Edible Monterey Bay

BIG SUR CHANTERELLE RISOTTO


Photo by John Cox

Courtesy chef Craig von Foerster

Sierra Mar was my first real cooking job out of culinary school. Chef Craig was an incredible mentor to me and many other young cooks who had the opportunity to spend time in his kitchen. His chanterelle risotto recipe remains one of my all-time favorite mushroom dishes. Sometimes it’s impossible to improve on a classic recipe and I hope you will enjoy this iconic Big Sur dish! Chef Craig was kind enough to let us use this classic recipe that was originally published in the Sierra Mar cookbook.

RISOTTO BASE

2 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 yellow onion, finely diced
1 cup carnaroli rice

Place stock or water in a saucepan and bring to simmer. In a 2-quart … Read More

DUNGENESS CRAB LASAGNA WITH GREENS AND MUSHROOMS


Photo by Crystal Birns

Courtesy Tom McNary, chef, Soif in Santa Cruz

2 ounces shallots, diced
10 ounces mushrooms (I like porcini and chanterelle)
3 cups cream, reduced to 1½ cups
1½ cups tomato sauce, reduced to ¾ cup, or –½ cup sundried tomato purée
1 pound mixed greens, like kale and chard
1 clove garlic, chopped
¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
1½ pounds Dungeness crabmeat, picked
2 tablespoons mixed herbs, such as parsley, tarragon and chives, chopped
1 pound fresh pasta sheets, blanched
4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and pepper

In a large pan over medium heat, wilt the greens with the red onion and chopped garlic. Strain to remove excess liquid and lightly chop.

Heat cream over medium-high heat and reduce to a simmer until 1½ … Read More

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