It’s almost September, but I am holding on to summer as long as I can. It’s my favorite season for several reasons, including being able to use the grill as much as possible. Because the men in my family love to grill, I am happy to hand over some of the cooking duties. Believe me, if anyone says, “Do you want me to grill tonight?” I can have the ingredients in their hand and have them shoved out the door toward the grill in less time than it takes for them to finish the sentence!
I don’t hold with the rules of traditional grilling saying it is only for meat. I grill vegetables, meat, seafood, anything I can find. We even made grilled S’mores once. Let’s just say that was a mess. To show how versatile grilling can be, I am sharing one of my favorite grilling recipes; Grilled Portabello and Mozzarella Salad . I found this recipe in one of my cooking magazines long ago and made a few changes to the basic recipe. The original recipe called for Portabello caps, but all my local store had was baby bellas so in they went. I added some of my favorite spices to give it more flavor. Feel free to leave out spices or substitute your favorites too. Did I mention it is gluten free so my daughter can enjoy it too? Here’s what you need to make it:
- 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
- 3 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
- 6 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
- 4 tablespoons each fresh oregano and fresh parsley, chopped
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon salt free spicy seasoning (if desired)
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 (8 ounce) package baby bellas
- Cooking spray
- In a small bowl, combine the first mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic, pepper and spicy seasoning. Place on a disposable cooking sheet and place on the grill. Allow to cook for approximately 10 to 12 minutes, stirring often. Remove for heat.
- Meanwhile, mix chopped herbs, olive oil and mozzarella in a medium bowl. Add the mushroom mixture from the grill and add to the cheese and herb mixture. Stir and place in the fridge for an hour to chill.
These are so tasty the kids don’t realize they are missing the meat, which in my meat loving household is saying a lot! What is your favorite grilling recipe?