When we lived in Chicago, one of our favorite weekend traditions in the winter was going to see a movie and then eating at La Creperie. The restaurant was cozy and warm and the food was delicious. This dish brought us back there. 🙂
This wonderful dinner was also reminiscent of the mushroom crêpes that my Mother-in-Law serves on Christmas Eve as part of a traditional multi-course Ukrainian feast. I loved that this version incorporated roasted wild mushrooms- it made them rich with mushroom flavor. Incorporating an egg made them hearty enough to serve for dinner. (This dish really could be served any meal of the day.)
This recipe was adapted from a Food and Wine “staff favorite” recipe contributed by Twin Cities chef Thomas Boemer. I increased the garlic and modified the proportions and method. We ate them with roasted asparagus on the side. Perfect!
Make the Sauce:
- In a medium saucepan (I used a 1.5 quart), melt 1 tablespoon butter over moderate heat.
- Whisk in all-purpose flour until combined.
- Gradually whisk in 1/2 cup cream and simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes.
- Gradually whisk in remaining 1/2 cup cream, nutmeg, and 1/2 cup of the mushroom filling.
- Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until no floury taste remains, about 7 minutes.
- Transfer to a food processor, blender, or using an immersion blender in the pot, purée until smooth.
- Return sauce to pan and season with salt to taste. Keep warm.
Make the Crêpes:
- In a medium bowl, whisk 4 eggs, milk, bread flour, melted butter, and kosher salt until smooth.
- Heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet or crêpe pan over moderate heat; brush with melted butter or oil. (I did 2 pans at once.)
- Add about 1/4 cup of the batter, about one-sixth, swirling to coat the pan evenly. Cook until lightly browned on bottom, about 2 minutes.
- Using a spatula, flip crêpe; reduce heat to moderately low.
- Arrange about one-sixth of the remaining mushroom sauce in a ring on crêpe, about 4 large spoonfuls, and immediately crack
1 egg in center of ring. Lift the ring and allow the egg white to spread around the crêpe.
- Cook until egg white is set and yolk is still runny, about 3 minutes.
- Top with a few mesclun leaves. Drizzle with one-sixth of the roasted mushroom filling, mushroom sauce, and garnish with thyme, salt, and pepper. Transfer to a plate.
- Repeat procedure to make 5 more crepes. Serve immediately.
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Tags: brunch, cream sauce, cremini, cremini mushrooms, crepes, dinner, eggs, Fiesta Friday, French, mesclun, mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, roasted, savory, thyme, vegetarian, wild mushrooms
This hearty vegetarian main course casserole would be a lovely option to serve vegetarian guests during the holidays. We ate it as a cozy winter meal with roasted broccoli and green salad.
The puréed beans add creaminess to the filling. After reading comments about this recipe online, I was apprehensive to include all of the bean liquid required in the original recipe because others had complained that the final consistency was mushy. I only used half of a cup but next time I would include 1 cup or even additional liquid (noted below).
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Melissa Clark. I substituted celery for fennel, added a chipotle chile, used mixed baby greens, and reduced the breadcrumbs, beans, liquid, and baking time. It was the ultimate dish to utilize my brand new giant 14-inch skillet. Yay! The vegetables could be cooked in batches if using a smaller pan, of course.
Yield: 12 servings
- 2 ¼ cups vegetable, mushroom or chicken stock
- coarse salt
- 1 ¼ cups wild rice, rinsed
- 9 t0 10 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed
- 24 oz sliced mushrooms, preferably a mix of different kinds (I used cremini mushrooms.)
- 3 leeks, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
- 1 celery heart or 2 fennel bulbs, trimmed and chopped
- 5 ounces mixed baby kale, chard, and spinach
- 7 fat garlic cloves (4 chopped, 3 finely grated or crushed into a paste)
- ½ tablespoon tomato paste
- ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 3 (14-ounce) cans white beans, strained with liquid reserved (I used cannellini beans.)
- 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce (about 2 tsp)
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro (or basil)
- ⅓ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 1/4 cups panko or coarse bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
- ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional
- Taste broth; if bland, season to taste with salt. In a medium pot, bring broth to a boil over high heat. Stir in rice, lower heat, cover and simmer until just tender, about 1 hour, or according to package directions. Fluff rice with a fork, cover and let stand for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, sauté vegetables: In a large, heavy skillet, heat 3 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, until brown and crispy, about 8 to 10 minutes. (If using a smaller pan, cook in batches, adding oil if necessary.)
- Adjust heat as needed to prevent burning. Transfer cooked mushrooms to a plate and sprinkle lightly with salt.
- In the empty skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Stir in leeks, fennel/celery and 1 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, until soft but not browned, about 8 minutes.
- Stir in baby greens, chopped garlic, tomato paste and red pepper flakes, and cook until garlic starts turning golden, another 2 minutes. Remove skillet from heat.
- Heat oven to 400 degrees, and oil a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish. (I used cooking oil spray.)
- In a blender, purée 2 cans beans with 1/2 cup to 1 cup of the reserved liquid, chipotle, lemon juice, 1 grated garlic clove, and salt to taste. (I used a Vitamix.)
- Stir bean purée, remaining whole beans (drained), mushrooms, cilantro, parsley and cooked wild rice into skillet with vegetables. Taste and add more salt or lemon as needed; it should be well seasoned. Add additional bean liquid, if necessary, in order to achieve desired consistency. Scrape into prepared baking dish.
- In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, rosemary, lemon zest, remaining 2 grated garlic cloves and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir in 1/4 cup olive oil and Parmesan, if using.
- Sprinkle evenly on top of casserole and bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.
Note: To make part of this recipe in advance, assemble casserole and prepare topping (separately) up to 24 hours ahead. Refrigerate, covered, in separate containers. Just before baking, spread breadcrumb topping evenly over the casserole. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until heated through and topping is golden, another 20 to 30 minutes.
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Posted in Casserole, Greens, Recipes, Thanksgiving, Vegetarian
Tags: cannellini beans, casserole, chard, chipotle, cremini mushrooms, fennel, Great Northern beans, greens, kale, kidney beans, mushrooms, panko, parmesan, rosemary, spinach, Thanksgiving, vegan, vegetarian, wild mushrooms, wild rice
Is it okay to make a comfort food dish using leftovers from a comfort food meal? Hope so! 😉
This dish reminds me of a chicken dish that I used to make –long ago– for my husband served over waffles. No wonder he loved this upgraded version! It was a wonderful way to use the rest of our leftover Thanksgiving turkey. It would also be fabulous with rotisserie chicken meat.
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Sam Sifton. I doubled the recipe to accommodate all of my leftover turkey. We ate this creamy concoction with my favorite Sweet Potato Biscuits, but it would also be amazing served over waffles, as a crepe filling, or with noodles. My son ate some over toast. Great.
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
- 2-3 T olive oil
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 to 3 1/2 cups turkey or chicken stock, low-sodium if store-bought
- 1 pound sliced mushrooms, ideally wild (I used cremini mushrooms)
- 3 cups shredded cooked turkey or rotisserie chicken
- 1 cup heavy cream or half & half
- 2 cups frozen peas
- 4 tablespoons dry sherry
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- finely chopped parsley, for garnish
- Make a roux. In a small saucepan set over medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter. When it begins to foam, sprinkle the flour over it, and whisk to combine, then continue whisking until it begins to turn the color of straw, approximately 7-10 minutes.
- Slowly add 1 cup of the stock to this mixture, and stir to combine. Add more stock to thin the sauce. Keep warm.
- Set a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, and add the olive oil.
- Add the mushrooms, and cook, until the mushrooms have released their moisture and begun to get glossy and soft, approximately 7-10 minutes.
- Add the turkey (or chicken), then the warm sauce and cream, and stir to combine.
- Add the peas, then cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is hot and has thickened slightly, approximately 7-10 minutes.
- Stir in the sherry, adjust seasonings and serve over biscuits or toast, rice or buttered noodles, or as a crepe filling or waffle topping, garnished with the parsley.
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Tags: a la king, chicken, comfort food, cream, cremini, half and half, Holiday, leftover turkey, mushrooms, peas, rotisserie chicken, sherry, Thanksgiving, turkey, wild mushrooms
This is a cheesy and delicious vegetarian comfort food dish. The pie was inspired by roadside diner spaghetti sandwiches in New Zealand! 🙂
This recipe was adapted from Food and Wine, contributed by Gail Simmons. I increased the amount of garlic and spinach and modified the baking time for a convection oven. I used a combination of cremini and shiitake mushrooms. Wonderful.
- Preheat the oven to 425°, preferably on convection. Tightly wrap the outside of
a 9-inch springform pan with foil and brush the inside with butter or spray with cooking oil.
- In a pot of salted boiling water, cook the spaghetti
until barely al dente; drain.
- In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until sizzling, about 1 minute.
- Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Scrape into a bowl.
- In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the spinach, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until just wilted, about 2 minutes. Incorporate all of the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
- Scrape spinach into the mushrooms and let cool slightly.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the milk.
- Add the spaghetti, mushroom mixture, 3 cheeses, sage, thyme, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper; mix well.
- Scrape into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
- Set the pan on a baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes in a convection oven or 35 minutes in a standard oven, until bubbling and the top
- Let stand for 15 minutes. Remove the ring, cut
the pie into wedges and serve.
I’m sharing my pie at Angie’s Fiesta Friday #196, co-hosted by Jhuls @The Not So Creative Cook and Antonia @ Zoale.com. Enjoy!
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Posted in Casserole, Greens, Pasta, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: cremini, dinner, Fiesta Friday, fontina, Gail Simmons, Italian, mushrooms, New Zealand, Parmigiano Reggiano, pie, pot luck, ricotta, sage, shiitake, spaghetti, spinach, thyme, vegetarian, wild mushrooms
My brother gave me Ottolenghi’s “Plenty” for Christmas- it was on my wish list. To be silly he gave it to me with another cookbook titled “Bacon Nation”! The funniest part of this story is that I tried a recipe from “Bacon Nation” first. 🙂 This soup was ultra-flavorful, hearty, and LOADED with mushrooms. The spinach and carrots gave an otherwise “brown” soup a wonderful pop of color. The house smelled divine as it cooked too! This recipe was adapted from Bacon Nation by Peter Kaminsky & Marie Rama.
Yield: Serves 8 to 10
- 8 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces (I used nitrate-free)
- 2 medium-size onions, finely chopped
- 24 oz cremini mushrooms, wiped clean, stems trimmed, and sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces
- 10 oz white button mushrooms, wiped clean, stems trimmed, and sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces
- .88 oz mixed dried wild mushrooms (including porcini, shiitake, black, & oyster mushrooms)
- 6 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup plus 2 T dry sherry, divided
- 8 cups stock (I used 4 cups homemade Turkey Stock, and 4 cups boxed chicken stock)
- 4 large carrots, trimmed, peeled, and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 1/2 cups pearl barley (I used par-cooked barley from Trader Joe’s)
- 2 bay leaves
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 tsp fresh thyme leaves, or 2 tsp dried thyme leaves
- 6 oz baby spinach
- Cook the bacon in a soup pot or large saucepan over medium heat until browned but not too crisp and most of the fat is rendered, 5 to 7 minutes, stirring often and adjusting the heat as necessary.
- Add the onions and cook over medium-high heat until it begins to soften, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in the fresh and dried mushrooms and the garlic and cook until the mushrooms release their liquid, 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add 6 T of the sherry and let boil for about 1 minute to reduce the liquid slightly.
- Stir in the stock, carrots, barley, bay leaf, and 3 cups water. Cover the pot and let the soup come to a boil. Then, reduce the heat as necessary and let the soup simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the barley is barely tender, 35 to 40 minutes for standard barley, 15-20 minutes for par-cooked barley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the thyme and the remaining 6 T sherry and let simmer until the flavors blend, about 3 minutes.
- Add the spinach, increase the heat to high, cover the pot, and cook the spinach until just wilted, about 1 minute. Remove and discard the bay leaf before serving the soup.
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Tags: baby spinach, bacon, barley, black mushrooms, cremini, cremini mushrooms, dinner, mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, pearl barley, porcini mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, soup, spinach, wild mushrooms