Grilled portobello mushroom torta
Grilled Portobello Mushroom Torta recipe
- Eight 3-inch portobello mushrooms, stems removed
- 2 large, ripe tomatoes, cut in half and roasted
- Four 1/2-inch slices fresh mozzarella cheese (3-inch diameter)
- 2 red bell peppers, roasted (fresh or tinned), halved
- Four 5-inch sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 4 to 6 cups fresh field greens (mesclun) and herbs, washed and dried
- Ingredients – Marinade
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- zest of 1 lemon, finely chopped
- juice of 1 lemon
- 6 leaves fresh basil, chopped
- freshly ground salt & pepper to taste
- Ingredients – Pesto
- 1 bunch fresh basil
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- juice of 1 lemon
Marinade: Combine all marinade ingredients with a whisk until an emulsion is formed. Allow the flavors to blend for 1 hour or longer before using.
Pesto: In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, combine the pesto ingredients and process until smooth.
Brush the mushrooms on both sides with the marinade. Allow to marinate for a least 2 hours. Preheat the grill or stove-top griglia. Grill the marinated mushrooms for approximately 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
Preheat the broiler and line a heavy baking sheet with foil. Place 4 grilled mushrooms top side down on the foil and layer each with 1/2 of a roasted bell pepper, and a slice of the cheese. Place under the broiler and broil until the cheese melts. Place the remaining mushrooms atop the melted cheese and skewer each with a sprig of rosemary through all 5 layers.
To serve:Top each torta with a dollop of the pesto and arrange each warm torta on a plate with fresh field greens and herbs. Serve immediately.
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