Stuffed Portobello Melts

Hearty and comforting, giant stuffed portobellos are a perfectly wonderful meal on their own or great as a side dish. On the table in 30 minutes, nutritious, and packed full of umami flavor, these meaty melts are sure to be a favorite and impress your dinner guests.

Produce On Parade - Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms - Hearty and comforting, giant stuffed portobellos are a perfectly wonderful meal on their own or great as a side dish. On the table in 30 minutes, nutritious, and packed full of umami flavor, these meaty melts are sure to be a favorite and impress your dinner guests.

Todd and I love portobello mushrooms though I don't often serve them myself. We really enjoyed them grilled as 'steaks' at an upscale restaurant in downtown Cleveland (they were absolutely amazing). However, they really were a standout dish when we had them stuffed with a delicious bread filling at a charming little eatery in Hawaii. I knew I just had to try to recreate them. About a year ago, I made my own stuffed portobello mushroom caps a couple times but they were really underwhelming. I decided to take a break on trying to live up to our Hawiian portobello encounter... until now!

Third time's the charm; enter this fantastic fungi fête! This is redemption at it's finest. These portobello melts are comforting and gooey with melty cheese and savory bread crumbs, meaty mushrooms and sausage, and just the right balance of seasonings. I love how quick they come together and are so simple even our little Oliver was able to help out! These are definitely going to be on regular rotation in our house. I hope you love them as much as we do!

Produce On Parade - Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms - Hearty and comforting, giant stuffed portobellos are a perfectly wonderful meal on their own or great as a side dish. On the table in 30 minutes, nutritious, and packed full of umami flavor, these meaty melts are sure to be a favorite and impress your dinner guests.

Stuffed Portobello Melts

Recipe by Kathleen @ Produce On Parade

Hearty and comforting, giant stuffed portobellos are a perfectly wonderful meal on their own or great as a side dish. On the table in 30 minutes, nutritious, and packed full of umami flavor, these meaty melts are sure to be a favorite and impress your dinner guests.

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 large portobello mushrooms
  • 1 cup vegan breadcrumbs (I use panko)
  • ½ cup shredded vegan cheese
  • 1 Tofurky Kielbasa sausage link, chopped small
  • 3 tbsp white wine (or vegetable broth)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp large-flake nutritional yeast
  • ¾ tsp seasoning salt or table salt + extra for sprinkling
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 4 slices of vegan cheese (I like Field Roast Chao)
  • sprinkling of fresh lemon thyme, for garnish (optional)

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Clean the mushroom caps with a dry towel; remove and discard the stem. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and arrange the portobellos gills side up. Sprinkle each with a dash of salt and roast for 15 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients except for the slices of cheese and thyme. Spoon and pack the bread crumb filling within the cap of the mushrooms dividing it evenly between the four caps. Top each mushroom with one slice of cheese. Roast for another 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and garnish with lemon thyme. Serve hot.
Produce On Parade - Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms - Hearty and comforting, giant stuffed portobellos are a perfectly wonderful meal on their own or great as a side dish. On the table in 30 minutes, nutritious, and packed full of umami flavor, these meaty melts are sure to be a favorite and impress your dinner guests.
Produce On Parade - Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms - Hearty and comforting, giant stuffed portobellos are a perfectly wonderful meal on their own or great as a side dish. On the table in 30 minutes, nutritious, and packed full of umami flavor, these meaty melts are sure to be a favorite and impress your dinner guests.

Stuffed Sage Carnival Squash

Carnival squash. Have you heard of it? I had never! It came to me on a chilly, leafless and blustery day, neatly packed in my CSA box. Speckled, mostly green and yellow, with odd pools of vibrant orange marked it's skin. Carnival squash is probably most akin to acorn squash, but delightfully unique in its own way. 

This little guy is lovingly filled with only the most scrumptious of autumn goodies. Honeycrisp apples, earthy sage, crunchy pepitas, silky red chard, Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Grain-Meat Sausage, and pumpkin. Oh yes, we are now filling winter squash with pureed pumpkin.

This is how the pros do it. 

Produce On Parade - Stuffed Sage Carnival Squash - This is an easy and impressive festive squash stuffed with apples, kale, pumpkin, and vegan sausage. It’s the perfect star or companion of any Thanksgiving dinner.
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Produce On Parade - Stuffed Sage Carnival Squash - This is an easy and impressive festive squash stuffed with apples, kale, pumpkin, and vegan sausage. It’s the perfect star or companion of any Thanksgiving dinner.
Produce On Parade - Stuffed Sage Carnival Squash - This is an easy and impressive festive squash stuffed with apples, kale, pumpkin, and vegan sausage. It’s the perfect star or companion of any Thanksgiving dinner.
Produce On Parade - Stuffed Sage Carnival Squash - This is an easy and impressive festive squash stuffed with apples, kale, pumpkin, and vegan sausage. It’s the perfect star or companion of any Thanksgiving dinner.

You guys are going to love this squash! This is an easy and impressive festive squash stuffed with apples, kale, pumpkin, and vegan sausage. It’s the perfect star or companion of any Thanksgiving dinner.

Produce On Parade - Stuffed Sage Carnival Squash - This is an easy and impressive festive squash stuffed with apples, kale, pumpkin, and vegan sausage. It’s the perfect star or companion of any Thanksgiving dinner.
Produce On Parade - Stuffed Sage Carnival Squash - This is an easy and impressive festive squash stuffed with apples, kale, pumpkin, and vegan sausage. It’s the perfect star or companion of any Thanksgiving dinner.

Sage Stuffed Carnival Squash

This is an easy and impressive festive squash stuffed with apples, kale, pumpkin, and vegan sausage. It’s the perfect star or companion of any Thanksgiving dinner.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 carnival or acorn squash, halved
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground sage
  • 1 small apple, diced
  • 1 Smoked Apple Sage Field Roast Grain-Meat Sausage link, diced.
  • 4 large kale or swiss chard leaves and stems, chopped
  • 1/2 15oz. canned pumpkin
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. pepitas

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place face down on a baking sheet coated with a nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 425 F for about 30-40 minutes, until tender when pierced with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large rimmed frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium low. Add the onion and garlic. Sauté until fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  3. Now, stir in the salt, pepper, and sage. Add the apple, sausage, and kale. Sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the kale is wilted.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients, mixing well to combine. Stir occasionally while over medium heat for about 8-10 minutes. The apples should be softened but not cooked through. Remove from heat to rest, until the squash is done baking.
  5. When squash is done, keep the oven on, and divide the stuffing evenly between each squash half filling the center. Place back in the oven for about 3 minutes to heat through.
  6. Serve hot.
Produce On Parade - Stuffed Sage Carnival Squash - This is an easy and impressive festive squash stuffed with apples, kale, pumpkin, and vegan sausage. It’s the perfect star or companion of any Thanksgiving dinner.

Dutch Word of The Day

Stuffed --> gevuld (who-feld)

Good Deed of The Day

Milk. It does the body bad. Real bad. A new study from the British Medicine Journal "...found that those who drank three glasses of milk daily were more likely to die of heart disease and cancer. For the women, milk drinkers had a significant better chance of suffering a hip fracture." Yikes. Maybe it's time to switch to one of the other thousand non-dairy options, yea?

Cheesy Stuffed Autumn Delicata Squash

Have you ever had Delicata squash? It's my absolute favorite. I especially love that it doesn't have it's rind removed. That's right, the skin is edible! It's super tender and chewy and utterly divine. As some of you may know, I have battled many a squash trying to remove the rind and anytime I can avoid that is a grand thing indeed. If you haven't tried delicata squash you best get yourself some. It's one of my favorite things about Fall! I know that sounds totally lame, but it's the truth, okay? This squash is so simple and so incredibly delicious. Todd told me it tasted like pizza. I didn't really pick that up but I'm pretty sure that anything with veggies and a cheesy flavor equals pizza to Todd. Sorry, sweetness.

This squash is roasted tender and stuffed with veggies and quinoa then topped with melty, cheesy goodness. What's better than that? Plus, it makes six squash halves which obviously equal six meals! I haven't tried it, but I'm willing to bet they would freeze pretty well too. Plus, I delight in the little stems sticking out! Is that weird? Apparently all sorts of people have been stuffing squash since the beginning of time but this was my first squash stuffing expedition and I have to say, it was pretty darn awesome. 

Produce On Parade - Cheesy Stuffed Autumn Delicata Squash

Cheesy Stuffed Autumn Delicata Squash

Inspired by Edible Perspective

Makes 6 squash halves

  • 3 medium delicata squash (same size)
  • 1 cup quinoa, dry
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 large carrot, diced small
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced small
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh sage, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves (or 1 tsp. dried)
  • 2-3 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1/2-1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegan cheese, for topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 F. Wash the squash well and cut in half, veggie dog style. Place face down on a baking sheet coated with a nonstick cooking spray and roast at 400 F for about 30 minutes. After the time is up, a knife should poke through the outside of the squash very easily. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet. Leave the oven on. 

Produce On Parade - Cheesy Stuffed Autumn Delicata SquashWhile the squash cooks, bring the quinoa (rinsed please!) and the water to a boil over high heat in a small saucepan. Once boiling, turn down to a simmer and cover. Allow to cook for about 15 minutes. After the time is up, ensure that all the water has evaporated, fluff with a fork and set aside for use later. 

While the quinoa cooks, heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, carrot and bell pepper. Saute for about 10 minutes, until the carrots begin to soften. Add the garlic and saute another few minute or until it becomes fragrant. Once the carrots have softened a bit, add in the quinoa and the remaining ingredients except for the cheese. Stir very well to combine and remove from heat.

Produce On Parade - Cheesy Stuffed Autumn Delicata SquashCarefully flip the squash on their backs and scoop out the seeds only. In their place, add in the quinoa stuffing. Divide it evenly between the squash halves. Change your oven to broil. Top the squash halves with vegan cheese and place on the baking sheet on top of the highest rack in your oven to broil. Allow to broil for about 5 minutes or so, just enough so that the cheese has melted. Keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn by checking it frequently. 

Produce On Parade - Cheesy Stuffed Autumn Delicata SquashServe hot and garnished with little thyme leaves, because it's fun. Oh yum. That's what I'm talking about.

Produce On Parade - Cheesy Stuffed Autumn Delicata Squash Produce On Parade - Cheesy Stuffed Autumn Delicata SquashI'm jammin' out to Audra Mae – Little Red Wagon

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