rick bayless' woodland mushroom torta with goat cheese

ingredients
all
8 oz crimini mushrooms
thinly sliced
7 oz shitake mushrooms
thinly sliced, stems discarded
8 oz oyster mushrooms
thinly sliced, thick stems discarded
3/4 cup mojo
stir before measuring
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp epazote
chopped, could also use 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 tbsp olive oil
2 whole garlic
minced
1 can black beans
15 ounces, do not drain
6 whole bolilo rolls
or crusty french bread or submarine sandwich rolls
8 oz goat cheese
1 1/2 cups arugula
1 cup salsa
cookware
This is such a delicious version of a torta. The mushrooms become bright when baked with the mojo. The tangy goat cheese compliments it, and the black beans make it a satisfying meal. We'll sometimes enjoy leftovers with eggs the next day. You can make this into individual sandwiches, or you can assemble it with one long loaf and then cut it into pieces.
1
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2
Toss the mushrooms with the garlic mojo, salt and the epazote. (If using cilantro, add it after the mushrooms are done roasting). Scrape into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish and wrap tightly with foil. Place in the oven and roast for 10 minutes.
3
Remove the foil and continue roasting for another 40 minutes, or until the mushrooms are golden brown, and the mushroom liquid has evaporated. Stir cilantro in at this point if using. Cover and keep warm. Raise the oven temp to 400 F.
4
Preheat the olive oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the beans and their liquid with 1/2 teaspoon salt. When the beans simmer, mash them into a smooth paste with a potato masher. Cook, stirring constantly, until the consistency of very soft mashed potatoes, about 10 minutes. Cover and reserve so that the beans stay soft and moist.
5
Slice the rolls open lengthwise and scrape out some of the soft bread in the center of each half. Spread the tops with goat cheese and reserve. Spread 2 tablespoons of the black beans on the bottom half of each of the rolls. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and spoon on the mushrooms. Set the baking sheet on the middle rack and bake for 5 minutes until the bread crisps and the mushrooms are warm.
6
Top each roll with arugula leaves and a some salsa. Cover each torta with the goat cheese half and place back in the oven for another few minutes or until the bread crisps and the goat cheese is warm.
source: Rick Bayless
notes
Be careful not to scrape your skillet when using the potato masher for the beans.