Thursday, May 19, 2011

Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Spicy Avocado Sauce

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  • Prep Time 25 minutes

  • Total Time 50 minutes

  • Yield Serves 4

  • Ingredients

    • 4 large portobello mushrooms, stems removed
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • Coarse salt and ground pepper
    • 1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, roughly chopped
    • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
    • 1 tablespoon horseradish
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    • 1 jalapeno chile, finely chopped (ribs and seeds removed, for less heat), if desired
    • 4 soft rolls, split horizontally
    • 1 beefsteak tomato, cored and thinly sliced


    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss mushrooms with oil and 2/3 cup water; season with salt and pepper. Arrange stemmed side down; cover loosely with foil. Roast until tender, 30 to 45 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, mash avocado with a fork. Stir in mustard, horseradish, and lime juice. Fold in jalapeno season with salt and pepper.
    3. Toast rolls. Dividing evenly, layer each bottom half with tomato and portobello, and each top half with avocado mixture.   

    When I sit down to write my blog it just might be the only opportunity that I get to sit quietly for a moment to ponder my life and our family.  Actually, it might be the ONLY quiet moment that I get to ponder anything. I have come to greatly appreciate these quiet moments, these pauses in reality to reflect on what has taken place.  Although primarily in our kitchen, sharing my thoughts and our lives with you remains my most favorite dessert of “deeper introspection”.

    Sometimes a title might say something like, "meatless burgers", "strawberry shortcake" or whatever, but so much more has taken place that day than just that.  It’s never just a dessert or a dinner.  Lessons have been learned in the kitchen by all of us, and eye-opening experiences out in the field have taken place that day too (although not mutually exclusive). 

    Being a woman in America (or a woman for that matter) brings its own difficulties, joys and life lessons that can only be shared by us women.  Now men, I don't want to shut you out of this! You too have your set of agendas that the Universe plans on teaching you.  But as a woman, I can only share with you what I think and feel in the realm of the feminine mystique.  That said, my opinions and everyday epiphanies are more feminine-based and apron-clad. Although when I think about it, it was a man that taught me how to cook.  He was a gourmet cook on a modest mans income and he never failed to amaze me with what he could come up with for hardly anything.  It might have cost hardly anything, but he always gave us everything.  Thank you dad.  Gosh, maybe I should have saved this one for Father's Day? *smiles* 

    Thank you for taking interest in this blog, dear followers.  Thank you for tuning in for our kitchen escapades and life adventures.  I hope that you can gain insight into a life well lived that is not dependent on social status, racial creed or gender for that matter.  Live well!


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    Today was a special day for Jordan because he got to have his mom all to himself.  Ben and the kids were out for the afternoon, so Jordan and I had the evening together to enjoy as he wished.  We started out by preparing four, beautiful portobello mushrooms for our burgers.  
    Lightly brush the porobellos with oil (both sides). Place the portobello mushrooms on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes at 425 degrees.  I checked them after about 35 minutes and they were ready! 
    The "patties" are done.
    The buns and the ingredients for the spicy avocado sauce.
    The burger is finished. 
    It felt a little lonely without the "crew" so we decided to eat somewhere a little more lively.
    In our side garden, life was chirping, scurrying and chattering.  Our bistro table provides us with a nice little getaway where we can just sit and observe both nature and the outdoors peacefully.  It was a wonderful dinner with Jordan.  He did not enjoy the burgers (he is very much a meat lover) but he said that he did enjoy the company.  In my opinion, that's a good thing! At least he enjoyed something.
    After we ate, Jordan invited me up to his fort.  We layed on our backs and stretched out before the sky. We chatted about all things "cool" and musical while laughing about the dinner.

    ~Dinner Was Served~


    Jenny Cave said...

    They sounded delicious, my mouth was watering...I so very much love Portabello, I season mine with sauce (amino (soy) or tamari) in the 'cup' of them while they are cooking and they taste more like 'steak'...a trick from the Engine2 book...I'll give the avocado sauce a try...Hers (the ones in "Martha's" photo) look overdone, yours do not...bravo.

    Carl said...

    I agree with Jenny, the key for us,Amino sauce (Bragg's is what we use...Amino acid sauce),imparts a wonderful flavor. Combined with the somewhat "meaty" taste of the Portobello mushrooms, the amino makes it taste very burger-like, and the overall taste is savory, mouth-watering, and just plain old delicious. Tomato slices, onion, and some Romaine lettuce or spinach, and mayo really helps to impart a certain "burgeriness" as well.

    Carl said...

    Correction. What we use is Bragg's Amino Soy Sauce. Really good, and really good for you. As you know, Bragg's make a whole line of sauces and other necessary culinary miscellanea.

    The Green Mama said...

    Thanks, Jenny! I agree, portobello burgers are so good!I will have to try seasoning mine with the amino sauce next time. Sounds delish :)

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