This was my “turkey with stuffing” for Thanksgiving! It’s made with a savory lentil cashew stuffing that’s baked in juicy portobello mushrooms and infused with aromatic herbs. I served it with a side of Maple Roasted Brussels sprouts. Thank you to my friend, Lan, who forwarded both recipes. Who are you thankful for?
Recipe by Chloe Coscarelli, who won of “Cupcake Wars” with vegan cupcakes! (serves 6)
1 large yellow onion, small dice
2T olive oil, plus extra for brushing
4 cloves garlic, minced
1c cooked brown rice (or grain of choice)
1 can lentils, drained and rinsed
1/2c vegetable broth
1t dried basil
1T fresh thyme leaves plus extra for garnish
6 portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed
1 tomato, sliced in thin rounds
Freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In large skillet, sauté the onions and cashews with 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and sauté until onions are soft and lightly browned. Add garlic and let cook a few more minutes.
- In a large bowl combine onion mixture, brown rice, lentils, breadcrumbs, vegetable broth, basil and thyme. Mix together and season to taste with salt and pepper. (The stuffing can be made up to three days in advance and stored covered in the refrigerator.)
- Brush both sides of mushroom caps lightly with olive oil and place top-side down on an oiled sheet pan. Stuff mushrooms with about 1/2 cup lentil cashew stuffing, then press one tomato slice on top of the stuffing. (The mushrooms can be stuffed and assembled on a baking tray the day before you plan to bake and serve them.)
- Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until the stuffing is browned and the mushroom begins releasing juices. Garnish with extra fresh thyme leaves.