1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 medium red onions (approx. 450 g total), finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 medium carrot (150 g), diced small
½ cup dry red wine
900g mixed mushrooms, thinly sliced (if using shiitake, you can leave the smaller ones whole)
1 cup vegetable stock (I used mushroom)
½ cup red wine
250 mL (1 cup) canned diced tomatoes, not drained
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Chopped curly parsley, to serve
Freshly grated parmesan, to serve
Heat the olive oil and butter in a heavy pan over medium heat.
Add the onions, garlic and thyme and cook until just the onions and garlic are starting to soften.
Add the carrots to the pan and cook for approximately 5 minutes until carrots are just beginning to soften.
Add the wine to the pan and cook until the wine has just about evaporated.
Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook until they brown and soften slightly and start to release their juices.
Add the stock, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil.
Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and mix to combine.
Reduce the heat to low, partially cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Season to taste, serve on top of pasta and sprinkle with a little parsley and parmesan.
Who doesn’t love a big plate of gravy dripping, cheese squeaking poutine? Well in Canada at least.
I’ve taken some of the best parts of poutine and created these wonderful little bites of perfection. Fries, cheese and a rich mushroom gravy all surrounded by a buttery crust that fit into the palm of your hand.
1 tbsp olive oil
3 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
1 medium onion, sliced
3 tbsp flour
1 cup beef broth, vegetable broth, dark beer or combination of any of those three
1 tsp dried thyme
4 sheets puff pastry, thawed
2 cup shoestring French fries
1 cup cheese curds
In a large sauté pan over medium heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onions and mushrooms and cook until caramelized about 30-40 minutes.
Sprinkle the mushrooms with flour and cook for 1 minute.
Add your liquid of choice and increase to high. Bring to a boil and stir until thickened. You want your gravy very thick.
Place mushroom gravy in a long narrow dish and place in fridge. You want the mixture to be cold when you assemble to keep the pastry from getting super soggy. By putting it in a long dish you are giving it more surface area to cool quicker. Should only take about 20 minutes.
Cook your French fries according to package directions. Cut into smaller pieces.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roll out your first sheet of pastry.
Make little hills of about 1 tbsp fries, mushroom gravy and cheese. Brush some water around the edges of the hills and place the second sheet on top. Press the dough down around the little hills to seal in the ingredients.
Using a pizza/pastry roller or a knife cut the little packages into individual pockets. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
1 454g package frozen filo pastry, *thawed at room temperature
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tbls olive oil 1/2 leek, sliced thinly 1 clove garlic, chopped
1 lb mixed mushrooms ( I used 3/4 button and 1/4 shiitake) slice
2- 3 tbls butter
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoon port
2 handfuls baby arugula
145g gorgonzola, crumbled ( you will get a heaping cup)
1/4 cup ricotta
*Thaw the filo pastry overnight in the fridge then let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before using or you can also let it thaw for 3 hours at room temperature. Unused filo can be kept in the fridge, wrapped in plastic wrap for 5 to 7 days.
Heat the olive oil in a medium sized, heavy pan and throw in the leeks. Saute over medium heat until the leeks start to take on colour and brown, adding the garlic in for the last minute. At this point, push the leeks and garlic to the side of the pan and start adding the mushrooms in batches. Add just enough to cover the pan in one layer, sprinkle with a small pinch of kosher salt and a couple of grinds of black pepper and brown.
When they are nice and brown, push them to the side of the pan and pile them up on the leeks, add about 1/2 a tbls of butter and add the next batch of mushrooms, salt and saute and continue to do this until all the mushrooms are browned. At this point, mix all of the mushrooms with the onions and add the port to deglaze the pan.
Stir a few more times and then scrape the contents of the pan into a shallow bowl. While the mushrooms are still hot, throw in a couple of handfuls of baby arugula and keep stirring until the arugula is completely wilted and then let it cool to room temperature.
When the mixture is room temperature, add in the crumbled gorgonzola and the ricotta and mix well until everything is totally incorporated into the mushrooms.
You can make the pastries right away or you can store the filling in the fridge but take it out 30 minutes before to bring it back to room temperature.
Making the Spanakopita:
Preheat oven to 375F (190C)
Unwrap the filo pastry and cover with plastic wrap, then cover the plastic wrap with a damp towel. Work swiftly as the dough is delicate and dries out quickly, taking out only two sheets at a time.
Place one piece of filo dough on a clean work surface so that the long edge is closest to you. (make sure the rest of the dough is covered while you work) Brush the sheet with some melted butter and then press a second sheet on top, smoothing it down so that the butter makes them stick together.
Cut the piece, lengthwise, into four strips or five strips (roughly 12” x 2 3/4” strips – how many you get will depend on the brand of filo you buy as they are all slightly different sizes) . Use a ruler and a pizza cutting wheel or a very sharp, long knife to make it easier and to ensure a straight cut.
Put 1 tbls of filling 1 cm from bottom of each strip and then fold the right hand corner over so the bottom edge meets the side edge to enclose the filling and form a triangle. Continue folding the strip like a flag, keeping the triangle shape. When you get to the last turn, brush the end with some more butter to serve as glue and finish the fold. Transfer each finished triangle pastry to a parchment lined baking sheet. Keep going until you have used all of your filo and/or filling.
Brush the tops of the triangles with more butter, sprinkle a pinch of sesame seeds on each one and bake for about 15-20 minutes , until nice and golden. Serve warm or at room temperature.
If you want to make them ahead of time, you can form them, brush with butter, sprinkle with sesame seeds and then place them in a single layer in a large freezer bag, covering the top with a piece of parchment and freeze them Bake the spanakopita straight from the freezer in the same way as you do for freshly made.
These are a savory-breakfast-lovers’ dream! We make a few different types of scones, both sweet and savory, each year to bring to our family brunch gathering, and these are without doubt my favourite. So full of salty, savory mushroom flavour and ooey gooey aged cheddar cheese. They freeze wonderfully, too! Just take one out and warm in the oven and you’ve got a homemade treat to indulge in.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or two knives until you’ve got a crumbly mixture with butter pieces no larger than peas.
I like to put the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes here to make sure everything is as cold as possible. If you skip this step, no problem.
Add the lightly beaten eggs and buttermilk and stir to combine. It will be wet and sticky.
Add in the cheddar and cooled chopped mushrooms and knead the dough, folding it over on itself 5-6 times to incorporate the mushrooms and cheese.
Again, I like to pop it in the freezer at this point for another 10 minutes.
On a lightly floured surface, turn the sticky dough out and knead lightly a few more times. Roll the dough ¾ inch thick. Cut out 3 inch squares, then cut diagonally to make triangles. You should have about 10 scones.
Place on a parchment lined baking sheet, brush with a little beaten egg and a sprinkle of fresh ground pepper if you’d like.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Preheat oven to 425.
Toss whole mushrooms in the oil, salt and pepper.
Spread on a baking sheet and roast, stirring a few times, until tender and browned, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely before chopping up and adding to scone mixture. If you have leftovers, save them for an omelette in the morning.
I’ve used Cremini mushrooms here, but you feel free to use what you like best.
For cheese, I used a cheddar aged for 3 years but again whatever you like will be great. Something sharp and tangy works really well.
Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes | Serves: 4 double or 8 single
6 Organic free range eggs
4 tablespoons milk/
200g mixed mushrooms (Enoki, Baby Portobello’s, Shitake, Oyster)
50g grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano
1 clove garlic
1/4 yellow onion chopped
4 tablespoons e.v.o Oil
I teaspoon butter
1 Tablespoon freshly chopped Italian parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup white wine
Fine sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
1/4 cup European shaved black Truffle cheese
Clean mushrooms, cut them in slices preserving their shape
Clean garlic and press releasing some of the oil, in a sauté pan drizzle in 2 tablespoons evo oil and bring to a medium to high heat and toss in onions and garlic.
Continually stir until onion becomes soft and translucent about 2 minutes, then add in mushrooms. and stir, you may need to add a bit of oil as the mushrooms will absorb a bit, season with salt and pepper.
When the mushrooms are well coated with the oil add in the thyme and white wine and cook for about 10 minutes or until wine is all dissipated stirring occasionally. Finish with sprinkle of parsley and set aside to cool.
Crack eggs in a medium bowl, spoon in milk ,add some salt and pepper and the grated Parmigiano cheese or Grana whichever you have and stir well until eggs, milk and cheese are well incorporated, add in cooled mushrooms leaving about 1/8 of the mushrooms for later use and stir again.
In a 10 inch sauté pan drizzle in 2 tablespoon evo oil and drop in the butter, heat on low until butter melts and rotate pan to evenly distribute the oil and butter throughout the bottom of the pan.
Pour egg and mushroom mixture into sauté pan and move pan to evenly distribute the mixture well. Move mushrooms so they are distributed well throughout the pan. Cover and let cook for 10 minutes on very low heat. With a spatula check it from time to time to see that bottom is not browning.
When the bottom is firm and a nice creamy color, put the remaining mushroom nicely on top, place a 10 inch dish that fits tight inside the pan and holding the dish firmly turn the pan upside down releasing the frittata from the pan to the plate. Then slowly slide the frittata nicely back into the pan.
Let it cook on low for about 2-3 minutes uncovered check it by lifting the edge with a spatula if it is firm take off heat and slide frittata onto a plate, and shave some black European black truffle cheese on top and finish with a sprinkling of fresh chopped parsley, cut into 8 equal slices and serve.