Crab Meat & Portobello Mushroom Carpetbagger

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This crabmeat appetizer is worth the work for the raves it will elicit. Crab tops portobello circles and is then wrapped in bacon and baked. Served on a creamy wine sauce this is a flavorful delight.


8 very large portobello mushroom caps
1/2 cup xxtra virgin olive oil
2 tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
1 lb. crab meat
2 shallots, minced
1 tbs. flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/2 tbs. thyme, chopped
3 tbs. dijon mustard
2 cups heavy cream
3 whole eggs
1/2 cup unflavored breadcrumbs
1 1/2 - 2 ounces white truffle oil
4 ounces whole butter
8 slices Applewood Bacon
3 medium onions, chopped
1 cup veal (or dark fowl) stock
1 bouquet Garni
2 ounces Madeira
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


1. Using a knife, gently grasp top skin of mushroom cap and pull from the outside to the center. Continue this method until all the skin is removed.

2. Using a 3-inch ring cutter, cut each cap into equal circles. Reserve all excess. Combine olive oil with Worcestershire Sauce; brush the mixture liberally on each circle. Allow to set at least one hour. Lightly sauté in remaining olive oil mix on low heat. Chop remaining mushroom scraps and sauté in remaining olive oil mix until tender. Set aside to cool, and then spoon on top of eight of the mushroom circles.

3. In a large pan, sauté shallots in 1 Tbs. butter until translucent. Add 1/2 cup cream and reduce by half. Remove from heat and add truffle oil, mustard and chopped herbs. Place mixture in a bowl. Allow to cool and add eggs and breadcrumbs, stirring until incorporated. Add crab meat and salt and pepper to taste. Mix gently, taking care not to break up the lumps of crab.

4. Place one eighth of the crab mix on top of mushroom circles. Wrap each sandwich in a strip of Applewood Bacon and secure it with a toothpick. Refrigerate until needed.

5. Melt half of remaining butter in medium sauce pan and add onions. Sauté until tender, then cover and reduce heat until the onions are deeply caramelized. Add stock and reduce by 2/3. Add remaining cream and Madeira; reduce by half.

6. Place onion cream in blender and run until smooth. Strain and season.

7. Place carpetbaggers in a preheated 400 degree oven and bake for 10 minutes.

8. Place an eighth of the cream in a circular ribbon on eight plates. Place one carpetbagger on each plate and garnish as desired.

Source: Recipe from Chef Mitchell Nicks

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