Vegan mushroom toast with butter bean spread is your updated recipe for a Christmas Eve menu. It’s plant based, easy and crazy delicious – everything you need during this festive period. Make it once and you’ll keep returning year after year.
Christmas Eve dinner is a massive celebration in Lithuania, and I want to keep it this way here in London when I celebrate it with my husband.
This dinner has a lot of traditions and rules. We can’t use any meat products, eggs or mayo. Also, sugar consumption is very limited. This is the day when we want to take the simplest ingredients and make them really special. It’s not about showing off, going crazy with the budget or creating elaborate recipes. Everything is very simple, low budget and humble.
I’m keeping everything pretty much the same here in London, but having just a bit of a recipe upgrade. And this mushroom toast with butter bean spread is the perfect way to do exactly that. Simple, low cost and plant based ingredients with a delicious twist. What’s not to love?
Why This Mushroom Toast Recipe Is So Good
- It’s very versatile – you can add more veggies into your mushroom mixture (for example, carrots or celery).
- It’s not labour intensive – you just need to prepare the butter spread (5 minutes) and cook the mushrooms (max 10 minutes).
- You can use different spreads to make this recipe unique and exciting. This time I used butter beans because I wanted to substitute butter with a plant based option. However, you can easily use butter (try out these flavoured butter recipes).
- Using the same mushroom toast filling you can give this recipe a different appearance – make it as a tart, dumplings, pie or even deep fried little pastries with mushroom filling.
Tips for the Mushroom Toast
Use this recipe as an idea for your Christmas Eve menu plan. Feel free to improvise and play with the ingredients to create whatever flavours suit you better.
As ever though, here are some tips to achieve the best results:
- Don’t wash the mushrooms – wipe the mushrooms with a clean cloth. Otherwise, the mushrooms will soak-up water like a sponge.
- Don’t be afraid to add a lot of toppings. Don’t go too crazy, but these toasts are so delicious that you’ll regret not adding enough.
- You can swap the bread toast for vegan puff pastry and create little tarts or even dumplings.
If you are looking for other Christmas Eve dinner recipes, check these out:
Vegetarian Puff Pastry Tarts with Vegetable Toppings – use vegan puff pastry for a vegan Christmas Eve meal
Side Dishes for your Christmas Eve Dinner
Butter Bean Spread:
1 tin butter beans
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 lemon (juice)
Pinch of salt
200g button mushrooms
20g dried porcini
1 chilli pepper
2 garlic cloves
Salt and pepper
Sourdough bread slices
Prepare the butter bean spread:
- Add the tin of butter beans with the rest of the ingredients to your food processor.
- Blitz all your ingredients together until you get a silky and smooth texture.
Prepare the cooked mushrooms:
- Boil 100ml of water. Pour the hot water onto the dried mushrooms and leave them to soak for 10 minutes.
- Preheat a saucepan with a drizzle of olive oil. Add the finely chopped button mushrooms, onion, garlic and chilli pepper. Cook until soft.
- Take the mushrooms from the water and finely chop them. Add the mushrooms to the pan and pour over the remaining water. Leave them to simmer for 10 minutes, until the water evaporates. Season to taste.
Serve the toast:
- Toast two slices of bread.
- On top of the toasted bread, spread the butter bean dip and add the cooked mushrooms on top.
- Finish the dish with fresh dill and freshly grated pepper.