May 17, 2006

Portobella Mushrooms with Sausage and Gorgonzola Dressing

Portobella Mushrooms with Sausage and Gorgonzola Dressing
a Jennifer original

1 TBSP olive oil
4 portabella mushrooms
1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage, loose
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, diced
1/4 cup gorgonzola
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp marjoram
1 egg
gorgonzola cream sauce (see below)
1/8 cup pine nuts, toasted

Saute sausage in olive oil, until brown. Add shallot, cook 3 minutes. Add garlic, cook 1 minute. Remove and pulse processs with cheese, bread crumbs, and marjoram. Remove and add egg to bind. Divide mixture evenly on mushrooms. Cook in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Top with gorgonzola cream sauce and toasted pine nuts.

For sauce:
4 TBSP gorgonzola
2 1/2 TBSP milk
1 1/2 TBSP butter
1/4 cup whipping cream

Heat gorgonzola, milk, and butter over low heat until cheese dissolves. Just before serving, add cream over medium-low heat until reduced.

Notes: This came out exactly as I wanted; a nice balance of flavors. I had the leftovers for lunch today, and they don't reheat quite as well. I suspect keeping the sauce separate and adding it after reheating the mushroom with the dressing will work better.

Served with Angelini 2003 Pinot Grigio. A soft, well balanced and dry white wine with flavors of citrus and a clear, fresh finish. It made out better in the glass prior to the meal; the wine was a little over-powered by the strong flavor of the cheese. In the future, this dish might be better paired with a Zin.

Posted by Jennifer at May 17, 2006 7:36 PM | TrackBack

I thought this was very good, with a flavorful dressing that was made even better by the addition of the sauce and the pine nuts. If you like gorgonzola (which I do), give this one a try. Take Jenn's advice though, and pair it with something more robust than a pinot grigio.

Posted by: Michael at May 30, 2006 10:02 PM

this looks sooooo good-i love gorgonzola!

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