Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

Trying to eat healthier? Or perhaps trying to eat meals that won’t weigh you down? Well, do I have a recipe for you that’s oh-so simple, utterly delicious and truly satisfying. Bet you’ll be making this all summer long.

Leftovers? What’s that? Turn them into the most divine salad by cutting up the Portobello mushrooms and adding the tomato mozzarella mixture to spinach with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and toasted pine nuts. You’re welcome.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella
Serves 4

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for greasing grill pan
4 large Portobello mushrooms (about 5 inches in diameter), stemmed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 small to medium sized vine ripened tomatoes, cut into ½ -inch pieces
8 ounces fresh water-packed mozzarella, drained, cut into ½ -inch cubes
¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves

Prepare the barbecue (medium-high heat).

Drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil over both sides of the mushrooms. Sprinkle the mushrooms with salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil on grill pan to prevent mushrooms from sticking. Grill until the mushrooms are heated through and tender, about 5 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, whisk the extra-virgin olive oil and garlic in a medium bowl to blend. Add the tomatoes, cheese, and basil and toss to coat. Season the tomato salad, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Place 1 hot grilled mushroom gill side up on each of 4 plates. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper. Spoon the tomato salad atop the mushrooms, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil to finish, about 1 tablespoon and serve.

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