Mushrooms have flavor and texture unlike any other vegetable since they are not truly a vegetable. They tend to absorb flavor well but also act like a sponge, which is why I shy away from using lots of oil in this recipe. You can tell that the mushrooms are done when they’re pliable all the way through. You can use a grill or a grill pan for this, and serve them as part of a wrap with a tortilla, large lettuce or collard green leaf.
- Yield: 4 Servings
- Wipe mushrooms with a damp towel. Carefully remove mushroom stems, by popping them off, and gills, by scraping with a tablespoon, and set them aside. (You can add them to stock or use them for another recipe.)
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a zippered bag or shallow baking dish. Add mushrooms and marinate for 1 hour, flipping mushrooms halfway through.
- Heat a grill pan or skillet and cook over medium heat.
- Remove the mushrooms from the marinade and place on the hot pan or grill, gill side down. (You can cook down the marinade to make a balsamic glaze if you like.)
- Let mushroom cook for 5 minutes and then flip so cap side is in contact with pan or grill. Let cook another 5 minutes or until the cap is pliable and cooked through. You will likely see liquid pooling in the mushroom cap, which means that the mushroom is getting cooked through. It might be as much as 15 minutes total.
- Serve the mushroom whole on a bun, or sliced with lettuce, tomato and red onion in a tortilla or green leaf as a wrap.
What the portobellos lack in beauty, they make up for in taste, especially when marinated with garlic. These mushrooms make a great stand-in for burgers or slice them for an ingredient in a tortilla, lettuce or collard green wrap.