Portobello mushrooms sauteed with apples, red chili and thyme over a sauce of roasted red pepper, white wine and sumac (served in the photo with roasted Brussels sprouts and white potatoes).

For the red pepper sauce
2 red peppers
1/4t of coarse sea salt
3T of olive oil (separated)
1T of garlic, minced
1T of sumac
2T of white wine*
1t of lemon juice
1t of agave nectar
1T of nutritional yeast
Sea salt to taste

The wine should either be unfined/unfiltered or filtered without the use of animal products.

Preheat your oven to 450F.
Rub the peppers with oil, and then roast until their peel starts to char (or use the traditional method with a gas stove).
Remove the peppers, let stand to cool, and then peel, core and chop in 1/4″ dice.
Bring 1T of oil to heat on medium-high.
Add the salt and the garlic and saute for 1 minute.
Add the red peppers and sumac and saute until the pan starts to brown (about 5-7 minutes).
Deglaze with the wine and lemon.
Add the nutritional yeast and agave.
Puree the mixture.
Carefully emulsify the mixture with the remaining 2T of olive oil (add the oil very slowly so that the sauce becomes nice and light).

For the mushrooms and apples
4-6 portobellos, stemmed and sliced in half inch cuts (about 3 loose cups — these will reduce a lot)
1 medium-sized apple, cored and cut into sixteenths
2T of olive oil
1/2t of coarse sea salt
2 scallions, minced (reserve about 2T for garnish)
1T of fresh thyme (reserved 2-3 stalks for garnish)
1T of minced garlic
1t of red chlli paste
1t of prepared mustard
2T of nutritional yeast
1T of lemon juice
1t of tamari
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Bring the oil to heat on medium-high.
Add the salt, the scallions, the garlic and the thyme and saute for 2 minutes.
Add the chili and mustard and saute for 1 minute.
Add the mushrooms and toss to combine.
Saute the mushrooms for 5-7 minutes (until there’s about 1/4 cup of liquid in the ban).
Add the apples, stir to combine and cook for another 5 minutes or so or until the pan is starting to brown.
Add the nutritional yeast.
Remove from heat and deglaze with the lemon and tamari.
Season to taste.

Plate about 2T of sauce in a shallow, 6″ circle. Add the mushrooms and apples. Garnish with fresh scallion and a sprig or two of thyme.