Creamy Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff
· 20 ounces of mixed mushrooms
· 2 large leeks or 3 small-medium leeks
· 6 garlic cloves, minced
· 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
· Kosher salt
· 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
· 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
· 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
· ¼ cup almond flour
· ½ cup dry white wine
· 1 can of full-fat coconut milk (low fat will cut fat and calories but not be as thick and creamy
· 2 tablespoons tahini
· 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
· 1 teaspoon paprika
· ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard or coarse-grain mustard
· 12 ounces pasta of choice – I use chick pea pasta for extra protein
· ¼ cup fresh dill, chopped
· Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
Wipe off any dirt patches from mushrooms with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Depending on the variety, slice them or tear them with your hands (oyster and maitake are much easier to tear than slice).
Slice off the dark green leek tops and discard. Cut each leek in half vertically and then slice horizontally, but not too thinly, as they’ll cook down with the mushrooms for quite a while.
NOTE: Leeks are very dirty, so you need to wash them at this stage. Submerge chopped leeks in a bowl of cold water, run your hands through the bowl to loosen the dirt, and then scoop the leeks out using your hands or a slotted spoon. Pat dry the washed leeks.
1. Heat a large sauté pan with deep sides. You don’t need oil. Use a spray or mister to coat the pan with olive oil or avocado oil spray. Add HALF of the leeks and mushrooms. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes until mushrooms are nicely browned, stirring occasionally but not too frequently. As they start to stick add 2-4 Tbs veggie stock each time they get sticky until they are soft and browned.
2. Reduce the heat to medium and add HALF of the garlic, HALF of the thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Cook for 2-4 minutes, or until the mushrooms are browned and crispy. When done cooking, transfer this batch to a plate or bowl.
Repeat the process with the remaining oil, mushrooms, leeks, garlic, thyme, and salt.
3. Make the “vegetable broth roux.” In a medium bowl, whisk together the vegetable broth, tamari, Worcestershire sauce and flour in. Whisk until no clumps remain.
4. Pour the white wine into the pan with the cooked mushrooms, and use a wooden spoon or flat-ended spatula to deglaze the pan by scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat as needed to simmer for 3 minutes, or until the smell of alcohol has dissipated and the wine has mostly evaporated.
5. Pour the vegetable broth roux into the pan and whisk to combine, ensuring there are no clumps. Bring to a simmer, then pour in the coconut milk, tahini, nutritional yeast, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and paprika. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook for 10 minutes, until the sauce is thickened and very creamy.
6. Meanwhile, cook the pasta. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and keep warm.
7. Stir the Dijon mustard into the stroganoff sauce and stir. Add the hot cooked pasta and chopped dill (or parsley), and toss to coat.
8. Divide the pasta among plates or bowls, and top each with a handful of the first batch of crispy mushrooms and extra dill (or parsley) to garnish.