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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 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.