Mushroom Cakes W/Avocado Pesto and Red Pepper Coulis

Recipe by Manami
READY IN: 1hr 45mins




  • Char peppers over gas flame or broiler until blackened all over.
  • Seal in plastic or paper bag; let stand 15 minutes.
  • Peel and seed peppers; place in blender.
  • Place garlic cloves in small dry skillet.
  • Cover, cook over medium heat until browned and tender, shaking skillet occasionally, about 7 minutes.
  • Cool, peel garlic; add to blender with peppers.
  • Add milk and honey to blender.
  • Puree until smooth.
  • Transfer to bowl.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • *DO AHEAD - can be made up to 2 days ahead.
  • Melt butter with oil in large heavy skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add all mushrooms and sauté until browned and edges begin to crisp, stirring often, about 14 minutes.
  • Add garlic; stir 1 minute.
  • Transfer mixture to processor.
  • Add eggs, Parmesan, herbs, salt and pepper to processor.
  • Pulsing on/off turns, process until mushrooms are coarsely chopped.
  • Transfer to large bowl & mix in 1/2 cup of panko.
  • Divide mushroom mixture into 8 equal portions (1/4 to 1/2 cup each.).
  • Form each into 3/4 inch thick cake.
  • Spread additional panko out on plate.
  • Coat cakes with panko.
  • Place on rimmed baking sheet.
  • **DO AHEAD - Can be made 4 hours ahead: cover & chill.
  • Place pine nuts or cashews in processor, pulsing on/off turns, process until coarsely ground.
  • Add avocado, Parmesan, cilantro, parsley, and lime juice.
  • Process to blend.
  • With machine running gradually and 1/4 cup oil through feed tube.
  • Transfer to bowl.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • ***DO AHEAD - Can be made 2 hours ahead: cover & chill.
  • Preheat oven to 300ºF.
  • Melt butter with 2 T oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  • Working in 2 batches. add mushroom cakes; cook until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.
  • Transfer to baking sheet; place in oven.
  • Spoon about 1/3 cup avocado pesto into center of each plate, using back of spoon, spread out to 5 inch round.
  • Place 2 cakes on each plate.
  • Drizzle with red pepper coulis.