So you know how they say advertising works, makes you want something? Well, this sandwich was not inspired by an ad, but by the always brilliant Mario Batali.
I made it home from my Dad’s and his errands by noon yesterday, and sat down with Basil to watch The Chew (aside from not liking the name, I like the show!).
If I am being honest, I was in and out of snoozing since I had been up since 4am. I opened my eyes to see Mario with a pan of mushrooms, telling us not to turn the mushrooms. If you turn them too soon, they dehydrate and poach. If you leave them alone, they brown and crisp.
I did exactly this, and it was decadent.
See the golden brown on one side (just after finally turning them)? Crispy goodness.
I made them the star of my lunch.
bella, pepper and arugula sandwich
dairy and soy free, vegan
makes two sandwiches
1 tablespoon butter (Earth Balance soy free)
5 baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
4 pieces roasted red pepper, sliced
2 handfuls arugula leaves
4 slices vegan mozzarella
roasted garlic bean spread
baguette, cut in half and sliced lengthwise
In large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and add mushroom slices. Do not turn mushrooms, allow to brown for several minutes, until crispy crunchy browned. While mushrooms are browning, prepare sandwich: spread generous layer of roasted garlic bean spread over both sides bread, top with arugula leaves. Place cheese slices over arugula, top with layer of warm mushrooms to melt cheese. Follow with roasted red pepper slices and remaining mushrooms, if any.
These flavors are great together – and the new Mario technique of crisping the ‘shrooms is a good one, indeed. Serve with a salad of peppery arugula, you have a spicy flavorful lunch – enjoy!
Have you cooked something based on a television show or advertisement?