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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Grilled Portobello and Veggie Panino

Healthy eating doesn't need to be bland and boring.  Switching it up and making it fun once in a while is the key to enjoying healthy eating.  In this recipe we have taken the BIG BURGER concept and made it into something delicious, satisfying and fun.  Replacing a hamburger with a large portobello mushroom and the toppings with some tasty grilled vegetables makes this sandwich feel like you are out eating fast food but with all the benefits of a great home cooked meal. 

 4 large portobello mushroom caps
2 zucchinis cut lengthwise 1/4 inch strips
1 red bell pepper cut in strips
1 large red onion sliced into 4 discs ( keep the rings intact)
1 eggplants cut into 1/2 inch slices
4 heaping Tbsps. of soft creamy goat cheese
Extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp. basil pesto
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
Salt and pepper
4 fresh ciabatta buns
juice from 1 lemon
In a bowl mix some olive oil, chopped garlic, lemon juice, pesto, salt and pepper. Pour over each mushroom cap until well coated and set aside.
Brush remaining veggies with olive oil, add salt and pepper.
Grill veggies until edges begin to char and caramelize approximately 10 minutes.
At the same time grill mushroom caps bottom down first for 5 minutes then flip and cook an additional 10 minutes.
Remove all veggies and leave only mushroom caps on grill then add 1 heaping Tbsp. of goat cheese to the center of each cap. Let melt for 5 minutes then remove.
Slice open the fresh bun and place 1 mushroom cap and an assortment of the other veggies on top.
This fantastic sandwich can be served hot or cold and will be a symphony of flavors and textures and possibly leaving you never wanting a hamburger again!

Prep. time 20 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes

1 comment:

Rich Fletcher said...

Looking good Danny , thanks for the link .


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