Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
Ready to Grill
Most people think we’re all about meat here in the South. Well, we do love our meat. But, many Southerners also garden and love vegetables – especially fresh summer vegetables.
In fact, mushrooms are gilled fungi. They are typically thought of and used like vegetables in the South. You know what they say, “If it looks like a duck . . .” Since vegetarians seem to be big on Portobellos, that further reinforces that thought that these tasty treats fall in that category. Really, do you ever look in a cookbook and see a section for fungus recipes? They go under “vegetables” – around here at least.
In any case, mushrooms are popular in the South, and they are especially delicious grilled.
Grilled Portobello Mushroom Recipe
• 6 Portobello mushrooms
• 1/4 cup butter (melted)
• 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
• 2 TBS fresh chives (chopped fine)
• 1 TBS fresh thyme
• 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
Do not wash the mushrooms. This will make them soggy. You are peeling off the outer layer anyway, so you’re not eating dirty food.
Carefully remove the top from the cap of the mushroom. This peels off like skin. Be careful and do not break the mushroom at this stage. You also want to remove the stem. That usually comes off pretty easily.
Mix the garlic in with the melted butter. You can use a small pan and melt the butter on the grill – to the side.
Brush the top side on the mushroom with the butter mixture.
Place the top sides of the Portobello mushrooms down on a hot grill. You probably want to spray the grill with Pam or wipe it with a little bit of oil first.
Grill the mushrooms until the top is browned. This takes only a couple of minutes. Right before flipping, brush the bottom side with the butter mixture.
Sprinkle the chives and thyme on the tops (which are now up) and add the cheese.
Grill until the cheese is melted (on top now) and the bottoms are browned. This takes about 2 to 3 minutes.
Serve immediately as a side dish to go with meat or as the main course. These grilled mushrooms as also great served just like hamburgers – on a bun with condiments.
* Do note that some vegetarians do not eat cheese. Don’t make a big deal of it. Just ask everyone if they want cheese or not just like with burgers. Put cheese on for those who want it and don’t for those who decline. That’s pretty simple.