Vanillabrite's Delights

December 30, 2009

bigLITTLE Get Together

Filed under: Uncategorized — vanillabrite @ 7:09 pm

bigLITTLE Get Together: Holiday Get Together Recipes
Apples with Walnut Pesto & Mushroom Chips
The Walnut Pesto and Mushroom Chips can be made ahead of time, but the whole package should be done last minute to save the apples from browning. A little lemon rubbed on each slice buys you a bit of time, though.

Yield: about 40 pieces

2 crispy apples (try Summer Crisps or Crispins)
1 lemon, halved
Walnut Pesto, for serving
Mushroom Chips, for serving
Cut each apple into 4 pieces, discarding the cores. Cut each piece into ¼”-thick slices. Rub each slice with lemon to avoid browning. Top each apple with a small scoop of walnut pesto and garnish with a mushroom chip or two.

Walnut Pesto
1 cup toasted walnuts
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup + 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Pulse walnuts and honey in a food processor, just until the walnuts are roughly chopped. Slowly drizzle in the oil while pulsing making sure you pulse and do not leave the processor on or the nuts will turn into nut butter instead of a pesto. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Mushroom Chips
2 cups safflower or vegetable oil
1 pound crimini mushrooms (baby Portobello mushrooms), sliced as thinly as possible (preferably on a mandolin)
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
Line a baking sheet with paper towels.

Heat the oil in a medium, shallow saucepan over medium heat until the oil is hot but not smoking. Add mushrooms in batches (don’t overcrowd the pan) and cook for about 4 minutes or until they begin to develop a nice golden brown color. Remove the mushrooms from the oil and put them in a large mixing bowl, toss with a pinch salt and a few grinds of pepper and then immediately place them on the paper-towel lined baking sheet. Continue with the rest of your mushrooms until they’re all cooked and seasoned. Let them cool for at least an hour. As they sit, they dry and get increasingly crunchy (in fact these can be done ahead of time to ensure crunch factor).

Borrowed from


Leave a Comment »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: