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Mushroom and Leek Loaf


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Mushroom and Leek Loaf

Chris VR | | Mar 21, 2006 05:02 PM

As requested in the thread below, here is this recipe.

Mushroom and Leek Loaf

It's pretty labor intensive, and has a pate-like consistency and a rich flavor, due to the butter and cream, but it's very good and makes a nice dish to serve for vegetarians.

2 large leeks
1 1/2 pounds mushrooms
4 tbsp butter, plus more for the loaf pan
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup dry vermouth
2 tbsp. lemon juice
grated zest of 1/2 lemon
3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
3 tbsp. snipped fresh chives
1 tbsp fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried)
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup flour
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups cream

Trim off the roots and the dark green tops of the the leeks. Separate several of the large outer leaves from the leeks, reserving the insides, rinse them and blanch in a pot of boiling water for 3 minutes. When they are wilted, drain and refresh them in cold water. Drain them again and pat them dry on paper towels.

Butter a 6 cup loaf pan. Cut aluminum foil OR parchment paper to fit the bottom and sides, butter both sides, and line the pan with the foil/paper. As an inside lining, lay the leek leaves across the pan over the foil/paper, overlapping them as necessary to cover any gaps. Let the ends hang over the sides.

Preheat the oven to 375. Chop the mushrooms fairly fine (if you use a food processor, do this in batches and be sure not to overprocess them). Finely chop the reserved inner leeks to measure about 1/2 cup. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium-low heat and saute the mushrooms, leeks and garlic, stirring often, for about 10 minutes. When they cook down and their liquid evaporates, add the vermouth and lemon juice. Continue cooking until the mixture is reduced to a thick, dark mass, about 15-20 minutes. Season to taste with lemon zest, herbs, salt and pepper. Stir in the flour, blending it well, and set aside off the heat.

Beat the eggs together in a large bowl and stir in the cream. Loosen the mushrooms with a spoonful of cream, then mix in all the mushrooms, stirring to make it smooth. Carefully pour the mixture into the prepared pan and fold the leek leaves over the top to enclose the mushrooms. Place the pan in a larger pan filled with boiling water to reach halfway up the sides. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Let the mushroom cool on a rack for 10-15 minutes before unmolding. Remove the foil/paper on top, turn the pan onto a serving plate, and remove the foil/paper on the sides.

To serve, slice the loaf into slices with a serrated knife. Serve it warm or at room temperature. Makes 12 servings.