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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

UFO's You Can Eat!


When I finished the Brie recipe, I was left with three UFO- sized Portobello mushrooms. That's what happens when you shop at Sam's Club! I gave one to my son, along with numerous other food items we overstocked on(He helped me shop that day!), so I had two left for a meal yet to be determined.. I like the darn things. They have an uncanny ability to absorb whatever flavor marinade or seasoning you put on them. They also are dense and firm to a point of an almost meat-like consistency.
I chose to marinade shortly with soy sauce and Worcester sauce, sprinkled with garlic and onion powder. I trimmed the loose sides, and scraped what I call the gills(the dark brown underside of the mushroom)off. I then placed a very thin pattie of ground beef on it, that had been seasoned with salt and pepper only. Broiled until pattie was medium rare, I removed from broiler and topped with a mild cheese. Broiled until melted, out they came... Portobello pattie melt, awaiting your favorite condiment! It could easily made into a sandwich, as you can imagine...

37 comments:

Finn said...

I adore Portobello mushroom (and the baby ones, too) and find many excuses to use them.

Thank you for the new one!

Kate said...

I really, really try to like mushrooms, but I can't. And I will continue to try them, because my love of green beans happened in my 20s. Maybe when I'm 50 I will like them?

MarmiteToasty said...

I LOVE mushrooms in every which way, but alas me lads all of them only like them raw..

This looks well scrum though..

x

Marjie said...

One of my sons took me to Sams in January, because he and his brother shop there every month or 2 for provisions. I guess my restaurant supply house habit taught them well. Anyway, he was a little disappointed that I wasn't impressed with the quantities of stuff there, until I reminded him that my method of shopping is to call the supply house and order, say, a case of chickens, or an entire top round cut as I want it.

No fan of mushrooms here, but it's great that you found a way to use the leftovers happily!

buffalodick said...

Finn- These could be grilled, or broiled...
Kate- This mushroom takes on any flavor you like, and is firm to the point of tough..try it!
Marmy- This can be eaten raw, but make up a dip or something with it...
Margie-Mushrooms- people seem to love them or hate them...

Dr Zibbs said...

Mmm. I like to put crabmeat on mine and cheese.

buffalodick said...

Doc- That would work like mad!

Akelamalu said...

I love any sort of mushrooms, beef and cheese so I'd love those!

K said...

I always thought those looked like UFOs.

Anette said...

Mmm! Mushroom delight!

doggybloggy said...

I guess 'porty melt' doesnt sound too good either...this is a great idea!

Scarlet said...

So...when are you having us all over for dinner?? I'll bring the red (wine, that is). ;)

urban vegan said...

Portobellos are one of my all-time faves. So versatile. Us vegans love their meaty texture.

Most of them are grown here, in the Philly 'burbs where my husband grew up.

Jeff B said...

Lisa does something similar to this too, with the addition of a bit of Italian sausage blended in.

CDB said...

Oh my gosh, these look like cheeseburgers, they're so big! Good idea. Portobellos are always so pricey in the stores here, but I should make them more often! esp now that we can grill!

Bina said...

These are the only types of mushrooms I like. I haven't had a home-made burger in so long and that looks so good! I'm hungry.

And I love what you did with that cheese and apple slices. I bet that was very good!

buffalodick said...

Ake- A little different for me, but I will do it again!
K- Me too!
Anette- All you'd ever want!
DogB- Simple and full of mushroomy goodness...
Scarlet- Quite a trip, but you're always welcome!
UrbanV- I know they grow a lot of mushrooms in PA, I didn't know they did Portos!
Jeff- Another guy said he used crab- I bet they're all good!
CDB- They grill wonderfully, especially after marinading and oiling with olive oil..
Bina- Thanks! Rich, but the apple help cut that...

G-Man said...

I do the same thing, only I use pork sausage, cook thoroughly, and no cheese. Yummy.
Yours would make a Great Sammy!!!

Hit 40 said...

I have never tried the big mushroom!

The one that you cooked looks worth a bite? Probably more nutritious than the leftover salad and english muffin that I ate for dinner with a pepsi.

The muffin had yummy blackberry jelly!

buffalodick said...

G-man- the stuffings appear to be numerous! Portos are becoming a flexible option around here!
40- I am the self proclaimed King of leftovers..If you can't use it at least twice- don't buy it!

Chris said...

Those are freaking awesome, BD! I could eat those for breakfast even!

snowelf said...

Hi UncleBuf,

MMM! Nummy!
I never buy portabella mushrooms here--they are always so pricey for some reason...but man are they delicious! I wanted to eat the picture you posted. :D

--snow

Just telling it like it is said...

Mmmm I love mushrooms especially portobellos there my favorite!!!

Just telling it like it is said...

P.S your such a good father!!!

KB said...

Looks like they'd soak up a fair bit of the vino in the system after a hard night.

Yum!

Mona said...

what is actually 'UFO size' ?

Mushrooms have never been too favorite with me, but I do like them in certain sauces!

Your Portobello pattie melt looks nummy though :)

Chef E said...

I love mushrooms and like your name Portobello pattie melt; it looks good and cheesy...

TavoLini said...

yeah, I would definitely turn that into a sandwich :D

buffalodick said...

The possiblities are numerous, but the technique is easy and sound!
Snowniece- Look for a store that sells then by weight- overage!
DarnG- Well, he's a good son...
KB- Or soak it as a marinade before you eat it!
Mona- An exaggeration of large! these were 200 centimeters(8") across!
Chef- You see the possiblities of different toppings; meat, seafood, and/or cheeses...
Tavolini- Even more options!

Katherine Aucoin said...

We've used them as buns instead of bread for a burger. Looks fantastic!

Angela in Europe said...

I just read an article about how mushrooms can be 'mistaken' for meat in a lot of recipes. I love them and eat them all the time. I especially like them in soup as they make it taste more like a 'meal'. Thanks for this new recipe!

buffalodick said...

K.A.- Welcome to the blog- and thank-you!
Angela- Easy and flexible, my favorite kind of ingredients!

JihadGene said...

In the Army UFO's were unidentified fried objects.

buffalodick said...

Jgene-Mushrooms, with faster than light speed capabilities!

Just telling it like it is said...

More evidence (nurses love evidence) that you and the wife did a fabulous job...now more early life stories about your wife and children...PLEASE...with whip cream and a cherry on top with peanut sprinkles...

Jeanne said...

Since mushrooms trigger my yeast allergy, I stay away from them :( but I'll forward this recipe to my vegetarian daughter!

Cyndi said...

Aha! Another substitute for bread! I love portabellos, and this is a great low-carb way to eat a burger! Thanks for the fabulous idea.