Friday, April 8, 2011


I married a good Catholic boy...well, I married a Catholic boy...okay, I married a guy who was raised Catholic when he was a boy. You get the idea. Anyway, there are some things he still holds onto from his youth - like fish on Fridays during Lent. As a girl who was raised Southern Baptist, let's just say for the first several years of our marriage I forgot this rule over and over again. I have gotten much better this year. It helps that the carnivore occasionally goes to the grocery store with me and makes suggestions, like "How bout I have fish burgers on Friday?" Umm, okay by me, I nod/shrug. He tosses the frozen patties into the cart and I start to think, "Now, what am I gonna eat?"

Well, let's just say I came up with something much better than a frozen fish patty. I took a large portabella mushroom and scrubbed it clean and removed the gills. I then placed it in a baking dish upside down. I added in a splash of balsamic vinaigrette. I then sliced a few cherry tomatoes thinly and layered them in the cap. Next I generously crumbled herb infused goat cheese over the tomatoes. Finally, I added slices of a crisp red pepper. I placed this masterpiece in the oven on a low broil until the cheese was melted and bubbly and the peppers began to char, about ten minutes. Once the marvelous mushroom was ready I added it to a toasted and buttered whole wheat sesame bun. I topped it with fresh basil leaves torn into large strips.

The result was juicy, filling, and complex. The creamy cheese, the spicy basil, the bright tomatoes, and the crunchy peppers were quite a mouthful. I think I might be hooked on these fish on Fridays thing after all. (Get it? Hooked? Couldn't help it.)

menu ideas:
I served both burgers with slices of watermelon. The carnivore had tots and I had sweet potato fries. He is just like that...what can I say? At least baby omnivore likes orange taters.


  1. Really great looking dish, could eat this right now :o so hungry.

  2. Looks fabulous! Certainly can't go wrong with a juicy Portabella Burger! Thanks for sharing!!


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