Friday, August 12, 2011

Porcini Mushroom Stroganoff

I have been having a great time with my friend's vegan cookbooks.  I have tried quite a few recipes and most have been very successful.  One recipe was so divinely, deliciously, delectable that immediately after eating it I e-mailed the publisher for permission to print the recipe exactly from the book.  And, much to my surprise, I received a couple of lovely e-mails back and then this:
"We are pleased to grant this permission free of charge.  Please be sure to credit title, author, and publisher." 
Hooray!!  So here it is:
The recipe: Porcini Mushroom Stroganoff
The book: The Candle Cafe Cookbook
The authors: Joy Pierson and Bart Potenza with Barbara Scott-Goodman
The publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers New York, 2003

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unbleached flour
2 tablespoons soy margarine
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
2 ounces dried porcini mushrooms
1 pound button mushrooms
1/4 cup white wine
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup soy milk
Pinch of dried parsley
Pinch of dried dill
1 thyme sprig
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
1 pound fettuccine

1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat the oil.  Stir in the flour and cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add the soy margarine, garlic, onion, salt and pepper and cook for an additional 4 minutes.
2. Add the porcini and button mushrooms, wine, tomato past, and soy milk.  Stir in the parsley, dill, thyme bay leaf and chives.  Bring to the boil, then simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
3. Bring a large pot of water to the boil and cook the fettuccine according to package directions.  Drain.
4. Spoon the sauce over the fettuccine and serve at once.

The only intentional change I made was to use considerably less pepper than the 1 tablespoon called for in the recipe.

If you look at my pictures you may notice that I used button mushrooms and field mushrooms.  How did this come about?  Well, I quickly scribbled down 2 pounds porcine mushrooms and 1 pound button mushrooms on my shopping list and headed for the shops.  I had somehow managed to complete miss that the porcine mushrooms were supposed to be dried, and that the recipe called for 2 ounces, not 2 pounds!  

The Fruit and Veggie store that I usually go to was all out of fancy mushrooms.  And there were none to be had in the other Fruit and Veg store and 2 supermarkets that I went to.  So instead I bought 2 pounds of button mushrooms and 1 pound of field mushrooms.  The result was an amazingly delicious Stroganoff that delighted us.  I only realized my mistake when I made it again last weekend and was re-reading the recipe.  Well never mind because, fortunately my mistake didn't stuff it up.

The second time I made it I noticed a very slight after taste that I have detected if I overheat soy milk when I make Soy Hot Chocolate.   I think I had the pan too hot when I added the soy milk and so I will be carefully not to make that mistake next time.  Because, oh yes, there will definitely be a next time!

I am guessing that using the dried mushrooms would result in a less runny sauce and I am going to try making it the "official" way soon.  I will let you know how that turns out.

I have also found a Stroganoff recipie in Vegan with a Vengeance.  The recipe is quite different and includes Seitan and sounds a little more complicated.  I will get around to making that one day too, and it will be interesting to compare the results.

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