Smothered Mandrakes and Mushrooms

These pak choi are screaming to be dipped in the earthly chicken and mushroom sauce, a dish heavily inspired by the classes taught by Pomona Sprout at Hogwarts.

Servings

2

Ready In:

50 mins

Good For:

Dinner

Inspiration from

Pomona Sprout

Professor Pomona Sprout was a British witch who worked as Head of Hufflepuff House and Head of the Herbology department at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She attended the school in her youth, where she was Sorted into Hufflepuff and excelled at Herbology. Some time after her graduation, Sprout returned to Hogwarts to teach.

Professor Sprout opposed Lord Voldemort during the Second Wizarding War. In 1993, she grew the Mandrakes that would later be used in the Mandrake Restorative Draught to cure those who were petrified by Slytherin’s Monster. She also opposed Dolores Umbridge and her tyranny over the school in the 1995-1996 school year, which the rest of the staff were happy to join her in doing, voted for the school to remain open after the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, and assisted in ousting Severus Snape in 1998. Sprout took a group of students to the battlements during the Battle of Hogwarts and threw Devil’s Snare and various other dangerous plants onto the invading Death Eaters.

She ultimately survived the War. By 2014, Neville Longbottom taught Herbology, either alongside her or as a replacement.

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Ingredients

6 Chicken Thighs (skin on)
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 Red Onion (diced)
1 tsp Garlic (minced)
150g Button Mushrooms
2 Pak Choi (cleaned and leaves separated)
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
0.5 tsp Cayenne Pepper
0.5 tsp Paprika
100ml Milk
3 tbsp Butter
100ml Chicken Stock
1 tbsp Flour

A Mandrake, also known as Mandragora, is a magical and sentient plant which has a root that looks like a human (like a baby when the plant is young, but maturing as the plant grows). When matured, its cry can be fatal to any person who hears it.

In this recipe I used pak choi as the ingredient that looks most like a mandrake. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets there is a scene taken place in a Herbology class where Professor Pomona Sprout teaches the students about Mandrakes. Mandrakes not only resemble humans, but also have similar behaviours to them. The Mandrakes, at one point of time, became moody and secretive, which indicated that they were reaching adolescence. Later on, they threw a loud and raucous party, which is comparable to humans when they are teenagers, which made Pomona Sprout very happy indeed. Rubeus Hagrid also mentioned the Mandrakes having acne.

Mandrakes are fully matured when they start moving into each others pots. When matured, Mandrakes can be cut up to serve as a prime ingredient for the Mandrake Restorative Draught, which is used to cure those who have been Petrified.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Salade Niçoise
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Salade Niçoise
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Salade Niçoise
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Salade Niçoise

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Add the garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper and paprika to a small bowl and combine. Season the chicken with half the mixture and set aside remaining seasoning. In a skillet with vegetable oil over medium heat, sauté the onions for 2 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic and onions and cook until fragrant.

Step 2

Remove the onions and garlic and set to the side. Add more vegetable oil. Over medium high heat sear the chicken on both sides until the skin crisps up. Remove the chicken. Add milk, butter and stock and the remaining tsp of the seasoning and flour. Mix well.

Step 3 

Add the chicken, onions and garlic back into the skillet. Add the mushrooms. Set stove to medium high. Once boiling reduce temp to low. Cover and cook for 30 minutes. Make sure to check the liquid. If it’s getting thick too fast, thin it out with a bit of milk.

Step 4

In a saucepan boil water and steam the pak choi over it. Steam for 5 minutes then serve with the chicken and mushroom mixture.

Smothered Mandrakes and Mushrooms

These pak choi are screaming to be dipped in the earthly chicken and mushroom sauce, a dish heavily inspired by the classes taught by Pomona Sprout at Hogwarts.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Harry Potter, Pomona Sprout
Servings: 2 people

Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Saucepan

Ingredients

  • 6 Chicken Thighs skin on
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Red Onion diced
  • 1 tsp Garlic minced
  • 150 g Button Mushrooms
  • 2 Pak Choi cleaned and leaves separated
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 0.5 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 0.5 tsp Paprika
  • 100 ml Milk
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 100 ml Chicken Stock
  • 1 tbsp Flour

Instructions

  • Add the garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper and paprika to a small bowl and combine. Season the chicken with half the mixture and set aside remaining seasoning. In a skillet with vegetable oil over medium heat, sauté the onions for 2 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic and onions and cook until fragrant.
  • Remove the onions and garlic and set to the side. Add more vegetable oil. Over medium high heat sear the chicken on both sides until the skin crisps up. Remove the chicken. Add milk, butter and stock and the remaining tsp of the seasoning and flour. Mix well.
  • Add the chicken, onions and garlic back into the skillet. Add the mushrooms. Set stove to medium high. Once boiling reduce temp to low. Cover and cook for 30 minutes. Make sure to check the liquid. If it's getting thick too fast, thin it out with a bit of milk.
  • In a saucepan boil water and steam the pak choi over it. Steam for 5 minutes then serve with the chicken and mushroom mixture.

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