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Sandwiches, Vegetarian

Portobello and wild arugula sandwiches

Portobello and wild arugula sandwiches
Los Angeles Times

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Total time: About 45 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 portobello mushrooms, stems removed, caps wiped clean
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 4 medium ciabatta rolls
  • 1/2 cup pesto (or 1/2 cup mayonnaise mixed with 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil)
  • 3/4 cup grated Cantal cheese
  • 1 bunch wild arugula, trimmed, washed and dried well (about 2 cups)

Step 1Combine the oil, garlic, tamari and black pepper to taste in a large shallow bowl. Add the portobello caps, turning to coat both sides. Let stand 30 to 60 minutes.

Step 2Roast the bell pepper under the broiler or over a flame until it is evenly charred on all sides. Cool, then remove the skin, seeds and tough ribs. Cut into thin strips and set aside.

Step 3Lay the portobello caps stem side up on broiler pan and drizzle with any remaining marinade. Broil 5 minutes, then turn over with tongs and broil 5 minutes longer. Turn once more, dredging the mushrooms through the pan juices, and broil 2 minutes longer.

Step 4While the portobellos are cooking, slice the ciabatta rolls in half and lay the halves out on the work surface. Spread the bottom half of each with pesto.

Step 5Place a hot portobello onto each pesto-covered ciabatta. Divide the cheese among the four sandwiches. Place an equal amount of pepper slices over each, then top with arugula. Press the top halves of the rolls onto the sandwiches. Slice in half diagonally and serve at once.

Note: Cantal is a semi-hard cheese, available in cheese shops and specialty markets. You can substitute grated mozzarella.


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