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Creamy mushroom spread

Makes 1½ cups

This is super-tasty and easy to make. The flavour only gets better with time, so don’t hesitate to make it in advance. You can use field mushrooms if you prefer strong flavours – just drain off any excess liquid before adding the cream cheese.

  • 40g butter
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 250g white button mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp sherry
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp flaky sea salt
  • ½ tsp cracked pepper
  • 125g cream cheese,
  • at room temperature
  • 12 sourdough bread slices
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic

1 Heat butter in a frying pan and saute the diced onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes over a medium heat until soft and fragrant.

2 Dice mushrooms very finely or whizz in the food processor until fine. Add mushrooms to the onion mixture and cook for 3-4 minutes until soft, then add sherry, Worcestershire and seasoning. Simmer for 2 minutes then remove from the heat and cool for 5 minutes.

3 Stir in cream cheese and mix until well combined. Spoon into a serving dish or ramekin and chill until required.

4 Brush bread slices with oil and chargrill/toast until golden. Remove skin from garlic, cut in half and rub each toasted slice with the fresh garlic.

About Jo Wilcox

"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See

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