Sautéd shiitake mushrooms with farro and roasted asparagus in a buttery and thyme-y red wine sauce. Umami, “meaty” dish for a Meatless Monday dinner.
For the shiitakes, farro, and asaparagus:
- 4 cups Shiitake mushrooms (or roughly 8 ‘shrooms for 8 medallions per person)
- 1/2 cup Farro
- Vegetable Broth (10 points to Gryffindor for homemade!)
- 2 Cloves of garlic
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Butter (vegan butter if shooting for dairy-free)
For the sauce:
4 tbsp Butter
1/2 Yellow or white onion (chopped)
2 cups dry red wine (make it 3, so you can sip on it while cooking)
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 teaspoon honey (sub agave syrup for a vegan option)
2 cups vegetable broth
Salt and pepper
- Pre-heat over to 420 degrees.
- Prepare asparagus by chopping off the tough ends (about 1/2″ or so from the bottom). Toss the asparagus in olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper, and place on a lined baking sheet to roast for about 30 minutes, or until there is a nice browning happening.
- Bring 1 cup of vegetable broth to boil. Add 1/2 cup of farro and reduce to a simmer. Let cook for about 20 minutes until soft but chewy.
- While the farro and asparagus are cooking, prepare to sauté the shiitakes by slicing off the stems. Toss in olive oil and a dash of salt. Let them cook in a oiled pan at medium heat.
For the sauce:
- Heat 2 tbsp of butter in a pan at medium-high heat and cook the onion until golden.
- Add the 2 cups of dry red wine, thyme, and honey (or agave).
- Pour yourself the third cup of wine. Swirl, sniff, sip, enjoy.
- Let the sauce reduce for about 10 minutes.
- Add two cups of vegetable broth and allow it to reduce down to about 1/1.5 cups.
- Slowly add in the remaining 2 tbsp of butter, stirring constantly to maintain consistency of the sauce.
- Let it reduce while all of the other items are cooking.
- Plate the farro first.
- Drape some roasted asparagus next to or over the pile of farro.
- Portion out your shiitake medallions on top.
- Ladle a generous couple of spoonfuls of sauce over it all.
- Pour yourself a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon and that’s that.
Keywords: Shiitakes, Shiitake Steaks, Meatless Monday, Red Wine Sauce, Cabernet Sauvignon, Farro, Asparagus, Vegan, Vegetarian, Plant-Based