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Grilled Portabella Pizzas

Pizzas cooked on the grill are a classic summer menu item, and swapping portabellas for pizza crust makes it a fast and simple dinner solution for busy summer nights.

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 portabella cap with sauce and cheese

Ingredients

4 large portabella mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella (or 2 ounces crumbled feta)

Optional ingredients for seasoning and toppings: fresh basil leaves, sea salt, black pepper; and preferred pizza toppings (e.g., black olives, green peppers, pepperoni, etc.)

Directions

Gently clean portabellas with a damp paper towel. Trim the stems with a paring knife and use a spoon to scrape the dark brown gills from the underside of the cap. (Tip: Save the stems and gills to make mushroom stock.)

Arrange the sauce, cheeses and topping in small bowls and line them up on a work surface.

Brush the underside of the caps with olive oil and grill, oiled side down, for 3 to 4 minutes over a medium-high flame.

Place the caps on the work surface, cooked side facing up, and if desired season with salt and pepper. Spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of sauce around the cap. Go easy on the sauce as the mushrooms will give off liquid when they cook, and too much sauce can make them soggy. Sprinkle with cheese to cover, then add optional toppings if desired such as black olives, fresh basil leaves and green pepper. Gently place back on the grill (toppings facing up) and cook another 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Nutritional Facts

Calories: 120; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium: 290mg; Protein: 6g; Carbohydrates: 8g; Dietary Fiber: 2g

Mushroom Bread Pudding

It’s just a tad “lightened” up by using mushroom broth in place of the usual heavy cream, but still results in a fluffy, luscious bread pudding.

Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

1 1-pound loaf whole wheat bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
6 ounces mushrooms, sliced
4 ounces prosciutto, diced
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
4 large eggs
3 cups mushroom broth
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded asiago cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While oven is warming up, spread bread cubes in a rimmed baking sheet and place in oven to toast for 10 minutes. Heat a sauté pan over medium heat and cook prosciutto until browned. Remove to a bowl, leaving rendered fat in the pan. Add olive oil, celery and onion and cook until vegetables are soft and translucent. Add the mushrooms, salt, pepper, thyme and paprika, and cook until mushrooms are tender. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, whisk eggs and mushroom broth to combine. Gently fold in toasted bread, the mushroom mixture, prosciutto and cheese. Pour into a lightly oiled 8×13-inch baking dish. Bake for 50 minutes, or until top is golden and pudding appears set.