I love this recipe. You can make it in five minutes flat, and it works as a breakfast, lunch or dinner solution! If you’re a vegan you can omit the cheese, or use a cheese substitute.
It’s also a great gluten and carb free alternative to pizza, but tastes every bit as good.
- Flat field mushrooms (I’m using Portobello mushrooms!)
- Tomato paste, tinned diced tomatoes, salsa or similar
- Garlic or garlic powder
- Capsicum (bell pepper) diced small
- Fresh herbs well chopped – parsley, oregano, chives, thyme and basil all work well. Use dried if you don’t have any fresh herbs to hand.
- Grilling cheese, such as mozzarella, cheddar or gruyere
- Rocket or other slightly bitter green leaves for your salad
- Balsamic vinegar
I haven’t given specific quantities because you’ll need to vary this depending on how many people you’re feeding, how big your mushrooms are and the size of your appetite. As you can see from the picture below, my mushrooms are enormous so one will be plenty per person.
Pull the stalk out of the mushrooms by giving it a gentle twist with your fingers. Trim up any loose bits to give you a reasonable area to stuff. There is no need to peel the mushrooms, but wipe them over with a damp cloth or paper towel if they need it.
Now spoon some tomato paste/diced tomato/salsa etc into the bottom of the mushroom cup and spread it around with a spoon. Add in some of the capsicum (bell pepper) and a generous sprinkle of fresh herbs. Crush on some fresh garlic or sprinkle on some garlic powder, then season with salt and pepper. Make as many as you need.
Place the mushrooms under a hot grill, or on a tray in a good hot oven. Allow to heat for a few minutes to warm the mushrooms and filling through.
Now place some sliced cheese onto your warmed-through mushrooms.
Serve with a handful of rocket or other seasonal greens, drizzled with some balsamic vinegar. I find this is plenty as a meal on its own, but you can also use this as a tasty side dish. If bread is your thing, feel free to add some to your plate as well. Enjoy! ❤