Friday, November 16, 2007
Autumn Mushroom Stew with Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
First of all, Yum.
Secondly, if you were to host a vegan Thanksgiving dinner, this would be an excellent replacement for the turkey.
The portobellos, shitake, porcini, and button mushrooms along with the fresh rosemary and thyme give this dish an earthy flavor that screams "PERFECT FALL MEAL!" Unless of course you don't like mushrooms...then you will hate this dish.
I found this recipe in Natural Home magazine and had to doctor it up a bit to make it vegan, by simply substituting soy milk for cream in the potatoes and Earth Balance for butter, which didn't compromise anything at all regarding flavor or texture.
*As a note, I noticed that when I made the "Mushroom Stock" which was supposed to give 2 cups stock, I only got about 1/2 a cup. I just made up the remaining amount with the vegetable broth and mixed that in with the stew...but if you do this, make sure to puree the cooked mushrooms and add it to the stew for thickness.
Autumn Mushroom Stew
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large onion, chopped fine
1 tsp fresh rosemary
1 tsp fresh thyme
1/2 lb portobellos (about 2 large portobellos, gills removed)
1/2 lb shitake mushrooms, or other wild mushrooms roughly chopped into 1-inch pieces
14 ounces white mushrooms
3 cloves pressed garlic
2 Tbs. tomato paste
2 cups Mushroom Stock (see following recipe)
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp Earth Balance
2 Tbsp fresh parsley
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, rosemary and thyme and cook, covered, about 10-15 minutes over medium-low heat until soft and golden brown.
2. Add portobellos, shitake, and white mushrooms; cover and cook 10 minutes until soft.
3. Push mushrooms and onions to the side and add the garlic and cook about 1 minute or until it just releases its fragrance.
4. Add tomato paste, mushroom stock, vinegar, pureed mushrooms from stock and Earth Balance. Simmer 5-10 minutes.
5. Add parsley, salt and pepper and additional vinegar or herbs to taste. Serve over Rosemary Mashed Potatoes.
2 3/4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 (about 1/2 oz) cup dried porcini or chanterelle mushrooms
2 Tbsp olive oil
8 oz white mushrooms, chopped
2 Tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp dried thyme
1 cup dry white wine
2 Tbsp garbanzo fava flour (or rice flour), for thickener
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1. Heat vegetable broth in saucepan until hot. Add dried porcini mushrooms and remove from heat. Set aside at least 30 minutes, until plump.
2. Heat olive oil in skillet, add white mushrooms and cook 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, thyme, wine and plumped porcinis. Bring to a simmer.
3. Sprinkle in flour, increase heat to high and cook uncovered about 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring often.
4. Add balsamic vinegar and simmer 10 minutes. Pour into a colander and press mushrooms to extract juice. *You should have about 2 cups of mushroom stock.
5. Puree the cooked mushrooms to add to the stew for thickness.
Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
2 1/2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes (about 6 large potatoes)
2 Tbsp Earth Balance, or more to taste
2 Tbsp olive oil, or more to taste
1/2 cup soy milk
2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1. Peel potatoes and place them in large pot with cold water to cover. Bring to a boil, 20 to 40 minutes, or until tender. Drain, cover and keep warm.
2. Add Earth Balance, olive oil, soy milk, rosemary, salt and pepper and mash with a potato masher or fork until smashed, but not perfectly smooth. Add more butter, olive oil, or soy milk to taste.
3. To serve, place potatoes on plates, top with mushroom stew and garnish with rosemary or thyme.