Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Balsamic Glazed Portobello Sandwich With Lemon Basil Aioli

I think it is safe to say that portobello mushrooms are one of my favorite foods.  Right up there with chocolate, believe it or not!  Not only do they have an amazing flavor, but they are hearty.  My meat-eating father-in-law's comment after eating this mushroom-filled sandwich, was that he didn't miss the meat at all.  I give the credit to the mushrooms.  I also have to give them credit for making my journey back to a meat-free lifestyle an absolute pleasure.  I have come across people who assume that not eating meat means you are depriving yourself.  I think that I deprived myself more when I did eat meat because I didn't take the time to taste the foods that the earth herself had grown for us and all of the exciting and diverse flavors that exist out there.  So here is one of my favorite recipes that always reminds me of why I prefer to eat the way I do.

Lemon Basil Aioli

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
3/4 cup vegan mayo (I use Follow Your Heart Vegenaise)
juice from 1/2 lemon
2 cloves garlic

Toss ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined.

Balsamic Glazed Portobellos and Veggies

4 portobello mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
2 red onions, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1.  Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat.
2.  Add garlic and onion and saute until translucent, about 7-10 minutes.
3.  Add remaining ingredients and cook for another 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally to cook evenly.

The Sandwich

Lemon Basil Aioli
Balsamic Glazed Portobellos and Veggies
Your favorite roll, sliced bread or bun

Spread a generous amount of the aioli on your bread and top it with as much of the portobellos and veggies as will fit.  Grad a napkin and enjoy!


Morgan-- said...

I love portabellos too! I agree, its up there with chocolate!

Tanya Kummerow said...

Can't wait to try this recipe! Portabella's are my new found favorite. It is amazing to me how being vegan has changed what I like to eat. I used to have such a large disdain for mushrooms and now I cannot get enough. Thanks for this recipe!

The Brad Walton Family said...

Portabellos are so delicious in anything. This sandwich looks very yummy!! Thank you for sharing your recipes:)