Goat Cheese Bruschetta, with Mushrooms, Capers and Anchovies, Summer Tapas Dinner Menu

Love this recipe!!! Goat cheese smeared bread topped with sautéed shiitake mushrooms, briney capers and anchovies…provacative and packed full of flavor. And did I mention easy?  Goat cheese bruschetta, with mushrooms, capers and anchovies.

This was the next platter to find its way to the back deck for my Summer Tapas Dinner. Thanks to Greg and Katherine over at Rufous’ Food and Spirits Guide for sharing this wonderful idea. You’ve got to give this one a try. It’s one of those oh-for-pitty-sake good combos. It’s now in my database as a favorite. While you’re at their blog, take a look around. Tons of great recipes and really nice photography.


Before we get to the recipe let’s take a look at some of the water features in Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s just short of a 2 1/2 hour drive northwest of our house. We are so fortunate to have such a jaw dropping, spectacular, pristine piece of our country in our back yard. We make a trip to RMNP at least once each summer and I’m always in awe of its grandeur.

Moose Pond.  Our cabin was on this pond.

Nautical Neal, our pontoon boat ride on Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Lake

Heading under the bridge on our way from Shadow Mountain Lake to Grand Lake

Nancy and me, enjoying the ride.

View of Lake Irene from our picnic table, Milner Pass, Continental Divide, Rocky Mountain National Park

View of Grand Lake from our dinner on the porch at Grand Lake Lodge.

Mushrooms with Capers and Anchovies

  • 4-6 shiitake mushrooms stems diced caps sliced thin
  • 8-10 anchovy fillets minced (I used half that amount, 4 if I remember right)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp salted capers washed and chopped
  • 2 tbsp dry vermouth
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt/pepper

Melt 1 tbsp butter with 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan and saute mushrooms until browned. Add anchovies and garlic and cook until the fish liquifies. Add capers and parsley and cook on medium for a minute more. Add vermouth and deglaze pan. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with crusty bread slices covered in a layer of goat cheese.

Goat Cheese Bruschetta, with Mushrooms, Capers and Anchovies…It’s What’s for a Summer Tapas Menu.

From the Kitchen of Lea Ann Brown, Cooking On The Ranch

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  1. nancy says

    I loved this dish! And I’m not an anchovie or caper lover. But this was delicious…a favorite! Great photos! LOL about Nautical Neal!

    • says

      Thanks Dave. I’ve never back packed it, but always run into many many folks on the trail that do. Always fun to talk with them, they’re so ready to talk about their experiences.

    • says

      Thanks so much for the comment. It’s really good. Please note that I didn’t use 10 anchovy filets. I have made a change to the original post.

  2. says

    I’d say “a jaw dropping, spectacular, pristine piece of our countr”‘ looks pretty accurate from here – thanks for sharing the photos. I went on Google Earth to have a look at the area – looks really nice but coulndn’t find Moose Pond. With all of the flavorful toppings on the bruschetta, I could maybe even slip the goat cheese by Bev.

  3. says

    That appetizer sounds like a party in your mouth! 😛 I know I’d love it with all those fabulous ingredients. And the scenery?? GORGEOUS!! You took some amazing photos. The view from lodge is spectacular. Also, I love the shot of you and Nancy. Always fun to see your smiling face!

  4. says

    Green with envy, what absolutely beautiful photographs. Capers and anchovies, I bet those did have a salty bite (in a good way!). That topping sounds like it would be an amazing stuffing for a grilled stuffed chicken breast (rolled up kiev style).


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