Thursday, 17 December 2009

Mushroom lasagne Christmas party

Tonight Silka and I had Polly, TJ, Eleanor and Stewart over for a Christmas dinner party for local people.  Oh yes.  Only people who know, live in and love N4 allowed.

Apart from Eleanor who only knows and loves N4.

We ate

Kiln roasted salmon terrine
Smoked salmon
Mixed breads

Mushroom lasagne
Pan fried mixed peppers
Courgettes in yoghurt and mustard

Yule log
After eights

The lasagne was made yesterday, left overnight in the fridge, and cooked tonight.  This serves 8 (we had two portions left over and we ate well)

I fried

500g flat mushrooms
250g chestnut mushrooms
250g shitake mushrooms
125g baby button mushrooms
85g porcini mushrooms (rehydrated)


3 leeks

When done, I folded them all in to a sauce made from

100g butter
100g flour
300ml mushroom stock (from the porcini water)
2 pints semi skimmed milk
salt / ground pepper

The sauce was a bit too liquid so I boiled it down for a while before I folded in cheese

The cheese was a mix of 

2/3 Gruyere 
1/3 strong cheddar
dash parmesan

I seasoned the sauce with this cheese until it tasted right, I grated too much cheese and saved a fair bit for the next time I need it (Saturday).  When the sauce was ready, I mixed in the veg and seasoned it with a lot of pepper.

Then I took a large lasagne dish and layered this mix, sheets of pasta, lyod grossman wild mushroom sauce with fresh buffalo mozerella, repeat... until the dish was full.  Then grated parmesan over the top.

Proportions were about 3/4 cheese sauce with veg and 1/4 tomato sauce with mozerella.

Then 25 minutes at 180 degrees.



  1. Nice one Wilbur. Seems you missed out one key point...what did you drink?

    Nadolig Llawen



  2. Excellent point!

    Stewart and I drank ale. Between us we tried Skinner's Betty Stoggs, Sharp's Tribute, Fullers ESB and Bath Ales Barnstormer.

    The others drank red wine and cava...


  3. Uhm technically I'm N8 but you know right next door. Though soon to be SE5 Boooo!