It’s the moment we have all been waiting for, the moment that brings meaning and definition to summer; barbecue season. But while you are grilling your steaks, burgers, and kabobs, stop and think about the unsung heroes of the grill, portabella mushrooms. Portabellas are the ultimate vegetarian option, offering a great meat alternative and endless versatility.
Try them as a meat alternative
Portabellas have a natural meaty flavour and texture, which is why they are often eaten as a meat alternative. They can absorb marinades just like meat, as well as offer their own natural Umami flavour. Not only that, the health benefits of swapping mushroom for meat are plentiful. Substitute a 4-ounce grilled portabella mushroom for a 4-ounce grilled beef patty (70% lean) and save 270 calories, 20 g fat, 8 g saturated fat and 93 mg cholesterol.
How versatile are they?
There are many ways you can prepare Portabella mushrooms, here are just a few quick recipe ideas:
Grill up a portabella basted with a smoky barbecue sauce. Top with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Serve hot on a big toasted Kaiser bun.
Lightly brush portabella with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Grill whole along with a thick slice of red or white onion. Serve both mushroom and onion, sliced on top of a sizzlin’ hot steak.
• Side Dishes
Marinate whole portabella mushroom in balsamic or Italian vinaigrette for 1 hour. Grill over medium-high heat for 6-7 minutes. Remove from grill, slice and serve on top of a side salad.
Try Mushrooms Canada’s “Grilled Chicken and Portabella Mushrooms with Peppercorn Sauce,” it’s simple to prepare yet special enough for entertaining.
So versatile and easy, grilled portabellas make a great burger, side, topper or entree.
For more recipe ideas visit Mushrooms Canada at www.mushrooms.ca.
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