As I promised in yesterday’s article I will be doing some vegetarian recipes to help those of you who have decided to do Meatless Mondays. Now there is a section of the vegetarian community who would abhor the use of butter or cheese in this dish. If you are those people find the little arrow on your browser which points to your left and kindly leave the page.*
Vegetarian Cuisine gets a bad reputation for being boring or lacking in flavour. When it comes to veggie burgers and rice dishes I would tend to agree. But when you start to dig into some more ethnic cuisine meat is not necessary for amazing flavour. This dish is super simple but also amazingly rewarding.
2 servings Pappardelle
2 Portobello Mushrooms(washed, 1/2 chop)
2 Cloves of Garlic(finely chopped0
1 Red Onion
1/3 stick of butter
Grape Seed Oil
4 Sage Leaves
Set a pot of water to boil. In a sauce on medium heat add grape seed oil. Add the onions and sweat them until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to cook down the onions which will begin to brown. Then add the portobello. Sauté the contents of the pan until the mushroom has turned a dark brown and the onions begin to caramelize. Then add the butter which should deglaze the pan while it melts stir vigourously. And grate some parmigiano reggiano into the pan and continue to sauté. When the pasta is done to al dente add the pasta to the sauce pan along with a small amount of the pasta water. Allow the contents of the sauce pan to cook all together for about two minutes, salt and pepper to taste and then plate with more parmigiano reggiano on top. Granish with sage leaves. The aromatics of the sage will add to the earthiness of the mushroom and the sweetness of the onion.
*Now that the militant vegetarians are gone I am going to talk shit about them. What many vegetarians in North America don’t know is that most of the people who live in the 3rd world do live a vegetarian lifestyle, but it’s not by choice. Animal protein is a life giving luxury, that must be purchased, hunted, or scrounged at great cost or effort. Butter and cheese are two animal products that would be coveted in the 3rd world. They are more stable and easy to transport forms of animal protein. So in other words, most of the world’s vegetarians are not happy about it. Just keep it in mind when you chide someone for enjoying meat.