Burnt Mushroom and Artichoke Succotash

10 ounces button mushrooms. minced
1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
2 tbls capers and brine
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 tbls hot sauce
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 serrano, minced
1 habanero, minced
1 poblano, diced
1 large shallot, diced
1 yellow pepper, diced
1 can kidney beans, rinsed
1 can red beans, rinsed
2 tsps basil
1 tbl salt
2 tsps black pepper2 tsps garlic powder

This dish uses the char of the mushrooms to add umami. When you char mushrooms, it's almost as if they are transformed into an entirely different product. Those bland, little sponges are miraculously turned into a rich, meaty, flavor bomb. They become like vegan bacon lardons. They elevate all the other ingredients with which you combine them and make everything come alive. 

The key is to take the mushrooms all the way to the edge of being burnt. 

Cook the mushrooms heavily salted in a dry fry pan over medium high heat. They will release their liquid. Let that evaporate. Deglaze with the wine. Let that…

Sweet Corn and Pepper Puree

1/2 lb fire roasted red and orange sweet peppers
1/2 broiled sweet corn
2 cloves roughly chopped garlic
1/2 tsp habernero
1 tbl olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tsp parsley flakes
1/2 tsp cayenne powder
1 tsp each salt and black pepper

Roast peppers over an open flame until charred. Broil corn on the cob under a high broiler until soft and slightly charred.

Peppers can be roasted over a grill or directly over the burners on the stove top.

Loosely chop peppers and remove corn from the cob.

Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.

Let rest in the fridge at least 2 hours.