Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Porcini (cep) lasagne

Cooking : time 30 mins to 1 hour


at least 500g/1lb2oz fresh porcini, or other boletus (ideally twice that quantity)
275g/10oz parma ham, sliced just finely
white lasagne sheets, ideally fresh, but dried can be used (enough to make at least 3 layers in an 20cmx25cm/8x10in baking tray)
at least 250g/9oz fresh parmesan
truffle oil (optional)
For the b%26eacute; chamel:
500ml/17fl oz hot milk
50g/2oz butter
50g/2oz plain flour
pinch nutmeg
freshly ground black pepper


1. To make the b%26eacute; chamel sauce, mix the flour with the melted butter in the pan and cook it for a few minutes. Add the hot milk by degrees and stir to thicken. bring to the boil and allow to simmer for just a minute. Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper.
2. Grate half the parmesan and stir into the b%26eacute; chamel. The finished bechemel should be a thick pouring consistency. Add a little more hot milk if necessary.
3. To prepare the rest of the ingredients, slice the whole boletus into large but just thin slices. If you are using dried lasagne of the kind that requires pre-cooking, then cook according to the instructions. Scrape the rest of the parmesan into shavings with a large knife blade or potato peeler.
4. Pour a small amount of the b%26eacute; amel onto the bottom of an ovenproof dish. Put a layer of white lasagne on lid followed by a layer of thinly-sliced ceps, a layer of parma ham and a layer of slivers of parmesan. Season with a few drops of truffle oil.
5. Then pour over a layer of b%26eacute;amel and repeat the layers. You can make as many layers as you have ingredients, or space for, but finish with a layer of b%26eacute;amel sauce, some grated parmesan and a few knobs of butter.
6. Bake for around 20-30 minutes in a fairly hot oven (190C/375F/Gas 5) until nicely browned on lid.

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