Need a vegetarian and naturally gluten free idea for a Labor day weekend BBQ ? These Portobello roasted vegetable towers, made with end of summer vegetables, make a beautiful presentation, are easy, and delicious! They are a nice addition to any BBQ!
You know the large beautiful Portobello mushrooms that that you see in the produce section of the market? Trader Joe sells them in packages of two, so I treated myself the other day. Once I got them home, I really wasn't sure what I wanted to do with them. I could have simply grilled them and had a vegan burger substitute, but I wanted something a little more interesting and more special!
I decided to make a roasted tower that I remembered eating as my vegetarian entree at a friend's wedding. It was a layer a large grilled portobello mushroom with large gilled zucchini slices, grilled red pepper slices, roasted eggplant slices, roasted red onion slices, grilled asparagus and yellow pepper slices. Actually, you could make any roasted sliced vegetable combination that you like. They will all work! I added some guacamole as the base. The guacamole made the towers more filling and added some protein, making it a perfect vegan entree.
|roasted eggplant, zucchini, asparagus, yellow pepper, red onion|
The towers: I grilled my vegetables in advance and allowed them to cool ( or you could roast them in the oven at 400 degrees) I them grilled the portobello mushrooms on both sides in a small Forman Grill.( or you could use any grill or roast in oven) You do not want to overcook then mushrooms ; you want them cooked but on the firmer side.
|I know it looks like a burger, but it's portobello mushrooms|
When they were done, I spread each half with the spicy guacamole and then took my roasted vegetables and layered them into a tower on each of the mushroom halves.
This could be used as a side dish for two or a vegan meal for one!
1/2 red onion, sliced and roasted
1/2 yellow zucchini, sliced on a diagonal and roasted
1/2 green zucchini, slicked on a diagonal and roasted
1 red pepper halved and roasted
2 slices of eggplant roasted
2 large portobello mushrooms
4-5 Tablespoons guacamole
* You could grill instead of roast the vegetables
* season vegetables with spices and salt and pepper to taste if desired
Grill or roast all of the vegetables and set aside. Prepare your guacamole recipe ( or use slices of avocado)
Grill your 2 portobello mushrooms and lay on plate with the inner part of the mushrooms facing up.
Spread guacamole on each mushroom, layer vegetables on top and enjoy!
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|The inside of the portobello mushroom|