FRENCH ONION AND WILD MUSHROOM SOUP
4 Tablespoons butter
4 cups mushroom stock
1 ounce dried mushrooms of your choice
2 Tablespoons olive oil
¼ to ½ cup dry sherry
3 large vidalia onions, thinly sliced
4 thick slices crusty bread
1 bay leaf
1 large garlic clove, halved
1 ½ teaspoons ground thyme
½ pound Gruyere cheese, shredded
salt and pepper
In a heavy soup pot, melt the butter with the olive oil, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Stir in the onions, bay leaf and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are softened and browned, about 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring the stock and 2 cups water to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the mushrooms and slice.
Preheat the broiler. Pour the sherry into the onions and cook over medium heat, scraping up any browned bits. Stir in the mushrooms and hot stock
Toast the bread under the broiler, rub with the garlic and top with cheese. Broil until melted. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with the toasts.
PORTABELLA CHILI TO FEED THE FAMILY
2 medium onions, diced
4 pounds portabellas or baby bellas, chopped
2 celery stalks, diced
5 cups diced tomatoes
4 cups tomato sauce
8 cups kidney beans or less if desired
1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 medium bell peppers, diced
2 red bell peppers, diced
3 Tablespoons jalapenos, minced
2 Tablespoons cumin
2 Tablespoons corn meal
1 Tablespoon salt
½ Tablespoon black pepper
Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Sauté the onions, celery, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper in the hot oil until just browned. Add mushrooms and sauté 5 minutes more, add remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil. Simmer 20-30 minutes.
Remember- chili always tastes better the longer it simmers or served the next day!
Marinated Shiitake Mushrooms
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon sliced garlic
1 tablespoon sliced fresh ginger root
3/4 pound baby shiitake mushroom caps, not more than 1 1/2 inches in diameter, wiped clean and stems removed
1 cup rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a large heavy saucepan, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger root, and mushrooms and saute for 3 minutes, or until the mushrooms are just seared and still dry. Deglaze the pan with the vinegar and reduce over medium-high heat until almost no liquid remains. Stir in the Cayenne pepper and salt and remove from the heat. Refrigerate to cool.
BABY BELLA-GREEN BEAN SALAD
1 pound fresh green beans, cut into ¾ inch pieces steamed or blanched until tender
½ pound baby bella mushrooms, sliced thin
1/8 cup chopped parsley
¼ cup green onions chopped
Toss ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
Slowly whisk in 4 Tablespoons olive oil.
Pour dressing over vegetable mix and toss lightly.
Chill and serve.