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Baked Mushroom-Stuffed Crêpes

  • Active time:1 hr
  • Start to finish:1 1/2 hr
April 2009
Seeking a sophisticated vegetarian main course that can mostly be made ahead? Look no further. Here, tender, whisper-thin crêpes, made with matzo meal (left over from Catalan-Style Fresh Sardine Escabeche) instead of flour, are folded around a creamy filling of mushrooms, onion, and chives. Baked until golden and bubbling, this dish is rich and satisfying, and a big green salad is all you need to complete the meal. If you prefer to make these crÍpes with regular flour, note that you can’t make a one-to-one substitution for the matzo meal. Instead, use your own favorite crêpe recipe or check out Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Torta) for a more traditional recipe (which would have to be doubled).

For Crêpes

  • 3/4 cup matzo meal or matzo cake meal
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter, divided

For Mushroom Filling

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 lb mixed fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, divided
  • Equipment:

    an electric coffee/spice grinder

Make crêpe batter:

  • If using matzo meal (not cake meal), finely grind in grinder. Whisk together ground matzo meal or matzo cake meal, water, eggs, egg whites, salt, and 1/4 cup melted butter until smooth. Let batter rest at room temperature 30 minutes.

Make filling:

  • Cook onion in butter with 3/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in cream and milk and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chives and 1/4 cup cheese. Cool while making crêpes.

Make crêpes:

  • Lightly brush a 9- to 10-inch nonstick skillet with some of remaining melted butter and heat over medium heat just until butter sizzles. Pour 1/4 cup batter into pan, tilting to evenly coat bottom, and cook until underside is lightly browned, 45 to 60 seconds. Flip with a rubber spatula and cook 30 seconds more. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining batter, stacking crêpes as cooked.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle.
  • Spread each crêpe with about 1/4 cup mushroom filling and fold in quarters to form a triangle. Arrange crêpes, overlapping slightly, in a 3-qt shallow baking dish. Scatter any leftover mushroom filling over top. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Bake until crÍpes are golden and edges are crisp, about 25 minutes.
Cooks’ note: Crêpes and filling can be made 2 days ahead and chilled separately.
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