Freshly foraged Pacific Golden Chanterelles top crostini dolloped with garlic herb Rondele spreadable cheese for the perfect impromptu appetizer.
Fall has arrived and so have the Pacific Golden Chanterelles. They’re like GOLD here in the Pacific Northwest and while most foragers like to keep their picking spot secret, I’m sharing a few tips to help you find your very own chanterelles. Look for these tips after my super easy recipe for Chanterelle Crostini.
Whether freshly foraged or fresh from the market, chanterelles don’t take a lot of effort to taste great. Chanterelle Crostini is the perfect first timer recipe for you to try. The chanterelles are gently sauteed in butter and garlic, then placed over a buttered, toasted crostini with a dollop of garlic herb Rondele spreadable cheese.
- 1 cup chanterelle mushrooms sliced
- 2 tbsp butter divided
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 pinch salt
- 3 tbsp Rondele garlic herb spreadable cheese
- 3 crostini
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Divide 1 tbsp of butter and spread over each crostini.
- Toast in oven for a few minutes until golden.
- Place about 1 tbsp of Rondele spreadable cheese over each crostini.
- Add butter to a saute pan over medium high heat. Add garlic and chanterelles, continuously stirring for about 3 minutes until cooked through.
- Top crostini with sauteed chanterelles.
5 Tips for Foraging Chanterelles
- Pacific Golden Chanterelles are found at higher elevations. Hike up to around 1000 feet before you start looking.
- Look for Hemlock trees, ferns and mossy areas in the forest.
- Make sure to bring a walking stick – Use it to lift up the fern leaves. Chanterelles like to hide under ferns and Hemlock needles.
- Follow deer trails. Deer love chanterelles and like to nibble on them.
- Stay away from Cedar trees. Chanterelles don’t grow there.
Forest Etiquette – Yes, Please Follow
We are guests in the forest. Please be respectful of our earth and follow forest etiquette. Remember to walk gently in the forest. There are living creatures everywhere and they all work together as an ecosystem, so be mindful of where and how you step. Always cut chanterelles using your pocket knife, so not to disturb the earth below. We want to keep those chanterelles coming back again!
Most importantly, PACK IT IN – PACK IT OUT. Don’t litter our forest.