I cannot believe I'm blogging about food on my last day of a 3-day juice cleanse (have mercy, I want real food!), but it's all I can think about right now, so here goes. Visiting the farmers' market on a Saturday in summer is one of my greatest joys. I have recently added portobello "burgers" to my repertoire, and every time I make them, C declares them the best meal ever (he's prone to hyperbole, but I'll take it!).
The fresh, organic ingredients I pick up at the market (which usually include the mushrooms themselves, fresh herb bread, arugula, asparagus, and cheese) are a factor in the deliciousness, but the real secret is in the super-easy marinade. Since we city-folk do not have a balcony nor a grill, we go the pan-seared way. There are plenty of recipes online, but we have fallen in love with this one, from Delectable Planet.
4 large portobello mushrooms, with stems removed
2 T red wine or water (we go with the wine for richness)
2 T soy sauce
1 T balsamic vinegar
2 gloves garlic, minced
1/2 t dried oregano
Combine all ingredients but the mushrooms in a large skillet and heat on medium-high until the mixture begins to bubble. Add mushrooms, top side down, turn the heat to low-medium, and cover for 3 minutes. Turn mushrooms over and cook for another 5 minutes. If the pan becomes dry at any point, add water by the tablespoon ( we've never encountered this).
Serve the mushrooms on nice, fresh bread, topped with arugula, some cooked asparagus, tomato slices, and cheese (blue cheese is a favorite of mine, but we used the frying cheese from the market last weekend and it was dynamite. I fried that up in a separate pan while the mushrooms were cooking).
You can also totally serve them up sans bread (like a steak!), with some vegetables, an arugula salad, and maybe some cous-cous or quinoa (I'm just spit-balling now, my juice-cleanse-brain can't stop thinking about this meal!). Use the left-over marinade as a sauce.
Nom nom. Enjoy.
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