• A Fair Choice of Mushrooms

    by  • March 14, 2013 • African Heritage & Health Week, Fall, Recipes, Vegetables, Winter • 2 Comments

    Rustic Kale and Chanterelle Pie with Creamy Parmesan Cheese sauce

    There was a choice to use any FungusAmongUs products (The name is laughable, but for mushroom lovers, like me, it sounds like pure joy). It was a tough decision, because I was too intimidated to pick the whole truffle. I wanted it, but it’s not nice to come off as a greedy food blogger. To ask for it means the recipe better compete with a top chef on the food networks. I tried writing recipes incorporating truffles, but they only needed simple (still delicious) mushrooms. For a long time, I was indecisive, because they’re many FungusAmongUs products to choose. The final choice was fair: flavorful dried chanterelle mushrooms and the exquisite truffle mustard

    Rustic Kale and Chanterelle Pie with Creamy Parmesan Cheese sauce

    For the first recipe, dried chanterelles were used in a savory, rustic pie with fresh kale and topped with a creamy parmesan sauce. It’s the same pastry crust used in the Ginger, Almond Pear Pie. The kale went nicely with the dried chanterelle mushrooms. For a last minute ‘wow,’ a parmesan cream sauce was not only drizzled over the pie, it was excessively poured. Next time, I’ll add minced mushrooms to the sauce to intensify the flavor.

    Dried Chanterelles

    The truffle was not chosen, because I recalled the dating advice from an old friend: Never order the most expensive dish on a first date. It’s good dating advice crossing over into my food blog, especially when developing food-related business relationships. If I had chosen the whole truffle, I would’ve felt compelled to use a famous chef’s recipe, because they’re too expensive to make a mistake. Choosing reasonably priced dried chanterelles allowed for stress-free creativity. Just like a first date, it’s better to start slow. Now, what I did with the truffle mustard (see the Facebook Photo here for a sneak peak) is another recipe publishing later with a FungusAmongUs contest announcement.

    Oh, by the way: Happy Pi Day and St. Patrick’s Day!

    If you had your choice to order any FungusAmongUs product, would you chose the whole black truffle mushroom or another one of their product? Share your answers in the comment section below. 

    Chanterelles dehydrating in boiling water

    Rustic Kale and Chanterelle Pie with Parmesan Cream Sauce

    Ingredients

    • 1 oz. dried chanterelle mushrooms (Reserve a little of the dehydrated mushroom water)
    • 2 to 3 tbsp. olive oil
    • 1 small red onion; diced
    • 2 to 3 garlic cloves; minced
    • A pinch of crushed red pepper
    • Sea salt and fresh black pepper; to taste
    • 5 oz. kale; stems removed and discarded; roughly chopped
    • (Optional) 2 tbsp. water or white wine
    • One recipe for single-crust pastry (found here)
    • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter; melted and cool
    • One recipe for parmesan cream sauce (found here or here)

    Directions

    1. Pour boiling hot water over chanterelle mushrooms in a bowl. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Strain water from the chanterelles (save the mushroom water to use for soup). Roughly chop mushrooms and set them aside.
    2. Preheat oven to 425°F.
    3. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a skillet. Mix in onions and stir until they're translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, red pepper, salt and fresh black pepper. Add chanterelle mushrooms and stir for less than 2 minutes.
    4. Add kale and stir until they're just wilted. If the skillet is too dry, add a little of the reserved mushroom water or wine.
    5. Loosely wrap pastry dough around a lightly floured rolling pin. Carefully unroll pastry dough over a parchment lined baking sheet. Using slotted spoon, place chanterelles and mushrooms in the center of the dough. Bring the edges of the pastry over the vegetables. Carefully pinch sides together. Don't worry about making the pie look pretty, because the pie should look rustic.
    6. Brush melted butter over the pastry and vegetables. Place pie in the oven and bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until the pie is lightly golden brown and crispy.
    7. Meanwhile make the Parmesan Cream Sauce.
    8. When the pie is done, let cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
    9. Drizzle the parmesan cream sauce over the pie.
    10. Cut into individual wedges and enjoy.
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    Rustic Kale and Chanterelle Pie with Creamy Parmesan Cheese sauce

    Dried Chanterelles

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    2 Responses to A Fair Choice of Mushrooms

    1. March 15, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      This looks so good Sanura! I love how the cream sauce was “excessively poured.” I love mushrooms and have made a point of eating more of them since learning how full of nutrients they are. I make sure to buy some every week! So many choices on the website! I’d probably choose “Your Kitchen Dried Shiitake.”

    2. March 14, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Brava! As always, your creativity served you well! This pie is gorgeous! I wish I had it for lunch today. The cream sauce as a wow factor is next level! Happy Pi Day Indeed.

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