Grilled Portobello Caprese Sandwich

Grilled Portobello Caprese Pesto Sandwich

This is the first in a series of upcoming sandwich recipes I’ll be posting in conjunction with Mezzetta’s “Make That Sandwich” Contest.

Gluten Free Grilled Portobello Mushroom Sandwich

The lovely folks over at Mezzetta reached out to me about entering the contest a couple of weeks ago. I was very excited when I received their e-mail because I’ve been using their products for years and love their pepperoncini’s, olives and sliced jalapeños! I then found out that there was a $25,000 prize for the winner. Let me tell you, being a full time food blogger, the thought of winning $25,000 sounds pretty amazing right now!

I immediately started brainstorming and came up with a different sandwich for each of their categories: hot, cold and vegetarian.  This is my vegetarian sandwich!

Grilled Portobello Caprese Sandwich

While I usually love a couple slices of delicious bread to hold my sandwich together, I decided to go totally vegetarian and totally gluten free with this Portobello Caprese Sandwich.

Two hearty portobello mushrooms filled with fresh mozzarella, Mezzetta Sun-Ripened Dried Tomato Pesto and loads of other delicious flavors make this is a unique sandwich not to be missed!

Portobello Caprese Sandwich Ingredients

Ingredients

Turn heat on the grill to medium or preheat the oven to 400°.

Begin by cleaning out the inside of the mushrooms with a spoon.  During this process, try not to break the sides of the mushroom. (You want to be sure and keep all those delicious goodies inside the sandwich during the grilling process!)

Portobello Caprese Sandwich Recipe

Place 1 tbsp of pesto and 1/2 tsp of crushed garlic onto each mushroom.

Portobello Caprese Sandwich Recipe

Top each portobello with a large slice of mozzarella.

Portobello Mushroom Sandwich Recipe

Top one of the mushrooms with the sliced tomatoes.

Portobello Caprese Sandwich Recipe

Then add the basil.

Portobello Caprese Sandwich Recipe

On the other mushroom, top with the peperoncini’s.

Portobello Caprese Sandwich with Pepperoncinis

Then the roasted bell peppers.

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Carefully put the two sides together.

Portobello Caprese Sandwich Recipe

Spray the grill with cooking spray then place the sandwich onto the grill for 20 minutes, flipping carefully half way through.

If a grill is not available, you can also place the sandwich into the oven on a rimmed baking sheet for 20 minutes or until the mozzarella is melted.

Grilled Portobello Caprese Sandwich

Remove from the grill and dig in!

Grilled Portobello Caprese Sandwich

So much melty goodness and flavor in every bite!

Grilled Vegetarian Caprese Sandwich

The portobello mushroom is so meaty, making it the perfect exterior for this vegetarian sandwich!

Italian Vegetarian Caprese Sandwich

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Portobello Caprese Sandwich

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 sandwich

Portobello Caprese Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 large portobello mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp Mezzetta Sun-Ripened Dried Tomato Pesto
  • 1 tsp Mezzetta Crushed Garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella cheese (sliced)
  • 1/2 roma tomato (sliced)
  • 4-6 large fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup Mezzetta Sliced Peperoncini’s
  • 1/2 cup Mezzetta Roasted Bell Peppers
  • olive oil cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Turn heat on the grill to medium.
  2. Clean out the inside of the mushrooms with a spoon.
  3. Place 1 tbsp of pesto and 1/2 tsp of crushed garlic onto each mushroom.
  4. Top each portobello with a large slice of mozzarella.
  5. Top one of the mushrooms with the sliced tomatoes and basil.
  6. On the other mushroom, top with the peperoncini’s and roasted bell peppers.
  7. Carefully put the two sides together.
  8. Spray the grill with cooking spray then place the sandwich onto the grill for 20 minutes, flipping carefully half way through.
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