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Signature Series Artisan Recipe - October 2013

When it comes to matching foods with Pinot Noir, mushrooms are almost fail safe. This dish has flavors of smoky bacon, thyme as well as a dollop of Pinot Noir that takes these mushrooms to another level. Enjoy this month's recipe with your Signature Series selections.
Mushroom Pot Pies 

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Mushroom Pot Pies

Ingredients:
• 1 Tbsp butter
• 1 strip bacon
• 1 green onion, finely chopped
• 1 small clove of garlic, crushed
• One or two sprigs of fresh thyme
• 2 cups of sliced white mushrooms
• 2 Tbsp water
• 2 tsp brandy
• 1/4 cup Pinot Noir
• 1 Tbsp full cream
• 1/2 tsp corn starch and water for mixing
• 1 sheet of ready-made short pastry
• milk

Preparation:
Melt the butter in a pan, add the bacon and when it starts to crisp, add the onions and garlic. When the onion softens, add the thyme leaves stripped from the stalk and the mushrooms. Sauté for a minute or so, then add the water and cook until the water evaporates and the mushrooms are soft. Lower the heat and add two teaspoons of brandy, shaking the pan to get the mushrooms well coated. Add the Pinot Noir and let it infuse, then add the cream. Thicken with a little corn starch mixed with water.

Divide the mushrooms between two porcelain half-cup sized ramekins. Cut two circles of pastry just slightly larger in diameter than the ramekin tops. From the remaining pastry cut two thin strips, about a centimeter wide, and press each strip of pastry around each of the rims of the ramekin. Now place the circles of pastry on top of these. Crimp the edges with a fork, cut off any excess hanging over the edges and brush the tops of the pastries with milk. Bake at 375°F for
20 minutes.

Serves 2.

This months' Signature Series wines:
• ZD Winery 2011 Carneros Pinot Noir
• ZD Winery 2011 California Chardonnay
• Bargetto Winery LA VITA 2008 Regan Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountains (red wine)
• Haywood Winery 2008 Cabernet Franc, Los Chamizal Vineyard

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