(Note: very rich, and you will have really vivid dreams that night.)
(Note 2: I tried this initially as a cannelloni, but stuffing the bastards is too annoying, but if you have OCD it will work fine.)
This recipe emerged from a misguided attempt to make two styles of mushroom-and-nut pasta. Forest-nymphs were involved in the plan, but the pasta making was a complete failure and there was no preying-on-the-earth-children for me. After trialling the salvaged remains I took the best bits of both to make one Ultimate Dish.
White Mushroom and Blue Cheese Lasagne with Pine nuts
(This sounds ooh-la-la and neatly disguises the fact it is a really lazy recipe.)
Roast pine nuts. How many? Not too many. Say, four per person?
Mostly cook a bunch of oyster, shimeji and enoki mushrooms in peanut oil that you have left over from tooling around with Thai recipes (add the enoki last as they are so thin). Do NOT use olive oil as it will ALL GO TO HELL!!!
If no peanut oil, then canola and sunflower should be fine.
Drain the mushrooms.
Make a small amount of tomato sauce to go on top of the lasagne – nothing flash because the filling is so strongly flavoured.
Pasta sheets. Layer of mushies. Sprinkle of pine nuts. Then crumble a good stinky blue cheese over the top.
Second pasta layer.
Normally I get lazy at this point and just top it off with the tomato sauce, but if you feel brave or far from a heart attack add another layer of mushies and cheese.
Sprinkle some normal cheese on top.
Chuck in oven at 180 degrees for fifteen minutes or so, until the pasta is cooked.
Sure, you could have made a bechamel sauce, but life is too short and “careful stirring while adding small amounts of something and not burning it” is for losers.
You can see how this will be totally hedonistically rich and turn you into a bad person if you eat it more than twice in the one year, so serve it with a crisp green salad with avocado in it to keep with the squishy rich vibe.
With these three dishes you are now ready to disrobe any woman of your choice, and double points if she’s actually a man!
No, I don’t know what that means.
Harry’s series concludes here.