Monday, April 19, 2010


In my house, we divide the cooking responsibilities like this: I do all the cooking and grocery shopping. I feel comfortable with this because my partner (DP) has really given it a good try. She cooked a special meal for our 6 month anniversary (oh so long ago!). It didn't end well. We tried the whole: "one night a week is your responsibility." We generally ordered take out. More recently, DP tried to cook some of her favorite recipes for her family over the holidays. I took this as a sign that she might be turning over a new leaf, but she assured me that it only confirmed her hatred of the activity.

It's fine, because I love to cook. Going to the supermarket is a favorite pastime, and nothing pleases me more than a refrigerator stocked with fresh ingredients, waiting to be turned into meals for the week. Still, every week, I ask: "Any requests from the store this week?" And invariably the response is either "Everything!" or, more usually, "No." Which is why, a couple of weeks ago, when I asked the same question and I got the answer "Portobello mushroom pizzas!" I was a little bit excited. Still, I wasn't quite sure what it meant. Pizzas with portobello mushrooms on them? No, it was explained. Portobello mushrooms as the crust, topped with sauce and cheese--like a english muffin pizza.


Portobello Mushroom Pizzas
recipe by DP
This is a very loose recipe. You can use whatever kind of sauce, cheese, or toppings you like. The amounts are approximate--I didn't measure.

4 portobello mushrooms, stems detached, chopped and reserved
!/4 cup tomato sauce (or more, as needed)
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (low fat, if desired)
olives, toppings, etc

Preheat oven to 400 F. Place mushrooms on baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, until soft and cooked through. Remove from oven and set aside.
While mushrooms are cooking, saute chopped stems in 1/2 tsp olive oil, adding salt and pepper to taste.

Top mushrooms with sauce, cheese, olives, and chopped, cooked stems.
Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serves 2. Enjoy!

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