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Grilled Garlic Scape Pesto Portobello Mushrooms


For the Garlic Scape Pesto

  • 1 cup garlic scapes cut into 2-inch pieces (about 8-10 scapes)
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

For the Mushrooms

  • 4 portobello mushrooms
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • Fresh Cracked black pepper
  • A sprinkle of kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup garlic scape pesto see recipe link in notes or you can substitute a jar of Escape garlic scape pesto from Seven Songs Organic Farm - find this link in notes.
  • 1 4 oz log of plain The Humble Goat Cheese


Make the Pesto

  • Place the Garlic Scapes and Basil in a food processor and pulse for about seconds.
  • Add the Walnuts and the olive oil
  • Pulse for about 1 minute
  • Adjust seasonings and add more salt or oil to get your desired consistency

Make the Mushrooms

  • Remove and discard the mushroom stems. Do this by gently rubbing off any dirt from the caps. Lightly scrape around the underside of the caps with a small spoon to remove the gills.
  • Lay the portobello in a single layer in a cast iron skillet
  • Mix the marinade with olive oil, Worcestershire, and Balsamic vinegar. Pour the marinade over the mushrooms.
  • Salt and pepper the mushrooms
  • Marinate them for 5 minutes - flip them over and marinate for five more minutes.
  • Heat a grill or a large skillet over medium heat to 400 degrees. Remove the mushrooms from the dish and grill on each side for 3-4 minutes until deep golden brown.
  • Remove mushrooms from the grill and let cool until you can handle them safely.
  • Put the mushrooms hole-side back in the skillet
  • Dollop 2 teaspoons of garlic scape pesto onto the mushroom cap
  • Cut plain The Humble Goat Cheese with dental floss into eight pieces
  • Top with two disks of goat cheese
  • Return mushrooms to the grill and cook covered for 6-8 minutes or until the cheese is melted.


You can make your substitute Escape garlic scape pesto from Seven Songs Organic farm, available at Lakewinds and other food co-ops.
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