Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Provencal Stuffed Portabellos

Portabellos are pretty much a staple for vegetarians. Long before veggie burgers were readily available, grilled portabello caps were a stand in for me. When I began eating meat again, I kind of forgot about them. Now that I'm back to vegetarian, I'm sure I'll be using them more often!
For dinner tonight, rather than grill them, I decided to stuff them. I've seen them stuffed with spinach, crab and sausage, but never with a vegetarian protein. I decided to make a white bean ragout and use some of the Herbes de Provence that Becky brought back for me. I topped these with a little Gruyere and bread crumbs and they were absolutely delicious! Much different from any other portabello I'd ever had.

Provencal Stuffed Portabellos

4 portabello caps, stemmed and gills scraped out
Salt and pepper
1 small yellow onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp. Herbes de Provence
1/4 c. vegetable stock
1 15 oz. can of organic cannelini beans, drained
10 sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1/4 c. shredded gruyere cheese
1/4 c. bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place portabellos on a baking sheet, drizzle with EVOO and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place in the oven and roast while you prepare the beans (gills side up, see below)
Heat a saute' pan over medium heat.
Add 1 tbsp. EVOO, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes.
Cook for 5-10 minutes, until soft and slightly browned.
Add stock, Herbes de Provence, tomatoes and beans.
Stir to combine.
Remove portabellos from the oven.
Spoon bean mixture into caps, sprinkle with cheese and breadcrumbs.
Roast for another 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Thanks for the "Herbes from Provence," Lover :)
P.S. - My new kitchen gets NO natural light... so I think a light box construction might be in my future. Anyone have a good tutorial on how to make one?? I might put JJ to work this weekend making it... my photos are just sad!


Sarah said...

I have not made one myself, but I had this tutorial bookmarked: http://gottalittlespacetofill.blogspot.com/2009/02/make-lightbox.html

Good Luck!

Finsmom said...

Yummy! These look tasty!

Joanne said...

Donna over at My Tasty Treasures made a light box a while back...check out her blog or ask her how she did it!

I didn't know you were back to being vegetarian...congrats! These portabellos look yummy.

Jen said...

My good friend Amy made one. I did a post about using your flash because sometimes you just have to. Another tip I've learned, you can use a paper towel folded over or a paper plate and put it over your flash so that the flash reflects backwards (hope that makes sense), anyways, it prevent the harsh white flash on food.

Kelly said...

Your kitchen sounds like mine, no natural light whatsoever. My boyfriend bought me a nice little light box off amazon so I shoot there or in my bedroom. I think I missed something...you're vegetarian again?

Ashlee Wetherington said...

thanks for the recs, i think i'll attempt making on today!
yeah, i decided to go back to veg about a month ago. i'll still cook some meat for JJ if i can find some good organic stuff, but for now i'm off it.

Liv said...

hey ash! here ya go: http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html

that link is from my cousin's reccomendation -- she's an awesome amateur photographer! kipphotography.com