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Author Notes: This traveling dish works well at any temperature. Fill the mushrooms with the pesto of your choice, or enjoy the vegan recipe below. —cyndin
Makes: 1-2 dozen mushrooms
cups pine nuts (or raw cashew pieces)
bunch fresh cilantro
bunch fresh parsley (flat leaf is best)
bunch fresh mint (optional)
Juice of 2 good sized limes (or lemons)
cup (or to taste) extra virgin olive oil
Fresh garlic cloves, peeled (optional)
Cumin seeds or powder
Fresh ground black pepper
- Turn the nuts into meal in a food processor or a good blender (a few seconds).
- Add lime juice (and garlic if using) and process until very creamy (you can add some of the olive oil if needed).
- Add seasonings to taste and blend until well mixed.
- Cut or twist off the ends of the stems of the parsley and cilantro then wash the herbs well (normally they take 3 soaks and lift-outs in a large bowl of water). Remove mint leaves (if using) from the stem and wash leaves if needed. Shake off water well.
- Set aside a couple handfuls of herbs without their stems. Process the rest into the nuts until everything is green and no stems are left intact.
- Adjust salt and other seasonings if needed. Add olive oil and blend in.
- Add the remaining leaves and pulse the machine so that the leaves are all cut up well but still recognizable (or mince the leaves and mix them in by hand).
Crimini mushrooms (quantity depends on size of mushrooms and herb bunches; this recipe should fill at least a dozen 2-2 1/2" diameter mushrooms)
- Wash the mushrooms and gently remove the stems and the fleshy part over the gills (chop what you've removed and put aside for a stir-fry another day).
- Lightly oil a baking pan, place the mushrooms gill down on the pan to get some oil then flip to roast on their backs.
- Bake until soft but still strong enough to pick up with your fingers. About 15 minutes at 350*F, but go by doneness, not time.
- Dump any accumulated liquid and leave them upside down on the dry pan to cool.
- Put a heaping spoonful of pesto in each mushroom.
- Serve warm, room temperature, or cold. Store in single layers. They will last in the fridge for a day or two. Great for picnics.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Picnic Dish