These are caramelized and meaty-tasting, with a terrific sauce we’re already thinking of using with other dishes as well. You’ll need a roasting rack. 4 servings MAKE AHEAD: The sauce can be made and refrigerated a day in advance.
Adapted from “The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook,” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (Little, Brown and Co., 2016). Ingredients For the mushrooms 6 medium-size portobello mushroom caps (gills removed) Sliced scallions, for garnish For the sauce ½ cup hoisin sauce 2 tablespoons plain rice vinegar 2 tablespoons Sriracha 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil 1 tablespoon peeled, finely grated fresh ginger root (from a 2-inch piece) 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest (from 1 large orange) 2 tablespoons light brown sugar ¼ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder Directions
For the mushrooms: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place a flat wire roasting rack inside a rimmed baking sheet.
Arrange the portobello caps, gill sides down, on the rack. Roast for 12 minutes or until they have released moisture.
Meanwhile, make the sauce: Whisk together the hoisin sauce, vinegar, Sriracha, toasted sesame oil, ginger, orange zest, brown sugar and five-spice powder in a medium bowl until well combined. The yield is a generous ¾ cup.
Transfer the roasted portobellos to a few layers of paper towels and let them drain for a few minutes; meanwhile, position an oven rack 8 inches from the broiler element and preheat the broiler. Wipe off the baking sheet, then lightly grease it with cooking oil spray. Arrange the roasted portobellos on it, gill sides up. Spoon ¼ cup of the sauce over them.
Broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until the sauce has darkened, watching closely so the portobellos don’t burn. Then use tongs to turn them over. Spoon another ¼ cup of the sauce over them, then broil for 3 to 5 minutes on the second side, until dark brown and lightly charred on the edges.
Slice the portobellos on the diagonal (as thin or thick as you like). Scrape any residual broiled sauce from the baking sheet into the remaining ¼ cup of sauce, stirring to incorporate. Drizzle the portobellos with that sauce mixture and top with the scallions. Serve warm.
Nutrition: Per serving (using half the sauce): 100 calories, 3 g protein, 21 g carbohydrates, 2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 450 mg sodium, 2 g dietary fiber, 16 g sugar