Stuffed Pepper Served an a Marinated Portobello

Total Time:
4 hr 20 min
Prep:
50 min
Inactive:
2 hr 30 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
1 serving
Level:
Advanced

Ingredients
  • 1 large portobello mushroom cap
  • 3 ounces balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1/2 cup, plus 1/2 cup
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • 1 medium eggplant, sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced, plus 1 large, top removed and seeded
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, plus 1
  • 1 cup diced plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced asparagus, plus 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup white wine, plus 1/2 cup
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 (8-ounce) can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 lemon, juiced
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

  • To marinate the Portobello Mushroom:

  • In a deep bowl place mushroom cap, balsamic vinegar, salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil then mix well with hands. Finish mixture with torn pieces of basil and thyme (about 1/2 bunch of each) to release natural oils. Let stand for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes place mushroom on hot grill or broiler for 2 minutes on each side, slightly charring the outside while keeping the inside raw. Set aside

  • To prepare eggplant:

  • In a large deep bowl place slices of eggplant, apply kosher salt liberally to each slice, repeat in layers. Take a plate and put it on top of the eggplant and apply weight on the plate using anything that weighs a couple of pounds. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours, then rinse drain and pat dry until all water is removed. Finally dice into cubes for stuffing.

  • To prepare stuffing for pepper:

  • In hot saute pan add 1/2 cup olive oil until shimmering, then add diced pepper, onion, 2 cloves garlic, tomatoes, remaining basil and thyme, 1 cup of the asparagus, eggplant, salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Saute until ingredients brown and you can smell the garlic (about 3 minutes) at this time add 1 cup white wine scraping bottom of saute pan – let simmer for 1 minute. In a separate bowl mix the cooked rice with the stuffing. If stuffing appears to dry add more olive oil.

  • When mixture is ready, take whole pepper and stuff finishing top with some bread crumbs and a drizzle of olive oil to keep moist, put in oven set at 450 degrees F for 35 minutes.

  • To prepare beans:

  • In a hot saute pan add 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 clove garlic, remaining 1/2 cup asparagus and beans, and saute for 2 minutes, Add lemon juice, remaining 1/2 cup white wine, and salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Let simmer for 3 minutes until mixture is tight.

  • To assemble plate:

  • Place beans in center of plate, then place the portobello on top of the beans and then the stuffed pepper, finish with a sprinkle of fresh herbs or a drizzle of olive oil.

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.


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