Monday, February 6, 2012

Portabella Mushroom Burger


Not all lettuce is created equal, but if you start your meal with a salad made of romaine lettuce you will be sure to add not only a variety of textures and flavors to your meal but an enormous amount of nutritional value. Most of the domestic U.S. harvest of romaine lettuce and other salad greens comes from California and is available throughout the year. 

 
Lettuce is synonymous with salads as they are predominantly made from crispy green lettuce leaves. Most varieties of lettuce exude small amounts of a white, milky liquid when their leaves are broken. This "milk" gives lettuce its slightly bitter flavor and its scientific name, Lactuca sativa derived from the Latin word for milk.

Native to the eastern Mediterranean region and western Asia, lettuce has a long and distinguished history. With depictions appearing in ancient Egyptian tombs, the cultivation of lettuce is thought to date back to at least 4500 BC. The ancient Greeks and Romans held lettuce in high regard both as a food and for its therapeutic medicinal properties.

In China, where lettuce has been growing since the 5th century, lettuce represents good luck. It is served on birthdays, New Year's Day and other special occasions. Christopher Columbus introduced varieties of lettuce to North America during his second voyage in 1493. Lettuce was first planted in California, the lettuce capital of the United States, by the Spanish missionaries in the 17th century. Its popularity across the US did not become widespread until centuries later with the development of refrigeration and railway transportation.

Portabella Mushroom Burger
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Ingredients:
2 portabella mushrooms, clean and stems removed
olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
4 slices bread, toasted
1/2 cup romaine lettuce

Directions:
Preheat skillet to medium high heat.

Lightly brush mushrooms with olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Place mushrooms round side down in skillet. Cook about 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until tender.

Spread light mayonnaise on each slice of bread, add mushrooms and romaine lettuce, top with remaining bread slice. Enjoy!

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31 comments:

  1. I just love your educational tidbits, I'll never think of lettuce in the same way again! :)

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  2. I love this burger very much,healthy and Yummy :)
    Ridwan

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  3. You're sandwich recipes are wonderful Christine! Thanks for another one (especially a vegetarian one)! ;)

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  4. easy burger and good for healthy,mushroom so yummy love it!!! thanksss

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  5. This looks absolutely delicious :D
    I am not a mushroom fan but the rest of my family is - healthy and awesome!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  6. You know I love mushrooms to death but, have never tried portabella mushrooms and with the romaine lettuce, it sounds really good and of course healthy. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Veggie burger does not always mean lacking in taste and portabellas are a great sub for meat! There are some bonuses here-healthy, tasty and easy to prepare. Great post!

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  8. I heart a good mushroom burger! This looks like it's right up my alley! :D

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  9. I love the look of this burger, portabella mushrooms are so expensive here though. Looks good!

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  10. great info and lovin gthis veggie burger!

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  11. I love your posts! Romain Lettuce is so common on Greece..! I love it! Have a wonderful day!

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  12. This looks fantastic--I think I would just add a sauce with a bit of wasabi for my taste. Portabellas are so meaty and tasty.

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  13. Christine this is faboulous, I love portebellos and as a burger it is tops.

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  14. The first time I had a portabella burger, I didn't think I would like it. Boy was I wrong!

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  15. I too love the romaine lettuce and this is the one I go for now. I can imagine the taste of this burger you have made, what more the crunchy taste from the lettuce.

    This lettuce has become so easily available at my place and the price seems very reasonable, so all the more I buy it so often now.

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  16. I love substituting portobellos for meat! Great recipe and agreed with the romaine.

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  17. I love portabella burgers, on sesame buns with ketchup and mustard, just like a real burger!

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  18. Thanks for stopping by. I love all your comments.

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  19. Such a straight forward, clean recipe. It looks great. I'd love it on a whole wheat kaiser roll! When's lunch?!! :)

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  20. So simple and delicious! Another great recipe, Christine~

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  21. Portabella burgers are great! They remind me of summertime, I'd have these all the time with a smear of goat cheese... yum :) Your's looks delicious! And I love all of the info on romaine lettuce, thats my favorite lettuce for sandwiches!

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  22. This sounds delish! it's simple and healthy too! Will def try this soon! Great post!

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  23. I love mushroom burgers and yours sounds delish!

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  24. I need to remember to add portabella mushrooms to the grocery list. I never remember to get some and they add so much flavor to dishes. Great sandwich!

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  25. These mushrooms are so full of flavour and simple! I quite often use them in place of a 'proper' burger. I love how you've kept this very simple without adding too much to it so the mushroom stays the star of the show :-) x

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  26. Oh Yeah!!! This looks so incredibly, amazingly, delicious!!! And a fantastic alternative to beef! Come share your recipe at BeBetsy.com

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  27. Great sandwich, Christine. Looks delicious! Love those mushrooms. Plus, it is a good meal for a meatless Friday during Lent. Thanks

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