub garlic on the bread: Here’s what brings big flavor! Take a raw garlic clove and rub it onto the toasted bread. The essence of the garlic is transferred without being too garlicky!
  • Step 4) Spread with goat cheese and top with mushrooms: Spread the bruschetta with soft goat cheese, top with mushrooms and you’re ready to go!

Alex and I were inspired to combine these flavors by a sandwich at Xoco, the Rick Bayless restaurant in Chicago, which combined mushrooms and goat cheese in the most delicious way! The herbs were from our ever abundant garden. And thanks to the Italians for inventing this fancy way to serve toast!

Cremini mushrooms

How to pronounce bruschetta?

What’s the right way to pronounce bruschetta? If you’re serving this goat cheese bruschetta, resist the urge to call it “broo-shetta”. In Italian, the letter combination of SCH is simply S+K. So “bruschetta” is pronounced “broo-sketta”.

Mushroom pasta
The flavors of goat cheese and mushrooms are also highlighted in our Mushroom Pasta

Is goat cheese better for you than cow’s cheese?

Wondering whether this goat cheese bruschetta is better for you than most? There are many benefits of goat cheese over a standard cow’s cheese like cheddar or mozzarella. Here are some of the benefits of goat cheese (Source: Prevention):

  • Goat cheese has more vitamins and minerals than cow’s cheese. Goat’s milk is richer in essential nutrients than cow’s milk (like vitamin A & B, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium).
  • Goat cheese has slightly less calories than cow’s cheese. Goat cheese has just 75 calories per ounce—less than cow cheeses like mozzarella (85), Swiss (108), and cheddar (115).
  • Goat cheese is easier to digest. Goat cheese has less lactose than cow’s milk and a slightly different protein structure. That means even people who are lactose intolerant many times can digest goat cheese!

Want more recipes with this tasty cheese? Go to Best Goat Cheese Recipes.

Looking for more easy appetizer recipes?

This goat cheese bruschetta is a great simple way to enjoy the perfect combination of this creamy spread and mushrooms. Goat cheese is an excellent compliment to the savory taste of the mushroom, and paired with some fresh herbs and a few squeezes of lemon juice. Words can’t really describe the taste sensation. Outside of this easy goat cheese bruschetta, here are a few of our favorite appetizer recipes for entertaining:

This goat cheese bruschetta recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free bread.

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Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Mushrooms

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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A delicious and easy appetizer recipe, this goat cheese bruschetta is topped with mushrooms flavored with fresh herbs and lemon.


  • 8 slices crusty bread
  • 4 ounces mushrooms (for example, baby bellas and shiitakes)
  • 1 large handful fresh thyme
  • 1 large handful fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper


  1. Cut the bread into slices, and brush each side with olive oil. Cook on a griddle on the stovetop, about 1 minute per side.
  2. Wipe any dirt from the mushrooms and slice them. Coarsely chop the thyme and oregano. In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then add the mushrooms, herbs, a few pinches kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper, and saute until the mushrooms are tender, about 4 minutes. Turn off the heat, and add a few squeezes of fresh lemon juice.
  3. Peel the garlic clove and cut it in half. Rub the cut end of the garlic on the top of each bread slice. Spread some goat cheese over each slice, then top with the warm mushrooms.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Last updated: January 2020

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Hilary says:

    I love everything I’ve made from your site, and this one takes the cake!! So delish!! My boyfriend and I both love mushrooms, so I served this with some home made minestrone soup= perfection! Wonder if there would be a way to incorporate some sauteed tofu for us vegetarian folks?

    1. Sonja says:

      This sounds like a great accompaniment to minestrone! You could certainly incorporate sauteed tofu along with the mushrooms, though you may need a bit more seasoning for the entire mixture. We found it filling enough with just the cheese and mushrooms, but adding additional toppings couldn’t hurt! Let us know if you try it out.

  2. Evi says:

    I did a little spin-off of this and posted in on my blog, check it out! I used some butter and flavored goat cheese which definitely amplified the flavor. So delicious! Love coming back to your blog and checking out some fun, new ideas! Thanks so much

    1. Alex says:

      Sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Tiffany says:

    What an awesome bruschetta! Great alternative to the traditional version

  4. Taylor says:

    Can you please talk to my mushroom-hating boyfriend about how good mushrooms are?! I need to make dishes like this and be able to share them with him!

  5. Alexis @ There She Goes says:

    i like this as a new kind of bruschetta :)

  6. Mushrooms Canada says:

    Goat cheese and mushrooms is one of my favourite flavour combos… I would totally eat this for lunch!
    – Brittany

  7. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum says:

    I recently became a mushroom lover so I’m ready to make this!! YUM.

  8. Kelly says:

    This looks so delicious and it’s so simple! The best recipes always are! Can’t wait to try this… yum!

  9. Lindsey@Lindselicious says:

    No surprise I love this- Rick Bayless can do no wrong in my eyes!

  10. Krissy says:

    Goat cheese is my favorite! Yum! I saw your comment on my (your)lasagna. You should definitely make the pretzel nuggets. I literally squealed when I saw how golden brown and delicious they looked!

  11. Kelly says:

    This looks fantastic and your pictures are gorgeous, love it!

  12. Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    I don’t like raw musrhooms but I’m a big fan of cooked, especially when combined with goat cheese!

  13. torviewtoronto says:

    looks wonderful deliciously done

  14. Veronica Gantley says:

    What a great idea for a appetizer or for a cocktail party. Thanks for the recipe.

  15. Laura says:

    Looks divine. Can’t wait to try it!

  16. Kelley says:

    mmmm… i am definitely a lover and can’t wait to try this out!! though, i’ll have to make it for you and i someday because the hubs definitely is not down with the “fungi” (as he so lovingly refers to it)

  17. Angie says:

    I’ve made something similar to this and have to agree, goat cheese with mushrooms – perfection! I’m obviously a lover – welcome to the love side!

  18. Valeria says:

    perfect quick lunch, ooh the day at the office would be so much better!

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