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Grilled Mushroom Pesto Toast

Grilled Mushroom Pesto Toast

Ingredients
  

Basil Spinach Pecan Pesto

  • 1 tablespoons toasted pecans
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt more to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup of basil leaves
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach leaves
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup olive oil

Grilled Mushroom Pesto Toast

  • 6-8 slices of Rye or Sourdough Bread
  • 4 Large Portobello Mushrooms or 12-16 Medium Sized
  • 4-5 spinach leaves finely sliced (julienned) , optional for garnish
  • 1/3 cup Basil Spinach Pecan Pesto
  • ¼ cup goat cheese crumbles or ricotta or feta cheese crumbles
  • Balsamic glaze optional

Instructions
 

Basil Spinach Pecan Pesto

  • On low or high speed, blitz in small food processor until all pieces are consistently the same granular size.
  • Blitz in basil and spinach leaves.
  • Blitz in parmesan cheese.
  • Blitz in olive oil until smooth.

Grilled Mushroom Pesto Toast

  • Preheat a grill with charcoal loaded on one side to create direct and indirect cooking zones ~ to about 350F
  • Using a sharp knife, score several cuts onto the top of large portobello mushrooms.
  • SmellaQue Tip: Scoring the mushrooms allows the mushroom to release the water.
  • Place portobello mushrooms onto the grill (ideally on indirect side) about 10 minutes.
  • Flip portobello mushrooms and cook about 5-10 minutes until mushroom is soft and spongy. Don’t worry if the outer skin of the mushroom is papery.
  • Meanwhile, lightly spread both sides of the slices of bread with the oil from the Basil Spinach Pecan Pesto.
  • Toast the bread slices for about 1 minute each side on the hot grill.
  • Remove toasted bread and portobello mushrooms from grill.
  • Thinly dice grilled mushrooms.

Grilled Mushroom Pesto Toast Assembly:

  • Generously spread another layer of Basil Spinach Pecan Pesto onto Grilled Toast
  • Add a layer of grilled mushrooms and finely sliced spinach leaves.
  • Sprinkle goat cheese crumbles (or ricotta or feta cheese crumbles).
  • Optional: Drizzle on balsamic glaze before serving