I've said it before and I'll said it again: I've spent many a Friday night sitting on the couch with a glass of wine. And Dateline on the television. It sounds terribly pathetic, doesn't it? But honestly, after a long week of work, sometimes it's all I can do to tear myself off the couch. This tends to get worse during winter Fridays. But I can't lie and pretend like it doesn't happen in the summer, too. Because it does. Totally.
And since the rest of my 2010 is only going to get busier and busier, it will likely be happening a lot more. There's something to be said for completely chilling out and relaxing, knowing you have the entire weekend ahead of you. And then there are some Friday evenings, where I still have work to finish and getting up off the couch just isn't an option. But with a good meal, a glass of wine, good TV (and Chris, of course!), I really can't complain.
On Friday nights, I often like having what I call Friday night meals. Meals that are easy and more casual than a typical dinner. Meals that basically scream, "hey, it's Friday! Take a load off!" I've found that the Pioneer Woman is especially good at coming up with these Friday night meals. This week's Portobello-Prosciutto Burgers were no exception.
So, these burgers might be taking everything you know about the portobello mushroom burger and throwing it out the window. Because portobello mushroom burgers are vegetarian, right? Well, these ones happen to have a slice of prosciutto on them. But you obviously don't have to add that if you're not a meat-lover. But even with the prosciutto, these are a lot healthier than your typical burger. And just as delicious, too!
Portobello-Prosciutto Mushroom Burgers (serves 2):
- 4 whole, large portobello mushrooms
- ½ C red wine (optional)
- ¼ C mayonaise
- 1 bunch basil
- 1 clove garlic
- Olive oil for brushing
- 2 slices provolone
- 2 slices prosciutto
- 2 whole wheat rolls (or any kind you want)
So, you don't have to do this first step if you're not a wine-lover (but really, who are you???). In fact, the Pioneer Woman says it might not even be necessary, but like her, I did it anyway. Because when is adding a little extra wine to a dish a bad thing? And I do think it added a bit of good flavor. I cleaned the mushrooms and then put them in a bowl of red wine to soak.
While the portobellos were soaking I put the mayo, basil, garlic, and some pepper in my mini food processor. And I combined it all together. I saved a few leaves of basil for the finished sandwiches.
Then I got out my George Forman (I NEVER use it, so this was a good opportunity) and put the mushrooms on it. You could also use a grill pan (which I realize I so desperately need! I can't believe I don't have a grill pan!). I slathered my portobellos in some olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper.
I left them on the grill (I even closed it for a bit) for about 10-15 minutes.
Then I put a piece of provolone cheese on top and let it melt a little. I only put the cheese on 2 of the mushrooms, and left 2 of them naked. Nude mushroom!! (I hope that doesn't bring weird hits to our blog...)
I toasted the whole wheat buns and then spread some of the basil mayo on them. Yummm.
Then I put the cheese-covered mushroom on the roll. It TOTALLY looks like a beef burger, doesn't it?
Then top that mushroom with one of the nudie mushrooms.
And top that with a slice of prosciutto. Because I mean, what's a vegetarian sandwich without some meat? Wait. Seriously though, you don't have to do this step. Obviously.
And a little more basil.
And voila! The perfect burger!
I mean, don't get me wrong, I LOVE a good juicy hamburger. But this was pretty awesome, too.
If you've never had a portobello burger, you might not believe me... But it REALY REALLY almost tastes like an actual beef burger. I swear, I'm not lying! Especially after grilling the mushrooms for a while, they become super juicy, "meaty," and absolutely filled with flavor. I'm pretty sure you could trick a few people with this.
I'm also pretty sure Chris never thought he would eat a burger that is actually a giant mushroom. But guess what? He liked it!
I've just been full of confessions lately, haven't I? First I tell you I'm bad at entertaining and now I'm telling you how lame I am on Friday nights. Wow, I won't be surprised if you all quit this blog right now. But come on, Dateline is always entertaining, right? Right?!
What's your idea of the ideal Friday night? What about the ideal Friday night meal?