Some time back I made this simple, but elegant side for a dinner I was giving for family. It is a little more expensive than some things, but really easy to make!
You will need:
whole portabella mushrooms
round cheese, sliced
seasonings of choice
salt to taste
Remove the stems and wash off dirt from portabella mushroom tops. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil (optional) and lightly grease/oil it. Lay the portabellas top side down on the sheet. Bake at about 350F till they are approximately halfway done – a little of the juices should be coming out (see photo above). (Keep an eye on it as it doesn’t take terribly long. Sorry, I can’t give an exact time.)
Remove from oven. Sprinkle lightly with salt and lay slices of a round cheese on top. You can use whatever you like: Provolone, etc. I used a Mexican melting cheese. I had to cut the slices in half to get them to fit nicely on top.
Then sprinkle with whatever seasoning, herbs or toppings you want. Use your imagination. I used French’s onion crisps and parsley here. You could also use a number if different fresh or dried herbs, caramelized onions, seasoning blends, fully cooked bacon bits or sun dried tomatoes. You could even make them into miniature pizzas and serve as a main dish! Yum! (Note: Adding more toppings may require longer cooking time, so take the portabella tops out sooner so they don’t get overdone.)
Return to the oven and finish baking just till the cheese is melted. Serve whole, or cut in half.