Saturday, November 14, 2009

Pastry-Wrapped Portobellos w/ Basic Mashed Potatoes & Madeira Sauce

Pastry-Wrapped Portobellos w/ Basic Mashed Potatoes & Madeira Sauce

I ashamed to confess this, but for me food in rarely just functional. As much as I hate the term, I'm a "foodie" to the core. If something doesn't taste amazing, I will eat a couple of bite, but that's about it. I'm always searching for that next euphoric food experience.

Pastry-Wrapped Portobellos {page 331} with Basic Mashed Potatoes {page 373} and Madeira Sauce {page 546} was one such euphoric experience.

Flaky golden pastry encases a tender portobello mushroom, filled with a walnut stuffing. Paired with the creaminess of the mashed potatoes and the deep, complex richness of the Madeira sauce, it was a flavor party in my mouth.

As I was eating this meal, it occurred to me that the mushrooms would make an AWESOME main dish for Thanksgiving. If anyone is still searching for the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving feast, this just might be the thing.

One more thing I wanted to mention -- when I looked at the recipes this evening, the whole meal felt very daunting to make. However, it came together really quickly. I went into the kitchen at 4:45pm, did a bunch of dishes, and still had dinner on the table by 6pm. So...don't let the "fanciness" of this dissuade you, it's actually really easy to put together.

Pastry-Wrapped Portobellos is definitely a recipe worth buying this book for.

-- Your Friendly Neighborhood Batgirl


  1. Oh man, that looks and sounds delicious!

  2. I was just at a vegetarian restaurant that has a portobello "Wellington" on the menu similar to this -- I was *just* saying that I kind of wished it were vegan. Ta-dah -- 1,000 Vegan Recipes (and the blog) delivers!

  3. For Thanksgiving? I might just have to.


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