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July 16, 2007

One Local Summer Week #4 - Mini Portobello Burgers

This week's local meal was a fun one. I saw a recipe for Mini Portobello Burgers in the current issue of Country Living magazine, and while I was at the farmer's market on Saturday I just happened to spy a box of baby portobello mushrooms and knew I had to give them a try.

When I got home, I started a batch of dough for hamburger buns using locally milled flour, making half of them extra small to fit the mushrooms (I froze the rest of the buns for another time).

The rest was really simple, just brushing sliced eggplant (from a local greenhouse) and zucchini with oil, seasoning them with salt and pepper, and grilling them until they were soft and had nice grill marks on them (I had to use a grill pan because the resident barbeque is broken). Then I halved the buns, layed them out on a baking sheet with the tops beside them, and piled the grilled veggies on top, finishing each one off with a slice of Swiss cheese from Vancouver Island. I then placed the baking sheet under the broiler just long enough to melt the cheese, and placed the top of the buns back on just before serving.

The grilled veggies were delicious, and the mushrooms were meaty and juicy. I think I will be using portobello mushroom caps instead of store bought "veggie burgers" more often, and maybe I'll experiment with different kinds of cheeses (chevre or smoked gouda perhaps?).

What a fun way to eat your veggies!

9 comments:

dawn said...

That looks great. I love grilled veggies and I am looking forward to having them ready in my garden. I haven't tried portobello mushrooms in much; I have been meaning to, but haven't got around to it yet. Good idea for a veggie burger.

The Unusually Unusual Farmchick said...

I love portbello mushrooms. The burgers look so good.
Speaking of the current country Living issue- Did you see the ad for the "2nd annual" country living fair? Its in Morrow ohio about 3 1/2 hours from here. I am already begging to go for the weekend. I so wish many of my blogging friends lived closer. It would make for a great time.
I am not sure, but did you post a recipe for your burger buns previously? I'll look through the archives but if not, would you mind sharing?

Chelee said...

You've gotta share the bun recipe. This is one of the areas that we've gotten caught up is my inability to bake buns for burgers and dogs.

It looks so freaking amazing! It's right before lunch right now and I'm salivating like Pavlov's dog.

Midlife Traveller said...

I love portabello sandwiches and burgers. But they are SO expensive here!! I guess I need to go get mine at a farmer's market.

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

yum. I could eat those Veggies..

Ophelia said...

That looks really tasty, and healthy too! I'm going to have to try this. It looks like something my son would devour. :)

Cheryl said...

Dawn - I love them too, it's amazing how something so simple can taste so good.

Tammie - I hope you get to go to the fair! If I was closer, you can bet I'd be right there with you!

Chelee - I hope this recipe helps solve that(see next post)!

Midlife Traveller - You can get a whole box for $5 at the Trout Lake farmer's market on Saturdays.

Tim - They're pretty tasty.

Ophelia - If he's anything like my kids, they'll disappear in no time!

Steffi said...

Yummy!this burger makes me hungry and I would like eat it!

Shawna said...

Yummmm!!! Try a layer of homemade pesto as a spread--adds great flavor.

You know I am so moved by your endeavors here I have bought two new books about this whole experiences of eating locally. And I have joined the C3 campaign and written my local grocers to carry more local foods and label the local foods for shoppers.

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