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Portobello Pizzas

30 MINUTES OR LESSGiant portobello mushroom caps are the foundation for mini pizzas, packed with the same intense flavors as the standard pizza-parlor pie but minus the calories. Use a commercially prepared pesto for quick assembly of these pizzas. Serve with bread sticks and a tossed green salad, and end with an Italian gelato for dessert.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients: 

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4 giant portobello mushroom caps (about 20 oz. total)
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2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar, or more as needed
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1 ½ Tbs. basil pesto
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1 ½ cups shredded combination low-fat mozzarella and provolone cheeses
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2 oz. soy "pepperoni" slices
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6 artichoke bottoms (6 oz.), chopped
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2 Tbs. (1 oz.) chopped oil-cured olives, optional

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 500F. Line baking sheet with foil, and spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Wipe mushroom caps clean, and remove stems. Chop stems, and place in mixing bowl. Using small spoon, gently scoop out black gills on underside of mushroom caps, and discard gills. Place mushrooms, cap side down, on foil-lined sheet.
  3. Combine balsamic vinegar and pesto in small mixing bowl, and brush mixture on mushroom caps. Place in oven, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Meanwhile, combine in bowl 1 cup cheese, soy “pepperoni” slices, artichoke bottoms, chopped mushroom stems, olives, if using, and oregano, tossing to mix well. Remove mushrooms from oven, and, dividing mixture evenly, fill each cap. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese over mushrooms.
  5. Bake 7 to 10 minutes more, remove from oven and serve.

Wine Suggestions
This newfangled pizza is loaded with wine- friendly foods, with the possible exception of the artichoke, which makes wine seem sweeter than it is. Use the strength of the other ingredients to offset the artichokes. The pesto, cheese, soy “pepperoni” and olives pack a lot of flavor and will pair nicely with a wine that has a bit of acidity, like an Italian Chianti Classico.

Nutrition Information: 

Calories: 
250
Protein: 
17 g
Total Fat: 
13 g
Saturated Fat: 
7 g
Carbohydrates: 
11 g
Cholesterol: 
30 mg
Sodium: 
600 mg
Fiber: 
3 g
Sugar: 
5 g
Yield: 
SERVES 4

Comments on this Recipe

Sounds tasty but can't we get rid of the cheese and have karma clean eating by save the lives of bobby calves in doing so. Dairy = death for someone.

Very tasty and easy to make. Used "veggie shreds" for cheese. Will definitely make again.

YUM!!!!! Made them tonight and they are delicious!

I know..mushroom taste is great..for sure this portabello mini pizza taste delicous too..i will try it later!!

Will make tonight but the recipe should have been more specific about "artichoke bottoms"? Use fresh? Buy canned? I think fresh would never have cooked in the allotted time and I couldn't find canned or jarred so I'm using canned hearts....

I plan to try this too and using the canned artichoke hearts. Sounds delicious!!

This sounds delicious! I love what I call 'veggironi'. xD Ingles carries the big caps; something to try next week, minus the olives!