Grilled Portabella Mushroom Sandwich

Friday, March 11, 2011

4 large Portobello mushroom heads (caps)
Whole grain bread or rolls
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Organic baby spinach leaves

Ingredients for Basil-Lemon Pesto Sauce:
2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Sea salt, to taste
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For the basil-lemon pesto sauce - combine basil, garlic, and salt in a food processor or blender and process until finely chopped. Add extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Process until smooth. Leftovers, if you’ve got them, will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
To make the Portobello burgers -
Brush each mushroom on rounded underside and rim with about half a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil, season with sea salt. Place the mushroom heads, under sides down, on grill over medium-high heat. Grill for 3 minutes. Turn mushroom heads over and grill for another 3 to 4 minutes, rotating each mushroom about half a turn after 2 minutes; until the bottoms are browned nicely.
Brush whole grain roll with extra virgin olive oil and place on the grill during the last 1-2 minutes of cooking.

Place a grilled mushroom, under side up, on the bottom half of your whole grain sandwich bread or roll. Fill each cap with about 3-4 teaspoons of the basil-lemon pesto and top with organic baby spinach leaves.
Serve alone or with a mixed salad and balsamic vinaigrette.

****You can also bake instead of grill! I put the portabellas in the oven on a cookie sheet and covered loosely with foil and baked for 40 min at 350 degrees.  I'm a big fan of red peppers, so I cut one in half and baked in along side the mushrooms.  You can also bake with garlic cloves for extra flavor!

We decided to make our sandwiches a little more decadent by adding fresh mozzarella cheese! And served it with a side salad- Spinach with strawberries, madarins and lemon juice.