Rice Stuffed With Mushrooms

From Fania Lewando’s Vegetarian Cookbook, translated from the Yiddish and edited by Eve Jochnowitz.

Eve Jochnowitz’s note: This recipe is labor-intensive, but the result is one of the most delicious and satisfying recipes in this collection. As far as I can tell, this is a completely original invention of Lewando’s. The rich and deeply flavored sauce is also used for the Rice Dumplings Stuffed with Mushrooms, one of the great masterpieces of this collection.

Mushroom-Stuffed Rice

2 cups rice
4 cups boiling salted water
4 eggs
2 hardboiled eggs
½ cup breadcrumbs
3/4 cup butter
2 ounces dried mushrooms
2 onions fried in butter
A handful each of dill and parsley
3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, or more to taste
Mushroom Sauce
2 ounces dried mushrooms
1 parsley root
1 celeriac
5 cups water (one of them cold)
2 grated onions
¼ cup melted butter
1 tablespoon flour
salt to taste
½ cup sour cream

1. Cook the rice in boiling water until soft.

2. Beat in the eggs and add the breadcrumbs, ½ a cup of butter, salt and pepper to form a dough.

3. Separately cook the dried mushrooms.

4. Add the hard boiled eggs, fried onions, dill and parsley to the dried mushrooms and grind it all up in
a food mill or food processor, adding salt and pepper to taste.

5. Roll the rice dough into balls, filling them with the mushroom mixture.

6. Roll the mushroom-filled balls in the breadcrumbs and fry in butter.

7. Place in a baking dish, drizzle with a quarter cup melted butter, and bake in the oven for ½ an hour.

8. For the sauce, cook the dried mushrooms, parsley root and celeriac in a quart of water until half the water is gone.

9. Remove the cooked vegetables and mushrooms.

10. Fry the grated onions in the butter until golden and add flour, cooking until brown.

11. Add a cup of cold water, whisking constantly to avoid lumps.

12. Cut up the mushrooms and parsley, mix with the fried onions, add salt to taste and sour cream, and pour in the remaining mushroom stock.

13. Bring to simmer, stirring constantly.

Yield: 6 servings

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