Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The Fungus Among Us

I should mention the great dinner we ate last night. Last Saturday, at the Farmers Market, we saw some good looking mushrooms for sale. After admiring them, we turned and walked away, but then I started thinking; Portobello Burgers! So we returned to the 'farmer' and I found two nice sized ones. I think we paid about $3.50 for the two of them. Truth is, I have never made my own Portobello Burger before so I had to use Google to find the basics for me and that turned out to be sufficient. Most recipes called for a brief marinade in olive oil and balsamic vinegar and I had those ingredients. After that, you're free to use whatever inspires you for seasoning and condiments. I decided to sprinkle some of TJ's 21 Season Salute on the marinating mushrooms; both sides. I didn't want to go through the hassle of making my own aioli so I took some regular mayonnaise and added some crushed garlic and then some pimentos for color…and a little flavor. I roasted some tomato slices and slices of red onion on the Farberware grill before putting the two prime mushrooms on. I grilled them for about 5 minutes on each side while brushing them with the remaining marinade. I had already prepared the new style 'thin' hamburger buns with a layer of melted TJ's Quattro Formaggio cheese and some TJ Aioli Mustard. Then I put the onion, tomato and some lettuce on it. Wow! They were so good…I can't recommend them enough.

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