Mushroom Bruschetta with Crispy Onion Haystack
A sprinkle of fresh coriander on a heap of fragrant curried onions looks alluring, and then a single taste proves that these are delicious. This recipe makes a generous amount of crispy onions as some always seem to disappear before making it onto the bruschetta. Try a sizeable stack on a hamburger or spread over macaroni and cheese for the last few minutes of baking-superb.
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|1 mediumSpanish or sweet onion; (or large)|
|1/2 cupAll-purpose flour|
|2 tablespoonshot or medium curry powder|
|Peanut oil for frying|
|1 poundportobello or button mushrooms|
|1 pinchcayenne or black pepper|
|2 teaspoonlemon juice; freshly squeezed|
|2 tablespoonsfresh coriander or parsley; chopped, plus extra for garnish|
|2 tablespoonButter; melted|
Mushroom Bruschetta with Crispy Onion Haystack Preparation
1. Using a mandoline or slicing blade of food processor, thinly slice onion; there should be about 3 cups (750 mL). Spread out on a double layer of paper towels, top with another double layer and roll up. Squeeze gently. Stir flour with curry powder and salt. Turn onions into a large bowl; use hands to toss with flour mixture.
2. Heat about an 1-inch (2.5-cm) oil in a heavy pan such as a chicken fryer or deep skillet over medium-high heat. When very hot (a couple of onion slices placed in oil immediately begin to bubble), use tongs to lift a
medium-sized clump of onions into the hot oil. Fry 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently to break up clump, or until crispy and deeply golden. Remove with slotted spoon; drain on several layers of paper towels. Repeat as needed. (Onions can be covered and refrigerated for a day or 2, or frozen airtight.)
3. Remove stems from portobellos; using a spoon, scrape out and discard black gills. Cut caps in half; thinly slice. Or thinly slice whole button mushrooms. Use a mandoline to julienne carrot crosswise forming short pieces, or grate.
4. Heat butter with garlic in a large frying over medium-high heat until bubbly; add carrot, salt and cayenne. saute for 3 minutes, or until hot and almost cooked. Add mushrooms all at once; drizzle with lemon juice. Cook, turning frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes or until mixture is somewhat dry. Remove from heat, stir in coriander; cool. (Mixture can be covered and refrigerated refrigerated for a day or two.)
5. Cut baguette diagonally into 18 slices about ?-inch (1-cm) thick. Lightly toast in a toaster oven or under broiler, then brush both sides with butter. (Toasts can be made ahead, covered and left at room temperature for up to half a day or frozen airtight.)
6. To serve, preheat oven to 350F (180?C).
7. Place toasts on ungreased baking sheet. Dividing equally, top each toast with a portion of mushrooms mushrooms. (If preparing ahead, toasts can wait, covered at room temperature for an hour or in refrigerator for half a day.) When ready to bake, add a large heap of onion to each toast. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until onions begin to turn darker. Scatter with additional chopped coriander and serve right away.
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