If you have never tried a portabella mushroom, you are in for a delightful treat! They are flavourful, large mushrooms that are quite filling and meaty. Although we are not (yet) growing our own portabella mushrooms, we were very pleased to have homegrown tomatoes, peppers and chives for this super tasty recipe.
We use our own marinara recipe for the sauce. Prepare the sauce about an hour before the pizza. You can replace with your favourite pizza sauce (tomato paste with a sprinkle of Kootenay Spice Italian Seasoning is a simple, tasty suggestion).
For these portabella mushroom pizzas (to serve 2) you will need:
2 portabella mushrooms
4 Roma tomatoes
1 small green pepper
1/2 cup marinara sauce
1/4 cup olives
2 tablespoons chives
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil (separated)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Gently pull the stems off of the mushrooms and coat lightly in oil. Place in a hot, unoiled pan over medium heat for about 2 – 3 minutes per side, until they are starting to soften.
Remove from pan and place on an oiled baking sheet.
Tip: line baking sheet with tinfoil for easy cleaning if the cheese melts over.
Coat mushrooms with marinara sauce and top with olives and chives, followed by peppers and tomatoes.
Top off with mozzarella cheese and bake for about 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and beginning to brown.
Remove from oven and let cool before serving. Enjoy!