Friday, July 6, 2012

Portobello Mushroom Burgers Recipe

In my effort to get healthier and cut some meat out of our diet, I have been experimenting with some meatless recipes. One of my new go to recipes is Portobello Mushroom Burgers.

I first tried this recipe years ago after seeing it on the Food Network. I stopped making it because we are meat eaters. But now that I am trying to find new vegetarian recipes, this was a recipe I had to bring back.

Now you carnivores out there are probably saying: no way does a mushroom taste like meat, right? Well, it is not exactly like meat but it has the same meaty texture and a wonderful taste is marinated correctly.

First I find the thickest and biggest mushrooms. When you get them home, take a paper towel and clean them off. Never ever wash mushroom with water because they will suck it up and that's no good.

Then I take the mushrooms and place them in a Ziploc bag. Then I make a marinade. You can use anything you want. I have a friend who uses Italian Dressing, which is quite tasty but filled with preservatives. I make my own.

I find that olive oil and a good balsamic vinegar really gives the mushrooms a great taste. So I mix equal parts of the oil and vinegar. I add sale and pepper and sometimes grilling spices. This gives the mushrooms a really nice flavor.

After the marinade is done, I pour it into the Ziploc bag and make sure it gets all over the mushrooms. Then I place it into the the fridge overnight.

The next day, I either grill them outdoors or fry them up in a pan. You can also broil them in the oven. The only thing I watch for is to make sure they cook well so the texture is soft.

Once they are cooked you treat them as they are hamburgers and put them between a bun and add whatever you normally add to your burger. I guarantee that you will absolutely love these burgers. Even Tom loves them!

If you don't want burgers, you can treat these as meat. At one of our local restaurants, they serve portobello mushrooms like steak and they are delicious. I also take any leftovers and use them in risotto or pasta.

This is a great vegetarian meal especially for summer.

Buen Provecho!

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