It doesn't seem possible that we could already be at Week #10 on our Sunday Slow Bites! Time goes by so fast these days!
Mushrooms is the "secret ingredient" this week, and Candi of Candi's Corner: Wanderlust and Passions was the blogger to choose it.
I searched thru the internet cooking sites for a recipe and found several possibilities. The one I chose is from Food Network and a creation of my favorite Food Network star, Giada De Laurentiis. Here is her recipe:
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
* 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for greasing the grill pan
* 4 to 6 portobello mushrooms
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1 cup marinara sauce (store bought or homemade)
* 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
* 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
* 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill.
Drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil over both sides of the mushrooms. Sprinkle the mushrooms with salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil on the grill to prevent the mushrooms from sticking. Grill until the mushrooms are heated through and tender, about 5 minutes per side.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Spread 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce on the bottom of a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Place the grilled mushrooms on top of the marinara sauce and top with the remaining marinara sauce. Sprinkle with the cheeses and top with the butter pieces. Bake until the cheese melts and the top is golden, about 15 minutes. Serve.
When I shopped for the ingredients, the portobello mushrooms looked way too big to be a "Small Bite", so I used Baby Bella Caps, which were about half the size of the portobello mushrooms.
I also used a prepared marinara - Paul Newman's Cabernet Marinara and pre-shred Sargento cheeses. I love this stuff! Mozzarella & Asiago with Roasted Garlic and Artisan Blend Parmesan. I know, I know - not authentic. But quick and easy to use.
Here are my ingredients:
And here are the mushrooms after they came out of the oven: