Even those weary of blue cheese, will savour this creamy Gorgonzola pasta loaded with golden locally grown mushrooms, crisp sage, and toasted walnuts. Not for the faint of heart, this decadent dish is easy enough for a quick weekday dinner yet impressive enough for entertaining. Serve with a salad of bitter greens and lemon to cut the richness of the sauce.
½ lb./250 g. pappardelle
2 tbsp butter
24 sage leaves
1 lb./450 g mixed mushrooms (cinnamon cap, shitake, king oyster
2 tbsp white wine (optional)
1 cup heavy cream
4 oz./113 g. Gorgonzola Dolce, plus more to taste
¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
Heat butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Fry half the sage leaves until crisp, about 1-2 minutes. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate.Repeat with remaining sage.
Add the mushrooms to the skillet. Cook until golden brown. Remove and keep warm.
Add the wine, scraping the bottom of the pan to release any browned bits.
Cook until reduced by half. Add the cream and bring to a simmer. Cook until thickened.
Whisk in the cheese, adding more to taste if desired.
Add the pasta and mushrooms, tossing to coat the noodles. Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with sage leaves.
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.
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.
Prepped in as little as 20 minutes, this dish makes a perfect weeknight dinner! Creamy on the inside, crunchy on the outside, this crisp puts a savory twist on a classic dish. Despite the three layers, this recipe is surprisingly efficient. While roasting brings out the flavour of the vegetables, it doesn’t demand your attention. By the time the vegetables are roasted, the sauce and topping are ready to go, and you’re 20 minutes away from a piping hot dish of winter comfort.
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, halved, about 2 generous cups
1 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
Extra virgin olive oil, for coating, about 1/4 cup
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1/2 cup cream
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 cup grated Parmesan
1 1/2 cups Panko
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
3 sprigs fresh thyme leaves, pulled from the stem
Freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 425°F with a rack in the centre. Line a large
rimmed baking pan with parchment.
In a large mixing bowl, toss the cauliflower, mushrooms, and onion slices in oil to lightly coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss again.
Spread the vegetables in a single layer on the prepared baking pan. Use two pans if needed, since crowding will cause the vegetables to steam rather than roast.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. The cauliflower should just be starting to char. Remove from oven, and reduce heat to 375°F.
While the vegetables are roasting prepare the sauce and topping. For the sauce, place a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter and gently sweat the crushed garlic until soft without browning, about2 minutes.
Add the flour and cook a minute or two, stirring to mix well. The flour mixture should become a thick paste. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking until smooth. Add the cream and thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
As soon at the sauce boils, reduce the heat to low and simmer until thick. Remove thyme sprigs, stir in Parmesan. Cover and remove from heat until ready to use.
For topping toss the panko, Parmesan, thyme leaves, and pepper together in a medium bowl. Drizzle with melted butter and toss to evenly distribute.
Place roasted vegetables in a deep 2-Litre casserole dish. Pour warm sauce over the vegetables and stir gently to coat. Spoon panko mixture evenly over the top.
Bake at 370 F. for 15 to 20 minutes or until the crumb topping is browned and the filling is bubbling. Serve immediately.
This recipe is going to be the next big comfort food! It’s just what you need to stay warm on those cold winter nights, and it’s a quick and easy meal to prepare so you don’t have to be out of the warm blankets for too long!