Those big, juicy-looking portobello mushrooms at the market are fantastic when they're simply broiled or grilled. They can be eaten on their own or act as a patty for a vegetarian alternative to the hamburger. Either way, this recipe is very quick and easy.
Large portobellos are meaty and filling. For the broiler, all they need is a marinade of garlic, olive oil, vegetable broth, and balsamic vinegar. Most of your time will be spent waiting for them to marinate. After that, it takes just a few minutes on each side to grill them to perfection. This same recipe can be used on your outdoor grill if you feel like cooking out.
- 4 large portobello mushrooms (stems removed, wiped clean)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon vegetable broth (or chicken; fat-free, low-sodium)
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
- Place the mushrooms in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, broth, and garlic. Pour over portobello mushrooms, cover the bowl, and marinate for 15 to 30 minutes.
- Preheat the broiler.
- Place mushrooms on a broiler pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Broil 6 inches from the broiler for 5 to 7 minutes on each side.
You have many options when it comes to enjoying your broiled mushrooms.
Serve them on their own and eat just as you would a steak along with a green salad for a well-rounded vegetarian meal. Grilled or steamed asparagus, cooked carrots, and rice make excellent side dishes as well.
The mushrooms are also quite delicious in a whole-grain bun or when served in a pita with your favorite toppings. Tomatoes, onions, pickles, avocado, and melted cheese are all excellent ways to dress up the sandwich. Add a spicy mayonnaise or your favorite mustard; anything you would normally add to a burger will work.