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Citronelle Roasted Portabellos With Spinach

Type: Vegetables
Courses: Side dish
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

4   Portabello mushroom caps - wiped clean (large)
1/4 cup 59mlBalsamic vinegar
1/2 cup 118mlOlive oil - divided
  Salt - to taste
  Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste
1 tablespoon 15mlButter
2   Shallots - diced
5 cups 1185mlBaby spinach
1 cup 198g / 7ozSugar
2 cups 186g / 6.6ozFresh or frozen cranberries
1/2   Vanilla bean - split lengthwise
1   Star anise
  Juice of 1 orange
2 tablespoons 30mlSherry vinegar

Recipe Instructions

Heat the oven to 300 degrees.

Place the mushrooms in a baking pan. Pour in the balsamic vinegar and one-fourth cup of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake until the mushrooms are tender, about 20 minutes, turning the mushrooms once halfway through the cooking time. Set aside.

Heat the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the spinach and cook, tossing just until the spinach starts to wilt, about 1 minute. Set aside.

Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the bottom of a large, heavy skillet. Heat the skillet over low heat and cook the sugar without stirring until it begins to melt around the edges. Once it does, pick the skillet up and gently swirl the sugar in a circular motion until all the sugar has melted and is a light caramel color, about 5 minutes.

Add the cranberries, vanilla bean, star anise and orange juice. The caramel will harden, but that's OK. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the caramel melts again, about 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool slightly then whisk in the remaining olive oil and the Sherry vinegar. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. Remove the vanilla bean. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

To assemble, place a mushroom on each of 4 plates. Top each mushroom with spinach then drizzle with the warm vinaigrette.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

Each serving: 569 calories; 235 mg. sodium; 8 mg. cholesterol; 31 grams fat; 6 grams saturated fat; 72 grams carbohydrates; 9 grams protein; 8.05 grams fiber.

The Los Angeles Times, 01-29-2003


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