The Greeks and Romans thought mushrooms to be an aphrodisiac, and Chinese herbalists have used them for centuries to promote health and virility. Served here on bruschetta-like toasts, they make a perfect Valentine’s Day starter.
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Heat canola oil in skillet over medium heat. Sauté shallots and garlic in oil 3 minutes, or until light brown. Add all mushrooms, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until soft. Stir in 1 Tbs. parsley and sherry, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, brush both sides of bread slices with olive oil; place on baking sheet, and bake 5 minutes, or until crisp. Top toasted bread slices with mushroom mixture. Garnish with remaining parsley.