Caprese Portobellos with Balsamic Glaze

Caprese Portobellos

The Best Caprese Portobellos

If you love Mushrooms and you love Caprese, you are absolutely going to love this Caprese Portobellos recipe because it combines the best of both worlds.  Using Large Portobello mushroom caps gives a ton of surface area to cram in plenty of Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Fresh Basil.  And, if you prepare your dish the way I show you how to do it, you’re whole world will change.  So open your mind to other possibilities and I’ll show you how to make the best Mushroom Caprese.

Caprese Portobellos

What is Caprese Portobellos

To understand Caprese you must understand, first, that it is a traditional Italian recipe that usually breaks down to 3 basic ingredients: Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Fresh Basil.  Many folks consider Caprese Antipasto ingredients and many Caprese Salad recipes exist because of the over all freshness the combination provides.  My sources tell me that the real Caprese is just Buffalo Mozzarella, which is made from Buffalo milk and it’s a typical dish served in the Isle of Capri.

Normally, Caprese Portobellos is prepared and served with fresh Tomatoes but I am recommending my Marinated and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, instead, for several reasons.  First, because roasted cherry tomatoes are awesome, so that’s just a no brainer, and second because you want to add olive oil to the mushrooms and the olive oil, marinating the cherry tomatoes, has garlic and fresh herbs roasted into it.  So it really enhances the flavor, a ton.  If you want to use fresh tomatoes, instead, that’s fine too but I highly recommend mixing a 1/4 cup of olive oil with some fresh chopped garlic and a pinch of salt, at the very least, and add that to the mushrooms.

Also, when it comes to the Balsamic Glaze, most recipes recommend a 1 to 4 ratio of Brown Sugar and Balsamic Vinegar.  I don’t agree with this at all and I was trained to balance the bitter with more sweet.  I would recommend a 1 to 1 ratio, instead but that’s entirely up to you.  Bring it to boil and reduce the heat to medium.  Cook it for 5 minutes until the sauce reduces and practically caramelizes and you will have a perfect glaze.

Caprese Portobellos Ingredients:

4 to 6 Large Portobello Mushroom Caps
4 oz Cherry Tomatoes, marinated & roasted
1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
6 Fresh Basil leaves, chopped
2 tbsp Butter, melted
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
Salt and Pepper, taste

Balsamic Glaze
1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 tbsp Brown Sugar

Be sure to watch the short video tutorial for this Caprese Portobellos recipe and follow the recommendations in this post for a perfect dish.

How to make Pasta – Ravioli Sheets, Fettuccine and Angel Hair Pasta

How to make Pasta

 

How to Make Pasta Tutorial

I’ve been wanting to show you how to make pasta for quite some time now.  Mostly because I have yet to see a real good video tutorial that shows you, step by step, exactly how to do it.  So I put together this “fool proof” recipe that will teach you how to make the dough, understand it’s texture and know for sure when it is ready.  Once you understand this concept, you will make great pasta.  With out it, you will fail and most likely end up frustrated or, worse, possibly end up hating the whole procedure altogether  But the fact is, fresh pasta tastes 10 times better than dehydrated and once you see how easy this is you’ll never go back.

Another great thing about this recipe and the way I show you how to make pasta is that you can freeze the noodles in bunch’s or the dough in bulk.  And if you want to defeat the purpose of making fresh pasta, in the first place, you can hang the noodles out on a rack and let them dry, if you want, when they’re done.

My How to make Pasta video

This, “How to make Pasta” video recipe will show you how to make Ravioli or Lasagna Noodle sheets first, then Fettuccine and Angel Hair Pasta.  If you’re interested in some of my sauce recipes for these noodles check out my Alfredo Sauce(Olive Garden’s), Lobster Ravioli Sauce and my Alfredo and Cheese Sauce.

How to make Pasta Ingredients:

2 cups flour
3 eggs
1 tsp olive oil
1 pinch Salt

Add a few drops of water, to the dough, as needed and knead the dough for 5 to 8 minutes before rolling it out into sheets and cutting out the noodles.  The pasta only needs to be cooked for a few minutes in seasoned boiling water before serving.  But be sure to watch my video, How to make Pasta – Ravioli Sheets, Fettuccine and Angel Hair Pasta, so that you will understand exactly what to do.

Alfredo and Cheese Sauce

Cheese Sauce

The Best Cheese Sauce

Here is the Alfredo and Cheese Sauce I promised and it is so good.  You’re probably going to be shocked when you see how it’s made but I’m certain that if you try it, you’ll be even more bewildered but amazed.  I will admit that I was a bit bored when I came up with this idea but when I served this up to the wife and kids, we couldn’t stop eating it.  So basically what I’ve done is taken a classic Italian Sauce recipe(French technically), Alfredo, and I’ve turned it into a true “Poor Man’s” recipe by adding an ingredient that will just blow your mind.  Which is exactly what I do here, right?  So let’s get crackin’!

Cheese Sauce

Alfredo Cheese Sauce is Amazing

Believe it or not, the secret ingredient for this Alfredo Cheese sauce is Macaroni and Cheese Powder!  And as you can see from the picture above, there’s nothing poor about this recipe.  It’s rich, it’s creamy and the Fettuccine is perfectly cooked to Al dente.   The only other thing you could add to make this sauce better, honestly, is Sriracha.  I started squeezing that stuff over my Mac and Cheese a few years ago and it didn’t stop with this.  I also love this dish with Garlic Parmesan Chicken, which is my next video recipe by the way, or with seafood twist; shrimp and scallops.  Either way, I am certain you’re going to find this recipe dreadfully delightful! 😉

Also be sure to Check out the Olive Gardens Alfredo Sauce if you’re needing a more detailed tutorial on the basics of this sauce.  I’m also plugging my Hawaiian Mac Salad recipe in case you need ideas for your left over Macaroni from the cheese box.  You’ll see what I mean in the Alfredo and Cheese Sauce video below.

Alfredo and Cheese Sauce Ingredients:

Alfredo Sauce
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
1/4 cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/4 cup Dehydrated Parmesan Cheese
1 cup Whipping Cream
1 pinch of Salt
1/4 tsp White Pepper

Add this for Cheese Sauce
1/4 cup Whipping Cream or Milk
1 Mac and Cheese Powder Packet

Don’t let the ingredients fool you if you are doubting this recipe.  This Alfredo Cheese Sauce tastes absolutely amazing and don’t forget the Sriracha if you’ve got some.