I’ve been a vegetarian now for over a year and have to say I absolutely love my food choices. I was hesitant to make such a large commitment….I mean what on earth could I eat? Surprisingly, quite a bit! One of my favorite things to eat is mushrooms. Did you know that there are over 600 varieties of mushrooms? Yup and all are tasty….as if I have tried all of them! But I have tried portobellos, and they taste good in all sorts of things, like sliders! Todays recipe comes from vegetarian times. Baby Portobello Sliders, Super Yummy!

Big or small, portobello mushrooms make the perfect grilled “burger.” Portobellos’ meaty texture and rich, robust flavor take on the flavors of marinades and rubs and stay juicy and tender when grilled. The onion topping can be made up to two days ahead.

8 baby portobello mushrooms, stems removed
3 Tbs. olive oil, divided
2 Tbs. Classic BBQ Rub
2 medium yellow or white onions, thinly sliced
1 tsp. herbes de Provence
½ cup prepared barbecue sauce
2 oz. shredded smoked Gouda (¾ cup)
8 mini challah rolls or dinner rolls

1. Toss mushrooms in bowl with 1 Tbs. olive oil and Classic BBQ Rub. Set aside.

2. Heat remaining 2 Tbs. oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and herbes de Provence, and cook 30 minutes, or until golden, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

3. Heat grill or grill topper over medium-high heat. Rub grate or grill topper with vegetable oil. Place mushrooms stem-side down on grill. Brush mushroom tops with barbecue sauce, and grill 3 to 4 minutes, or until soft and charred around the edges. Flip, and grill 3 minutes more. Divide cheese among mushrooms, placing in center of each stem side. Grill 1 minute more, or until cheese is melted.

4. Meanwhile, warm buns on grill. Spread barbecue sauce on bottom buns, then top each with 1 mushroom, sautéed onions, and top bun.

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