Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Portobello, Broccoli, and Red-Pepper Melts

~Portobello, Broccoli, and Red-Pepper Melts~

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Serves 4
  • 1 small head broccoli, cut into small florets (stalk discarded)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 portobello mushrooms (stems removed), sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 red bell peppers (ribs and seeds removed), sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed through a press
  • 4 thick slices country bread
  • 4 ounces Gouda cheese, thinly sliced


  1. Heat broiler, with rack set 4 inches from heat. On a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, toss broccoli with oil; season with salt and pepper. Broil, tossing once or twice, until broccoli begins to char, 4 to 6 minutes.
  2. Add mushrooms and bell peppers to sheet; season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Broil, tossing once or twice, until vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes more; set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Place bread on a work surface. Dividing evenly, spread with mayonnaise mixture, and top with vegetables, then cheese. Place on baking sheet, and broil until cheese is melted and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
From Everyday Food, March 2008
Read more at Portobello, Broccoli, and Red-Pepper Melts - Martha Stewart Recipes

These healthy "cheese-melts" are very tasty.  In a way, they're almost like mini veggie pizzas.  If you are looking for a simple, fast and easy recipe, then opt for the portobello,broccoli, and red-pepper melts.  The prep was simple and I just loved the broiling.  The kids, however, did not like the veggies.  Like I said a few blogs back, if they don't like their veggies, then they can just plug their noses, or learn to tolerate them.  In our kitchen, veggies have a permanent role. Vegetables are part of a vegetarian diet, right? Geez, if no veggies and no meat, then what the heck does a person eat?!  Well, we did take them out for sundaes after dinner.  Maybe this is why they feel dinner is sometimes "optional"?  Dessert is often hanging around somewhere...whether it's fresh fruit or a handmade delicacy.  At least they are getting their calcium (leafy green contain high levels of calcium too...but nevermind *lol*). 

Photo Gallery
Sarah is in the kitchen, ready to cook!
Sometimes, cooking should start by pouring a big, hearty, glass of wine.  Purple Moon was great.  Very affordable too!
Shhhh... this is my favorite song! Look out American Idol...*laughing hysterically*
Yup, in the cooking zone and ready to "chop it up" with you.  I'd like to start out by saying that I have some very interesting people that read my blog.  Hello to my readers in Senegal!  Nice to meet you.
Hang more sip...OK, really ready to go.  This wine is great!  Purple Moon is the way to go!
Sarah with her daddy. 
Here is the Gouda that I chose from Trader Joe's.  I loved it, and Sarah did too.  She told me that she loved "Gooooda".  Gabriel, Jordan, and Ben are neutral.
Sarah and I are cheese lovers.  We almost ate all the cheese ourselves.
Jordan is figuring out how the melts are to be cooked. 
And more cheese...
She is in cheese heaven.
While I'm cooking, Ben is researching herbs.  We love Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds!
Slicing the bread.
I love bread! 
The delicious vegetables.
Here is the "mayo" that we used.  This stuff tastes like the real deal, but it's way better for you! 
The "mayo spread"
The veggies are ready for broiling.

Dinner, minus the veggies that are broiling.
Sarah is awaiting dinner.
And so is Ben.
Sarah Elizabeth...I like the branches that frame in her face.
Jordan is usual.
The Portobello, Broccoli, and Red-Pepper Melts (although I used cremini)
Look at his face...he is so happy.
Gabriel, on the other hand, is thinking, "If I open my eyes, then maybe it will all be gone".

For dessert...we went to Mels Diner.

~Dinner Was Served~

1 comment:

Carl said...

Another hit for you Morgan, with the "melts." I love the family pics. You are are creating a family of gourmands.

As I have stated many times before, "As the twig is bent, so grows the tree." Your kids will naturally evolve into skilled and savvy foodies by your example, and their participation in the kitchen.

What a wonderful gift you are giving them...that will serve them all of their adult days, and benefit their future families and perhaps their offspring for generations to come.

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