Portobellos For a Vegetarian w/ Q-view

Discussion in 'Veggies' started by adiochiro3, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    For the second year in a row, I smoked some turkeys for my students for a little late Thanksgiving/holiday cheer (so many of them are so far from home and miss out).  One of my students is a vegetarian (old Indian word meaning "bad hunter"), so I smoked her a couple of portobellos.

    It's so hard not to stuff these beauties with MEAT!!!! [​IMG]   That is what they're meant for, IMHO. [​IMG] I started with a base of softened cream cheese, rice, and Italian bread crumbs.   Before stuffing, I poked the caps several times with a knife tip to allow moisture to drain (otherwise, these puppies get really soggy).


    Added some chopped pineapple to one and parsley to both...


    Topped with 3 cheeses: moz, cheddar, and parmesean...


    Into the smoker for about 1.5 hours at 235*ish, and they looked like this: 


    They sure were tasty!  She couldn't eat both, so some others (including me) got a sample taste.  They didn't last long.  I probably won't use a rice base again, though.  These were not as rich and flavorful as my other versions of this dish.  Usually I will add spinach, tomatoes, chiles, etc. if I'm keeping it vegetarian.  My reason for keeping this version so simple was that I did not know my student's tastes.

    Thanks for looking!
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Those look awesome, we do them all the time on the grill. I don't know why I never thought to smoke them! DUH!
  3. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That's pretty funny coming from you, Al!  Sometimes it's the obvious things, huh?
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    James, morning.... Those look sooo good... Lucky students to have you to look after them..... [​IMG]... Dave
  5. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Those look great. And I admire your restraint for not kicking the girl out of your class upon learning she's  "one of those".
  6. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Usually we can find the big portobello's but this year, they wanted more money for the large portobello's then for T-Bone.  Sorry, but that's just too ridiculous.  Something I like to smoke up for the misdirected individuals in my groups are large tomatoe slices, with some cheese dribbled on top with bits of sweet peppers.
  7. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Mouth watering recipe!  I love portobellos, but the home boss doesn't.[​IMG]   However, I might have to sneak in a couple from time to time.  THANKS!
  8. owlcreeksmoker4

    owlcreeksmoker4 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Looks great! really need to try those myself sometime
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    We love the portabella's but I can't do the vegetarian rout. I like to do ours with sausage or crab meat.  
  10. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great job James. Man those sure look tasty. 
  11. slownlow

    slownlow Smoking Fanatic


    These sure look good!!!   Nice job.

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