Most of you know that Larry loves to experiment in the kitchen, while I am strictly a cookbook cook! A friend shared her portobellos with us the other night.
“What’s for dinner?”, he asked.
“How about basil and prosciutto pizza with goat cheese?” I replied.
“Uhm” he replied. “What about using the mushrooms?”
“Go for it!” I replied. Et voila, here is the result complete with a pic so you can see how great it looked. BTW…it was fantastic!!!
The recipe…two per person!
Grilled Portobellos with Goat Cheese and Figs
4 large Portobello mushrooms
200 g package of (herbed) goat cheese
1 tsp chopped garlic
3 strips of precooked bacon or use slightly cooked prosciutto
3 Tbs of fresh basil , small pieces
10 fresh figs, thinly sliced
Chinese 5 spice powder* available in most supermarkets…
Soften the goat cheese so it is spreadable.
Prepare a ribbed grill pan, brush it with olive oil and place over medium heat. Remove stem from mushrooms, chop it finely and set aside.
Brush both sides of the mushrooms liberally with olive oil.
Cut bacon into one inch pieces onto a doubled sheet of paper towel and microwave one minute. Set aside.
Into a small fry pan, put a Tbsp. of olive oil and put over medium heat. Add the chopped mushroom stems and the garlic and fry for about 3 minutes. Turn off heat.
Place the sliced figs in a single layer in a pan large enough to accommodate them. Sprinkle water, one tablespoon at a time, enough so that the slices won’t stick to the pan and simmer them just long enough to soften the slices. Turn off heat and let sit until needed.
Place the mushrooms topside up on the grill and grill for about 5 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to a microwavable plate and microwave on high for one minute. Transfer back to the grill, topside down this time. Cover the surface of each mushroom with a generous coating of cheese, place the chopped mushroom mixture, then the slices of fig over the cheese.
Then add the bacon bits, and finally the basil pieces. Sprinkle sparingly with Chinese 5 Spice powder. Drizzle with balsamic glaze. By this time the mushrooms should be cooked through….soft but not mushy. Plate and serve.
MIXED FRUIT CRISP
This crisp is just Larry’s version of an old-fashioned apple crisp. Be creative, and adventurous!
Servings: about 8 – 10 medium size
You will need 1 oven proof casserole, with lid or use foil to cover.
(He used our French white corning approx. 11” x 8.5” x 3”. It was the perfect size for this quantity.)
Grease with shortening or a bit of coconut oil.
Set oven at 350 F.
1.5 cups pear: peeled and cubed ½ ‘’ size
1.5 cups fresh figs: cut in 1/8ths
1 cup mango: cubed ½” size
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup flour
4 Tbs fresh grated ginger
1 lemon: zest the lemon and squeeze the juice of ½ lemon into the fruit mixture, cut the other half into small segments, skin removed
1 cup of toasted slivered almonds
Amaretto for drizzling lightly over the almonds (optional)
½ cup of flour
2/3 cup rolled oats: large flakes, not quick cooking
1 cup of toasted coconut
I cup brown sugar
1/3 cup of softened butter
1 tsp salt
¼ cup of coconut oil (or use ½ cup of butter instead of 1/3 cup)
The remainder of the lemon zest
Coconut liqueur (not coconut rum) for drizzling over the topping
Honey for drizzling over the topping
Toast the almonds and the coconut separately and put them aside to be added in later.
Whisk flour, ginger, lemon zest and sugar together. Mix fruit together, adding in lemon juice, then sprinkle the flour mixture over the fruit and and mix well to coat all fruit. Place mixture in the greased casserole. Cover the mixture with the toasted almonds and drizzle with Amaretto.
Combine the dry topping ingredients, flour, oats, coconut, sugar, salt and lemon zest. Add the coconut oil and butter. Mix well and press on to fruit and almond mixture. Drizzle with the coconut liqueur if desired.
Put in oven with lid on and set timer for 30 minutes. Remove lid after 15 minutes to allow top to become “crisp”. Reset timer for 20 minutes. Check after 10 min. to see if topping is becoming brown. If you see the topping becoming too brown, replace the lid. Total cook time should be between 30 and 45 minutes.
Best served with a scoop of coconut ice cream or French vanilla if you cannot find coconut.