Portabello Benedict

Served on top of an English muffin with slices of tomato and steamed spinach, this dish will brighten all your brunches.

Serves: 4 to 6

Some VN staffers are lucky enough to have eaten this Portabello Benedict at the Ravens Restaurant at The Stanford Inn, a vegan bed and breakfast in the heart of Mendocino, CA. Ravens’ chef Sally Owens has kindly shared the recipe with VN readers. After one bite of savory portabellos covered in a rich, vegan Hollandaise sauce, you’ll swear off all non-brunch meals. Served on top of an English muffin with slices of tomato and steamed spinach, this dish will brighten all your brunches. 

Makes 4 to 6 servings

What you need:

For the Marinated Mushrooms:
½ cup white wine
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
¼ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 to 6 portabello mushrooms, de-stemmed

For the Hollandaise Sauce:
2 tablespoons olive oil
¾ cup silken tofu
1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon turmeric
⅛ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ cup vegan margarine, melted

For the Benedict:
4 to 6 English muffins, sliced in half and toasted
2 tomatoes, sliced ½-inch thick
6 to 8 cups spinach, tightly packed, steamed
Paprika, for garnish

What you do:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For the mushrooms, in a large mixing bowl, combine wine, garlic, mustard, oil, salt, and pepper. Coat each mushroom with marinade and place on sheet tray.

2. Cook mushrooms gill-side up for about 20 to 25 minutes. Rotate tray and cook for another 10 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Slice mushrooms thinly and set aside.

3. For the Hollandaise sauce, using a high-speed blender or food processor, purée oil, tofu, lemon juice, turmeric, salt, pepper, and cayenne. While processing, add melted margarine and continue blending until mixture is smooth.

4. On a plate, place toasted English muffins. Top with 1 slice of tomato, a handful of spinach, several sliced portabello mushrooms, Hollandaise sauce, and paprika. Serve warm.

Looking for more brunch bites? Try out a few of our favorites:
Spiced Banana Pancakes
Strawberry-Ricotta French Toast
Broccoli Quiche

Photo courtesy of The Ravens

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