Mushroom Toasts: Just 10 minutes to make, a real crowd-pleasing appetizer recipe!

Once a year, I get to combine two of my favorite things into one fun project: Movies and cooking.

Every year for the past 4 years I’ve teamed up with some very creative and talented bloggers to create recipes inspired by the Academy Awards Best Picture nominees.

These recipes are perfectly suited for your Oscars-themed party. It’s time to start planning!


2018 Academy Awards-Inspired Recipes


2018 Academy Awards Best Picture-inspired recipes: Get inspiration for your Oscars party!

My Movie: Phantom Thread

 My recipe is inspired by the Academy Awards Best Picture-nominated film, Phantom Thread:

Phantom Thread is about Reynolds Woodcock, a prominent dressmaker in 1950s London. He, along with his sister, run a tight fashion house ship. Reynolds, a lifelong bachelor, meets Alma, a waitress, and asks her for dinner. She becomes his muse and lover, and the movie follows their relationship.

Much to my surprise, food was a central plot point to the movie. Two foods in particular, toast and mushrooms, were highlighted in various scenes.

As far as choosing a recipe to go with my film, mushroom toast was a no-brainer. Phantom Thread practically chose my recipe for me!

10-Minute Mushroom Toasts: A SUPER-easy crowd-pleasing vegetarian appetizer.

About The Recipe

I wanted to create a SUPER EASY recipe that could be prepared in minimal time.


Because if you’re throwing an Oscars-themed party – or any party, for that matter – you need recipes that are quick and easy to make. Your time is best spent chatting with your guests and making sure everything is going smooth – not fussing over complex dishes.

This recipe is done in three steps:

  1. Toast the bread
  2. Sautee the mushrooms
  3. Top toasts with cream cheese and mushrooms

Love mushrooms? Try this super creamy Hungarian mushroom soup.

How To Throw a Budget-Friendly Oscars Party

Want to throw a fabulous Academy Awards-inspired party on a budget? Keep these tips in mind:

  • Keep it simple: If you’re cooking, choose two or three recipes (from the list above, obviously!) and one drink. More food options mean more money.
  • Delegate: Get your friends and family involved. Some guests may enjoy making food or drink to share – so don’t hesitate to ask!
  • Know where to shop: If you’re looking to save money on food, where you shop matters. Find out which grocery stores have the cheapest groceries.
10-Minute Mushroom Toasts: Click through for super simple recipe!
Mushroom Toasts: Just 10 minutes to make, a real crowd-pleasing appetizer recipe!

10-Minute Mushroom Toasts

Yield: 10 toasts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A simple recipe that takes about 10 minutes to make: Toast, herb cream cheese, and sauteed mushrooms.


  • 8 ounce package white button mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 7.5 ounce package garden vegetable cream cheese
  • 5 slices rye bread
  • Chopped green onions


  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Cut rye bread slices in half and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until bread is toasted.
  2. While bread is toasting, cut mushrooms into thin slices. Sautee in butter over medium-high heat, stirring. Season with salt and garlic powder.
  3. Remove bread from oven. Spread with cream cheese and spoon on mushrooms. Top with green onions.