Eat your hearts out! Or let the cream do it. Or maybe the butter! Or maybe the brown sugar! Whatever you do, enjoy this. It’s not hard to do! Cheers!

Portobello Mushroom Cappuccino Bisque with Brandied Thyme Froth

–from Executive Chef Andrew Sutton of Napa Rose at Grand Californian Hotel, Anaheim, CA

Serves: 6

FOR PORTOBELLO CAPPUCCINO BISQUE:
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup sliced shallots
1 cup sliced portobello mushrooms, gills removed
2 cups sliced white mushrooms
1/2 cup medium dry sherry (Amontillado)
1 quart heavy cream
1 cup veal demi-glace (can be purchased at most high-end
grocery stores)
1 bunch thyme stems
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Kosher salt and cracked
black pepper

TO PREPARE PORTOBELLO CAPPUCCINO BISQUE (CAN BE PREPARED THE DAY BEFORE):
1: Sauté shallots in melted butter until translucent.
2: Add portobello mushrooms and white mushrooms and continue to sauté until they “throw their water” (the liquid inside the mushroom), approximately 7-10 minutes.
3: Add sherry and reduce by half.
4: Add demi-glace, heavy cream and all herbs. Simmer for 25 minutes, strain, chill and reserve.

FOR BRANDIED THYME FROTH:
1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons freshly chopped thyme
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons brandy or cognac

TO PREPARE BRANDIED THYME FROTH:
1: Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whip up to a soft peak.

FOR BISQUE GARNISH :
1 cup julienned portobellos, stems & gills removed
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions, greens and whites
2 tablespoons freshly chopped thyme
1 tablespoon freshly chopped sage
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons brandied froth

TO PREPARE BISQUE GARNISH AND SERVE:
1: Sauté portobello mushrooms until tender. Set aside.
2: Sauté scallions in a little oil. Add the strained bisque and bring to a boil. Add chopped thyme, sage and lemon juice. Adjust seasoning with salt and cracked pepper.

TO SERVE:
1: Warm six coffee cups and place the sliced and sautéed portobello mushrooms in the bottom of the cups. Add the hot bisque and top with the brandied froth.

Serve with one of CHALONE WINE GROUP’S FINE PINOT NOIRS: ACACIA, CHALONE VINEYARD, ECHELON VINEYARDS, EDNA VALLEY VINEYARD


And if that doesn’t clog your arteries, try this awesome Bananas Foster. Enjoy these dishes. We did!! Cheers.