OFYR Tabl'O Portobello Mushroom Caprese

cuisine Italian
difficulty Moderate
season Summer
serves 4


2 cups fresh basil leaves, stems removed, densely packed 1/2 cup spinach leaves, stems removed, densely packed 2 large garlic cloves, peeled 1 cup fruity extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1/4 cup ground pecorino Romano cheese 1/4 cup ground Paremesan Reggiano cheese 4 portobello mushroom caps, wiped clean of any dirt 1 buffalo mozzarella ball (12 ounces--there will be leftover cheese but this size is needed to accommodate the diameter of the mushroom cap), 4 slices each 1/4" thick 1 large heirloom tomato, 4 slices each 1/4 Extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt flakes


  1. To make the pesto, put the basil, spinach, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor and pulse twice.
  2. Begin slowly adding 1 cup of the olive oil through the feed tube and pulse until the basil mixture reaches the desired consistency.
  3. Place in a glass container with a lid, stir in the cheeses, and a bit of salt and pepper. Taste for seasoning, stir in a bit more olive oil if the pesto is too thick or too dry.
  4. Finish with a thin layer of olive oil over the top (prevents browning), cover, and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  5. Prepare the OFYR Tabl'O grill according to directions.
  6. Just before placing the mushroom caps on the grill, brush the tops and bottoms with olive oil.
  7. Place the mushrooms on the Tabl'O gills down. Roast for 5 minutes and then turn gills face up.
  8. Dollop a large spoonful of pesto over the mushroom cap (use tongs to prevent the mushroom from moving). Using a small spatula or off set knife, spread the pesto over the mushroom.
  9. Brush the tomato slices with olive oil. Place alongside the mushroom caps until one side is charred, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  10. Place a slice of mozzerella over each of the pesto topped portobello caps and top with one slice of tomato.
  11. Grill until the cheese just begins to ooze.
  12. Sprinkle the tops with sea salt flakes and drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Serve immediately.