Thursday, July 18, 2013

Gone Fishin' Series - Baked Portobello Parmesan

This recipe has been in 4th place for ages now. It has great appeal for those who have to watch their weight, so I'm glad I can reprise it here. It pares calories while preserving the flavors that we have come to associate with "parm" dihes. If you have not yet tried this it, do give this recipe a try. I think you'll be surprised by how flavorful it is. Here's the recipe for this leftover. Enjoy!

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is an old competition recipe. I give it new life each January as part of a regime to mend holiday excesses and restrict fat and caloric intake, at least until we're back in shape. I love the bold flavors of meat or vegetable Parmesan, but the amount of oil used in standard preparations meant we couldn't have it often, if at all. The whole purpose of this recipe was to come up with a variation that would require no frying and, if possible, use no meat or poultry. I had, for several years, grilled portobello mushrooms and was really happy with their meaty taste and texture. I settled on them for my recipe because eggplant simply didn't work when cooked this way. This version is really simple to make and if you are looking for a healthier alternative to standard "parm" recipes you might want to give this a try. You won't be sorry. Smaller families can halve the recipe and still enjoy its wonderful flavor. Here's the recipe.

Baked Portobello Parmesan...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

1/2 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
1 cup (3-oz.) freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided use
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/4 cup fresh minced parsley, divided use
2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided use
3/4 cup egg substitute
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon marjoram leaves
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano leaves
4 large (5 to 6-inches wide) stemmed portobello mushrooms, brushed clean
1-1/2 cups (6-oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 cup commercially prepared "light" tomato sauce
Cooking spray
1) Position a baking rack in upper third of oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 17-1/2 x 11-3/4 baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a 16-1/2 x 11-1/2-inch wire cooling rack inside the baking sheet. Mist rack with cooking spray. Set aside.
2) Combine bread crumbs, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, 3 tablespoons parsley, paprika and 1 teaspoon salt in a shallow pan. Mix well. Set aside.
3) In a separate bowl, combine egg substitute, remaining 1 teaspoon salt. pepper, marjoram, garlic powder and oregano. Mix well.
4) Dip both sides of mushrooms into egg mixture. Dredge in crumb mixture until both sides are completely coated. Transfer, stem side down, to prepared wire rack. Spray tops with cooking spray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender. Remove pan form oven.
5) Reset oven thermostat to 450 degrees F. Meanwhile, carefully turn mushrooms stem side up. Cover each mushroom with 2 tablespoons of remaining Parmesan cheese, 1/4 of mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup tomato sauce. Spray tops lightly. Return to oven and bake until cheese melts and mushrooms are warmed through, about 10 minutes. Use a wide spatula to transfer mushrooms to a serving platter. Sprinkle with reserved 1 tablespoon parsley. Yield: 4 servings.


Ginny said...

Oh my GOSH!!! If ever I was to try and like mushrooms, it would be THIS dish!!! I hope you are having fun!

Chris Scheuer said...

Some recipes are just classics and deserve to be visited time and time again. This looks like one of them!

Jenn S said...

Love this idea! Portobello's are so meaty, anytime they are the star of the show, I never feel as if there is anything lacking, that is for sure. This looks delicious!

Pondside said...

This looks good, and I've already printed it. I'm looking for tasty and different recipes as The Great Dane and I undertake a little regime of 'slimming'!

Big Dude said...

This sounds very good Mary and I can't remember the last time we had portobella's. As I was reading this, I was envisioning a way to cook it on the grill with out a pan, but that may not work.

Kim G. said...

I really love the idea! Love eggplant parmesan and I know I will love these:)

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