Friday, March 13, 2015

A Very French Meal for Lent

Do you love mushrooms? What about cheese? If so, I have a lovely Lenten recipe for you. As many of you know, I'm Catholic; as such, I try to keep Lent by abstaining from meat on Fridays. (So far this year, I've totally sucked at any other Lenten sacrifice. I guess I really need to at least maintain my no-meat status on Fridays.) This is a recipe that I had marked on my Pinterest recipes board a while back, and this past snow-day Friday, I finally gave it a try.

It's actually a really simple recipe - at least the way I did it. Start with a pint container of mixed wild mushrooms. I bought them presliced and washed since I'm lazy, but I did go ahead and wash them again to be sure. After washing, pat the mushrooms dry and layer in a baking pan. Add 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, salt, black pepper, and red pepper to taste, and top with 8-10 fresh mozzarella balls. Stick it in the oven at 350 and bake until nice and bubbly - 15 minutes or so.

Slice a loaf of French bread. For each piece, drizzle with olive oil and minced garlic. Put on a baking sheet and bake at 350 alongside the mushroom mixture. Bake until crispy and golden.

Once it's all hot and bubbly, spoon some of the mushroom mixture on slices of baguette and enjoy with a nice glass of white wine. C'est tres magnifique, indeed!

And just because I haven't shared one in a while, here's a selfie I snapped last week. Au revoir, mon amies!

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