Tuesday, January 10, 2012

There's Fungus Among Us

Anyone who knows me knows I HATE mushrooms.  HATE. Throughout my life, I have done the adult thing and "tried them one more time" as I know tastes change and develop.  Tonight was no different.  When I saw the recipe for tonight, I cringed.  BUT, knowing that my family is having to make sacrifices to eat better, I decided that this was MY sacrifice. 

Believe it or not, I approached this recipe with hope.  It had other ingredients I loved and, all mixed together, would surely become this miraculously amazing dish!  The mix even smelled delicious along with the toasting bread.  I got through half the sandwich before the horribly painful indigestion set in.

Anyone who knows me knows I HATE mushrooms. HATE.

Portobello Panini and Green Salad
                                                                                         for green salad
1 Tbs olive oil plus additional for brushing pans                           1 head green leaf lettuce
4 portobello mushroom caps, roughly chopped                            2 cups radishes, thinly sliced
1/4 tsp dried thyme                                                                   1/4 cups basic vinaigrette*
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3/4 cup low fat ricotta cheese
1/2 Tbs Dijon mustard
4 whole wheat sandwich rolls, sliced in half**
Optional add-ins: 2 tomatoes, sliced, and/or 1/2 red onion sliced

1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat
2. Saute chopped mushrooms until softened, about 2 minutes.
3. Season with dried thyme, salt, and black pepper.
4. Remove mushrooms from saucepan and transfer to mixing bowl.
5. Add ricotta cheese and dijon mustard; mix well to combine
6. Spread mixture inside each roll.

7. Brush a skillet or pan with olive oil and set over medium-low
8. Place two sandwiches in the skillet.  Brush the bottom of another
    clean skillet or pan with olive oil and press it bottom-side down
    on top of the sandwiches.
9. Leave for 2-3 minutes to heat through.
10. Repeat with other two sandwiches.  Brush pans with oil again
       if needed.
11. Slice sandwiches in half, horizontally or diagonally.

*Basic Vinaigrette
     1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
     1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
     1/4 tsp sea salt
     1/8 tsp ground black pepper
     3 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil

 Mom says: Oh heck no!  But the salad was great!


  1. Awwwwwwwwww. I'm proud of you for trying again, but from now on I guess I will just have to fall on my sword and eat your portion, since ... anyone who knows me knows I LOVE mushrooms. LOVE.

  2. You would love this recipe then! I tried. I really, REALLY tried. But I think my body is trying to tell me something when even IT is rebelling. Tums to the rescue!