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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Portobello Wellington

Portobello Wellington
Vegan; Serves 2

Imagine my surprise when Bruce told me that he had never had beef wellington, nor did he know what it was. Well, I told him and I made this (the best thing, since no one had to die). I ended up needing to make my puff pastry since I was unsuccessful of locating it in the city.... I served this with the balsamic roasted Brussels sprouts. Adapted and inspired by Virtually Vegan Mama.

2 portobello mushrooms
1 sheet vegan puff pastry (see recipe in blog)
1/2 cup of white button mushrooms
1 cup of baby spinach
2 small leeks (or small shallots, peeled), and roughly chopped
1 large cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1 sprig fresh tarragon, stemmed
1 3/4 cup(s) of no salt added vegetable stock
2 pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. of olive oil

2 Tablespoons of red wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons of white wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon olive oil


1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. For the Duxelles: Add spinach, button mushrooms, leeks or shallots, garlic, and tarragon to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add 2 tsp. Earth Balance Butter to a large sauté pan and set over medium heat. Add the mushroom mixture, 1/4 cup vegetable stock and sauté for 10 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated. Season with a pinch of black pepper and set aside to cool.

3. For the Portabello Mushrooms: Gently scrap gills from Portobello mushrooms with a spoon. Place mushrooms on baking tray lined with parchment paper or non-stick baking mat. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, set aside. Cut pastry sheet into 4 equal parts (save and use 2 for later). Using a spoon, cover each mushroom with a layer of duxelles (make sure to fill the back cavity of the mushroom with the duxelles). Fold pastry around the mushrooms and enclose entirely, press down lightly with fingers to make sure it is sealed completely. Place mushrooms, with folded side down, on baking tray lined with parchment paper or non-stick baking mat. Bake mushrooms in oven until pastry is golden brown for 20-25 minutes.

4. Whisk together vinegars and olive oil. Drizzle over mushrooms.

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